Quotes on Fairy Stories

Fortunately the importance of stories as a therapeutic tool is becoming wider as can be seen in the  the work of Jorge Bucay in Argentina in his works such as Cuentos para Pensar (Stories to think) and Déjame que te cuente (Let me tell you) and his Camino (paths) series.   So here, I offer up a selection of quotes from a selection of books I have gone on to read since discovering Bettleheim

The Fruitful Darkness Joan Halifax

“Stories are our protectors, like our immune system, defending against attacks of debilitating alienation.  They are the connective tissue between culture and nature, self and other, life and death, that saw the worlds together and in telling the soul quickens and comes alive

Troublesome Things A History of Fairies and Fairy Stories.  Diane Purkiss

“Firstly common humanity: there are universal cultural archetypes produced by common psychic pressure in every culture.”

“A ceaseless reshaping of old stories to fit new contexts”

“To enter fairyland is to be born again, to go through birth as an adult who is conscious of the dreadful process.”

“They came from deep misery. People whose lives are a perpetual struggle to survive and suddenly faced with one burden too many.”

“A fairy story is about reaching rock bottom, in that sense a story about dying, but it is also a story about finding a way out if only in a story.”

“The stories rich complex often elliptical because to their teller their meaning is very plain because there were always inner stories.”

“If so they could easily become what Haaken calls transformative memories, memories whether authentic or not, that make sense of a life that turns its disorder and fragmentation into meaning.”

Women Who Run With The Wolves Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“Over intellectualisation can obscure the pattern of the instinctual nature; it assists greatly if we understand stories as though we are inside of them, rather than as though they are outside of us.  We enter into a story through the door of inner hearing.”

“Once there was, and once there was not.  This paradoxical phrase is meant to alter the soul of the listener that this story takes place in the world between worlds where nothing is at it first seems.”

Scheherazade for instance had pretty good boundaries.  She used her cleverness to please while at the same time positioning herself to be valued.  Being real doesn’t mean being reckless, it means allowing La voz mitologica. The mythological voice to speak. One does this by shutting off ego for a while and letting that, which wishes to speak, speak.”

Stages in the Development of the Sense of Reality.  Sandor Ferenci

“In reality we are weak, hence the heroes of the fairy tale are strong and unconquerable in our activities and our knowledge we are cramped by time and space, hence in fairy tales we are immortal, is in a hundred places at the same time, sees into the future and knows the past. The heaviness the solidity and the inpenatrabilty of matter obstruct our way every moment: in the fairy tale however man has wings his eyes pierce walls, his magic opens all doors.”

Fairy Story mini

And finally I quote Bettleheim from The Meaning of Enchantment

“One of the greatest merits of Cinderella is that irrespective of the magic help Cinderella receives, the child understands that eventually through own efforts and because of the person she is that Cinderella is able to transcend magnificently her degraded state, despite what appear insurmountable obstacles.”

“The Fisherman And The Geniefrom A Thousand and one Nights – The genie un-bottled his feelings, fear, spirit so long bottled up.  Beginning wanted something.  Also, symbols of try and try again as fisherman fights to get genie into a bottle.  One must not give up despite initial failure.  Good reason to sharpen one’s mind and continue one’s efforts.”

“Each fairy tale is a magic mirror, which reflects some aspects of our inner world and of the steps required by our evolution from immaturity to maturity.  For those who immerse themselves in what the fairy tale has to communicate, it becomes a deep quiet pool which at first seems to reflect only our own image, but behind it we soon discover our inner turmoil of our soul- it’s depth, and ways to gain peace within ourselves and with the world, which is the reward of our struggles.”

And one of my all time favourites from Albert Einstein.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited while imagination enriches the world.” 


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6 Responses to Quotes on Fairy Stories

  1. Paul Hodge says:

    These are marvellous, inspiring quotes. A real delight to read! Thank you for sharing them. Regards, Paul

  2. Joe says:

    Yes, great quotes that made me think and better understand why the Fairy Tale genre, is so universally appealing!
    Perhaps it is because the fact that the author’s narrative is so involving, that we find the formula so irresistible.

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  4. bloger says:

    I agree that wear what you want.

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