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“But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid
“Where words fail, music speaks.”
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“When the bird of the heart begins to sing, too often will reason stop up her ears.”
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“Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
Hans Christian Anderson, The Complete Fairy Tales
“To travel is to live.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography
“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.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography
“Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.”
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“Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.”
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“Every man's life is a fairy tale, written by God's fingers.”
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“She laughed and danced with the thought of death in her heart.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid
“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.”
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“The whole world is a series of miracles, but we're so used to them we call them ordinary things.”
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“Everything you look at can become a fairy tale and you can get a story from everything you touch.”
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“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.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen
“If you looked down to the bottom of my soul, you would understand fully the source of my longing and – pity me. Even the open, transparent lake has its unknown depths, which no divers know.”
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“To be of use to the world is the only way to be happy. ”
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“Death walks faster than the wind and never returns what he has taken.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Story of a Mother
“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. ”
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“It doesn't matter if you're born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan's egg!”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Ugly Duckling
“You are a dreamer, and that is your misfortune.”
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“My life will be the best illustration of all my work.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography
“I know what you want. It is very stupid of you, but you shall have your way, and it will bring you to sorrow, my pretty princess. - The sea witch.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid
“‎"Does all the beauty of the world stop when you die?"

"No," said the Old Oak; "it will last much longer - longer than I can even think of."

"Well, then," said the little May-fly, "we have the same time to live; only we reckon differently.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Complete Fairy Tales
“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.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid
“Brave soldier, never fear.
Even though your death is near.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Steadfast Tin Soldier
“But shouldn't all of us on earth give the best we have to others and offer whatever is in our power?”
Hans Christian Andersen, Fairy Tales
“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.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Ugly Duckling
“I only appear to be dead.”
Hans Christian Andersen
“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.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Princess and the Pea: The Graphic Novel
“There was a proud Teapot, proud of being made of porcelain, proud of its long spout and its broad handle. It had something in front of it and behind it; the spout was in front, and the handle behind, and that was what it talked about. But it didn't mention its lid, for it was cracked and it was riveted and full of defects, and we don't talk about our defects - other people do that. The cups, the cream pitcher, the sugar bowl - in fact, the whole tea service - thought much more about the defects in the lid and talked more about it than about the sound handle and the distinguished spout. The Teapot knew this.”
Hans Christian Andersen, Fairy Tales

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