“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.

I do not understand why the heroine in the book is always prettier than the one at home.

Did you know that if you fly hundreds and hundreds of miles up into the air that the sky is no longer blue?

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