Astrid Lindgren Quotes

Astrid Lindgren Quote: This day, a life.
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This day, a life.
Astrid Lindgren
Death, death.
Astrid Lindgren (Something she and her sisters said right before starting an conversation, simply to get it out of the way.)
A night like this, one feels the life in oneself.
Astrid Lindgren
The one that is very strong should also be very nice.
Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking, 1945)
Don't let them get you down. Be cheeky. And wild. And wonderful.
Astrid Lindgren
Anything great that ever happened in the world, first happened in their imagination.
Astrid Lindgren (Speech when she received the HC Andersen-prize, 1958)
If I have managed to brighten up even one gloomy childhood—then I’m satisfied.
Astrid Lindgren
You have to learn to live so that you become a friend with death. I think tralala...
Astrid Lindgren

Astrid Lindgren Ronja Rövardotter Quote: Life is a something that one should be afraid of, don't you know that?
Life is something that one should be afraid of, don't you know that?
Astrid Lindgren (Ronja Rövardotter)
I don’t mind dying, I’ll gladly do that, but not right now, I need to clean the house first.
Astrid Lindgren
Two things that we had that made our childhood to what it was, security and freedom.
Astrid Lindgren (ur Mitt Småland)
I do not have a message. However I'd very much like to spread a general tolerance for human insanity.
Astrid Lindgren (Svenska Dagbladet, 1970)
And so I write the way I myself would like the book to be — if I were a child. I write for the child within me.
Astrid Lindgren
Give the children love, more love and still more love – and the common sense will come by itself.
Astrid Lindgren (Article on the rights of Children)
We played and we played and kept on playing, its such a strange thing that we didn't play ourselves to death.
Astrid Lindgren (Samuel August från Sevedstorp och Hanna i Hul)
That which I would like to do most of all is to sit down like an animal in solitude in the forest.
Astrid Lindgren (Aftonbladet, 1986)
I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that.
Astrid Lindgren
He's the strongest man in the world.'
'Man, yes,' said Pippi, 'but I am the strongest girl in the world, remember that.
Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking, 1945)
A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.
Astrid Lindgren (Om läshunger. Vi husmödrar, 1955)
‘But then Jonathan said it was something he must do, even if it was dangerous. “Why?” I wondered. “Otherwise you’re not a human being but just a piece of dirt” said Jonathan.’
Astrid Lindgren (The Brothers Lionheart, 1973)
I have never experienced being madly in love the way most people seem to have been, although it is not something I would miss. Instead I have had an enormous ability to love my children and my grandchildren and my great grandchildren.
Astrid Lindgren
Mankind is preoccupied with two great things: death and love; these catch the interest of all ages. You shouldn’t scare children to the point of anxiety, but just like adults they need to be moved by art.
Astrid Lindgren
‘I don’t think you have a very nice way with ladies,’ said Pippi. And she lifted him in her strong arms — high in the air — and carried him to a birch tree and hung him over a branch. Then she took the next boy and hung him over another branch.
Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking, 1945)
"But who tells you to go to bed at night and things like that?" asked Annika.
"I do," said Pippi. "First I tell myself once very nicely and if I don't obey, then I tell myself again, very sternly, and if I still don't obey, then it's time for a spanking, of course."
Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking - Chapter 1, 1945)
The girl hurried away, but then Pippi shouted, "Did he have big ears that reached way down to his shoulders?"
"No," said the girl and turned and came running back in amazement. "You don't mean to say that you have seen a man walk by with such big ears?"
"I have never seen anyone who walks with his ears," said Pippi. "All the people I know walk with their feet.
Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking, 1945)


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Astrid Lindgren Biography

Astrid Lindgren portrait

Born: 1907
Died: 2002

Astrid Lindgren was a influential Swedish writer, whose works of fiction became world-wide famous. She mostly wrote in fantasy and is best remembered for her characters such as Pippi Longstocking, Ronja Rövardotter, Emil.

Notable Works

Pippi Longstocking (1945)
Karlsson-on-the-Roof (1955)
Emil i Lönneberga (1963-1997)
Bröderna Lejonhjärta (1973)
Ronja Rövardotter (1981)