Hans Christian Andersen Quotes & Wallpapers

Hans Christian Andersen
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Where words fail, music speaks. Hans Christian Andersen
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Death walks faster than the wind and never returns what he has taken. Hans Christian Andersen
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But the Emperor has nothing at all on! Hans Christian Andersen
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Many, many steeples would have to be stacked one on top of another to reach from the bottom to the surface of the sea. Hans Christian Andersen
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Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers. Hans Christian Andersen
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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. Hans Christian Andersen
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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
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Everything you look at can become a fairy tale and you can get a story from everything you touch. Hans Christian Andersen
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A human life is a story told by God. Hans Christian Andersen
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He found whole figures which represented a written word; but he never could manage to represent just the word he wanted - that word was 'eternity', and the Snow Queen had said, "If you can discover that figure, you shall be your own master, and I will make you a present of the whole world and a pair of new skates." But he could not find it out. Hans Christian Andersen
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I have shed pewter tears! It is too melancholy! Rather let me go to the wars and lose arms and legs! It would at least be a change. I cannot bear it longer! Now, I know what it is to have a visit from one's old thoughts, with what they may bring with them! I have had a visit from mine, and you may be sure it is no pleasant thing in the end; I was at last about to jump down from the drawers. Hans Christian Andersen
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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? Hans Christian Andersen
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Then he rustled his feathers, curved his slender neck, and cried joyfully, from the depths of his heart, 'I never dreamed of such happiness as this, while I was an ugly duckling. Hans Christian Andersen
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Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. Hans Christian Andersen
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My life is a lovely story, happy and full of incident. Hans Christian Andersen
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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
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The sun shines upon good and bad alike. Hans Christian Andersen
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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; and he is the tin soldier we are going to hear about. Hans Christian Andersen
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But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more. Hans Christian Andersen
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It was clear to me, as I glanced back over my earlier life, that a loving Providence watched over me, that all was directed for me by a higher power. Hans Christian Andersen
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Don't ask me how I am! I understand nothing more! Hans Christian Andersen
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Each time I think that the song is ended ... something higher and better begins for me. Hans Christian Andersen
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There was once a bundle of matches, and they were frightfully proud because of their high origin. Their family tree, that is to say the great pine tree of which they were each a little splinter, had been the giant of the forest. Hans Christian Andersen
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Time is so fleeting that if we do not remember God in our youth, age may find us incapable of thinking of him. Hans Christian Andersen
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It is the power of thought that gives man power over nature. Hans Christian Andersen
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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
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I have gone through the most terrible affair that could possibly happen; only imagine, my shadow has gone mad; I suppose such a poor, shallow brain, could not bear much; he fancies that he has become a real man, and that I am his shadow. Hans Christian Andersen
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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. Hans Christian Andersen
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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. Hans Christian Andersen
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Travelling expands the mind rarely. Hans Christian Andersen
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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. Hans Christian Andersen
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We cannot expect to be happy always ... by experiencing evil as well as good we become wise. Hans Christian Andersen
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Well, it's not so easy to give an answer when you ask a stupid question! Hans Christian Andersen
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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. Hans Christian Andersen
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I have now learnt to despise you, he said. You refused an honest prince; you did not appreciate the rose and the nightingale; but you did not mind kissing a swineherd for his toys; you have no one but yourself to blame! Hans Christian Andersen
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The wiser a man becomes, the more he will read, and those who are wisest read most. Hans Christian Andersen
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Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep, indeed, that no cable could fathom it: many church steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above. There dwell the Sea King and his subjects. Hans Christian Andersen
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Sharp knives seemed to cut her delicate feet, yet she hardly felt them, so deep was the pain in her heart. She could not forget that this was the last night she would ever see the one for whom she had left her home and family, had given up her beautiful voice, and had day by day endured unending torment, of which he knew nothing at all. An eternal night awaited her. Hans Christian Andersen
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Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up. Hans Christian Andersen
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To be of use to the world is the only way to be happy. Hans Christian Andersen
