Once Upon A Time Quotes

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Diana Wynne Jones
“In the land of Ingary where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of the three. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes.”
Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

Emilie Autumn
“Once upon a time is now.”
Emilie Autumn

Charles de Lint
“Once upon a time there was what there was, and if nothing had happened there would be nothing to tell.”
Charles de Lint, Dreams Underfoot

“You are where you need to be. Just take a deep breath.”
Lana Parrilla

Laini Taylor
“Once upon a time, there were two moons, who were sisters.

Nitid was the goddess of tears and life, and the sky was hers. No one worshipped Ellai but secret lovers.”
Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

R.J. Anderson
“Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her.”
R.J. Anderson

Philip Pullman
“Thou shalt not' is soon forgotten, but 'Once upon a time' lasts forever.”
Philip Pullman

“That's the first thing you said to me, remember? Once upon a time.”
Mikki Daughtry, All This Time

Katharine Corr
“Once upon a time -- because that's how all the best stories start, even the ones that lead to death and darkness and unhappy ever after.”
Katharine Corr, The Witch's Kiss

Roderick Townley
“Once upon a time she had felt trapped inside her story with its familiar characters and predictable plot. Now she felt locked out of it.”
Roderick Townley, The Great Good Thing

“There are no coincidences. Everything that happens, happens by design, and there's nothing we can do about it; forces greater than us conspire to make it happen.”
Neal Cassidy

Richelle E. Goodrich
“The most magical words a person can utter are 'Once upon a time.'
Richelle E. Goodrich, Being Bold: Quotes, Poetry, & Motivations for Every Day of the Year

“Once upon a time, is how stories begin...”
N'Zuri Za Austin

“We continued dancing as a swift gale wheeled through the hills of Santa Cruz. Xuan leaned down to whisper into my ear, his lips lightly brushing the helix. “Once upon a time there was a boy, and he loved a girl very much. He was sad because he didn’t think the girl noticed him. Until one day the uni- verse intervened and a beautiful comet brought them together after a tragic accident occurred that day. The boy and the girl found comfort and friendship in each other that night. And something new and extraordinary began to blossom under the heavens, something that would burn with such bright- ness that all the stars would be in awe. And the boy fell madly in love with the girl and promised to always find her, in this life and the next.”
“That’s my favorite story.”
Xuan smiled. “It’s the best one I’ve ever told, Ms. Steel.”
Kayla Cunningham, Fated to Love You

“We are all taught that the most beautiful part of a fairytale is “happily ever after”. But we fail to notice that all fairy tales begin with “Once upon a time”. Once. It all happened. It was all real. Once.”
Neha Bindal, Table for One

“I looked at his hand clasping mine. Three years ago, on October 15, 2016, the brilliant blue blaze of the comet had crossed the vastness of our world in Colombia. I could see it, almost as if we were back there, standing on the roof of the dorms as we looked over the city together. We didn’t know it then, but our life together was just beginning.”
Kayla Cunningham, Fated to Love You

Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
“The moral of this story is that many amazing, sometimes hidden, things happen in a library. What's the story behind yours? What's your tale? The world is waiting to hear your Once Upon a Time.”
Kristin O'Donnell Tubb, The Story Collector

Brian Andreas
“Once upon a time there was a boy who knew what he was going to be from the very moment he was born. As soon as he was able to talk, he told everyone, I am a builder of dreams. No one in his family had any idea what that meant, except maybe his Aunt Dorothy, who knew about dreams & how they form you into the thing you’re going to be, even when you think you have other plans.

The rest of his family did things like work with numbers & fix old cars & bake bread in a bakery. When he first told them what he was going to be, they thought it was cute & then, when it didn’t stop, it was something not to be mentioned at family gatherings & finally, it was something that would lead to personal suffering if he didn’t start getting his head on straight, by god. So, he stopped saying it out loud, but he never forgot & when he got older, he moved away & his family told the neighbors he was working as a manager & every one nodded & was pleased that he’d finally come around to viewing life as it was & not how you wish it would be.

But he didn’t really care because he was building things of air & sunlight & the laughter of children & the sharp smell of lighter fluid at a summer barbecue & the flash of color on the throat of a hummingbird & all of them were things that had no real name, but people felt them all the same. They felt them all the same...”
Brian Andreas, Still Mostly True: Collected Stories & Drawings

Kamilla Benko
“Taking a deep breath, she began a new tale.
"Once upon a real time, there were two girls, sister. The little one followed the elder like night follows day, and they were as different from each other as sun and moon, but like the sun and moon, neither would be the same without the other...”
Kamilla Benko, The Unicorn Quest

Pratik  Mishra
“We were living our once upon a time. Every day felt like a lifetime; every moment was alive.”
Pratik Mishra, A Thousand Places

Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
“This special, one-of-a-kind key: the unique mix of books and stories that he would choose to read. Different from everyone else on the planet. His blanks to fill in. His Once Upon a Time.”
Kristin O'Donnell Tubb, The Story Collector

E.T.A. Hoffmann
“Once upon a time—what author nowadays dare begin his tale in such a way? 'Old-fashioned! Boring!' cries the kind or rather unkind reader...”
E.T.A. Hoffmann, The Golden Pot and Other Tales

Alyssa  Moon
“Once upon a time, the Threaded lived in a castle in the clouds.”
Alyssa Moon, Delphine and the Silver Needle

“The Romans and Greeks believed that the appearance of comets, meteors, and meteor showers was portentous. They were signs that something good or bad had happened... or was about to happen. For me, that was the moment I fell in love with Xuan. That was the promise of a future filled with love... and beauty... and brilliance. That future began and ended with Xuan.”
Kayla Cunningham

“Raised by dreams, protected and cared by the sun; he cared for me beyond measure and cherished me in his heart.”
Efrat Cybulkiewicz

Nitya Prakash
“Once upon a time, people genuinely cared.”
Nitya Prakash

Avijeet Das
“Once upon a time, this world was a beautiful place. But it has been spoiled by the greed of Man.”
Avijeet Das

Kamilla Benko
“And finally, she told one more story.”
Kamilla Benko, The Unicorn Quest

“Very long ago, as old people have told me...

— Opening line. The dragon of the north”
various, Beauty and the Beast and Other Classic Fairy Tales

John Connolly
“Twice upon a time - for that is how some stories should continue - there was a mother whose daughter was stolen from her.”
John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things

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