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Fairy Tales Quotes


"Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience." - George Santayana

"Fairy-tales are nice." - Syd Barrett

"Sure, I love fairy tales." - Maynard James Keenan

"Fairy tales are more than true ..." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Philosophy is the opposite of fairy tales" - Jostein Gaarder

"Science Fiction: fairy tales for nerds." - Richard Bayan

"We have been poisoned by fairy tales." - Anais Nin

"Idle man, chases after fairy tales..." - Rumi

"All great novels are great fairy tales." - Vladimir Nabokov

"Don't ask questions of fairy tales." - Saying

"I want to talk about political and economic fairy tales." - Ronald Reagan

"Spring blossoms are fairy tales, autumn leaves are tragic dramas." - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Remember all fairy tales end at some point." - Melissa De La Cruz

"Once upon a time, fairy tales were AWESOME!" - Adam Gidwitz

"Even nightingales ca' be fed on fairy tales." - Ivan Turgenev

"American cinema is international like the fairy tales were international." - Bertrand Tavernier

"I'll be left writing picture books and fairy tales" - Carol Ann Duffy

"The dead have need of fairy tales too." - Zbigniew Herbert

"Novels are to love as fairy tales to dreams." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Comic books to me are fairy tales for grown-ups." - Stan Lee

"But wishes are only granted in fairy tales." - Simone Elkeles

"Even nightingales can't be fed on fairy tales." - Ivan Turgenev

"I love fairy tales and feel very affected by them." - Alice Hoffman

"Gifts fall from heaven only in fairy tales." - Walter Ulbricht

"I'm not writing fairy tales or object lessons." - Junot Diaz

"I'll be left writing picture books and fairy tales." - Carol Ann Duffy

"Fairy tales are really violent, the original ones." - Jane Levy

"I was a Nancy Drew girl. Also Grimms' fairy tales." - Sue Monk Kidd

"When fairy tales are written in the west, they're known as folklore. In the east, fairy tales are called religions." - Paul Henderson

"I wished that, for once, faery tales - real faery tales, not Disney fairy tales - would have a happy ending." - Julie Kagawa

"Fairy tales and folk tales have always played a role in my writing in one way or another." - Linn Ullmann

"Every kid loves fairy tales, stories of witches and giants and magicians. Then, when you get a little older you can't read fairy tales anymore." - Stan Lee

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Do you believe in fairy tales?" "What...what kind of fairy tales?" "The kind you aren't supposed to waste your life on." - Richelle Mead

"Fairy tales are my natural language. I feel at ease telling fairy tales like a fish feels in water. I am totally free." - Michel Ocelot

"If you want to make your children brilliant, tell them fairy tales. If you want to make them more brilliant, tell them more fairy tales." - Albert Einstein

"Fantasy is, I believe, the great nourisher of imagination. To paraphrase Einstein on how to develop intelligence in young people: Read fairy tales. Then read more fairy tales." - Lloyd Alexander

"In kindergarten that used to be my job, to tell them fairytales. I liked Hans Christian Andersen, and the Grimm fairy tales, all the classic fairy tales." - Francis Ford Coppola

"I didn't like fairy tales when I was younger. I found a lot of fairy tales scary. They really didn't sit well with me." - Amanda Seyfried

"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." - Albert Einstein

"I was a great reader of fairy tales. I tried to read the entire fairy tale section of the library." - Beverly Cleary

"Fairy tales only happen in movies." -George Melies from The Invention of Hugo Cabret" - Brian Selznick

"We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high." - Ransom Riggs

"Fairy tales are experienced by their hearers and readers, not as realistic, but as symbolic poetry." - Max Luthi

"It is not children only that one feeds with fairy tales." - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

"We no longer believe in fairy tales. But we will learn to believe in monsters" - Francesca Lia Block

"I don't believe in fairy tales, but I believe in you and me" - Natalia Kills

"I have to believe in fairy tales and I have to believe in love." - Taylor Swift

"Some fairy tales end with the girl marrying the prince... some start there." - Diane Von Furstenberg

"It's all a quilt of fairy tales with a patch here and there of truth." - Laini Taylor

"Fairy tales dont tell you that dragons are real, but that they can be defeated!" - Kate Dicamillo

