Quotes on Fantasy

I’d like to share a small collection of quotes on the value and impact of fantasy (sometimes also referred to as fairy-story or fairy tales). If you’re a lover of the genre, you’ll appreciate what these great minds have to say. If not, perhaps these quotes will convince you to give fantasy a try.

“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.”

– Albert Einstein

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

– Albert Einstein

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

– GK Chesterton

“If you happen to read fairy tales, you will observe that one idea runs from one end of them to the other–the idea that peace and happiness can only exist on some condition. This idea, which is the core of ethics, is the core of the nursery-tales.”

– GK Chesterton

“The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords…Fairy-stories  were plainly not primarily concerned with possibility, but with desirability. If they awakened desire, satisfying it while often whetting it unbearably, they succeeded.”

– JRR Tolkien

“At all ages, if [fantasy and myth] is used well by the author and meets the right reader, it has the same power: to generalize while remaining concrete, to present in palpable form not concepts or even experiences but whole classes of experience, and to throw off irrelevancies. But at its best it can do more; it can give us experiences we have never had and thus, instead of ‘commenting on life,’ can add to it.”

– CS Lewis

Do you have any favorite quotes to share?

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3 Responses to Quotes on Fantasy

  1. Shawn Henderson says:

    I love quotes!

    “So this is a story about light and goodness and Truth with a capital T. It’s about beauty, and resurrection, and redemption. But for those things to ring true in a child’s heart, the storyteller has to be honest. He has to acknowledge that sometimes when the hall light goes out and the bedroom goes dark, the world is a scary place. …
    But of course the storyteller can’t stop there. He has to show in the end there is a Great Good in the world (and beyond it). … When a child reads the last sentence of my stories, I hope he or she drifts to sleep with a glow in their hearts and a warmth in their bones, believing that all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”~Andrew Peterson

    “I always think typescript lends some sort of certainty: at least, if the things are bad then, they appear to be bad with conviction. ” ~Dylan Thomas

    “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~Anton Chekhov

    “I’d rather be caught holding up a bank than stealing so much as a two-word phrase from another writer.” ~Jack Smith

    “The only cure for writer’s block is insomnia.” ~Merit Antares

    • Sarah Sawyer says:

      Thanks for sharing these, Shawn! I especially love what Andrew Peterson had to say, and I think his books reflect this quote. 🙂

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