Eugene Field Quotes

I cannot sing the old songs I sang long years ago, And yet I cannot say I’m sad That time hath changed us so, For when I used to sing those songs, My Papa blankety blanked, And Mama took me on her knee And I, alas! was spanked.

The gingham dog and the calico cat, Side by side on the table sat.

The little toy dog is covered with dust, But sturdy and stanch he stands; And the little toy soldier is red with rust, And the musket moulds in his hands. Time was when the little toy dog was new, And the soldier was passing fair; And that was the time when our Little Boy Blue […]

Most all the time, the whole year round, There ain’t no flies on me; But jest ‘fore Christmas, I’m as good as I kin be!

All good and true book-lovers practise the pleasing and improving avocation of reading in bed. Indeed – no book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.

He is so mean, he won’t let his little baby have more than one measle at a time.

Mr. Clarke played the King all evening as though under constant fear that someone else was about to play the Ace. (Field was referring to Creston Clarke’s performance of King Lear in Denver in 1880.)