"Fairy tales can come true, It can happen to you If you're young at heart." - Carolyn Leigh

"Nourishing a youth sublime With the fairy tales of science, and the long result of Time." - Alfred Tennyson

"Armchair warriors often fail - and we've been poisoned by these fairy tales" - Don Henley

"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." - C S Lewis

"Fairy tales and myths are forms of cultural storage for the natural history of life." - William Irwin Thompson

"I like being scared, so I've always liked fairy tales because they're kind of creepy." - Lana Parrilla

"All the ancient classic fairy tales have always been scary and dark." - Helena Bonham Carter

"Look at Jane Austen. Her characters derive in a reasonably straight line from fairy tales." - Andrew Davies

"People don't like the true and simple; they like fairy tales and humbug." - Edmond De Goncourt

"I don't know what to think about magic and fairy tales." - Richard Dawkins

"Well, Company of Wolves was about that literally, about fairy tales." - Neil Jordan

"If you look at children's stories in fairy tales, they're pretty brutal." - Susanne Bier

"Overnight Success Happens Only in Fairy Tales, Trashy Novels, and Bad Movies." - Ernie J Zelinski

"I found a lot of fairy tales scary. They really didn't sit well with me." - Amanda Seyfried

"Dragons and bridges are very much something out of fairy tales and fantasy." - John Howe

"I think almost everybody enjoyed fairy tales when they were young, tales of witches and ogres and monsters and dragons and so forth. You get a little bit older, you can't read fairy tales any more." - Stan Lee

"I also like the whole idea of fairy tales and folk tales being a woman's domain, considered a lesser domain at the time they were told." - Alice Hoffman

"Then clear on a flute of purest gold A sweet little fairy played. And wonderful fairy tales she told and marvelous music made." - Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

"It could have been like a fairy tale. But fairy tales aren't real. Things don't work like that. There's a price for everything." - Maureen Johnson

"What works about fairy tales is that they endure, and the great thing about fairy tales is that you can explore big, epic things that you can't really explore in other situations." - Gary Ross

"I think people should read fairy tales, because were hungry for a mythology that will speak to our fears." - Sandra Cisneros

"So there are different examples of fairy tales, and sometimes I believe in them and sometimes I don't." - Taylor Swift

"I believe in the truth of fairy-tales more than I believe in the truth in the newspaper." - Lotte Reiniger

"Once I learned, I went online and ordered every romance novel I could find. They're fairy tales for grown-ups." - Gena Showalter

"A child gets moral notions from the fairy-tales he delights in, as do his elders from tale and verse." - Charlotte Mason

"Fairy tales have a hidden power, and their appeal never ends. They're the best way to get messages across." - Michel Ocelot

"The whole world had changed. Only the fairy tales remained the same. "And they lived happily ever after," - Lois Lowry

"Yule-Yul log for the Christmas-fire tale-spinner-of fairy tales that can come true: Yul Brynner." - Marianne Moore

"The naive was only a part of my fairy tales; humor was the real salt in them." - Hans Christian Andersen

"It was not a happy ending of the sort in fairy tales, but it was the only one we had." - Megan Hart

"You perceive, do you not, that our national fairy tales reflect the inmost desires of the Briton and the Gaul?" - Rudyard Kipling

"Butterflies and zebras And moonbeams and fairy tales That's all she ever thinks about Riding with the wind." - Jimi Hendrix

"Fairy Tales always have a happy ending.' That depends... on whether you are Rumpelstiltskin or the Queen." - Jane Yolen

"If I'm honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all." - Audrey Hepburn

"I have always been fascinated by the supernatural elements in stories, whether fairy tales, myths, film or literature." - Trudi Canavan

"I never grew up reading or fantasizing about fairy tales. I was always too busy, like, outside being a kid." - Armie Hammer

"Fairy tales lie just as much as statistics do, but sometimes you can find a grain of truth in them." - Sergei Lukyanenko

"I grew up with a lot of fairy tales. And they had an essence of darkness to them." - Rupert Sanders

"Conservatives used to believe in confronting hard truths, not succumbing to comforting fairy tales. Some still do." - Fareed Zakaria

