Hans Christian Andersen

Hi everyone, today would of been Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, so to celebrate this iconic storyteller, I thought I would write a small bio and some of his quotes by the man himself.


Hans Christian Andersen was born April 2nd 1805, he was born in Odense Denmark. When he was born nobody knew what an influence he would have on the world. He became famous for being an author, poet, novelist, travel writer and playwright. He was most famous for his book of fairy tales that are loved by people of all ages, right up to this day.

By the time Hans reached 14 he started working as a soprano at the royal Danish Theatre, but when his voice broke that was when he begun writing poetry, on the advice given to him by a colleague, and from there he started writing short stories that became a huge success and where he found fame.

Andersen is most famous for The Ugly Duckling’, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘Thumbelina’, ‘The Snow Queen’, ‘The Little Mermaid; The Princess and The Pea’ and ‘The Wild Swans’ among many others. Now his fairy tales are a part of our culture and are available in most countries and translated into 100 languages. He was such an extraordinary writer, who also came up with so many quotable quotes. Here is a collection of his best ones.


“The whole world is a series of miracles… but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.”

“Autumn came, and the leaves in the forest turned to orange and gold. Then, as winter approached, the wind caught them as they fell.”

 “When the bird of the heart begins to sing, too often will reason stop up her ears.”

“Imperfections we all have, but we also have compensations.”

“I never dreamed of such happiness as this, while I was an ugly duckling.”

“You have become my thinking’s single thought. My heart’s first love: it had no love before. I love you as no love on earth is wrought, I love you now and love you evermore.”

“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.”

“You are a dreamer, and that is your misfortune.”

 “But shouldn’t all of us on earth give the best we have to others and offer whatever is in our power.”

“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.”

“But a mermaids has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more”

“Some are created for beauty and some for use; and there are some which one can do without altogether.”

“Because she could not go near all these wonderful things, she longed for them all the more.”

“Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.”

 “Where words fail, music speaks.”

“There was once a king’s son. Nobody had so many or such beautiful books as he had. He could read about everything which had ever happened in the world, and see it all represented in the most beautiful pictures.”

“Every man’s life is a fairy tale, written by God’s fingers.”

 “Everything you look at can become a fairy tale and you can get a story from everything you touch.”

“How large the world is.”

 “[…] and the pea was put in the museum, where it can still be seen, if no one has stolen it.”

“He now felt glad at having suffered sorrow and trouble, because it enabled him to enjoy so much better all the pleasure and happiness around him.”

“My life will be the best illustration of all my work.”

Never had she danced so beautifully; the sharp knives cut her feet, but she did not feel it, for the pain in her heart was far greater.”

“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.”

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly. “One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”

 “Travelling expands the mind rarely.”

 “He reached a poor little cottage that seemed ready to fall, and only remained standing because it could not decide on which side to fall first.”

“Well, yes: People write poems when they are in love, but a wise man will not print them.”

 “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.”

“When we get to the end of the story, you will know more than you do now…”

“Most of the people who will walk after me will be children, so make the beat keep time with short.”

“To be of use in the world is the only way to be happy.”

 “But these are small troubles, people will say. Yes, but they are drops which wear hollows in the rock.”

“The heart that one can see clearly, for the most essential things are invisible.”

Thank you for stopping by, keep safe and I will see you next week!

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