Michael Ende Quotes

21 of the best book quotes from Michael Ende
  1. #1
    “If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you must take your leave of the characters with whom you have shared so many adventures, whom you have loved and admired, for whom you have hoped and feared, and without whose company life seems empty and meaningless.
    If such things have not been part of your own experience, you probably won’t understand what Bastian did next.”
  2. #2
    “When it comes to controlling human beings there is no better instrument than lies. Because, you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts.”
  3. #3
    “Every real story is a never ending story.”
  4. #4
    “Nothing is lost. . .Everything is transformed.”
  5. #5
    “There are many kinds of joy, but they all lead to one: the joy to be loved.”
  6. #6
    “You wish for something, you’ve wanted it for years, and you’re sure you want it, as long as you know you can’t have it. But if all at once it looks as though your wish might come true, you suddenly find yourself wishing you had never wished for any such thing.”
  7. #7
    “Once someone dreams a dream, it can’t just drop out of existence. But if the dreamer can’t remember it, what becomes of it? It lives on in Fantastica, deep under earth. There are forgotten dreams stored in many layers. The deeper one digs, the closer they are. All Fantastica rests on a foundation of forgotten dreams.”
  1. #8
    “You must let what happens happen. Everything must be equal in your eyes, good and evil, beautiful and ugly, foolish and wise.”
  2. #9
    “Bastian looked at the book.
    ‘I wonder,’ he said to himself, ‘what’s in a book while it’s closed. Oh, I know it’s full of letters printed on paper, but all the same, something must be happening, because as soon as I open it, there’s a whole story with people I don’t know yet and all kinds of adventures, deeds and battles. And sometimes there are storms at sea, or it takes you to strange cities and countries. All those things are somehow shut in a book. Of course you have to read it to find out. But it’s already there, that’s the funny thing. I just wish I knew how it could be.’
    Suddenly an almost festive mood came over him.
    He settled himself down, picked up the book, opened it to the first page, and began to read...”
  3. #10
    “Strange as it may seem, horror loses its power to frighten when repeated too often.”
  4. #11
    “If you stop to think about it, you’ll have to admit that all the stories in the world consist essentially of twenty-six letters. The letters are always the same, only the arrangement varies. From letters words are formed, from words sentences, from sentences chapters, and from chapters stories.”
  5. #12
    “There were thousands and thousands of forms of joy in the world, but that all were essentially one and the same, namely, the joy of being able to love.”
  6. #13
    “Without a past you can’t have a future.”
  7. #14
    “Human passions have mysterious ways, in children as well as grown-ups. Those affected by them can’t explain them, and those who haven’t known them have no understanding of them at all. Some people risk their lives to conquer a mountain peak. No one, not even they themselves, can really explain why. Others ruin themselves trying to win the heart of a certain person who wants nothing to do with them. Still others are destroyed by their devotion to the pleasures of the table. Some are so bent on winning a game of chance that they lose everything they own, and some sacrifice everything for a dream that can never come true.
    Some think their only hope of happiness lies in being somewhere else, and spend their whole lives traveling from place to place. And some find no rest until they have become powerful. In short, there are as many different passions as there are people.”

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  1. #15
    “A story can be new and yet tell about olden times. The past comes into existence with the story.”
  2. #16
    “What I’ve started I must finish. I’ve gone too far to turn back. Regardless of what may happen, I have to go forward.”
  3. #17
    “Maybe all the people who say ghosts don’t exist are just afraid to admit that they do.”
  4. #18
    “-Everything will turn out all right. You’ll see.
    -I can’t imagine how, said Atreyu.
    -Neither can I, said the luckdragon. But that’s the best part of it.”
  5. #19
    “You must live your story.”
  6. #20
    “A person’s reason for doing someone a good turn matters as much as the good turn itself.”
  7. #21
    “He had never been willing to believe that life had to be as gray and dull as people claimed. He heard them saying: “Life is like that,” but he couldn’t agree. He never stopped believing in mysteries and miracles.”