"If you want to tell grown-up fairy tales, you have to look for the dark side." - Juan Antonio Bayona

"I began to believe the fairy tales: You know, how we're all out there looking for our magical missing half." - Michael Bergin

"I think people should read fairy tales, because we're hungry for a mythology that will speak to our fears." - Sandra Cisneros

"All of my work is influenced by fairy tales, and I hope my work shows Hans Christian Anderson's influence." - Sandra Cisneros

"I think dreams can come true, but not necessarily like fairy-tales. It's not always so perfect like that." - Patrick Dempsey

"Fairy tales read before bed tend to make me dream. They're all quite violent stories, as are my dreams." - Glen Duncan

"Fairy tales to me are never happy, sweet stories. They're moral stories about overcoming the dark side and the bad." - Joe Wright

"I acquired a hunger for fairy tales in the dark days of blackout and blitz in the Second World War." - A S Byatt

"On that other novels followed: but I still wrote fairy tales and dreamy poems of another world." - Laurence Housman

"The fact that fairy tales remain a literary underdog-undervalued and undermined-even as they shape so many popular stories, redoubles my certainty that it is time for contemporary fairy tales to be celebrated in a popular, literary collection. Fairy tales hold the secret to reading." - Kate Bernheimer

"I have very happy memories of fairy tales. My mother used to take me to the library in Toronto to check out the fairy tales. And she was an actress, so she used to act out for me the different characters in all these fairy tales." - Mike Myers

"Raindrops are like fairy whispers." - Anonymous

"I think the big thing is the fairy tale. It's taking old folk fairy tales and retelling them in modern day. I think it's just taking you out of everyday life, and everyone loves a good fairy tale." - Lily Collins

"Though now we think of fairy tales as stories intended for very young children, this is a relatively modern idea. In the oral tradition, magical stories were enjoyed by listeners young and old alike, while literary fairy tales (including most of the tales that are best known today) were published primarily for adult readers until the 19th century." - Terri Windling

"Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Let children have tales of the imagination, scenes laid in other lands and other times; heroic adventures, hairbreadth escapes, delicious fairy tales, even where it is all impossible, and they know it, and yet they believe." - Charlotte Mason

"My inspiration is my life, what I see happening around me. It can be history and, quite often, plain traditional fairy tales. But I never adapt; I nourish myself with old stories, and then create my own tales." - Michel Ocelot

"In college, I became interested in folk tales and fairy tales. Gradually I became more and more interested in the underlying meaning of it all and the possibility of the reality of real fairies." - Brian Froud

"Because the great thing about fairy tales and folk tales is that there is no authentic text. It's not like the text of Paradise Lost or James Joyce's Ulysses, and you have to adhere to that exact text." - Philip Pullman

"I loved fairy tales when I was a kid. Grimm. The grimmer the better. I loved gruesome gothic tales and, in that respect, I liked Bible stories, because to me they were very gothic." - Amy Tan

"I love the stories of changelings and the thought that the Fey were these ancient, capricious creatures who were tricky and dangerous. I've always preferred the Brothers Grimm faery tales to the Disney fairy tales." - Julie Kagawa

"[Fairy tales] are like a journey to the woods and the many ways you can get lost. Some people say it's not a good idea to read fairy tales to anyone under the age of eight because they are brutal and raw. When I was a kid I often felt that kids's books were speaking down to me, but I never felt that way about fairy tales. They are bloody and scary, but so is life." - Alice Hoffman

"And our lady friend, she thinks life works like a fairy tale.' Well, that's harmless, is' it?' Yeah, but in fairy tales, when someone dies... it's just a word." - Terry Pratchett

"In Grimm's fairy tales, you kiss a frog and in two seconds, it becomes a prince. That is a fairy tale. In evolution, you kiss a frog and in two million years, it becomes a prince." - D. James Kennedy

"I believe that our lives, just like fairy tales - the stories that have been written by us humans, through our own experiences of living - will always have a Hero and a Heroine, a Fairy Godmother and a Wicked Witch." - Lucinda Riley

"And our lady friend, she thinks life works like a fairy tale.' Well, that's harmless, isn't it?' Yeah, but in fairy tales, when someone dies... it's just a word." - Terry Pratchett

