Andersen's Fairy Tales
How we cite our quotes:
"Then I would take Morton, for it is he I love. But you can't live on love." (A Story from the Dunes.114)
Here's a sad truth: love won't pay the rent. Even Andersen's characters, who are good and pious, have to acknowledge that there's a gap between how love makes us feel and what love can actually accomplish.
Rudy was jealous and this amused Babette… She was so young that love was still a game to her. (The Ice Maiden.251)
If love is a game, how does one win? That might be worth thinking about before you toy with the emotions of someone who loves you, as Babette does with Rudy. They sort of break up because of it, but luckily they get back together, since they really do love each other.
"Now I know what life is," rejoiced the young man. "It is love! And it is to be able to appreciate loveliness and to delight in beauty." (Psyche.17)
We already covered the whole love = life thing, but here it appears again with an additional element. Apparently, it's also important to be able to appreciate beauty wherever you see it, whether it's in the arts or nature.