Velveteen Rabbit quotes













I love Velveteen Rabbit quotes and I hope you do, too. Margery Williams’ 1922 children’s classic, The Velveteen Rabbit, reminds us of what it means to be a genuine. It also reminds us about the power of great books to transform how we look at the world. Here are some Velveteen Rabbit quotes:


“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real, you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real, you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”


I used to read this book to my daughters. Have you become “loose in the joints and very shabby” yet? If so, congratulations!


P.S. I am an ex-shrink who writes novels. Check out my books here.

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