HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN QUOTES

Danish author (1805-1875)

Hans Christian Andersen quote

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, A Visit to Funen with Hans Christian Andersen

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Mermaids have no tears, and so they suffer all the more.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, "The Little Mermaid"

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The whole world is a series of miracles ... but we're so used to them we call them ordinary things.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, Hans Christian Andersen's Shorter Tales

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

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, "The Story of a Mother"

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Every town, like every man, has its own countenance; they have a common likeness and yet are different; one keeps in his mind all their peculiar touches.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON, The Story of My Life

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To travel is to live.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, The Fairy Tale of My Life

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

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, "The Butterfly"

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We cannot expect to be happy always ... by experiencing evil as well as good we become wise.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, "The Flax"

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Each soldier was the living image of the others, but there was one who was a bit different. He had only one leg, for he was the last to be cast and the tin had run out. Still, there he stood, just as steadfast on his one leg as the others on their two.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, "The Steadfast Tin Soldier"

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Happy domestic life is like a beautiful summer's evening; the heart is filled with peace; and everything around derives a peculiar glory.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, The True Story of My Life

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No, the light is too intense; we do not yet have eyes that can see all the glory God has created. But maybe someday we will have such eyes. That will be the most wonderful fairy tale of all, for we ourselves will be part of it.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, "The Toad"

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Where words fail, music speaks.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, "The Writing on the Wall"

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A mermaid has not an immortal soul, nor can she obtain one unless she wins the love of a human being. On the power of another hangs her eternal destiny.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, "The Little Mermaid"

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You are a dreamer, and that is your misfortune.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, "Psyche"

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The sun shines upon good and bad alike.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, "A Picture from the Ramparts"

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There was once a merchant who was so rich that he might have paved the whole street, and a little alley besides, with silver money. But he didn't do it--he knew better how to use his money than that.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, "The Flying Trunk"

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Nothing gave her greater pleasure than to hear about the world of human beings up above; she made her old grandmother tell her all that she knew about ships and towns, people and animals. But above all it seemed strangely beautiful to her that up on the earth the flowers were scented, for they were not so at the bottom of the sea.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, "The Little Mermaid"

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Madame Politics is like Venus: they whom she decoys into her castle perish.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, The Story of My Life

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I will bow myself before him who is influenced by a noble conviction, and who only desires that which is conducive to good, be he prince or man of the people.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, The Story of My Life

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"One cannot quite trust the word of potted flowers," thought the butterfly; "they have too much to do with men."

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, "The Butterfly"

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