The Watchdog quizzes our hero, Milo, on how he became mired where he didn't want to be:
"I guess I just wasn't thinking," said Milo.
"PRECISELY," shouted the dog as his alarm went off again. "Now you know what you must do."
"I'm afraid I don't," admitted Milo, feeling quite stupid.
"Well," continued the watchdog impatiently, "since you got here by not thinking, it seems reasonable to expect that, in order to get out, you must start thinking." And with that he hopped into the car.
"Do you mind if I get in? I love automobile rides." --from Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth
A kid's book, perhaps, but very wise. And filled with all sorts of life lessons.