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I would give gladly all the hundreds of years that I have to live, to be a human being only for one day, and to have the hope of knowing the happiness of that glorious world above the stars. Hans Christian Andersen
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I never dreamed of so much happiness when I was the Ugly Duckling! Hans Christian Andersen
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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
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Well, yes: people write poems when they are in love, but a wise man will not print them. Hans Christian Andersen
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He looked at the little maiden, and she looked at him; and he felt that he was melting away, but he still managed to keep himself erect, shouldering his gun bravely. A door was suddenly opened, the draught caught the little dancer and she fluttered like a sylph, straight into the fire, to the soldier, blazed up and was gone! By this time the soldier was reduced to a mere lump, and when the maid took away the ashes next morning she found him, in the shape of a small tin heart. All that was left of the dancer was her spangle, and that was burnt as black as a coal. Hans Christian Andersen
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Most of the people who will walk behind me will be children so make the beat keep time with short steps. Hans Christian Andersen
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Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale of all. Hans Christian Andersen
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She laughed and danced with the thought of death in her heart. Hans Christian Andersen
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She thought, "He whom I love more than my father or mother, he of whom I am always thinking, and in whose hands I would so willingly trust my lifelong happiness. I dare do anything to win him and to gain an immortal soul. Hans Christian Andersen
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Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale. Hans Christian Andersen
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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
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Every time a good child dies, an angel of God comes down to earth. He takes the child in his arms, spreads out his great white wings, and flies with it all over the places the child loved on earth. 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. Hans Christian Andersen
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Far away, where the swallows take refuge in winter, lived a king who had eleven sons and one daughter, Elise. The eleven brothers-they were all princes-used to go to school with stars on their breasts and swords at their sides. They wrote upon golden slates with diamond pencils, and could read just as well without a book as with one, so there was no mistake about their being princes. Their sister Elise sat upon a little footstool of looking-glass, and she has a picture-book which had cost the half of a kingdom. Oh, these children were very happy; but it was not to last thus forever. Hans Christian Andersen
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To be born in a duck's nest, in a farmyard, is of no consequence to a bird, if it is hatched from a swan's egg. Hans Christian Andersen
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It is out of reality that the most peculiar tale of all is born ... Some call me the Elder Granny, others - the Dryad, but my real name is Memory. It is I who sits on a tree that keeps on growing, and growing, it is I who reminisces and tells stories. Hans Christian Andersen
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Then they knew that the lady they had lodged was a real Princess, since she had felt the one small pea through twenty mattresses and twenty feather-beds, for it was quite impossible for any one but a true Princess to be so tender. Hans Christian Andersen
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We haven't yet got eyes that can gaze into all the splendor that God has created, but we shall get them one day, and that will be the greatest fairytale of all, for we shall be in it ourselves. Hans Christian Andersen
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Nothing is too high for a man to reach, but he must climb with care and confidence Hans Christian Andersen
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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. Hans Christian Andersen
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Some are created for beauty, and some for use; and there are some which one can do without altogether. Hans Christian Andersen
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His own image; no longer a dark, gray bird, ugly and disagreeable to look at, but a graceful and beautiful swan. To be born in a duck's nest, in a farmyard, is of no consequence to a bird, if it is hatched from a swan's egg. Hans Christian Andersen
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I cannot bear it! said the pewter soldier. I have shed pewter tears! It is too melancholy! Rather let me go to the wars and lose arms and legs! It would at least be a change. I cannot bear it longer! Now, I know what it is to have a visit from one's old thoughts, with what they may bring with them! I have had a visit from mine, and you may be sure it is no pleasant thing in the end; I was at last about to jump down from the drawers. Hans Christian Andersen
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Human beings, on the contrary, have a soul which lives forever, lives after the body has been turned to dust. It rises up through the clear, pure air beyond the glittering stars. Hans Christian Andersen
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?"Does all the beauty of the world stop when you die?" "No," said the Old Oak; "it will last much longer - longer than I can even think of." "Well, then," said the little May-fly, "we have the same time to live; only we reckon differently. Hans Christian Andersen
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Farewell, farewell," said the swallow, with a heavy heart, as he left the warm countries, to fly back into Denmark. There he had a nest over the window of a house in which dwelt the writer of fairy tales. The swallow sang "Tweet, tweet," and from his song came the whole story. Hans Christian Andersen
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To travel is to live. Hans Christian Andersen
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And the Top spoke no more of his old love; for that dies away when the beloved objects has lain for five years in a roof gutter and got wet through; yes, one does not know her again when one meets her in the dust box. Hans Christian Andersen
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Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan's egg. Hans Christian Andersen
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When the bird of the heart begins to sing, too often will reason stop up her ears. Hans Christian Andersen
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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 Andersen
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