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William Collins Quote of the Day

Welcome to these William Collins Quotes of the Day from my large collection of positive, romantic, and funny quotes.

By fairy hands their knell is rung; By forms unseen their dirge is sung.
- William Collins

Beloved, till life can charm no more;
And mourned,
till Pity's self be dead.
- William Collins

Prior to Wordsworth, humor was an essential part of poetry.
I mean, they don't call them Shakespeare comedies for nothing.
- William Collins

Always mistrust a subordinate who never finds fault with his superior.
- William Collins

 

I think humor is a very serious thing.
I use it as a way of weakening the reader's defenses
so that I can more easily take him to something more.
- William Collins

In numbers warmly pure and sweetly strong.
- William Collins

How sleep the brave, who sink to rest,
By all their country's wishes blest!
- William Collins


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When a writer becomes a reader of his or her own work,
a lot can go wrong.
It's like do-it-yourself dentistry.
- William Collins

Words like feminism or democracy scare me.
They are words with barnacles on them,
and you can't see what's underneath.
- William Collins

Don't ask questions about fairy tales.
- Yiddish Proverb

I think, at a child's birth,
if a mother could ask a fairy godmother
to endow it with the most useful gift,
that gift should be curiosity.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Fairy-tales are nice.
- Syd Barrett

I was born an only child in Vienna, Austria.
My father found hours to sit by me by the library fire and tell fairy stories.
- Hedy Lamarr

Unfortunately this earth is not a fairy-land,
but a struggle for life, perfectly natural and therefore extremely harsh.
- Martin Bormann

As much as I'd like to meet the tooth fairy on an evening walk,
I don't really believe it can happen.
- Chris Van Allsburg

All I know is that I've ruled out wearing fairy wings.
When I was nine I wanted to get married in fairy wings,
and now I realize that's not cool anymore.
- Isla Fisher

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

Every time a child says I don't believe in fairies
there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.
- J. M. Barrie

Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy,
hand in hand, For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.
- William Butler Yeats

Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching
for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace.
- Eugene O'Neill

I loved fairy tales when I was a kid.
Grimm.
The grimmer the better.
I loved gruesome gothic tales and, in that respect,
I liked Bible stories, because to me they were very gothic.
- Amy Tan

Everytime a child says 'I don't believe in fairies'
there is a a little fairy somewhere that falls down dead.
- James M. Barrie

Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers.
- Hans Christian Andersen

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

Let the little fairy in you fly!
- Rufus Wainwright

Sleepy Hollow had a lot of action in it,
even though it was a fairy-tale movie.
- Colleen Atwood

I began to believe the fairy tales: You know,
how we're all out there looking for our magical missing half.
- Michael Bergin

My father leaving the family shaped who I was and how I looked at the world.
By the same token, my father telling me fairy tales
that he had made up shaped me profoundly,
too.
- Kate DiCamillo

The good historian is like the giant of the fairy tale.
He knows that wherever he catches the scent of human flesh,
there his quarry lies.
- Marc Bloch

The public has become my fairy godmother.
- Eartha Kitt

Whoever will be free must make himself free.
Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man's lap.
What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one's self.
- Max Stirner

People don't like the true and simple;
they like fairy tales and humbug.
- Edmond de Goncourt

I'd imagine my wedding as a fairy tale...
huge, beautiful and white.
- Paris Hilton

In the fairy tale the painting represents the here and now.
The book is actually divided into five sections,
through which the key character, the muse,
leads us.
- Kit Williams

Drugs are not the way to the light.
They won't lead to a fairy-tale life,
they lead to suffering.
- Layne Staley

All the ancient classic fairy tales have always been scary and dark.
- Helena Bonham Carter

On that other novels followed: but I still wrote fairy
tales and dreamy poems of another world.
- Laurence Housman

I always felt and still feel that fairy tales have
an emotional truth that is so deep that there are few
things that really rival them.
- Alice Hoffman

If I'm honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales
and I like them best of all.
- Audrey Hepburn

