Hans Christian Andersen (April 2, 1805- August 4, 1875) was born in Odense, Denmark, the third-largest city in Denmark. Hans is a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, poems, but his best remembered for his love for writing fairy tales.
Hans created more than 200 folk and fairy tales beloved by innumerable generations of children. Some of his well-known fairytales are The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, and The Teapot. Other fairy tales like “The Wild Swans” are less known.
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN QUOTES
The Danish nobility recognised Anderson as a national treasure. When they heard Andersen was suffering from an early stage of liver cancer, they ordered the government to give Andersen a lifetime allowance. He was about 69 years old when he passed away. A museum in his hometown Odense was built.
Today, Andersen’s legacy can be felt anywhere you walk in the Danish Capital. Check this book of quotes from Hans Christian Andersen.
“Some are created for beauty, and some for use; and there are some which one can do without altogether.”
“Brave soldier, never fear. Even though your death is near.”
“Many, many steeples would have to be stacked one on top of another to reach from the bottom to the surface of the sea.”
“It rolls on unweariedly, and thus what is hard becomes smooth. I will be just as unwearied. Thanks for your lesson, you clear rolling waves; my heart tells me that one day you will lead me to my dear brothers.”
“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.”
“But shouldn’t all of us on earth give the best we have to others and offer whatever is in our power?”
“When we get to the end of the story, you will know more than you do now.”
“Nothing is too high for a man to reach, but he must climb with care and confidence.”
“It doesn’t matter if you’re born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan’s egg!”
“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.”
Until today, Hans Christian Andersen’s quotes and books continue to inspire and bring joy to many people from all over the world. The Ugly Duckling and The Princes and the Pea have been adapted to many forms of art; television, movies, theatre, and even musicals.
We hope that you enjoyed this collection of Hans Christian Andersen quotes.