November 5, 2016

Hans Christian Andersen Quotes

“A human life is a story told by God.”

“Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan’s egg.”

“But what did he see in the clear stream below? 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.”

“Death walks faster than the wind and never returns what he has taken.”

“Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead.”

“Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers.”

“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.”

“I cannot bear it! said the pewter soldier. I have shed pewter tears! It is too melancholy! Rather let me go to the wars and lose arms and legs! It would at least be a change. I cannot bear it longer! Now, I know what it is to have a visit from one’s old thoughts, with what they may bring with them! I have had a visit from mine, and you may be sure it is no pleasant thing in the end; I was at last about to jump down from the drawers.”

“I have now learnt to despise you, he said. You refused an honest prince; you did not appreciate the rose and the nightingale; but you did not mind kissing a swineherd for his toys; you have no one but yourself to blame!”

“It is the power of thought that gives man power over nature.”

“Just living is not enough, said the butterfly, one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”

“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.”

“Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale of all.”

“Many, many steeples would have to be stacked one on top of another to reach from the bottom to the surface of the sea.”

“Most of the people who will walk behind me will be children so make the beat keep time with short steps.”

“My life is a lovely story, happy and full of incident.”

“Then they knew that the lady they had lodged was a real Princess, since she had felt the one small pea through twenty mattresses and twenty feather-beds, for it was quite impossible for any one but a true Princess to be so tender.”

“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.”

“Travelling expands the mind rarely.”