Milly old souse yourself! retorted Thingumy and Bob, who were seriously upset by this. Oh! So they are foreigners, thought Sniff. I’d better fetch moominmamma

She didn’t come to extinguish the fire, you see, she came to warm herself, poor creature. But everything that’s warm goes cold when she sits down on it. Now she’s disappointed once more.

All around him there were people living slipshod and aimless lives, wherever he looked there was something to be put to rights and he worked his fingers to the bone trying to get them to see how they ought to live

Yes, sea-water´s said to be the right thing for carpets, the Fillyjonk replied. The colours never run, and there´s such a lovely smell…

All things are so very uncertain. And that’s exactly what makes me feel reassured

“There’s no need to pretend that you are radiantly beautiful, because you are.”

You seem to be yourself again. Actually, you’re nicer that way

It would be awful if the world exploded. It is so wonderfully splendid

Snufkin – from the book Comet in Moominland

I used to stand before the mirror and look deep in my unhappy eyes and heave sighs such as: ‘Oh cruel fate!’ ‘Oh terrible lot’ ‘Nevermore.’ And in a few minutes I felt a little bit better.

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

No dishes to wash today. Perhaps I will never ever have to wash them again.

Moominpappa missed his family and his veranda. He suddenly got the feeling that only there could he be as free and as adventurous as a good father should be.