Lessons From Oz

Seventy-five years ago, in 1939, the movie The Wizard of Oz hit the silver screen, and while I’ve never seen The Wizard of Oz in a theater, watching at home on TV was an annual event. Popcorn, “Over the Rainbow”, the Munchkins, and those terrifying flying monkeys kept me on the edge of my seat year after year.

But it wasn’t just the words of “Over the Rainbow” that echoed in my head after each viewing, but the dialog which lives on.

How many times have you heard someone say, “We’re not in Kansas anymore.” or “There’s no place like home.” ? Memorable lines and also lessons about love, courage, and confidence in one’s abilities. Here are some of my favorite quotes from “The Wizard of Oz”:

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more.

Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?

Follow the yellow brick road.
We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!
A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.
You, my friend, are a victim of disorganized thinking. You are under the unfortunate impression that just because you run away you have no courage; you’re confusing courage with wisdom.
Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.
Why, anybody can have a brain. That’s a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain. Back where I come from, we have universities, seats of great learning, where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts and with no more brains than you have. But they have one thing you haven’t got: a diploma.
As Coroner I must aver, I thoroughly examined her, and she’s not only merely dead, she’s really most sincerely dead.
You cursed brat! Look what you’ve done! I’m melting! melting! Oh, what a world! What a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness? Oooooh, look out! I’m going! Oooooh! Ooooooh!

Back where I come from there are men who do nothing all day but good deeds. They are called phila… er, phila… er, yes, er, Good Deed Doers. 

“How can you talk if you haven’t got a brain?
I don’t know, but some people without brains do an awful lot of talking.”

My world, my world… How can such a good little girl like you destroy all of my beautiful wickedness.

Frightened? Child, you’re talking to a man who’s laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom, and chuckled at catastrophe… I was petrified.

You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.

Everything you were looking for was right there with you all along.

Well, I – I think that it – it wasn’t enough to just want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em – and it’s that – if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with! Is that right?