Living isn’t enough! One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower!


butterfly in the warm Summer shade, with more than one little flower

It was late autumn, with rain and drizzle. The wind sent cold shivers down the spines of the old willow trees, making them creak. It was not good flying outside in summer clothes – you’d be in for an unpleasant surprise, as they say. But the butterfly did not fly outside, either. By chance he had come indoors, where there was a fire in the stove. Indeed, it was as warm as summer. He could live.

“But living isn’t enough!” he said. “One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower!”

by Hans Christian Andersen (April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875)
from Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories, The Butterfly, 1861

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