Here are some of the quotes I’ve found from celebrities, authors, and scholars about fairy tales. Clearly, I am not the only one who finds these stories so fascinating. (Happily, this is just the beginning. I will continue to add to this page as I find new and wonderful quotes)
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
In kindergarten that used to be my job, to tell them fairytales. I liked Hans Christian Andersen, and the Grimm fairy tales, all the classic fairy tales.
-Francis Ford Coppola
My parents read me fairy tales every night and I used to believe I was a fairytale princess, like every young girl. I had all the Disney dressing-up costumes and would play every character.
With ‘Stardust’, I hope what I was doing is giving 30-year-olds and 40-year-olds and 25-year-olds and 60-year-olds a chance to get the same sense of wonder, the same feeling, the same magic, that they got in reading the classic fairy tales as children.
I was a great reader of fairy tales. I tried to read the entire fairy tale section of the library.
Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.
A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.
I believe in fairy tales. They are the basis of all our performance of storytelling and film-making – when we twist the real events of the world into something that offers us hope – and I believe in that.
All the ancient classic fairy tales have always been scary and dark.
-Helena Bonham Carter
I love fairy tales because of their haunting beauty and magical strangeness. They are set in worlds where anything can happen. Frogs can be kings, a thicket of brambles can hide a castle where a royal court has lain asleep for a hundred years, a boy can outwit a giant, and a girl can break a curse with nothing but her courage and steadfastness.
-Kate Forsyth (Author of Bitter Greens)