Hans Christian Andersen Quotes

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1. “But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.”

Tags : Suffering Tears
Source : The Little Mermaid

2. “Then your tail will divide and shrink until it becomes what the people on earth call a pair of shapely legs. But it will hurt; it will feel as if a sharp sword slashed through you. Everyone who sees you will say that you are the most graceful human being they have ever laid eyes on, for you will keep your gliding movement and no dancer will be able to tread as lightly as you. But every step you take will feel as if you were treading upon knife blades so sharp that blood must flow. I am willing to help you, but are you willing to suffer all this?""Yes," the little mermaid said in a trembling voice, as she thought of the Prince and of gaining a human soul.”

Tags : Leg Love Pain Witch
Source : The Little Mermaid

3. “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,To gain all while you give,To roam the roads of lands remote,To travel is to live.”

Tags : Experience Life Travel
Source : The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

4. “Where words fail, music speaks.”

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5. “Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

Tags : Life
Source : The Complete Fairy Tales

6. “Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.”

Tags : Carpe Diem Death Enjoy Life Life Misattributed Time

7. “His own image; no longer a dark, gray bird, ugly and disagreeable to look at, but a graceful and beautiful swan. To be born in a duck's nest, in a farmyard, is of no consequence to a bird, if it is hatched from a swan's egg.”

Tags : Beauty Self Image Confidence Image Swan
Source : The Ugly Duckling

8. “They could see she was a real Princess and no question about it, now that she had felt one pea all the way through twenty mattresses and twenty more feather beds. Nobody but a Princess could be so delicate.”

Tags : Delicate Princess
Source : The Princess and the Pea: The Graphic Novel

9. “No one would allow that he could not see these much-admired clothes; because, in doing so, he would have declared himself either a simpleton or unfit of his office.”

Tags : Children S Office Simpleton

10. “The good and the beautiful is not forgotten; it lives in legend and in song.”

Tags : Forget Forgetting Forgetting The Past Forgot Forgotten Good Hans Christian Andersen Legend Lives Remember Remembering Remembering The Past Song The Old Tombstone
Source : Classic Fairy Tales

11. “Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.”

Tags : Life Lyrics Melody Music

12. “Donc, il faudra que je meure et flotte comme écume sur la mer et n'entende jamais plus la musique des vagues, ne voit plus les fleurs ravissantes et le rouge soleil. Ne puis-je rien faire pour gagner une vie éternelle?”

Tags : French

13. “My life will be the best illustration of all my work.”

Tags : Creative Process Illustration Life Work Writing
Source : The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

14. “...when a storm was coming on, and they anticipated that a ship might sink, they swam before it, and sang most sweetly of the delight to be found beneath the water, begging the seafarers not to be afraid of coming down below.”

Tags : Mermaid Sailors Sinking Ship The Little Mermaid

15. “Grant not my prayers, when they are contrary to Thy will, which at all times must be the best. Oh, hear them not;”

Tags : Acceptance Death God God S Will Mourning
Source : The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen

16. “Life is a faerytale written by God's hand.”

Tags : Fairytales Faith God Hans Christian Andersen Life

17. “At first she was overjoyed that he would be with her, but then she recalled that human people could not live under the water, and he could only visit her father's palace as a dead man.”

Tags : Ariel The Little Mermaid
Source : The Little Mermaid

18. “It doesn't matter if you're born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan's egg!”

Tags : Aspirations Beauty Dreams Ducks Empowerment Fairy Tales Outcasts Potential Swans Ugliness Underdogs
Source : The Ugly Duckling

19. “It was the last night that she wouldbreathe the same air as he, or look out over the deep sea and up into the star-blue heaven. A dreamless,eternal night awaited her, for she had no soul and had not been able to win one.”

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Source : The Little Mermaid and Other Tales

20. “Because she could not go near all these wonderful things, she longed for them all the more.”

Tags : The Little Mermaid

21. “They told tales as they sat at their work, and every one related what wonderful things he had seen or experienced. One afternoon I heard an old man among them say that God knew every thing, both what had happened and what would happen. That idea occupied my whole mind, and towards evening, as I went alone from the court, where there was a deep pond, and stood upon some stones which were just within the water, the thought passed through my head, whether God actually knew everything which was to happen there. Yes, he has now determined that I should live and be so many years old, thought I; but, if I now were to jump into the water here and drown myself, then it would not be as he wished; and all at once I was firmly and resolutely determined to drown myself. I ran to where the water was deepest, and then a new thought passed through my soul. "It is the devil who wishes to have power over me!" I uttered a loud cry, and, running away from the place as if I were pursued, fell weeping into my mother's arms. But neither she nor any one else could wring from me what was amiss with me.”

Tags : God The Devil
Source : The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

22. “To travel is to live.”

Tags : Life Travel
Source : The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

23. “I can give her no greater power than she has already, said the woman; don't you see how strong that is? How men and animals are obliged to serve her, and how well she has got through the world, barefooted as she is. She cannot receive any power from me greater than she now has, which consists in her own purity and innocence of heart. If she cannot herself obtain access to the Snow Queen, and remove the glass fragments from little Kay, we can do nothing to help her.”

Tags : Power Strength
Source : The Snow Queen

24. “You are a dreamer, and that is your misfortune.”

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25. “Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale.”

Tags : Fairy Tale Insightful Inspiration

26. “He looked at the little maiden, and she looked at him; and he felt that he was melting away, but he still managed to keep himself erect, shouldering his gun bravely. A door was suddenly opened, the draught caught the little dancer and she fluttered like a sylph, straight into the fire, to the soldier, blazed up and was gone! By this time the soldier was reduced to a mere lump, and when the maid took away the ashes next morning she found him, in the shape of a small tin heart. All that was left of the dancer was her spangle, and that was burnt as black as a coal.”

Tags : Fairytale Hans Christian Andersen Sad Tin Soldier
Source : The Steadfast Tin Soldier

27. “At his next visit he fancied he must have got into a narrow needlecase, full of sharp needles: “Oh,” thought he, “this must be the heart of an old maid;” but such was not the fact;”

Tags : Old Maid
Source : Andersen's Fairy Tales

28. “Sharp knives seemed to cut her delicate feet, yet she hardly felt them, so deep was the pain in her heart. She could not forget that this was the last night she would ever see the one for whom she had left her home and family, had given up her beautiful voice, and had day by day endured unending torment, of which he knew nothing at all. An eternal night awaited her. ”

Tags : Little Mermaid

29. “Never had she danced so beautifully; the sharp knives cut her feet, but she did not feel it, for the pain in her heart was far greater.”

Tags : Dance Heartbreak Pain
Source : The Little Mermaid