When the first baby laughed for the first time,
its 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. James M. Barrie Peter Pan.
The Land of Faery,
Where nobody gets old and godly and grave,
Where nobody gets old and crafty and wise,
Where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue. William Butler Yeats The Land of Heart's Desire.
Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame. William Butler Yeats The Land of Heart's Desire.
Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers. Hans Christian Andersen
Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that
dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be
beaten. G. K. Chesterton
Do you believe in fairies? If you believe clap your hands. James M. Barrie Peter Pan.
I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in
fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in
your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as
real as the here and now. John Lennon
The loveliest fairy in the world; and her name is Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby. Charles Kingsley The Water Babies.
Up the airy mountain,
Down the rushy glen,
We daren't go a-hunting
For fear of little men;
Wee folk, good folk,
Trooping all together,
Green jacket, red cap,
And white owl's feather! William Allingham The Fairies.
Every time a child says, 'I don't believe in fairies,' there
is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead. James M. Barrie Peter Pan.
"Just living is not enough" said the butterfly fairy,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
Hans Christian Andersen
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand. William Butler Yeats The Stolen Child.
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales
again. C. S. Lewis
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 would be curiosity. Eleanor Roosevelt
Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale. Hans Christian Andersen
The old fairy tales are very, very violent, and these days I
think we could do with a little less of it. Julie Andrews
Take a sprinkling of fairy dust,
An angel's single feather,
Also a dash of love and care,
Then mix them both together.
Add a sentiment or two,
A thoughtful wish or line,
A touch of stardust, a sunshine ray...
It's a recipe, for a Baby Girl truly fine. Author Unknown
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. Albert Einstein Attributed, but unsourced.
I'm an interpreter of stories. When I perform it's like sitting
down at my piano and telling fairy stories. Nat King Cole
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. Neil Gaiman
Child of the pure, unclouded brow
And dreaming eyes of wonder!
Though time be fleet and I and thou
Are half a life asunder,
Thy loving smile will surely hail
The love-gift of a fairy tale. Lewis Carroll
The tooth fairy teaches children that they can sell body parts
for money. David Richerby
The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are
the terms used in fairy books, charm, spell, enchantment. They
express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery. G. K. Chesterton
Any man can lose his hat in a fairy-wind. Irish Saying
When I sound the fairy call,
Gather here in silent meeting,
Chin to knee on the orchard wall,
Cooled with dew and cherries eating.
Merry, merry, Take a cherry
Mine are sounder, Mine are rounder
Mine are sweeter, For the eater
When the dews fall. And you'll be fairies all. Robert Graves Cherry-Time.
Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a
magic door and a lost kingdom of peace. Eugene O'Neill
Knowledge is not a series of self consistent theories that converges
towards an ideal view; it is rather an ever increasing ocean
of mutually incompatible (and perhaps even incommensurable)
alternatives, each single theory, each fairy tale, each myth. Peter Feyerabend
God defend me from that Welsh fairy,
Lest he transform me to a piece of cheese! William Shakespeare The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Do not ask questions of fairy tales. Jewish Proverb
If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside
over the christening of all children, I should ask that her
gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible
that it would last throughout life. Rachel Carson
You can understand and relate to most people better if you look
at them -- no matter how old or impressive they may be -- as
if they are children. For most of us never really grow up or
mature all that much -- we simply grow taller. O, to be sure,
we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises
like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always
are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best
described by fairy tales. Leo Rosten
Years ago, fairy tales all began with Once upon a time... now
we know they all begin with, If I am elected. Carolyn Warner
Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience George Santayana
I want to talk about political and economic fairy tales. Ronald Reagan
Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where Faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all,
Good Night. Elizabeth T. Dillingham A Faery Song.
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. Washington Irving
He is rich who owns the day. There is no king, rich man, fairy,
or demon who possesses such power as that. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A woman is a female who is human,
Designed for pleasing man, the human male.
