Characters from the hills of Dehradun come alive as one reminisces about childhood. Don’t they? Ruskin Bond, India’s one of the most favourite writer celebrated his 83rd birthday on Friday, 19 May, and the characters penned by him are still afresh in every book lover’s memory. From the girl in ‘The Blue Umbrella’ to the boy in ‘The Adventures of Rusty’, Bond created some of the most iconic characters in Indian literature, touching hearts of people from all age groups.

Here are some of the heart-warming quotes from Ruskin Bond’s notable works:

“Hapiness is as exclusive as a butterfly, and you must never pursue it. If you stay very still, it may come and settle on your hand. But only briefly. Savour those moments, for they will not come in your way very often.”

A Little Book of Life

“On books and friends, I spend my money;

For stones and bricks I haven’t any.”

Rain in the Mountains: Notes from the Himalayas

“And when all the wars are done, a butterfly will still be beautiful.”

The Best of Ruskin Bond

“If you have secrets, you must have a friend to share them with.”

The Angry River

“The best kind of walk, and this applies to the plains as well as to the hills, is the one in which you have no particular destination when you set out.”

Roads to Mussoorie

“You don’t have to lie if you know how to withhold the truth.”

The Room on the Roof

“That man is strongest who stands alone!”

The India I Love

“Life had since become fast and cruel and unreflective, and people were too busy counting their gains to bother about the idols of their youth.”

Night Train at Deoli and Other Stories

“One sure way to lose the world and everything in it is to try grasping it.”

A Book of Simple Living

“Men may sometimes be rather similar, but no two women are ever alike.”

Book Of Humour

“What is nostalgia, after all, but an attempt to preserve that which was good in the past?”

Roads to Mussoorie