One of the best things about folklore and fairy tales
is that the best fantasy is what you find right around the corner,
in this world.
That's where the old stuff came from.
- Terri Windling

I took lots of photographs and had planned to write
a treatise on how it worked,
but I quickly got bored with that idea and wrote a
scientific fairy tale instead.
- Kit Williams

I'll be left writing picture books and fairy tales.
- Carol Ann Duffy

To me, a fairy tale seems to have become reality.
- Nelly Sachs

Why should we strive, with cynic frown,
to knock their fairy castles down?
- Eliza Cook

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

When I went back to England after a year away,
the country seemed stuck, dozing in a fairy tale,
stifled by the weight of tradition.
- Brian Eno

My fairy-tale life ended the moment I wanted to apply for a passport.
- Joan Chen

Gifts fall from heaven only in fairy tales.
- Walter Ulbricht

We may have forgotten how to feel.
Nobody is teaching us how to live happily ever after,
as we've heard in fairy tales.
- Yakov Smirnoff

Nature is a book, a letter, a fairy tale (in the philosophical
sense) or whatever you want to call it.
- Johann G. Hamann

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

When fairy tales are written in the west,
they're known as folklore.
In the east, fairy tales are called religions.
- Paul Henderson

I am your fairy tale.
Your dream.
Your wishes and desires, and I am your thirst and your
hunger and your food and your drink.
- Klaus Kinski

I always wanted the fairy tale, but now I want someone who is a great partner.
- Elisabeth Rohm

The point is, how do you know the Guarantee Fairy isn't a crazy glue sniffer.
- Chris Farley

I'm an interpreter of stories.
When I perform it's like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories.
- Nat King Cole

As a child, my mother told me lots of fairy stories,
many her own invention.
She, too, tended to reverse the norm.
- Tanith Lee

I also like the whole idea of fairy tales and folk
tales being a woman's domain,
considered a lesser domain at the time they were told.
- Alice Hoffman

If you see the magic in a fairy tale,
you can face the future.
- Danielle Steel

Well, Company of Wolves was about that literally,
about fairy tales.
- Neil Jordan

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

Yes, hell exists.
It is not a fairy tale.
One indeed burns there.
This hell is not at the end of life.
It is here.
At the beginning.
Hell is what the infant must experience before he gets to us.
- Frederick Leboyer

The land of literature is a fairy land to those who view it at a distance,
but, like all other landscapes, the charm fades on a nearer approach,
and the thorns and briars become visible.
- Washington Irving

Do we believe that there is equal economic opportunity
out there in the real world,
right now, for each and every one of these groups?
If we believed in the tooth fairy,
if we believed in the Easter Bunny, we might well believe that.
- William Weld

There have been a number of us working very,
very hard to bring myth and fairy tales into public consciousness,
through fantasy literature and other media.
I hope we're succeeding in some small way.
- Terri Windling

This is a work of fiction.
All the characters in it, human and otherwise,
are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk,
whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence.
Or lack thereof.
- Neil Gaiman

But I don't know if people are meant to be together.
You have to have a lot in common, choose well and be really fortunate.
It's not like you're sprinkled with fairy dust.
You have to believe that love will be there when you need it.
- Claire Danes

Once upon a time there was a Queen who had a son so
ugly and so misshapen that it was long disputed whether he had human form.
A fairy who was at his birth said, however,
that he would be very amiable for all that,
since he would have uncommon good sense.
- Charles Perrault

And I thought, when I have kids, that's the sort of well told,
silly, and fun fairy tale that I would want to take them to.
But it was an amazing experience.
And I think Shrek is a real classic,
a fairy tale classic.
- Mike Myers

Well the wedding in the words of the Archbishop of
Canterbury was a fairy tale and there was a huge public impress,
investment of goodwill, affection and indeed money in this Institution.
It was a huge success at the time.
- Anthony Holden

Why should a horror film be just a horror film? To me,
The Company of Wolves is a fairy tale;
it's got all those elements plus a lot more.
And we know that fairy tales aren't innocent any more.
- Neil Jordan


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