Grimms' Fairy Tales
Coming of Age Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
Soon the twig grew and quickly became a beautiful tree. Three times every day Cinderella would go and sit beneath it and weep and pray, and each time, a little white bird would also come to the tree. Whenever Cinderella expressed a wish, the bird would throw her whatever she had requested. (Cinderella.80)
Yeah, it sucks when your mother dies, but Cinderella teaches us to turn lemons into lemonade: pray at the tree growing over your mother's grave, and it'll help you get ahead in life. Definitely a smart strategy for young orphans, and a useful lesson for budding adults.
[Hans] met the shabby little man in gray clothes, who asked him what he had in the basket. In reply, Hans said that he had apples for the king's daughter to help her regain her health. "Well," said the little man, "then so be it, and so shall it remain." (The Griffin.489)
Characters like Hans demonstrate their maturity by telling the truth about their intentions, even to weird-looking strangers in the forest. And that almost always pays off.
Since the old woman had spoken so kindly to her, the maiden plucked up her courage and agreed to enter her service. She took care of everything to the old woman's satisfaction and always shook the bed so hard that the feathers flew about like snowflakes. In return, the woman treated her well: she never said an unkind word to the maiden, and she gave her roasted or boiled meat every day. (Mother Holle.89)
Being a humble and hardworking young person is pretty much the way to guarantee that you are treated as an adult. Which is kind of still true today, right?