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Beautiful quotes by Hans Christian Andersen about travel, music, nature, God and other things.

76 Beautiful Quotes By Hans Christian Andersen, The Author Of The Complete Fairy Tales

Quick Facts

Born On: April 2, 1805

Died On: August 4, 1875

Born In: Odense

Died At Age: 70

Hans Christian Andersen was an author, poet, novelist, travel writer and playwright from Denmark who lived in the 19th century and is particularly famous for his books on fairy tales that are enjoyed by people of all ages to this day. Andersen started working at the age of 14 as a soprano at the Royal Danish Theatre but when his voice broke, he started writing poems on the advice of a colleague. However, it was as a short story writer that he found fame and success. The short story titled ‘A Journey on Foot from Holmen’s Canal to the East Point of Amager,’ published in 1829 became a runaway success and he followed it up with the ‘Love on St. Nicholas Church Tower’. Andersen, is however, most famous for his books on fairy tales. He wrote two volumes and the famous ones include ‘The Ugly Duckling’, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘Thumbelina’, ‘The Snow Queen’, ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Wild Swans’ among many others. The fairy tales are now the part of culture in most countries and have been translated into more than 100 languages. Andersen was a deep thinker and an extraordinary writer, who also produced plenty of quotable quotes. Here is a collection of the very best ones.

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But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.

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When the bird of the heart begins to sing, too often will reason stop up her ears.

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Where words fail, music speaks.

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

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To travel is to live.

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To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.

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Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.

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Every man's life is a fairy tale, written by God's fingers.

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Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.

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Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.

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She laughed and danced with the thought of death in her heart.

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

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Everything you look at can become a fairy tale and you can get a story from everything you touch.

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If you looked down to the bottom of my soul, you would understand fully the source of my longing and – pity me. Even the open, transparent lake has its unknown depths, which no divers know.

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To be of use to the world is the only way to be happy.

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

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It doesn't matter if you're born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan's egg!

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My life will be the best illustration of all my work.

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Brave soldier, never fear. Even though your death is near.

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I know what you want. It is very stupid of you, but you shall have your way, and it will bring you to sorrow, my pretty princess. - The sea witch.

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You are a dreamer, and that is your misfortune.

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But shouldn't all of us on earth give the best we have to others and offer whatever is in our power?

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I only appear to be dead.

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Never had she danced so beautifully; the sharp knives cut her feet, but she did not feel it, for the pain in her heart was far greater.

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They could see she was a real Princess and no question about it, now that she had felt one pea all the way through twenty mattresses and twenty more feather beds. Nobody but a Princess could be so delicate.

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Travelling expands the mind rarely.

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At first she was overjoyed that he would be with her, but then she recalled that human people could not live under the water, and he could only visit her father's palace as a dead man.

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Almighty God, thee only have I; thou steerest my fate, I must give myself up to thee! Give me a livelihood! Give me a bride! My blood wants love, as my heart does!

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Some are created for beauty, and some for use; and there are some which one can do without altogether.

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Every man’s life is a fairytale written by God’s hand.

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Everyone's life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers.

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In the days of Moses and the prophets such a man would have been counted among the wise men of the land; in the Middle Ages he would have been burned at the stake.

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I never dreamed of such happiness as this, while I was an ugly duckling.

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You have become my thinking’s single thought, My heart’s first love: it had no love before. I love you as no love on earth is wrought, I love you now and love you evermore.

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Now, if we only had as many casks of butter as there are people here, then I would eat lots of butter!

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He now felt glad at having suffered sorrow and trouble, because it enabled him to enjoy so much better all the pleasure and happiness around him;

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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.

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Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan's egg.

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Where are your sons?" asked the prince. "Well, it's not so easy to give an answer when you ask a stupid question!" said the woman.

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At leve er ikke nok. Solskin, frihed og en lille blomst m man ha

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Yes, it is wonderful to be alive! Indeed, the Bottle inwardly sang of all this, as do young poets, who frequently also know nothing about the things of which they sing." From The Bottle Neck

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When we get to the end of the story, you will know more than you do now...

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Most of the people who will walk after me will be children, so make the beat keep time with short steps.

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No one would allow that he could not see these much-admired clothes; because, in doing so, he would have declared himself either a simpleton or unfit of his office.

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Every person’s life is a fairytale written by God’s fingers.

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She was so young that love was still a game to her. . . . She was being neither fair nor clever, but Babette was only nineteen years old.

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Her tender feet felt as if cut with sharp knives, but she cared not for it; a sharper pang had pierced through her heart.

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I will fly to those royal birds,

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I think I will sit on it a little while longer," said the duck, "as I have sat so long already, a few days will be nothing." "Please yourself," said the old duck, and she went away.

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Autumn came, and the leaves in the forest turned to orange and gold. Then, as winter approached, the wind caught them as they fell

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Ele pediu-me para rezar, mas eu s me lembrava da tabuada

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Mermaids have no tears, and therefore they suffer more.

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A human life is a story told by God.

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Well, that's not easy to answer when the question is so stupidly put...

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Because she could not go near all these wonderful things, she longed for them all the more.

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Grantnot my prayers, when they are contrary to Thy will, which at all times must be the best. Oh, hear them not;

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Pop, pop," sounded in the air, and the two wild geese fell dead among the rushes, and the water was tinged with blood.

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The Ugly Duckling The classic story by Hans Christian

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Cry so strange that it frightened him.

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And, above all, beware of the cat.

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Better than the others. I think he will grow up pretty,

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But he hasn't got anything on," a little child said.

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Therefore, when she

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Push it myself." On the next day the weather was delightful, and the sun shone brightly on the green burdock

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[...] and the pea was put in the museum, where it can still be seen, if no one has stolen it.

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How large the world is,

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There was once a king's son. Nobody had so many or such beautiful books as he had. He could read about everything which had ever happened in the world, and see it all represented in the most beautiful pictures.

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He reached a poor little cottage that seemed ready to fall, and only remained standing because it could not decide on which side to fall first

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They made themselves comfortable.

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But these are small troubles, people will say. Yes, but they are drops which wear hollows in the rock.

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The angel plucks a large handful of flowers, and they carry it with them up to God, where the flowers bloom more brightly than they ever did on earth.

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Chi ha una casa in patria pu provare nostalgia, ma chi nulla possiede si sente a casa ovunque.

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The heart that one can see clearly, for the most essential things are invisible

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That is impossible,

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Flew out and bit him in the neck. "Let him alone," said the mother, "he is not doing any harm." "Yes, but he

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You’re a fine one for tramping around,” the bandit girl said to Kai. “I’d like to know – do you really deserve to have someone run to the end of the world just for your sake?

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