The Phantom Tollbooth

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The Phantom Tollbooth (1961) by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer, is a classic in children's literature. The story is a modern-day fairy tale about a bored boy named Milo who drives through a magic tollbooth and into a new and very different world.


  • It seems to me that almost everything is a waste of time.
  • Whether or not you find your own way, you're bound to find some way. If you happen to find my way, please return it, as it was lost years ago. I imagine by now it's quite rusty.
  • There are no wrong roads to anywhere.
  • Expect everything, I always say, and the unexpected never happens.
  • Why not? That's a good reason for almost anything - a bit used perhaps, but still quite servicable.
  • The way you see things depends a great deal on where you look at them from.
  • There is much worth noticing that often escapes the eye.
  • If you want sense, you'll have to make it yourself.
  • Many of the things which can never be, often are.
  • You know that it's there, but you just don't know where - but just because you can never reach it doesn't mean that it's not worth looking for.
  • Whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else.
  • What you can do is often simply a matter of what you will do.
  • So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible.

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