10 Incisive Quotes from the Complete Collection of the Brothers Grimm's Household Tales

I finally finished my complete collection of Brothers Grimm stories. I read a story or two every few nights before falling asleep for the last 3 years. Here is some of the more interesting prose. You can see our cultural inheritances in these quotes, as well as some of the more terrifying things parents told their children over 200 years ago. Keep in mind the book was first published in 1812 and the stories date to the 18th century.

The wolf to Little Red Cap (who we know as Little Red Riding Hood): "You walk gravely along as if you were going to school, while everything else out in the wood is merry."

"The King gave notice that whosoever should capture or kill the wild boar should have his only daughter to wife. Two brothers...declared themselves willing to undertake the hazardous enterprise; the elder, who was crafty and shrewd, out of pride; the younger, who was innocent and simple, from a kind heart."

Origin story of 'Thumbling' (who comes to us as Tom Thumb): "The woman fell ill, and after seven months gave birth to a child, that was perfect in all its limbs, but no longer than a thumb."

From 'Little Snow-white': "'Oh, Queen, in this land thou art fairest of all.' Then her envious heart had rest, so far as an envious heart can have rest."

"Shall I take for myself so much of this gold, that I have sufficient for all the rest of my life, or shall I go farther?"

"A month afterwards he went up to the garret, intending to gather some old tin and sell it, and saw a great heap of money lying. Then he was happy again, made purchases, became a greater merchant than before, and felt that this world was well governed."

"He gave the father a hundred thalers... But with the money that was left, he went back to the High School and went on learning more, and as he could heal all wounds with his plaster, he became the most famous doctor in the whole world."

"The soldier was tried, and though he had done nothing wicked, the judge condemned him to death."

"Once upon a time, there was a child who was willful and would not dowh as her mother wished. For this reason God...let her become ill... When she had been lowered into her grave, and the earth was spread over her, all at once her arm came out again... Then the mother herself was obliged....to strike the arm with a rod, and when she had done that, it was drawn in, and then at last the child had rest beneath the ground."

Three brothers are bitterly competing to inherit their father's house. The third brother wins. "His brothers were satisfied with this, as was agreed beforehand; and, as they loved one another very much, they all three stayed together in the house."