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Tove Jansson

  • You believe it's cold, but if you build yourself a snowhouse it's warm. You think it's white, but at times it looks pink, and another time it's blue. It can be softer than anything, and then again harder than stone. Nothing is certain.

  • All the clocks were running again. Moomintroll felt less lonely after he had wound them up. As time was lost anyway, he set them at different hours. Perhaps one of them would be right, he thought.

  • You can't ever be really free if you admire somebody too much.

  • You can't always be friendly. It's impossible, there isn't the time.

  • Why can't they ever let my wanderings alone?! Can't they understand that I'll talk it all to pieces if I have to tell about it. Then it's gone, and when I try to remember what it really was like, I remember only my own story.

  • ... she suddenly felt quite safe. It was a very strange feeling, and she found it indescribably nice. But what was there to worry over? The disaster had come at last.

  • One ought to have the right to have a secret and to spring it as a surprise. But if you live inside a family you have neither.

  • And it's a risky thing to talk about one's most secret dreams a bit too early.

  • Smell is important. It reminds a person of all the things he's been through; it is a sheath of memories and security.

  • Sophia resorted to the simplest means of flight available in cases of great distress: she fell asleep.

Tove Jansson, Finnish painter, writer

(1914 - 2001)

Full name: Tove Marika Jansson.