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.

-Albert Einstein

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.

-Lily Collins

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.

-Neil Gaiman

I was a great reader of fairy tales. I tried to read the entire fairy tale section of the library.

-Beverly Cleary

Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.

-Alexandre Dumas

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.

-Marie Curie

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.

-Charles Sturridge

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)