Jacob Grimm, half of the literary duo ‘The Brothers Grimm,’ was born on January 4th, 1785. He is best known for his work on Grimm’s Fairy Tales,but was also a philologist and jurist and discovered Grimm’s law of linguistics along with being the author and co-author of works such as Deutsches Wörterbuch and Deutsche Mythologie.
In honor of what would be his 236th birthday, here are some of the folklorist’s best quotes.
“The true poet, is like a man who’s happy anywhere, in endless measure, if he’s allowed to look at leaves and grass, to see the sun rise and set.” ~ Jacob Grimm
“Then her envious heart had peace, as much as an envious heart can have.” ~ Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
“You are mine, and I am yours, and no one in the world can alter that.” ~ Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
“I’m Death, and I make sure that everyone is equal.” ~ Jacob Grimm
“How often when we are comfortable, we begin to long for something new! ” ~ Jacob Grimm
“Love is like death, it must come to us all, but to each his own unique way and time, sometimes it will be avoided, but never can it be cheated, and never will it be forgotten.” ~ Jacob Grimm
“Don’t trust somebody who can’t trust you” ~ Jacob Grimm
“Evil is also not anything small or close to home, and not the worst; otherwise one could grow accustomed to it.” ~ Jacob Grimm
“In olden times, when wishing still helped…” ~ Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
“My love for her is so great, that if all the leaves on all the trees were tongues, they could not declare it.” ~ Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales