Sleeping Beauty Quotes

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P.L. Travers
“Once we have accepted the story, we cannot escape the story's fate.”
P.L. Travers

Anna Sheehan
“I haven't finished revisiting Sleeping Beauty. As a faerie tale, that one is rife with inherent difficulties. After all, the world doesn't stop just because one person is asleep.”
Anna Sheehan, A Long, Long Sleep

“I'll tell you a secret about storytelling. Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty... were not perfect in the beginning. It's only a happy ending on the last page, right? If the princess had everything from the beginning, there wouldn't be a story. Anyone who is imperfect or incomplete can become the main character in the story.”
PEACH-PIT, Shugo Chara!, Vol. 2: Friends in Need

Yasunari Kawabata
“A poetess who had died young of cancer had said in one of her poems that for her, on sleepless nights, 'the night offers toads and black dogs and corpses of the drowned.”
Yasunari Kawabata, House of the Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories

Anne Sexton
“She married the prince
and all went well
except for the fear —
the fear of sleep.

Briar Rose
was an insomniac...
She could not nap
or lie in sleep
without the court chemist
mixing her some knock-out drops
and never in the prince's presence.”
Anne Sexton, Transformations

“Little princess, lovely as the dawn, well named Aurore.”
Cameron Dokey, Beauty Sleep

Jane Yolen
“A mist. A great mist. It covered the entire kingdom. And everyone in it - the good people and the not so good, the young people and the not-so-young, and even Briar Rose's mother and father fell asleep. Everyone slept: lords and ladies, teacher and tummlers, dogs and doves, rabbits and rabbitzen and all kinds of citizens. So fast asleep they were, they were not able to wake up for a hundred years.”
Jane Yolen, Briar Rose

Orson Scott Card
“…I had seen the princess and let her lie there unawakened, because the happily ever after was so damnably much work.”
Orson Scott Card, Maps in a Mirror: The Short Fiction of Orson Scott Card

Samantha    Ellis
“I love the fact that Perrault's princess goes on living and struggling after she finds her prince, and that Perrault doesn't shrink from the weirdness of Sleeping Beauty being over a hundred years old but having the body of a lithe young thing. When the prince wakes her, he considers telling her she's wearing the kind of clothes his grandmother used to wear, but decides it's best not to mention it just yet.”
Samantha Ellis, How to Be a Heroine

Frithjof Schuon
“Nothing is easier than to be original thanks to a false absolute, all the more so when this absolute is negative, for to destroy is easier than to construct. Humanism is the reign of horizontality, either naive or perfidious; and since it is also — and by that very fact — the negation of the Absolute, it is a door open to a multitude of sham absolutes, which in addition are often negative, subversive, and destructive. It is not too difficult to be original with such intentions and such means; all one needs is a little imagination. It should be noted that subversion includes not only philosophical and moral schemes designed to undermine the normal order of things, but also — in literature and on a seemingly harmless plane — all that can satisfy an unhealthy curiosity: namely all the narrations that are fantastic, grotesque, lugubrious, "dark," thus satanic in their way, and well-fitted to predispose men to all excesses and all perversions; this is the sinister side of romanticism. Without fearing in the least to be "childlike" or caring in the least to be "adult," we readily dispense with these somber lunacies, and are fully satisfied with Snow White and Sleeping Beauty.”
Frithjof Schuon, To Have a Center

Sarah E. Morin
“His princess was dusty. Arpien should have expected that. Anything lying undisturbed for a hundred years would gather dust. He'd crossed the ocean to find the right sword for this venture, but neglected to pack a feather duster.”
Sarah E. Morin, Waking Beauty

Sarah E. Morin
“He looked foolish and noble and vulnerable and battle-hardened all at once. As though every wound, every mistake, had been healed but not erased. Brierly had immortalized every scar in gold.

Was that how she saw him? If so, how could he do less than return the courtesy?”
Sarah E. Morin, Waking Beauty

Sarah E. Morin
“She was struck again by the unlikely vibrancy of the color brown.”
Sarah E. Morin, Waking Beauty

Sarah E. Morin
“Brierly, if we fight without hope, we're defeated before we start.”
Sarah E. Morin, Waking Beauty

Catherynne M. Valente
“Who knows what wild things Sleeping Beauty dreamt of while waiting to awake?”
Catherynne M. Valente, Radiance

Leslie Le Mon
“Standing 89 feet high, the Carthay Circle Theatre is actually taller than Sleeping Beauty Castle.”
Leslie Le Mon, The Disneyland Book of Secrets 2014 - Dca: One Local's Unauthorized, Rapturous and Indispensable Guide to the Happiest Place on Earth

