Cinderella is one of our favorite fairytales and animated Disney movies of all time. Most little girls dream about becoming princesses. One day a handsome prince will come along, save them and they will live together happily ever after. It’s pure and beautiful.

Cinderella is a folk-tale and has thousands of variants known throughout the world, but the main idea underlying the story refers to unjust oppression and triumphant reward. The first literary European version was written by Giambattista Basile, and the most popular by Charles Perrault.

Although Cinderella is often attributed to Disney, they did not invent it. However, the storyline they chose for the movies is more resembling to Perrault’s version. And for good reasons since it appears to be more suitable for children.

I will say that as a child I thought that the original story belonged to Disney until told otherwise. Intrigued and curious, I’ve read the tale written by Brothers Grimm. Now, this is something you don’t want to read to your children before bedtime; it’s more likely a scary tale than a fairy tale.

Here, Cinderella’s father is alive and apparently tolerates the mistreatment of his child and instead of the fairy godmother, there’s a white bird that grants her wishes everytime she prays under the tree that the girl planted over her mother’s grave. While Disney’s shoe fitting scene is actually amusing, in Grimms’ tale one stepsister cuts off her toes and the other one, her heel…

But back to the version we love — We’re all grown up now and tough enough to save ourselves. We know that “prince” is just another word for the one that can help us build our own modern fairytale. But Cinderella is one of the stories that kept us daydreaming throughout our childhood and made us not want to settle down for anything less than happiness. And most importantly, it taught us to never give up on our dreams.

Here are 31 Cinderella quotes to make you believe in your dreams again:


Who she is or whence she came, he knows not, nor does he care for his heart tells him that here, here is the maid he is predestined to be his bride– Grand Duke

If there’s any chance to set things right, I simply got to try. – Cinderella

I know it isn’t easy, but at least we should try to get along together. And that includes you, your majesty. – Cinderella

I have to tell you a secret that will see you through all the trials that life can offer. Have courage and be kind. – Ella’s Mother

Cause if you tell a wish, it won’t come true. – Cinderella

A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep. – Cinderella

But like all dreams, I’m afraid this won’t last forever. – Fairy Godmother

Oh, that clock! Oh, killjoy! I hear you. ‘Come on, get up!’ you say. ‘Time to start another day!’

I believe that animals listen and speak to us if we only have the ear for it. That’s how we learn to look after them. – Ella’s Mother


No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true. – Cinderella

Just because it’s what’s done, doesn’t mean it’s what’s should be done. Or something like that. – Prince Charming

If you’d lost all your faith, I couldn’t be here. And here I am! – Fairy Godmother


Well, there’s one thing: they can’t order me to stop dreaming. – Cinderella

And yet, through it all, Cinderella remained ever gentle and kind, for with each dawn she found new hope that someday, her dreams of happiness would come true. – Narrator

So I’ll trust my heart, what else can I do? I can’t live in dreams if my dreams are to come true. – Cinderella

When there is kindness, there is goodness. When there is goodness, there is magic. – Ella’s Mother

Cinderella: Mr. Lizard, I’m scared. I’m only a girl, not a princess.

Lizard Footman: And I’m only a lizard, not a footman. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Well, serves you right, spoiling people’s best dreams. – Cinderella

Love. Ha! Just a matter of a boy meeting a girl under the right conditions. – The King

I’m sorry if your highness objects to an early breakfast. It’s certainly not my idea to feed you first—it’s orders. – Cinderella

But we have to hurry, because even miracles take a little time. – Fairy Godmother

So if you don’t want to lose a nice, warm bed, you’d better get rid of those dreams. Know how? Just learn to like cats! – Cinderella

After all, I’m still a member of the family. And it says, ‘By royal command, every eligible maiden is to attend.’ – Cinderella

Above all: self control. – Lady Tremaine

What’s a royal ball? After all, I suppose it would be frightfully dull, and boring, and completely … completely wonderful. – Cinderella

My son has been avoiding his responsibilities long enough. It’s high time he married and settled down. – The King

Oh, it’s a beautiful dress! Did you ever see such a beautiful dress? And look! Glass slippers. Why, it’s like a dream. A wonderful dream come true! – Cinderella

Well, I see no reason why you can’t go, if you get all your work done. And if you can find something suitable to wear. Of course … I said ‘If.  – Lady Tremaine

Your Majesty, I see no point in beating about the bush. I regret to inform you, sire, that the young lady has disappeared, leaving behind only this glass slipper. – Grand Duke

I’m not getting any younger, you know. I want to see my grandchildren before I go. – The King

On the stroke of twelve, the spell will be broken, and everything will be as it was before. – Fairy Godmother