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The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth


by Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth Cunning and Cleverness Quotes

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Quote #10

And, in the very room in which he sat, there were books that could take you anywhere, and things to invent, and make, and build, and break, and all the puzzle and excitement of everything he didn't know – music to play, songs to sing, and worlds to imagine and then someday make real. His thoughts darted eagerly about as everything looked new – and worth trying. (20.18)

This is the breakthrough we've been waiting for the whole book. Milo realizes that he can go on a quest or adventure simply by using the power of his "thoughts." He doesn't need a magic tollbooth or other accessory to have a good time. He just needs himself. And that makes him smart on smart.

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