If Ideas Had Shapes

A quoteblog ranging from philosophers in bathrobes to galaxy-rises

Category: Folk

The Brothers Grimm – Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1812)

“Aha, you rascals!” they called; “what are you sitting there in that corner for? Are you sent as spies? Just wait a bit and you shall learn how to fly on a bare branch!”

“The Boots Made of Buffalo Leather”

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The Brothers Grimm – Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1812)

A soldier who is afraid of nothing, cares for nothing.

“The Boots Made of Buffalo Leather”

The Brothers Grimm – Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1812)

“Yes, master,” replied the apprentice, “you may be in the right to say that the shoe is worth nothing, but it is the very same that you sewed, and were just now at work upon; for when you ran out you threw it under the table, and I picked it up. But an angel from heaven would not convince you that you were wrong.”

“Master Cobblersawl”

The Brothers Grimm – Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1812)

“You are always so merry, and now you can try for once in your life how a man feels when he is sad; birds which sing too early in the morning are caught by the hawk in the evening.”

“The Two Wanderers”

The Brothers Grimm – Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1812)

So they wandered away, setting always one foot before the other, like a weasel in the snow.

“The Two Wanderers”

The Brothers Grimm – Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1812)

The Dwarf, however, enchanted him, and it happened to him as it had to his Brother: he came to a defile where he could move neither forwards nor backwards. Such is the fate of all haughty people.

“The Water of Life”

The Brothers Grimm – Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1812)

“I would rather not have wealth at all than not know whence it comes; for then I have no peace at all.”

“The Gold Children”

The Brothers Grimm – Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1812)

…But scarcely had they done this when up came the fellows who carry away what should not go with them, and find things before they are lost.

“Catherine and Frederick”

The Brothers Grimm – Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1812)

Presently they came to a Cat sitting in the middle of the path with a face like three rainy days!

“The Musicians of Bremen”