39 Best Quotes by Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen is known as one of the greatest storytellers of all time. His tales have captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world. Born in Odense, Denmark in 1805, Andersen wrote stories that were both entertaining and thought-provoking. His works continue to be celebrated for their timeless messages, vivid characters, and beautiful prose. Today, we’ll be exploring some of the most inspiring and insightful quotes by Hans Christian Andersen.

These quotes offer a glimpse into the mind of a master storyteller. They provide us with valuable life lessons that we can apply to our own lives. Whether you’re a fan of fairy tales or just looking for some words of wisdom, we hope that these quotes by Hans Christian Andersen will inspire you to dream big, live fully, and never give up on your dreams.

I hope you enjoy these quotes by Hans Christian Andersen…

"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

1) “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

2) “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

3) “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

4) “To be of use to the world is the only way to be happy.” – Hans Christian Andersen

5) “Being born in a duck yard does not matter if only you are hatched from a swan’s egg.” – Hans Christian Andersen

6) “Brave soldier, never fear. Even though your death is near.” – Hans Christian Andersen

7) “But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.” – Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid

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8) “Death continued to stare at the emperor with his cold, hollow eyes, and the room was fearfully still. Suddenly there came through the open window the sound of sweet music. Outside, on the bough of a tree, sat the living nightingale. She had heard of the emperor’s illness, and was therefore come to sing to him of hope and trust. And as she sung, the shadows grew paler and paler; the blood in the emperor’s veins flowed more rapidly, and gave life to his weak limbs; and even Death himself listened, and said, “Go on, little nightingale, go on.” – Hans Christian Andersen

9) “Death walks faster than the wind and never returns what he has taken.” – Hans Christian Andersen, The Story of a Mother

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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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10) “Each time I think that the song is ended…something higher and better begins for me.” – Hans Christian Andersen

11) “Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead.” – Hans Christian Andersen

12) “Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers.” – Hans Christian Andersen

13) “Everything you look at can become a fairy tale and you can get a story from everything you touch.” – Hans Christian Andersen

14) “I can give her no greater power than she has already, said the woman; don’t you see how strong that is? How men and animals are obliged to serve her, and how well she has got through the world, barefooted as she is. She cannot receive any power from me greater than she now has, which consists in her own purity and innocence of heart. If she cannot herself obtain access to the Snow Queen, and remove the glass fragments from little Kay, we can do nothing to help her.” – Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen

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Hans Christian Andersen Quotes on Music and Life

"Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up." - Hans Christian Andersen

15) “Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.” – Hans Christian Andersen

16) “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

17) “It doesn’t matter if you’re born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan’s egg!” – Hans Christian Andersen

18) “‘Just living is not enough,’ said the butterfly, ‘one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.'” – Hans Christian Andersen, The Complete Fairy Tales

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19) “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.” – Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid

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"Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale." - Hans Christian Andersen

20) “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” – Hans Christian Andersen

21) “Madame Politics is like Venus: they whom she decoys into her castle perish.” – Hans Christian Andersen

22) “Most of the people who will walk after me will be children, so make the beat keep time with short steps.” – Hans Christian Andersen

23) “My life is a lovely story, happy and full of incident.” – Hans Christian Andersen

24) “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.” – Hans Christian Andersen

25) “No, the light is too intense; we do not yet have eyes that can see all the glory God has created. But maybe someday we will have such eyes. That will be the most wonderful fairy tale of all, for we ourselves will be part of it.” – Hans Christian Andersen

26) “I only appear to be dead.” – Hans Christian Andersen

27) “She laughed and danced with the thought of death in her heart.” – Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid

28) “The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.” – Hans Christian Andersen

29) “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

Hans Christian Andersen Quotes on Travel

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, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

30) “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, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

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31) “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

32) “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

33) “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

34) “Travelling expands the mind rarely.” – Hans Christian Andersen

35) “We cannot expect to be happy always… by experiencing evil as well as good we become wise.” – Hans Christian Andersen

36) “When the bird of the heart begins to sing, too often will reason stop up her ears.” – Hans Christian Andersen

37)”Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen

38) “My life will be the best illustration of all my work.” – Hans Christian Andersen

39) “You are a dreamer, and that is your misfortune.” – Hans Christian Andersen

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