Timeless Words

Some of my favorite quotes from and about fantasies, fairy tales, books and reading.  Enjoy!



“No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.”

― R.A. Salvatore


“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

― W.B. Yeats


“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.”

― W.B. Yeats


“Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life.”

― Friedrich von Schiller


“The great thing about fantasy is that you can drag dreams and longings and hopes and fears and strivings out of your subconscious and call them ‘magic’ or ‘dragons’ or ‘faeries’ and get to know them better.”

― Robin McKinley


“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

― Neil Gaiman


“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


“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.”

― Albert Einstein


“There is the great lesson of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.”

― G.K. Chesterton


“The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in.”

― W.H. Auden


“Every fairy tale had a bloody lining. Every one had teeth and claws.”

― Alice Hoffman


“In a utilitarian age, of all other times, it is a matter of grave importance that fairy tales should be respected.”

― Charles Dickens


“Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been “a means to conquer the terrors of mankind through metaphor.”

― Jack Zipes


“Mother didn’t understand that children aren’t frightened by stories; that their lives are full of far more frightening things than those contained in fairy tales.”

― Kate Morton


“At the center of every fairy tale lay a truth that gave the story its power.”

― Susan Wiggs


“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”

― Dr. Seuss


“For it is a true fact that faeries, just like people, very often find that a full belly and a good friend are all that they need to be happy.”

― C.S. Einfeld


“The tales of Elfland do not stand or fall on their actuality but on their truthfulness, their speaking to the human condition, the longings we all have for the Faerie Other.”

― Jane Yolen


“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”

― Lloyd Alexander


“Two forces create eternity – a fairy tale and a dream from the fairy tale.”

― Dejan Stojanovic


“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

― J.R.R. Tolkien


“Fairies have to be one thing or the other, because being so small they unfortunately have room for one feeling only at a time.”

― J.M. Barrie


“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”

― J.M. Barrie


“ ‘So you do believe in… true love?’ she whispered.

I took a deep breath.  ‘I think I have to,’ I said, blinking back tears. ‘Without it, we’re all going nowhere.’ ”

― Juliet Marillier


“Lovers and madmen have such seething brains

Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend

More than cool reason ever comprehends.”

― William Shakespeare


“…only in the surrender of the light could the darkness prevail.”

― David Eddings



“O, there is lovely to feel a book, a good book, firm in the hand, for its fatness holds rich promise, and you are hot inside to think of good hours to come.”

― Richard Llewellyn, How Green Was My Valley


“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”

― Lemony Snicket


“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

― Oscar Wilde


“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

― C.S. Lewis


“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”

― C.S. Lewis


“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

― Jane Austen


“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”

― Gustave Flaubert


“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

― Ray Bradbury


“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”

― Robert Frost


“ ‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,’ said Jojen.  ‘The man who never reads lives only one.’ ”

― George R.R. Martin


“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

― Stephen King


“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”

― Logan Pearsall Smith


“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”

― Carlos Ruiz Zafón


“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

― Joyce Carol Oates


“Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.”

― Ezra Pound


“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson


“It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that when I’m in the company of others – even my nearest and dearest – there always comes a moment when I’d rather be reading a book.”

― Maureen Corrigan


“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”

― Jane Smiley


“We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.”

― Ursula K. Le Guin


“People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.”

― Saul Bellow


“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”

― Henry David Thoreau


“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte


“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”

― Italo Calvino


“There is no Frigate like a book

To take us Lands away,

Nor any Coursers like a Page

Of prancing Poetry…”

― Emily Dickinson


“If you truly love a book, you should sleep with it, write in it, read aloud from it, and fill its pages with muffin crumbs.”

― Anne Fadiman


“The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.”

― Malcolm X


“I read my eyes out and can’t read half enough…the more one reads the more one sees we have to read.”

― John Adams


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