Authors: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A collection of quotes and sayings by Tove Jansson on aspirations, painting, writing, life, fairy-tale, curiosity, introverts, learning, seasons, warmth and feelings.

98 Quotes By Tove Jansson That Teach Us So Much About Life

Quick Facts

Famous As: Novelist

Born On: August 9, 1914

Died On: June 27, 2001

Born In: Helsinki

Died At Age: 86

Tove Jansson was an acclaimed Finnish novelist, painter and comic strip author known for her significant contributions to Children’s literature. She was born in a family of artists in the minority Swedish-speaking population of Finland and was introduced to arts by her father. After completing her art studies she moved through various cities of Europe for the next thirteen years serving as an illustrator for book covers. She came up with her first art exhibition in 1943 which was followed by her debut children's book titled 'The Moomins and the Great Flood'. This book was a huge success and established her reputation as a children’s author. This encouraged her to convert it into a series of 15 books which was translated into almost 45 languages. It was very successful commercially as it sold millions of copies worldwide and was popularly known as the ‘Moomins’ series. Apart from this, she also proved her prominence as a painter. She conducted various successful solo art exhibitions and published a seven book comic strip series called ‘Mumin’, adapted from her Moomins series. Her significant contributions to Children’s Literature have been honored by the renowned ‘Hans Christian Andersen Medal’. Go through the quotes and sayings by this prolific writer to have a glimpse of life through her perspective. Read on the compilation of quotations and thoughts by Tove Jansson that will brighten your day.

I only want to live in peace, plant potatoes and dream!

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You can't ever be really free if you admire somebody too much.

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It is simply this: do not tire, never lose interest, never grow indifferent—lose your invaluable curiosity and you let yourself die. It's as simple as that.

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Maybe my passion is nothing special, but at least it's mine.

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A theatre is the most important sort of house in the world, because that's where people are shown what they could be if they wanted, and what they'd like to be if they dared to and what they really are

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All things are so very uncertain, and that's exactly what makes me feel reassured.

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You must go on a long journey before you can really find out how wonderful home is.

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Lie on the bridge and watch the water flowing past. Or run, or wade through the swamp in your red boots. Or roll yourself up and listen to the rain falling on the roof. It's very easy to enjoy yourself.

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Making a journey by night is more wonderful than anything in the world.

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It was a particularly good evening to begin a book.

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I'll have to calm down a bit. Or else I'll burst with happiness

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The hemulen woke up slowly and recognised himself and wished he had been someone he didn't know.

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There's no need to imagine that you're a wondrous beauty, because that's what you are.

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But that's how it is when you start wanting to have things. Now, I just look at them, and when I go away I carry them in my head. Then my hands are always free, because I don't have to carry a suitcase.

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The thing about God, she thought, is that He usually does help, but not until you've made an effort on your own.

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It is still summer, but the summer is no longer alive. It has come to a standstill; nothing withers, and fall is not ready to begin. There are no stars yet, just darkness.

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It looks rather ordinary," said the Snork. "Unless you consider that a top hat is always somewhat extraordinary, of course.

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Most of the people are homesick anyway, and a little lonely, and they hide themselves in their hair and are turned into flowers.

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Someone who eats pancakes and jam can't be so awfully dangerous. You can talk to him.

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Smell is important. It reminds a person of all the things he's been through; it is a sheath of memories and security.

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Quite, quite,' she thought with a little sigh. 'It's always like this in their adventures. To save and be saved. I wish somebody would write a story sometime about the people who warm up the heroes afterward.

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Everything's much too big here,' thought Moominmamma. 'Or perhaps I'm too small.

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I need to write down my observations. Even the tiniest ones; they're the most important.

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It's funny about paths and rivers," he mused. "You see them go by, and suddenly you feel upset and want to be somewhere else--wherever the path or the river is going, perhaps.

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...now and then a giggling trail of mermaids appeared in our wake. We fed them oatmeal.

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One must use the night.

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He was the owner of the moonlight on the ground, he fell in love with the most beautiful of the trees, he made wreaths of leaves and strung them around his neck.

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There are those who stay at home and those who go away, and it has always been so. Everyone can choose for himself, but he must choose while there is still time and never change his mind.

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My bag was as light as my happy-go-lucky heart.

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And all you can do is just read," she said. She raised her voice an screamed, "You just read and read and read!" Then she threw herself down on the table and wept.

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Why are you in such a rush?" Sophia asked, and her grandmother answered that it was a good idea to do things before you forgot that they had to be done.

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A very long time ago, Grandmother had wanted to tell about all the things they did, but no one had bothered to ask. And now she had lost the urge.

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For a while she considered being ill, but she changed her mind...

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He didn't remember, he didn't worry, he just was.

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Om man r arg s r man arg, konstaterade lilla My och skalade sin potatis med tnderna. Man ska vara arg ibland, vartenda knytt har rtt att vara ilsket.

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But he thought all the strange words were beautiful, and he had never had a book of his own before.

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It was simply that she was only fully alive when she devoted herself to her singular ability to draw, and when she drew she was naturally always alone.