Garth Risk Hallberg
“All these threads, like the ley-lines he'd read about in his Time-Life history books, converging on the Cicciaro girl, who lay there unaware, a glass-coffined beauty whose kingdom was in ruins.”
Garth Risk Hallberg, City on Fire

Sarah E. Morin
“Arpien didn't like tears. On the few occasions he'd tried to ease a maiden's tears, she inexplicably started producing more. How to fix this? He assumed the Sixth Stance of Deep Mourning and flourished the Bow of Esteemed Members of Foreign Nation States. "My condolences on the loss of your-" "Pickle?" She offered him one from the clay crock.”
Sarah E. Morin, Waking Beauty

Sarah E. Morin
“Arpien cleared his throat, removed his cap, and pressed his palms together in the Fifth Stance of Bereavement for Distant Relatives and Especially Good Cooks.
Sarah E. Morin, Waking Beauty

Sarah E. Morin
“To believe in anything takes risk," Arpien said. "Perhaps the risk of disappointed hopes is greater than the reward of fulfilled ones.”
Sarah E. Morin, Waking Beauty

Sarah E. Morin
“She sighed. "Well, there's nothing for it. You better come with me so I can keep an eye on you."

"I thought I was keeping an eye on you?"

"Well, it can't hurt if I look back.”
Sarah E. Morin, Waking Beauty

Juliette Cross
“A punch of erotic adrenaline took the breath right out of him …”
Juliette Cross, The Emerald Lily

Juliette Cross
“I want you so much, I feel like if I don’t make you mine soon, then some part of me will break away and disappear into the unknown. Then another will break away and another, until there’s nothing left of me at all but a hollow void. A shell of a man.”
Juliette Cross, The Emerald Lily

Juliette Cross
“You undo me, woman,” he breathed.
“You make me whole,” she whispered.”
Juliette Cross, The Emerald Lily

Kate Morton
“It's her. The woman from the photo."
The plate was foxed around the edges, but the painting at its center was still intact. The annotation beneath gave the title as Sleeping Beauty and the artist's name, Edward Radcliffe. The woman in the painting was lying in a fantastical treetop bower of leaves and flower buds, all of which were waiting in stasis for the chance to bloom. Birds and insects were interspersed amongst the woven branches; long red hair flowed in waves around her sleeping face, which was glorious in repose. Her eyes were closed, but the features of her face- the elegant cheekbones and bow lips- were unmistakable.
"She was his model," Elodie whispered.”
Kate Morton, The Clockmaker's Daughter

Claire Legrand
“A bramble took root in Val’s stubborn feet. Maybe if she stood there long enough, briar tangles would wrap her up within an enchanted wall, and the wall would stand guard around the sleeping girl until the prince came and burned everything down.

That’s how the story went, right?”
Claire Legrand, Sawkill Girls

Frithjof Schuon
“Rien n’est plus facile que d’être original moyennant un faux absolu, et cela l’est d’autant plus quand cet absolu est négatif, car détruire est plus facile que construire. L’humanisme, c’est le règne de l’horizontalité, soit naïve, soit perfide ; comme c’est – par là même – la négation de l’Absolu, c’est également la porte ouverte à une multitude d’absoluités factices, souvent négatives, subversives et destructives par surcroît. Il n’est pas trop difficile d’être original avec de telles intentions et de tels moyens ; il suffisait d’y penser. Remarquons que la subversion englobe, non seulement les programmes philosophiques et moraux destinés à saper l’ordre normal des choses, mais aussi – en littérature et sur un plan apparemment anodin – tout ce qui peut satisfaire une curiosité malsaine : à savoir tous les récits fantasques, grotesques, lugubres, « noirs », donc sataniques à leur façon, et propres à prédisposer les hommes à tous les excès et à toutes les perversions ; c’est là le côté sinistre du romantisme. Sans avoir la moindre crainte d’être « enfant » ni le moindre souci d’être « adulte », nous nous passons volontiers de ces sombres insanités, et nous sommes pleinement satisfaits de Blanche-Neige et de la Belle au bois dormant.”
Frithjof Schuon, To Have a Center

Sarah E. Morin
“She’s still under a curse. And this one you cannot save her from, because she put her own self under it.”
Sarah E. Morin, Waking Beauty

Vincent Okay Nwachukwu
“Women are easier loved than understood. How do you understand someone who came into existence when you were sleeping?”
Vincent Okay Nwachukwu, Weighty 'n' Worthy African Proverbs - Volume 1

Lisa M. Green
“I will be your salvation, girl, but in time . . . in time, you will be ours.”
Lisa M. Green, Midnight Descending

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