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“One summer morning at sunrise a long time ago
I met a little girl with a book under her arm.
I asked her why she was out so early and
she answered that there were too many books and
far too little time. And there she was absolutely right.”
Tove Jansson
“I only want to live in peace, plant potatoes and dream!”
Tove Jansson, Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 1
“You can't ever be really free if you admire somebody too much.”
Tove Jansson, Tales from Moominvalley
“I love borders. August is the border between summer and autumn; it is the most beautiful month I know.

Twilight is the border between day and night, and the shore is the border between sea and land. The border is longing: when both have fallen in love but still haven't said anything. The border is to be on the way. It is the way that is the most important thing.”
Tove Jansson
“It is simply this: do not tire, never lose interest, never grow indifferent—lose your invaluable curiosity and you let yourself die. It's as simple as that.”
Tove Jansson, Fair Play
“Maybe my passion is nothing special, but at least it's mine.”
Tove Jansson, Travelling Light
“All things are so very uncertain, and that's exactly what makes me feel reassured.”
Tove Jansson, Moominland Midwinter
“You must go on a long journey before you can really find out how wonderful home is.”
Tove Jansson, Comet in Moominland
“It's funny about love', Sophia said. 'The more you love someone, the less he likes you back.'
'That's very true,' Grandmother observed. 'And so what do you do?'
'You go on loving,' said Sophia threateningly. 'You love harder and harder.”
Tove Jansson, The Summer Book
“A theatre is the most important sort of house in the world, because that's where people are shown what they could be if they wanted, and what they'd like to be if they dared to and what they really are”
Tove Jansson, Moominsummer Madness
“Lie on the bridge and watch the water flowing past. Or run, or wade through the swamp in your red boots. Or roll yourself up and listen to the rain falling on the roof. It's very easy to enjoy yourself.”
Tove Jansson, Moominvalley in November
“There are such a lot of things that have no place in summer and autumn and spring. Everything that’s a little shy and a little rum. Some kinds of night animals and people that don’t fit in with others and that nobody really believes in. They keep out of the way all the year. And then when everything’s quiet and white and the nights are long and most people are asleep—then they appear.”
Tove Jansson, Moominland Midwinter
“It was a particularly good evening to begin a book.”
Tove Jansson, The Summer Book
“The quiet transition from autumn to winter is not a bad time at all. It's a time for protecting and securing things and for making sure you've got in as many supplies as you can. It's nice to gather together everything you possess as close to you as possible, to store up your warmth and your thoughts and burrow yourself into a deep hole inside, a core of safety where you can defend what is important and precious and your very own. Then the cold and the storms and the darkness can do their worst. They can grope their way up the walls looking for a way in, but they won't find one, everything is shut, and you sit inside, laughing in your warmth and your solitude, for you have had foresight.”
Tove Jansson, Moominvalley in November
“Making a journey by night is more wonderful than anything in the world.”
Tove Jansson, Moominpappa at Sea
“But that's how it is when you start wanting to have things. Now, I just look at them, and when I go away I carry them in my head. Then my hands are always free, because I don't have to carry a suitcase.”
Tove Jansson, Comet in Moominland
“I'll have to calm down a bit. Or else I'll burst with happiness”
Tove Jansson, Moominsummer Madness
“Someone who eats pancakes and jam can't be so awfully dangerous. You can talk to him.”
Tove Jansson, Finn Family Moomintroll
“The hemulen woke up slowly and recognised himself and wished he had been someone he didn't know.”
Tove Jansson, Moominvalley in November
“There's no need to imagine that you're a wondrous beauty, because that's what you are.”
Tove Jansson, Moominsummer Madness
“Most of the people are homesick anyway, and a little lonely, and they hide themselves in their hair and are turned into flowers.”
Tove Jansson, Sculptor's Daughter
“Quite, quite,' she thought with a little sigh. 'It's always like this in their adventures. To save and be saved. I wish somebody would write a story sometime about the people who warm up the heroes afterward.”
Tove Jansson, Moominland Midwinter
“The thing about God, she thought, is that He usually does help, but not until you've made an effort on your own.”
Tove Jansson, The Summer Book
“On niitä jotka jäävät ja toisia jotka lähtevät, niin on ollut aina. Kukin saa valita itse, mutta on valittava ajoissa, eikä koskaan saa antaa periksi.”
Tove Jansson
“It is still summer, but the summer is no longer alive. It has come to a standstill; nothing withers, and fall is not ready to begin. There are no stars yet, just darkness.”
Tove Jansson, The Summer Book
“Smell is important. It reminds a person of all the things he's been through; it is a sheath of memories and security.”
Tove Jansson, The Summer Book
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“It's funny about paths and rivers," he mused. "You see them go by, and suddenly you feel upset and want to be somewhere else--wherever the path or the river is going, perhaps.”
Tove Jansson, Comet in Moominland
“An island can be dreadful for someone from outside. Everything is complete, and everyone has his obstinate, sure and self-sufficient place. Within their shores, everything functions according to rituals that are as hard as rock from repetition, and at the same time they amble through their days as whimsically and casually as if the world ended at the horizon.”
Tove Jansson, The Summer Book
“I need to write down my observations. Even the tiniest ones; they're the most important.”
Tove Jansson, Art in Nature
“It’s only the sea,’ said Moomintroll. ‘Every wave that dies on the beach sings a little song to a shell. But you mustn’t go inside because it’s a labyrinth and you may never come out again.”
Tove Jansson, Comet in Moominland

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