"The timidity of the child or the savage is entirely reasonable; they are alarmed at this world, because this world is a very alarming place. They dislike being alone because it is verily and indeed an awful idea to be alone. Barbarians fear the unknown for the same reason that Agnostics worship it--because it is a fact. Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon."
Tremendous Trifles by Gilbert Keith Chesterton (chapter XVII: "The Red Angel").
[Me encantan las series de tv con citas literarias o frasecitas elaboradas. Esta vez fue "Seven Seconds", S03E05 de Criminal Minds.]
"... los seis agazapados en torno al sabroso volátil. Como siempre, yo abrí el banquete comiéndome la rabadilla. La ceremonia umu takapu empezaba a serme harto familiar, pero nunca me resultó tan alegre como aquella noche."
Aku-Aku: el secreto de la Isla de Pascua, de Thor Heyerdahl, traducción de Antonio Ribera, Barcelona: Juventud, 1959.