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.
J.M. BARRIE, Peter Pan
- Nor elves, nor fays, nor magic charm,
- Have pow'r, or will, to work us harm;
- For those who dare the truth to tell,
- Fays, elves, and fairies, wish them well.
MARIA EDGEWORTH, The Knapsack
You just have to pay attention. If you don't, you'll miss them, or see something else--something you expected to see rather than what was really there. Faerie voices become just the wind, a bodach ... scurrying across the street becomes just a piece of litter caught in the backwash of a bus.
CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl
- Fairy folk a-listening
- Hear the seed sprout in the spring,
- And for music to their dance
- Hear the hedgerows wake from trance,
- Sap that trembles into buds
- Sending little rhythmic floods
- Of fairy sound in fairy ears.
- Thus all beauty that appears
- Has birth as sound to finer sense
- And lighter-clad intelligence.
GEORGE ELIOT, Daniel Deronda
I've always thought fairies are like mushrooms, you trip over them when you're not thinking about them, but they're hard to spot when you're searching for them.
- Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
- For I would ride with you upon the wind,
- Run on the top of the disheveled tide,
- And dance upon the mountains like a flame.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS, The Land of Heart's Desire
Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
DOUGLAS ADAMS, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy