Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Michelle Kaplan
"The New York Radio Girl"

American cultural scripts

How do Americans learn their cultural values?

They don’t learn them as adults.

They learn them as children.

Today we’ll look at 5 famous quotes that kids read in children’s books when they’re young.

These sayings, quotes, and ideas eventually shape their worldview when they get older.



Famous Quotes from Children’s Books:

  • “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own and you know what you know and you’re the one who will decide where to go.” – Dr. Seuss


  • “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”


  • “The moment where you doubt whether you can fly you cease forever being able to do it. – J M Berry


  • “Why did you do all of this for me? I don’t deserve it. I have never done anything for you. You have been my friend, replied Charlotte. That, in itself, is an amazing thing.” -E.B.White



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Let us know your thoughts on today’s episode.

Do these books and quotes exist in your culture?

What quotes and sayings are famous in your culture?

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