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“How often when we are comfortable, we begin to long for something new! ”
Jacob Grimm
“I'm Death, and I make sure that everyone is equal.”
Jacob Grimm
“Skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony.”
Jacob Grimm
“Love is like death, it must come to us all, but to each his own unique way and time, sometimes it will be avoided, but never can it be cheated, and never will it be forgotten.”
Jacob Grimm
“My mother, she killed me,
My father, he ate me,
My sister Marlene,
Gathered all my bones,
Tied them in a silken scarf,
Laid them beneath the juniper tree,
Tweet, tweet, what a beautiful bird am I.”
Jacob Grimm, The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm
“They were indeed great rascals, and belonged to that class of people who find things before they are lost.”
Jacob Grimm, Grimm's Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm
“Some men are born to good luck: all they do or try to do comes right—all that falls to them is so much gain—all their geese are swans—all their cards are trumps—toss them which way you will, they will always, like poor puss, alight upon their legs, and only move on so much the faster. The world may very likely not always think of them as they think of themselves, but what care they for the world? what can it know about the matter?”
Jacob Grimm, The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
“She'll sting you one day,
Oh, ever so gently,
so you hardly ever feel it.
'til you fall dead.”
Jacob Grimm
“A certain king had a beautiful garden, and in the garden stood a tree which bore golden apples. These apples were always counted, and about the time when they began to grow ripe it was found that every night one of them was gone. The king became very angry at this, and ordered the gardener to keep watch all night under the tree. The gardener set his eldest son to watch; but about twelve o'clock he fell asleep, and in the morning another of the apples was missing. Then the second son was ordered to watch; and at midnight he too fell asleep, and in the morning another apple was gone. Then the third son offered to keep watch; but the gardener at first would not let him, for fear some harm should come to him: however, at last he consented, and the young man laid himself under the tree to watch. As the clock struck twelve he heard a rustling noise in the air, and a bird came flying that was of pure gold; and as it was snapping at one of the apples with its beak, the gardener's son jumped up and shot an arrow at it. But the arrow did the bird no harm; only it dropped a golden feather from its tail, and then flew away. The golden feather was brought to the king in the morning, and all the council was called together. Everyone agreed that it was worth more than all the wealth of the kingdom: but the king said, 'One feather is of no use to me, I must have the whole bird.”
Jacob Grimm, The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
“Lina said to Fundevogel: 'Never leave me, and I will never leave you.' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now, nor ever.' Then said Lina: 'Do you become a rose-tree, and I the rose upon it.”
Jacob Grimm, The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
“He who is too well off is always longing for something new.”
Jacob Grimm, The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
“Turn back, turn back,thou pretty bride,
Within this house thou must not abide.
For here do evil things betide.”
Jacob Grimm, Cinderella and Other Tales by the Brothers Grimm Book and Charm
“In the olden days, when wishing still worked, there lived a king whose daughters were all beautiful, but the youngest daughter was so lovely that even the sun... was struck with wonder.”
Jacob Grimm, Grimm's Fairy Tales
“Then up he got with a light heart, free from all his troubles, and walked on till he reached his mother's house, and told her how very easy the road to good luck was.”
Jacob Grimm, Grimm's Fairy Tales
“you shall tie the marriage knot with the ropemaker's daughter and the cawing of the crows will be your wedding song.”
Jacob Grimm
“Before the castle gate all was as the fox had said: so the son went in and found the chamber where the golden bird hung in a wooden cage, and below”
Jacob Grimm, The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
“Take me as godfather." The man asked, "Who art thou?" "I am Death, and I make all equal." Then said the man, "Thou art the right one, thou takest the rich as well as the poor, without distinction; thou shalt be godfather." Death answered, "I will make thy child rich and famous, for he who has me for a friend can lack nothing.”
Jacob Grimm, Household Tales by Brothers Grimm
“In olden times, when wishing still helped...”
Jacob Grimm
“My love for her is so great, that if all the leaves on all the trees were tongues, they could not declare it.”
Jacob Grimm
tags: love
“Time passed on; and as the eldest son did not come back, and no tidings were heard of him, the second son set out, and the same thing happened to him. He met the fox, who gave him the good advice: but when he came to the two inns, his eldest brother was standing at the window where the merrymaking was, and called to him to come in; and he could not withstand the temptation, but went in, and forgot the golden bird and his country in the same manner.”
Jacob Grimm, The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
“Alas, wife, what are you saying?'

'Husband,' said she. 'If I can't order the moon and sun to rise, and have to look on and see the sun and moon rising, I can't bear it. I shall not know what it is to have another happy hour, unless I can make them rise myself.'

Then she looked at him so terribly that a shudder ran over him, and said, 'Go at once; I wish to be like unto God.”
Jacob Grimm, Grimm's Fairy Tales
“Jacob wrote that the true poet ‘is like a man who is happy anywhere, in endless measure, if he is allowed to look at leaves and grass, to see the sun rise and set. The false poet travels abroad in strange countries and hopes to be uplifted by the mountains of Switzerland, the sky and sea of Italy. He comes to them and is dissatisfied. He is not as happy as the man who stays at home and sees the apple trees flower in spring, and hears the small birds singing among the branches”
Jacob Grimm, Grimms' Fairy Tales
“In the meantime, when he went on his way back, the seed had grown into a tree which reached up to the sky. Then thought the peasant, 'As thou hast the chance, thou must just see what the angels are doing up there above, and for once have them before thine eyes.' So he climbed up, and saw that the angels above were threshing oats, and he looked on.”
Jacob Grimm, Grimm's Fairy Tales
tags: angels
“The true poet, is like a man who's happy anywhere, in endless measure, if he's allowed to look at leaves and grass, to see the sun rise and set.”
Jacob Grimm
tags: grimm
“A merchant, who had three daughters, was once setting out upon a journey; but before he went he asked each daughter what gift he should bring back for her. The eldest wished for pearls; the second for jewels; but the third, who was called Lily, said, 'Dear father, bring me a rose.' Now it was no easy task to find a rose, for it was the middle of winter; yet as she was his prettiest daughter, and was very fond of flowers, her father said he would try what he could do. So he kissed all three, and bid them goodbye.”
Jacob Grimm, The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
“He dug and ploughed over his piece of land, and then sowed some turnip seed. Soon the seed began to show itself above ground, and there grew on turnip immensely large and thick, which seemed as if it would never have done growing, but was a princess among turnips; and as there had never before been seen such a turnip, so also there has never been such another since.”
Jacob Grimm, The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales
tags: humor
“And when the baker had plastered his feet, he ran to the miller. 'Miller,' he said, 'strew me some white meal over my paws.' But the miller refused, thinking the wolf must be meaning to harm someone. 'If you don't do it,' cried the wolf, 'I'll eat you up!' And the miller was afraid and did as he was told. And that just shows what men are.”
Jacob Grimm
“A long time ago there lived a king who was famed for his wisdom through all the land. Nothing was hidden from him, and it seemed as if news of the most secret things was brought to him through the air. But he had a strange custom; every day after dinner, when the table was cleared, and no one else was present, a trusty servant had to bring him one more dish. It was covered, however, and even the servant did not know what was in it, neither did anyone know, for the king never took off the cover to eat of it until he was quite alone.”
Jacob Grimm, The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
“One feather is of no use to me, I must have the whole bird.”
Jacob Grimm, The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales

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