— Rachel Cohn, You Know Where to Find Me
„Like all fairy tales, the story of Sleeping Beauty begins with "Once upon a time," and continues with a foolish young princess who makes a witch very angry, and then takes a nap until her boyfriend wakes her up with a kiss and insists on getting married, at which point the story ends with the phrase "happily ever after."“
„Willow: Tell me a story.
Tara: Okay. Once upon a time, there was, um... a kitty. She was very little, and she was all alone, and nobody wanted her.
Willow: This is a very upsetting story.“
— Amber Benson actress from the United States 1977
This Year's Girl [4.15]
„I had seen the princess and let her lie there unawakened, because the happily ever after was so damnably much work.“
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
"A Sepulchre of Songs," from The Changed Man (April 1992), , page 125.
„The story we’re told about sexuality is very similar to the story we’re told about citizenship: Once upon a time, things were very bad and nobody had any fun. Then there were a series of revolutions, and various oppressed groups threw off their chains, and now we are free, the end. If you’re not living happily ever after, it’s your own damn fault. When, and if, anyone ever does get caught flagrantly abusing their power, we write them off as monsters, lone wolves, bad apples, or any other fairytale monster that allows us to continue the bedtime story in which white supremacist capitalist patriarchy is working well for everyone.“
— Laurie Penny English journalist 1986
„…. and Rosie, having baptized me with her cidrous kisses, married a soldier and I lost her for ever.“
— Laurie Lee British writer 1914 - 1997
— Ellen DeGeneres American stand-up comedian, television host, and actress 1958
„It might seem strange to start a story with an ending. But all endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.“
— Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
— Thomas Campion English composer, poet and physician 1567 - 1620
Sleep, Angry Beauty