But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more. — Hans Christian Andersen, from “The Little Mermaid” (1836). Originally published by C.A. Reitzel on 7 April 1837 in Fairy Tales Told for Children. First Collection. Third Booklet. 1837 (Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Første Samling. Tredie Hefte. 1837).
The last thing he ever said to me was, “Just always be waiting for me, and then some night you will hear me crowing.” — J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan. Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 100 Anv edition October 1, 2003) Originally published 1911.
Maybe my heart was hungrier than this. — Jeannine Hall Gailey, from “The Note the Fox-Wife Leaves Him,” She Returns to the Floating World. ( Kitsune Books July 1, 2011)
To die will be an awfully big adventure. ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan. (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 100 Anv edition October 1, 2003) Originally published 1911.
When You are Old When you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty… Continue reading W. B. Yeats
Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something. — William Goldman, William Goldman: Four Screenplays, “The Princess Brid” Published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (February 1, 2000) Film directed by Rob Reiner ( 1987).
‘Forests have secrets,’ he said gently. ‘It’s practically what they’re for. To hide things. To separate one world from another.’ — Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless. (Tor Books; First Edition edition March 29, 2011)