“Note that life after death, which still seems to you the essential thing, was itself a late revelation. God trained the Hebrews for centuries to believe in Him without promising them an after-life, and blessings on Him, he trained me in the same way for about a year. It is like the disguised prince in the fairy tale who wins the heroines love before she knows he is anything more than a woodcutter. What would be a bribe if it came first had better come last.”
(A Severe Mercy: A Story of Faith, Tragedy and Triumph)
We went to Ranelagh. It is a charming place; and the brilliancy of the lights, on my first entrance, made me almost think I was in some enchanted castle or fairy palace, for all looked like magic to me.
(Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. Evelina, in Evelina, letter 12 (1778).)
Good guilt is a product of love and responsibility. It is a natural, positive instinct that parents and good child care providers have. If bad guilt is a monster, good guilt is a friendly fairy godmother, yakking away in your head to keep you alert to the needs of your baby.
(Jean Marzollo (20th century), U.S. author. Your Maternity Leave, ch. 3 (1989).)
If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.
(Rachel Carson (20th century), U.S. author. The Last Word, ed. Carolyn Warner, ch. 19 (1992).)
But the golden-rod is one of the fairy, magical flowers; it grows not up to seek human love amid the light of day, but to mark to the discerning what wealth lies hid in the secret caves of earth.
(Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), U.S. author, literary critic, journalist. journal entry, September 1840, quoted in Margaret Fuller Ossoli, p. 99, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Houghton, Mifflin and Co., Boston (1898).)
There's a quality of legend about freaks. Like a person in a fairy tale who stops you and demands that you answer a riddle. Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They've already passed their test in life. They're aristocrats.
(Diane Arbus (1923-1971), U.S. photographer. Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph (1972).
From class lectures given in 1971.)