Every real story is a never ending story.

— Michael Ende

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Calendars and clocks exist to measure time, but that signifies little because we all know that an hour can seem as eternity or pass in a flash, according to how we spend it.

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Once someone dreams a dream, it can't just drop out of existence.

But if the dreamer can't remember it, what becomes of it?

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When it comes to controlling human beings, there is no better instrument than lies. Because you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts.

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A story can be new and yet tell about olden times. The past comes into existence with the story.

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Wishes cannot be summoned up or kept away at will.

They come from deeper within us than good or bad intentions. And they spring up unannounced.

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There were thousands and thousands of forms of joy in the world, but that all were essentially one and the same, namely, the joy of being able to love.

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If you stop to think about it, you’ll have to admit that all the stories in the world consist essentially of twenty-six letters. The letters are always the same, only the arrangement varies. From letters words are formed, from words sentences, from sentences chapters, and from chapters stories.

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Momo listened to everyone and everything - even to the rain and the wind and the pine trees - and all of them spoke to her after their own fashion.

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What I've started I must finish. I've gone too far to turn back. Regardless of what may happen, I have to go forward.

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Time is life itself, and life resides in the human heart.

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You wish for something, you've wanted it for years, and you're sure you want it, as long as you know you can't have it. But if all at once it looks as though your wish might come true, you suddenly find yourself wishing you had never wished for any such thing.

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All that matters in life," the grey man went on, "is to climb the ladder of success, amount to something, own things. When a person climbs higher than the rest, amounts to more, owns more things, everything else comes automatically: friendship, love, respect, et cetera..." "Isn't there anyone who loves you?" Momo whispered.

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About Michael Ende

Quotes 46 sayings
Nationality German
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

Once someone dreams a dream, it can't just drop out of existence.

But if the dreamer can't remember it, what becomes of it? It lives on in Fantastica, deep under earth. There are forgotten dreams stored in many layers. The deeper one digs, the closer they are. All Fantastica rests on a foundation of forgotten dreams.

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No architect troubled to design houses that suited people who were to live in them, because that would have meant building a whole range of different houses. It was far cheaper and, above all, timesaving to make them identical.

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Life holds one great but quite commonplace mystery.

Though shared by each of us and known to all, seldom rates a second thought. That mystery, which most of us take for granted and never think twice about, is time.

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Nothing is lost. . .Everything is transformed.

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To be wise was to be above joy and sorrow, fear and pity, ambition and humiliation. It was to hate nothing and to love nothing, and above all to be utterly indifferent to the love and hate of others.

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Lots of things take time, and time was Momo's only form of wealth.

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Strange as it may seem, horror loses its power to frighten when repeated too often.

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Man kann davon überzeugt sein, sich etwas zu wünschen - vielleicht jahrelang - solang man weiß, dass der Wunsch unerfüllbar ist. Steht man aber plötzlich vor der Möglichkeit, dass der Wunschtraum Wirklichkeit wird, dann wünscht man sich nur noch eins: Man hätte es sich nie gewünscht.

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Those who still think listening isn't an art should see if they can do it half as well.

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Life holds one great but quite commonplace mystery.

Though shared by each of us and known to all, seldom rates a second thought. That mystery, which most of us take for granted and never think twice about, is time. Calendars and clocks exist to measure time, but that signifies little because we all know that an hour can seem as eternity or pass in a flash, according to how we spend it. Time is life itself, and life resides in the human heart.

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Just as the setting sun turned the clouds to liquid gold.

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My will can control anything that’s empty.

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Only the right name gives beings and things their reality.

A wrong name makes everything unreal. That's what lies do.

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One may enter the literary parlor via just about any door, be it the prison door, the madhouse door, or the brothel door. There is but one door one may not enter it through, which is the child room door. The critics will never forgive you such. The great Rudyard Kipling is one of a number of people to have suffered from this. I keep wondering to myself what this peculiar contempt towards anything related to childhood is all about.

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People never seemed to notice that, by saving time, they were losing something else. No one cared to admit that life was becoming ever poorer, bleaker and more monotonous. The ones who felt this most keenly were the children, because no one had time for them any more. But time is life itself, and life resides in the human heart. And the more people saved, the less they had.

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For a while Bastian stood motionless.

He was so stunned by what he had just heard that he couldn't decide what to do... What he had hoped was his ruin and what he had feared his salvation.

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All the beasts in Howling Forest were safe in their caves, nests, and burrows.

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She became so important to them that they wondered how they had ever managed without her in the past. And the longer she stayed with them the more indispensable she became, so indispensable in fact that their one fear was that she might some day move on.

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Human passions have mysterious ways, in children as well as grown-ups.

Those affected by them can't explain them, and those who haven't known them have no understanding of them at all.

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If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you must take your leave of the characters with whom you have shared so many adventures, whom you have loved and admired, for whom you have hoped and feared, and without whose company life seems empty and meaningless. If such things have not been part of your own experience, you probably won't understand what Bastian did next.

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She would sit by herself in the middle of the old stoe amphitheatre, with the sky's starry vault overhead, and simply listen to the great silence around her.

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You must let what happens happen. Everything must be equal in your eyes, good and evil, beautiful and ugly, foolish and wise.

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Nothing can happen more than once, but everything must happen one day;

Over hill and dale, wood and stream, my dying voice will blow away. . .

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You see, Momo... it's like this. Sometimes, when you've a very long street ahead of you, you think how terribly long it is and feel sure you'll never get it swept... And then you hurry. You work faster and faster, and every time you look up there seems to be just as much to sweep as before, and you try even harder…, and you panic, and in the end you're out of breath and have to stop-and still the street stretches away in from of you.

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There are many kinds of joy, but they all lead to one: the joy to be loved.

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Maybe all the people who say ghosts don't exist are just afraid to admit that they do.

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You don't feel a thing. There's just something missing. And once it gets hold of you, something more is missing every day. Soon there won't be anything left of us.

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Without a past you can't have a future.

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There are many kinds of delusion.

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At certain junctures in the course of existence, unique moments occur when everyone and everything, even the most distant stars, combine to bring about something that could not have happened before and will never happen again. Few people know how to take advantage of these critical moments, unfortunately, and they often pass unnoticed. When someone does recognize them, however, great things happen in the world.

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But that is another story and shall be told another time.

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People? People have been obsolete for years, They've made the world a place where there's no room left for their own kind.

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He had been through a good deal in the course of the Great Quest — he had seen beautiful things and horrible things — but up until now he had not known that one and the same creature can be both, that beauty can be terrifying.

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