7 Powerful Quotes by Hans Christian Andersen



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What were your favorite books when you were a child? I am sure some of them are written by Hans Christian Andersen because his books have been in almost every children’s life.

His books taught us to love, patience, to not judge, to be a good friend, and made us believe that the world is like a fairy tale. Even to this day, we smile when we hear about Hans Christian Andersen and his books.

“Most of the people who will walk after me will be children, so make the beat keep time with short steps.”

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. He was a writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, but he is remembered for his fairy tales.

Some of the most known fairy tales are The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Match Girl, The Snow Queen, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Nightingale, The Princess, and the Pea, The Red Shoes, Thumbelina, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier.

1. “But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.”

By crying we let go of the sadness and all the negative feelings. A research study showed that crying is beneficial in mood enhancement. When you are sad and you cry, after you stop crying, your mood is improved, and you feel better.

But what happens when there is no more tear left to cry? All the negative thoughts and pain remain buried in us. A person that is in a lot of pain is out of tears.

2. “The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.”

Do you remember when you were little, and every little thing you saw was magical? You would walk around with your parents and ask them about everything you saw and every little thing would make you so excited and happy.

We are so used to everything that happens around us that almost nothing amazes us. You have grown, got used to the world, and now everything is ordinary. You can still change this and start appreciating every little thing you see.

3. “It doesn’t matter if you’re born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan’s egg!”

In today’s world, this quote can be interpreted in 2 ways.

  1. You can be born in a poor family, but if your destiny is to become rich, this will happen. No matter where you are born, what your surroundings are, your purpose in the one dictating your life
  2. You can be born in a family that doesn’t treat you right, or you are in an orphanage. Your life will change, you will become a successful person in every aspect of your life.


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4. “When we get to the end of the story, you will know more than you do now…”

You heard about this since you were young: the older ones are the smartest.

As the years go by, you go through a lot of experiences, both negative and positive, that change and teach you lessons.

Life teaches people many things, and you might not realize all of them at the moment you receive the lesson, but you will surely do when you are older. In the end, you will look back and understand everything you’ve been through.

5. “To be of use to the world is the only way to be happy”.

Finding your purpose in life is the only way you can be happy.

It sounds easy, but it’s hard. Some people spend their whole life searching for their purpose. You are asked since you were a child “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and you’ve changed your answer year by year.

It’s not easy, and you will probably change the road you go on many times. But in the end, you will find your purpose and make a story out of your life.

6. “He now felt glad at having suffered sorrow and trouble, because it enabled him to enjoy so much better all the pleasure and happiness around him.”

Pain and sadness are impossible to avoid. You know what they say: you need bad days to appreciate the good ones. It’s true.

Life is made of good and bad, and there can’t be one without another. Life is a succession of good and bad events that alternate one after the other.

After something bad happens, we appreciate and become happy when the good happens. You could say that even suffering is useful, and it needs to be appreciated because it teaches us how to appreciate positive situations in life.

7. “…when a storm was coming on, and they anticipated that a ship might sink, they swam before it, and sang most sweetly of the delight to be found beneath the water, begging the seafarers not to be afraid of coming down below.”

Do you remember that in Titanic, the orchestra sang until they sank? There are a few people in the world that are strong and brave enough to do this. Some persons can meet death with a smile on their face.

The chances are small for you to be in this kind of such a situation. This quote has a powerful meaning and teaches us a great lesson about facing death, a close to death, or a scary situation.

When you are scared, you can apply this quote’s message. Try to be positive, stay strong, and prepare yourself for the worse while still having hope. Make the best out of a sad day, and have a smile on your face.

Final Thoughts

These quotes from children’s books are so powerful that just now, we realize what great lessons Hans Christian Andersen taught us. You probably didn’t understand the full message that H. C. Andersen said with these quotes when you were little. But you sure remember the message of the books that told you to be a kind and strong person no matter what.

Hans Christian Andersen’s boobs are every children’s favorite books, without them realizing their full value. He succeeded in making his books remain in our hearts forever. Now, as adults, we can truly appreciate and value his lessons more than ever!


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