A human male is pleased by many women,
And all the rest you hear is fairy tale. Oscar Hammerstein II
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without
any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of
at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him
the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. Rachel Carson
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
Where are the fairies that could blight or bless the human heart?
Where are the ghosts that haunted this globe? Where are the
witches that flew in and out of the homes of men? Where is the
devil that once roamed over the earth? Where are they? Gone
with the ignorance that believed in them. Lemuel K. Washburn
Chicago is partly a fairy tale because it's inside one person's
head, so that part of it's made up and the rest of it is reality. Colleen Atwood
Fancy the happiness of Pinocchio on finding himself free! Without
saying yes or no, he fled from the city and set out on the road
that was to take him back to the house of the lovely Fairy. Carlo Collodi
Why should we strive, with cynic frown, to knock their fairy
castles down? Eliza Cook
Sarah: Ow! It bit me!
Hoggle: What'd you expect fairies to do?
Sarah: I thought they did nice things, like granting wishes!
Hoggle: Shows what you know, don't it? Labyrinth 1986 movie.
A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is
also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him
as though they were fairy tales. Marie Curie
If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future. Danielle Steele
In kindergarten that used to be my job, to tell them fairytales.
I liked Hans Christian Andersen, and the Grimm fairy tales,
all the classic fairy tales. Francis Ford Coppola
My father leaving the family shaped who I was and how I looked
at the world. By the same token, my father telling me fairy
tales that he had made up shaped me profoundly, too. Kate DiCamillo
Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are
guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it. Alexandre Dumas
Let the little fairy in you fly! Rufus Wainwright
Then take me on your knee, mother;
And listen, mother of mine.
A hundred fairies danced last night,
And the harpers they were nine. Mary Howitt The Fairies of the Caldon Low.
Nothing can be truer than fairy wisdom. It is as true as sunbeams. Douglas William Jerrold
Wherever is love and loyalty, great purposes and lofty souls,
even though in a hovel or a mine, there is fairyland. Charles Kingsley
Whose midnight revels, by a forest side
Or fountain, some belated peasant sees,
Or dreams he sees, while overhead the moon
Sits arbitress John Milton Paradise Lost.
On the tawny sands and shelves
Trip the pert fairies and the dapper elves. John Milton Comus.
By fairy hands their knell is rung;
By forms unseen their dirge is sung. William Collins
Did you ever hear
Of the frolic fairies dear?
They're a blessed little race,
Peeping up in fancy's face,
In the valley, on the hill,
By the fountain and the rill;
Laughing out between the leaves
That the loving summer weaves. Frances Sargent Osgood
O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you.
She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate stone
On the forefinger of an alderman,
Drawn with a team of little atomies
Over men's noses as they lie asleep;
Her wagon spokes made of long spinner's legs,
The cover, of the wings of grasshoppers;
Her traces, of the smallest spider web;
Her collars, of the moonshine's wat'ry beams;
Her whip, of cricket's bone; the lash, of film;
Her wagoner, a small grey-coated gnat,
Not half so big as a round little worm
Pricked from the lazy finger of a maid;
Her chariot is an empty hazelnut,
Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub,
Time out o' mind the fairies coachmakers. William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet.
This is the fairy land. O spite of spites,
We talk with goblins, owls, and sprites!
If we obey them not, this will ensue:
They'll suck our breath, or pinch us black and blue. William Shakespeare The Comedy of Errors.
Fairies, black, grey, green, and white,
You moonshine revellers, and shades of night,
You orphan heirs of fixed destiny,
Attend your office and your quality. William Shakespeare The Merry Wives of Windsor.
They are fairies; he that speaks to them shall die.
I'll wink and couch; no man their works must eye. William Shakespeare The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Where the bee sucks, there suck I;
In a cowslip's bell I lie;
There I couch when owls do cry.
On the bat's back I do fly
After summer merrily.
Merrily, merrily shall I live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough. William Shakespeare Sung by Ariel the fairy spirit in The Tempest.