Fairy Quotes
Compiled by Carla J. Nelson
A collection of old and new quotes regarding fairies plus some others that may delight and/or inspire you.
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Houttuynia cordata

An intriguing, low growing, spreading perennial.  Anyone can see why it's called 'Chameleon'.  The colors of the leaves change from all green to a variegated loveliness like that above - depending on the amount of sunshine.  Valued as a culinary and medicinal herb in Vietnam and other regions.  Dainty white flowers Stunning fragrance.  No wonder my fairy friends like this.
Monarda didyma 'alba'

Another cultivar of the monarda or bergamot family.  This one is gorgeous in a moonlight garden.  During the day, butterflies, hummingbirds and hummingbird moths visit it.  At night, it's a favorite of hawk moths.
If there's any nectar left over, the fairies collect it for their own libations.

A summer day.  A shaded nook.
A sturdy bench.  A garden book.
A cotton quilt, if there's a chill.
A glass of wine, to sip at will.
Peace and quiet, beyond measure.
Cherished moments.  Simple pleasure.
Carla J. Nelson - Copyright

Please note that not all quotes will be about fairies
but they will all have something to do with
nourishing your imagination or soothing your soul.
And that in itself is a magical thing!

"There is everywhere dew on the cobwebs, little gossamer veils or scarfs as big as your hand, dropped from the fairy shoulders that danced on the grass the past night."
Henry David Thoreau

"I have a lifetime to paint, with a subject matter that is endless, with one goal in mind, and that is, to keep the child in all of us. " James Browne   www.jamesbrowne.net

"I may need a faery or two to help me hold my brush when I am old and grey but in the meantime I will let the paint flow and the imagination soar. "  James Browne  www.jamesbrowne.net

"Fairies and flowers and magic are interwoven in a rich and ancient tapestry.  I've known this since the earliest days of my life, when my favorite nature books were tales of fantasy in which fairies danced with dragonflies, slept beneath toadstools, and granted wishes in enchanted gardens."  Linda Gannon  From Creating Fairy Garden Fragrances

"These little folk who appear to be our neighbors wish only some small difference of vibration to separate us will become familiar.  The thought of them, even when unseen, will add charm to every brook and valley and give romantic interest to every country walk."  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”  Robert Fulghum    All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

"Can there be a lovelier or more enticing way to introduce children to the worlds of horticulture, botany, natural science and ecology than to tell them the stories of the fairies who live in each and every garden and wood, who dance joyously on fairy rings on summer nights, and who reward you if you live a good and gentle life and treat the world around you kindly? " Betsy William    Are There Faeries At The Bottom Of Your Garden?

"May your eyes be always open
May your hearts overflow
That which enchants will also protect ---
May this you always know."
Ted Andrews - Enchantment of the Faerie Realm

“It’s the spirit here that counts. The time may be long, the vehicle may be strange or unexpected. But if the dream is held close to the heart, and imagination is applied to what there is close at hand, everything is still possible.”   Robert Fulghum   All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

"Have you seen any fairies lately? I asked the question of a little girl not long ago. "Huh! There’s no such thing as fairies," she replied. In some way the answer hurt me, and I have been vaguely disquieted when I have thought of it ever since...
Have you seen any fairies lately, or have you allowed the harsher facts of life to dull your "seeing eye?"  Laura Ingalls Wilder

"Those enchanted worlds still exist because the child within us never dies.  The doorway may be more obscure, but we can still seek them out.  There are still noble adventures to undertake.  There are still trees that speak and caverns that lead to nether realms.  There will always be faeries and elves dancing within nature because they will always be dancing within our hearts."  Ted Andrews  Enchantment of the Faerie Realm

"When people become attuned to the ebb and flow of the seasons, the wonders of flowers and herbs and the wild creatures who visit them, they often come to realize their world is full of many intriguing secrets beyond their understanding.  They become aware of unseen, unexplainable forces at work.  When this happens, they almost always open their consciousness to a whole new realm of possibilities.  Fairies no longer seem inconceivable."  Carla J. Nelson   Fairy Crafts, Gardens and Teas

