You can’t ever be really free if you admire somebody too much, I know.

‘That’s good, small villains are much better. They break more easily.’

I’m born under special stars,’ I said. ‘I was found in a small shell padded with velvet.

But Sniff snores so horribly,’ said Moomintroll. ‘Couldn’t I sleep with Snufkin instead?

Then I’ll tell your fortune,’ Sniff persisted. ‘Perhaps you’ve got one of those lucky stars shining on you.

Sniff, from the book Comet in Moominland

For if you’re not afraid how can you be really brave?

I saw it first!’ squeaked Sniff, ‘I must choose a name for it. Wouldn’t it be fun to call it Sniff? That’s so short and sweet.

So they sat in a row on the beach, very close to one another, and Sniff sat in the middle because he thought it was safest.

We’re alike, you and I,’ he thought. ‘We understand each other, we only care about beautiful things.

Darned rope!” Moomintroll said angrily.
Sniff was shocked. “Oh!” he gasped, “you swore!

Let’s wrap ourselves up in the blankets and wait until the sun comes up. So they sat in a row on the shore, huddled up against each other. Sniff wanted to sit in the middle because he felt that was the safest place to be.

 Sniff from the book Comet in Moominland.

Making a journey by night is more wonderful than anything in the world.

Moomintroll in Moominland Midwinter

Just think, never to be glad or disappointed. Never to like anyone and get cross at him and forgive him. Never to sleep or feel cold, never to make a mistake and have a stomach-ache and be cured from it, never to have a birthday party, drink beer, and have a bad conscience… How terrible.

The very last house stood all by itself under a dark green wall of fir-trees, and here the wild country really began. Snufkin walked faster and faster straight into the forest. Then the door of the last house opened a chink and a very old voice cried: ‘Where are you off to?’ ‘I don’t know,’ Snufkin replied.The door shut again and Snufkin entered his forest, with a hundred miles of silence ahead of him.c

Tove Jansson, Moominland Midwinter

A theatre is the most important sort of house in the world, because that’s where people are shown what they could be if they wanted, and what they’d like to be if they dared to and what they really are

Tove Jansson, Moominsummer Madness

There are such a lot of things that have no place in summer and autumn and spring. Everything that’s a little shy and a little rum. Some kinds of night animals and people that don’t fit in with others and that nobody really believes in. They keep out of the way all the year. And then when everything’s quiet and white and the nights are long and most people are asleep—then they appear.

Tove Jansson, Moominland Midwinter