"Why should a horror film be just a horror film? To me, The Company of Wolves is a fairy tale; it's got all those elements plus a lot more. And we know that fairy tales aren't innocent any more." - Neil Jordan

"Here about the beach I wandered, nourishing a youth sublime With the fairy tales of science, and the long result of Time." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"The old fairy tales are very, very violent, and these days I think we could do with a little less of it." - Julie Andrews

"People tend to think of fairy tales as archetypal. They are also extremely sensual, something which translates well over the ages." - Kate Bernheimer

"I think people are interested in anything that's a little bigger than life and that's colorful and - you know, what they like? They like fairy tales for grownups." - Stan Lee

"As a self-respecting dude, I'd never believed in fairy tales, but in that moment, I did. I'd found my angel to live happily-ever-after with." - Katie Ashley

"I'd been right from the start - soulmates were for fairy tales. In real life, people were just people, and they couldn't be trusted." - Hilary Duff

"Fairy tales are about money, marriage, and men. They are the maps and manuals that are passed down from mothers and grandmothers to help them survive." - Marina Warner

"I always felt and still feel that fairy tales have an emotional truth that is so deep that there are few things that really rival them" - Alice Hoffman

"In a utilitarian age, of all other times, it is a matter of grave importance that fairy tales should be respected." - Charles Dickens

"Mother didn't understand that children aren't frightened by stories; that their lives are full of far more frightening things than those contained in fairy tales." - Kate Morton

"I like to make people happy, and with fairy tales, I can say anything I want to, but in an agreeable way." - Michel Ocelot

"My dream was to eventually make movies. To be part of the fairy tales, stories and novels I loved reading so much growing up." - Irena A. Hoffman

"It's the problem with fairy tales. From far away, they seem so perfect. But up close, they're just as complicated as real life." - Soman Chainani

"Before you enter the forest, you must leave your mind outside, because in the land of fairy tales there is no need for it!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"I left the fairy tales lying on the floor of the nursery, and I have not found any books so sensible since." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been "a means to conquer the terrors of mankind through metaphor." - Jack Zipes

"When I was little, I made up my own fairy tales, and the ghostly echo of Once upon a time shapes all the fiction Ive ever written." - Justine Larbalestier

"People gave names to things so they could tell stories about them, goddam fairy tales about children who got out alive." - Sam Lipsyte

"Uncertainty in the pressure of vivid hopes and fears is painful, but must be endured if we wish to live without the support of comforting fairy tales." - Bertrand Russell

"Fairy tales have always got to have something a bit scary for children - as long as you make them laugh as well." - Roald Dahl

"From sentence to sentence, in fairy tales there is no reality that is subordinated to any other. Just as, outside the pages there is no reality." - Kate Bernheimer

"In fairy tales, the princesses kiss the frogs, and the frogs become princes. In real life, the pricesses kiss princes, and the princes turn into frogs." - Paulo Coelho

"I loved him, but love isn't enough. All the fairy tales, the romance novels, the soap operas; they're all lies. Love does not conquer all." - Laurell K Hamilton

"Kami'd always retold her fairy tales to make the fair maidens braver and more self-sufficient, but she had never had any real objection to the handsome prince." - Sarah Rees Brennan

"Like a magpie, I am a scavenger of shiny things: fairy tales, dead languages, weird folk beliefs, fascinating religions, and more." - Laini Taylor

"The more one knows fairy tales the less fantastical they appear; they can be vehicles of the grimmest realism, expressing hope against all the odds with gritted teeth." - Marina Warner

"Like a grindhouse version of Grimm's Fairy Tales, Wallwork's fiction is smart, innovative, and a hell of a lot of fun." - Carlton Mellick III

"I've always loved fairy tales and magic - especially twisting them on their ears and poor trolls have always had such a bad rep." - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"I am very much interested in fairy tales. I guess that most of the films I like to do have this kind of aspect." - Lucile Hadzihalilovic

"There were the fairy tales my father told to me at bedtime. All the standards. I thought my father invented wolves." - John Dufresne

"Fairy tales-simple stories for simple minds, a breath of air to cool brows overheated by the complexities of real life." - Matthew Stover

"Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life." - Friedrich Schiller



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