I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.
Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future.
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.
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Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale.
Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace.
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist.
Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.
Everytime a child says 'I don't believe in fairies' there is a a little fairy somewhere that falls down dead.
Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience.
I have that thing in my stomach where I just need to keep striving for things.
In my mind, I want the fairy tale.
This was not a fairy-tale castle and there was no such thing as a fairy-tale ending, but sometimes you could threaten to kick the handsome prince in the ham-and-eggs.
When fairy tales are written in the west, they're known as folklore.
In the east, fairy tales are called religions.
All you need is faith, trust and a little pixie dust.
Why should we strive, with cynic frown, to knock their fairy castles down?
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.
The point is, how do you know the Guarantee Fairy isn't a crazy glue sniffer.
One of the best things about folklore and fairy tales is that the best fantasy is what you find right around the corner, in this world. That's where the old stuff came from.
Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life.
Every time a child says, I don't believe in fairies, there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.
At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss.
Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers.
There's a quality of legend about freaks.
Like a person in a fairy tale who stops you and demands that you answer a riddle.
I'd imagine my wedding as a fairy tale... huge, beautiful and white.
In fairy tales, the children are saved by caring adults.
We need more caring adults in the lives of our children.
Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.
There's a quality of legend about freaks.
Like a person in a fairy tale who stops you and demands that you answer a riddle. Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They've already passed their test in life. They're aristocrats.
If I'm honest I have to tell you I still read fairy tales and I like them best of all.
As a child, my mother told me lots of fairy stories, many her own invention.
She, too, tended to reverse the norm.
I began to believe the fairy tales: You know, how we're all out there looking for our magical missing half.
Educating a son I should allow him no fairy tales and only a very few novels.
This is to prevent him from having 1. the sense of romantic solitude (if he is worth anything he will develop a proper and useful solitude) which identification with the hero gives. 2. cant ideas of right and wrong, absurd systems of honor and morality which never will he be able completely to get rid of, 3. the attainment of ideals, of a priori desires, of a priori emotions. He should amuse himself with fact only: he will then not learn that if the weak younger son do or do not the magical honorable thing he will win the princess with hair like flax.
Beauty without intelligence is an illusion that is close to disenchantment.
It is like a fairy that fascinates us, as long as we look at her through the enchanting prism of her beauty. However, it disappears as soon as the light of reason penetrates beyond the place where the eyes can see.
Don't ask questions of fairy tales.
When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. And now when every new baby is born its first laugh becomes a fairy. So there ought to be one fairy for every boy or girl.
Fairy tales are more than true. Not because they tell us that dragons exists, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
For those who immerse themselves in what the fairy tale has to communicate, it becomes a deep, quiet pool which at first seems to reflect only our own image; but behind it we soon discover the inner turmoils of our soul - its depth, and ways to gain peace within ourselves and with the world, which is the reward of our struggles.
There must be possible a fiction which, leaving sociology and case histories to the scientists, can arrive at the truth about the human condition, here and now, with all the bright magic of the fairy tale.
Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adults themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence.... When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man, I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
You know how when you were a little kid and you believed in fairy tales, that fantasy of what your life would be, white dress, prince charming who would carry you away to a castle on a hill. You would lie in bed at night and close your eyes and you had complete and utter faith. Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Prince Charming, they were so close you could taste them, but eventually you grow up, one day you open your eyes and the fairy tale disappears. Most people turn to the things and people they can trust. But the thing is its hard to let go of that fairy tale entirely cause almost everyone has that smallest bit of hope, of faith, that one day they will open their eyes and it will come true.
Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.
Shams and delusions are esteemed for soundest truths, while reality is fabulous.
If men would steadily observe realities only, and not allow themselves to be deluded, life ... would be like a fairy tale and the Arabian Nights' Entertainments.
No one is too old for fairytales.
Whoever will be free must make himself free.
Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man's lap. What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one's self.
When to soft Sleep we give ourselves away,And in a dream as in a fairy barkDrift on and on through the enchanted darkTo purple daybreak--little thought we payTo that sweet bitter world we know by day.
The land of literature is a fairy land to those who view it at a distance, but, like all other landscapes, the charm fades on a nearer approach, and the thorns and briars become visible.
I like Cinderella, I really do. She has a good work ethic. I appreciate a good, hard-working gal. And she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end, and I'm a big shoe girl.
What I'm not saying is that all government spending is bad.
It's not - far, far from it, but there is no free lunch, as a former colleague of mine used to say. There is no public tooth fairy. Father Christmas does not work on the Treasury staff this year. You can never bail someone out of trouble without putting someone else into trouble.
I've had a fairy tale life. I had a perfect family, a beautiful childhood, an incredible upbringing. I lived a lot of life but a lot of good life.
To play someone I loved in my favourite fairytale as a kid is a total honour.
As a little girl living in the English countryside, I used to go running around in the forests, creating my own fairy tale.
My parents read me fairy tales every night and I used to believe I was a fairytale princess, like every young girl. I had all the Disney dressing-up costumes and would play every character.
My relationship with Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm reaches far back into my childhood.
I grew up with Grimm's fairy tales. I even saw a theater production of 'Tom Thumb' during Advent at the State Theater in Danzig, which my mother took me to see.
The fairytale has turned into a nightmare.
This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof.
Yes, hell exists. It is not a fairy tale. One indeed burns there. This hell is not at the end of life. It is here. At the beginning. Hell is what the infant must experience before he gets to us.
As much as I'd like to meet the tooth fairy on an evening walk, I don't really believe it can happen.