„Were I asked, what is a fairytale? I should reply, Read Undine: that is a fairytale“

—  George MacDonald, The Fantastic Imagination (1893), Context: Were I asked, what is a fairytale? I should reply, Read Undine: that is a fairytale; then read this and that as well, and you will see what is a fairytale. Were I further begged to describe the fairytale, or define what it is, I would make answer, that I should as soon think of describing the abstract human face, or stating what must go to constitute a human being. A fairytale is just a fairytale, as a face is just a face; and of all fairytales I know, I think Undine the most beautiful.
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„A fairytale, like a butterfly or a bee, helps itself on all sides, sips at every wholesome flower, and spoils not one.“

—  George MacDonald Scottish journalist, novelist 1824 - 1905
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