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Wise as she was, she realized that people can postpone their rebellious phases until they're eighty-five years old, and she decided to keep an eye on herself.

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Some people just shouldn't be disturbed in their inclinations, whether large or small. A reminder can instantly turn enthusiasm into aversion and spoil everything.

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They were always doing something. Quietly, without interruption, and with great concentration, they carried on with the hundred-and-one small things that made up their world.

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The spirit of adventure sped through his soul on mighty wings.

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Moominpappa: "Tell us all that's happening out in the world!" Snufkin: "Fuss and misery." - from "Moomin and Family Life" comic strip

Tove Jansson

I mean, anyone can let Danger out but the really clever thing is finding somewhere for it to go afterwards.

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Hvis man prver av alle krefter, til det ytterste, m det ikke vre hensikten som teller mest, teller mer enn hvordan det til slutt gikk?

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Isn't it fun when one's friends get exactly what suits them?

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One has to discover everything for oneself. And get over it all alone.

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Sometimes people never saw things clearly until it was too late and they no longer had the strength to start again. Or else they forgot their idea along the way and didn't even realize that they had forgotten

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It'd be awful if the world exploded, it's so wonderfully splendid

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I am fond of lovely old words like 'locomotive'.

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Life is an isle of sorrow, you live today and die tomorrow!

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He read the classics, the French and the German among others, but primarily the Russian, which enchanted him with their heavy patience.

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Akkurat n tenker jeg p nordlys. Man vet ikke om det finnes eller bare synes. Alt er meget usikkert, og det er nettopp det som beroliger meg.

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Pearls' burst out the Snork Maiden excitedly. 'Could ankle rings be made out of pearls?' 'I should think they could,' said Moomintoll. 'Ankle-rings, and nose-rings and ear-rings and engagement rings...

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Everyone must imagine his own snakes because no one else's snakes can ever be as awful.

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You can't depend on people who just let things happen

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Det er snlyset," sa hun. "Alt blir pent i snlys.

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She counted out five sweets and put them on a saucer. Then she went and put them on the ledge in the cliff to cheer him up.

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It takes a long time sometimes," she said, "It can take a terrible long time before things sort themselves out.

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Ni vet ju att folk blir osynliga om man skrmmer dom fr ofta...

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Fly! ropade muminmamman. Polisen r hr! Hon visste inte vad hennes mumintroll hade gjort men var alldeles sker p att hon gillade det.

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Irrational terror is so hard to deal with.

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Mats har ingen hemmeligheter. Det er derfor han er s hemmelighetsfull. Ingen m forstyrre ham, han m f vre uforstyrret i en forenklet og ren verden.

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No one can depict desolation who hasn't inhabited desolation and observed it very closely. Things condemned have a terrible beauty.

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And that night he couldn't sleep, but lay looking out at the light June night which was full of lonely whisperings and rustlings and the pattering of feet. The air was sweet with the smell of flowers.

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He did not confuse what he longed for with his gratitude for what he had. Extreme desires have their own sanctuary.

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Before she left, she said, "Just remember one thing: Going along with something doesn't mean you give in to it.[...]

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There was so much to talk about that nothing was said. It was warm sitting there on the steps. Everything seemed to be so right.

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Even potted plants got to be a responsibility, like everything else you took care of that couldn't make decisions for itself.

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My dear child," said Grandmother impatiently, "every human being has to make his own mistakes." She was very tired, and wanted to get home.

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Englemos," sa sniff nonchalant. "Bare barnslig tv." I hvert fall for alle som har sett i en stjernekikkert.

Tove Jansson

Tell them it's a secret. Tell them they don't need to know.

Tove Jansson

No well-bred person goes ashore on someone else's island when there's no one home. But if they put up a sign, then you do it anyway, because it's a slap in the face

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What is right and what is wrong is a very sensitive matter.

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You're an idiot," Snufkin said. "Or still worse, you're a story spoiler.

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You can’t ever be really free if you admire somebody too much, I know.

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Stol p meg, frken Aemelin, folk som man kan lure, liker man litt mindre.

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Ja, det forstr jeg. En gr helst bare ut nr en m. Eller nr en har lyst. Det er vel best vente, og kjenne etter.

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I'm afraid we shall waste an awful lot of time." "Don't worry," answered Snufkin, "we shall have wonderful dreams, and when we wake up it'll be spring.

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Luultavasti myrskyj onkin vain siksi, ett niiden jlkeen saataisiin auringonnousu.

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Of course, Moomintrolls don't wear clothes, except sometimes in bed.

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There one is safe. In a museum or in a lap or in a tree. Perhaps under the bedclothes. But the best thing of all is to sit high up in a tree, that is if one isn't still inside one's Mummy's tummy.

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Why do you smile all the time?" he said. "Because I am looking at you," she said

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Sniff looked at them and noticed that they were much smaller than he was, so he felt kinder and said, condescendingly. "Hullo. Nice to see you.

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How easy it is to love.

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Does your sister read our books?” Anna wanted to know. “No. She reads literature.

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