Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Whenever I look back to those days when I was growing up in the Great Depression, I'm always convinced that I came from a remarkable family. It wasn't that my brothers and sisters and I were sheltered from the realities of those difficult times. It was simply that our mother and father had a way of making more of what we had and less of what we didn't have.
Mary Ellen Walton: Ohhh, I'm gonna be thirteen forever! It's absolutely the worst possible time in a person's whole entire life!
Olivia Walton: You'll live through it. C'mon.
Mary Ellen Walton: Ohhh, some days I just hate to face the world! I'd like to just sit up in my room and not have to say a word to a soul.
Olivia Walton: That's natural at your age.
Mary Ellen Walton: I'm gonna die on Waltons Mountain and never see anything of the world but Charlottesville!
John Walton, Sr.: Now, sugar, I think it's time you found out. The world is flat. Twenty miles past Charlottesville, it just drops off into nothin'.
Mary Ellen Walton: Oh, Daddy, it's not funny!
Yancy Tucker: [discussing the Walton's shiftless cousins] Ain't that just like John and Livvy Walton, take in kin, house and feed 'em when times are like they are?
Ike Godsey: Yeah.
Yancy Tucker: I sure hope that business about breadin' cast upon the water's true.
Ike Godsey: Yancy, there are times, sad to say, when "bread upon the waters" comes back good for nuthin' except a soggy sandwich.