3 Quotes – Tove Jansson



Tove Jansson
(Tove Marika Jansson)

Finnish novelist

1966: Hans Christian Andersen Award

August 9, 1914 in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire

June 27, 2001 in Helsinki, Finland


One makes a trip by day, but by night, one sets out on a journey.
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I wonder if the nursery and the chamber of horrors are as far apart as people think?
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It was the winter of war, in 1939. It felt completely pointless to try to create pictures… I suddenly felt an urge to write down something that was to begin with ‘Once upon a time.’


Which is your favourite quote by Tove Jansson?  🙂


9 thoughts on “3 Quotes – Tove Jansson

      • My second pick for children’s books would be “Ronia the Robber’s Daughter” by Astrid Lindgren. I don’t know if you already posted her quotes, but she has some interesting ones.

      • Excellent idea – thank you! Astrid Lindgren will be featured in one of my upcoming blog posts.
        Great ideas/suggestions are always welcome…

  1. I have heard of Jansson but I haven’t read her works yet. Will need to remedy that. Her second quote made me chuckle even thought it sounds scary and foreboding.

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