“To my way of thinking and working, the greatest service a piece of fiction can do any reader is to leave him with a higher ideal of life than he had when he began. If in one small degree it shows him where he can be…gentler, saner, cleaner, kindlier…it is a wonder-working book.  Gene Stratton Porter

“David tells me that fairies never say 'We feel happy': what they say is, 'We feel dancey'.”
J.M. Barrie  Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

“Life isn't a fairytale but we can make it like a fairytale” Lucy 'Aisy

“There is a latent fairy in all women, but look how carefully we have to secrete her in order to be taken seriously. And fairies come in all shapes, colours, sizes and types, they don't have to be fluffy. They can be demanding and furious if they like. They do, however, have to wear a tiara. That much is compulsory.”   Dawn French  A Tiny Bit Marvellous

“The country people, indeed, did not always clearly distinguish between the Fairies and the dead. They called them both the 'Silent People'; and the Milky Way they thought was the path along which the dead were carried to Fairyland.” Hope Mirrlees, Lud-in-the-Mist

“Robert Kirk believed the fairies to be the doubles or, as he called them, the 'co-walkers' of men, which accompanied them through life, and thought that this co-walker returned to Faerie when the person died.”   Lewis Spence  British Fairy Origins

"The fairies,' remarks Robert Chambers, 'are said to have been exceedingly sensitive upon the subject of their popular appellations. They considered the term 'fairy' disreputable.”
Lewis Spence  British Fairy Origins

"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

"Once upon a time, I thought faeries lived only in books, old folktales, and the past.  That was before they burst upon my life as vibrant, luminous beings, permeating my art and my everyday existence, causing glorious havoc."  Brian Froud   Good Fairies  Bad Fairies

"Where some people perceive only empty fields, a man or woman with second sight can see a host of faeries dancing in a ring or the shining entrance to a faery hill."  Brian Froud

"I have a talented friend who always likes to entertain in midwinter using one hundred and fifty candles in glasses or glass chimneys throughout the house.  It's a fairyland, breathtaking in the quiet of the year."  Bertha Reppert  Herbs For Weddings and Other Celebrations

"The power of imagination makes us infinite."  John Muir

"The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."  John Muir

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."  John Muir

"I believe in everything until it's disproved.  So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons.  It all exists, even if it's in your mind.  Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?"  John Lennon

"I suppose an active imagination can be a form of madness. Or it can be the thing that keeps you from going mad."   Esme Raji Codell   Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year

"In virtually every culture around the world throughout all known human history there have been stories of "the little people," "wee ones," "fairy folk."  The names may differ but not the concept.  . . . Long before Christopher Columbus, or Leif Ericsson for that matter, sailed across the ocean, the original inhabitants of the Americas knew of "The Little People" who lived in the forests, on the prairies, the plains, and the mountain tops. These "Little People" were accepted as part of the spirit World and keepers of the plant kingdom."  
 Carla J. Nelson  Fairy Crafts, Gardens and Teas

" When Great-Great Grandfather Jockogee as a boy had to cross the raging river, a 'little man' helped him.  From that day, "they" taught him about the plants and medicine for sick people.  Even if we can't see them, the "little people" are always watching us and protecting us."  Robert Johnson Perry  Life With The Little People

"I do not know how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."  Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul.”  Luther Burbank

"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us."  Iris Murdoch

"The more simple we are, the more complete we become."  August Rodin

"There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect." Auguste Rodin

"I think that people who can't believe in fairies aren't worth knowing."  Tori Amos

"When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies." J. M. Barrie Peter Pan

"A world without wonder, and a way of mind without wonder, becomes a world without imagination, and without imagination man is a poor and stunted creature."  Henry Beston

"Children, poets, seers, healers, those gifted with second sight, men and women at peace with and in tune with their natural surroundings have historically been those most likely to enter into contact with the Little People."  Nancy Arrowsmith  A Field Guide to the Little People

Imagination is to life, what luscious cream cheese frosting is to plain pound cake.  Transforming!  Carla J. Nelson

Imagination is to the human psyche, what umami is to the taste buds.  Carla J. Nelson

Imagination is what sets humans apart from other species.  Carla J. Nelson

A rich imagination can catch and save you, when the rest of the world falls away out of your grasp.  Carla J. Nelson