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The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults by Stephen Mitchell
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“There are two kinds of women: those who marry princes and those who marry frogs. The frogs never become princes, but it is an acknowledged fact that a prince may very well, in the course of an ordinary marrige, gradually, at first almost imperceptibly, turn into a frog. Happy the woman who after twenty-five years still wakes up beside the prince she fell in love with.”
Stephen Mitchell, The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults
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“What we are tempted to call a disaster is sometimes the first, painful stage of a blessing.”
Stephen Mitchell, The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults
“Happily ever after doesn't begin with Once upon a time: it begins with Now.”
Stephen Mitchell, The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults
“Love softens everything except our sense of integrity.”
Stephen Mitchell, The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults
“. . . wishes are like magnifying glasses they enlarge and focus an intention that is already inside us.”
Stephen Mitchell, The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults
“A modern princess—of England, say, or Monaco— serves the purpose of being an adornment in the fantasy life of the public. Consequently, she receives the kind of education that one might think of giving to a particularly splendid papier-mâché angel before putting it at the top of the Christmas tree: an education whose main goal is proficiency in the arts of looking pretty and standing straight. Our century, whatever virtues it may have, is not an optimal time for princesses.

Things were different in the Renaissance. Intelligence had a primary value then. At almost every level of the social order, education was meant to create true amateurs—people who were in love with quality. A gentleman or lady needed to be at least minimally skilled in many arts, because that was considered the fittest way of appreciating the good things in life and honoring the goodness itself. Nor did being well-rounded mean smoothing over your finest points and becoming like the reflection of a smile in a polished teaspoon. Intelligence walked hand in hand with individuality, although having finely sharpened points of view did not, it was felt, require you to poke other people with them. If wit was a rapier, courtesy was the button at the end of the blade.”
Stephen Mitchell, The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults
“When he makes you a promise, he is assuring you that however the world changes, his word will not change. Thus, he is creating the future inside the present. Even more: he is creating the present inside the present. He is establishing on stationary point amid the infinite flux of events.”
Stephen Mitchell, The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults
“The Frog was the only one who could retrieve the golden ball because he was the only one who could descend into the well. He was the only one who could descend into the well because the art of diving was still unknown in Europe at this time. The art of diving was still unknown in Europe because it had not yet been imported from India. Therefore the Frog was the only one who could retrieve the golden ball. Q.E.D.”
Stephen Mitchell, The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults
“Hmm,' said the King. 'I must write that down in my book of aphorisms. I don't know if it is deep, but it sounds deep.”
Stephen Mitchell, The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults

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