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Quotes from Pippi Longstocking


Lately I have been asking for quotes from Pippi Longstocking in my e-mail inbox and in the comments all over my website. And again and again the most diverse wisdoms are revealed that Pippi Longstocking is supposed to have said ...

And although I've read Pippi Longstocking's book at least 5 times by now, I can't repeat it at heart yet * grin *

Now, however, I have made up my mind to read a chapter of the complete edition again every day and to present you with at least one striking quote from each chapter. Since there are a total of 32 chapters in the complete edition, the whole thing will now be fun for me 32-day challenge :-) ... If someone can't do anything with the newfangled and also English term "Challenge" ... Challenge means in German Challenge. I think "Challenge" just sounds more peppy in this context than "32-day challenge" ;-)

Of course, I would also be happy if you were to search for your own favorite quotes from one of the Pippi Longstocking books or from the Pippi Longstocking films.

You are welcome to tell me your favorite sayings using the comment function on this page. Please also write in which book chapter, or in which series part or in which of the four feature films you found this quote.

Chapter 1 (Pippi moves into the Villa Kunterbunt)
»Read on Thursday, February 18, 2016

"The best thing is, you go home now," said Pippi, "so that you can come back tomorrow. Because if you don't go home, you can't come back. And that would be a shame."

Chapter 2 (Pippi becomes a hunter and gets into a fight)
»Read on Friday, February 19, 2016

"I don't know what you want to do," said Pippi. "In any case, I'm not going to be lazy. I'm a hunter for things, and you never have a free hour."

Chapter 3 (Pippi plays catch with the cops)
»Read on Saturday, February 20, 2016

"Oh," said Pippi, "I have to have another lucky day today. Policemen are the best I know - right after rhubarb groats."

Chapter 4 (Pippi goes to school)
»Read on Sunday, February 21, 2016

"Sing quietly, I'm recovering a little now," said Pippi, "too much learning can ruin even the healthiest."

Chapter 5 (Pippi sits on the garden fence and climbs into the hollow tree)
»Read on Monday, February 22nd, 2016

"Don't you?" Said Pippi. "But that's exactly what I do. I lie so that my tongue turns black, don't you hear that? You have to realize that it's a lie. You mustn't let people talk you into everything!"

Chapter 6 (Pippi arranges a trip)
»Read on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Pippi also sang, but not with the same lyrics, she sang: "In the beautiful sunshine I walk through woods and groves. I do what I like, and when I walk it sloshes, and when I run, then it works. And my shoe keeps saying: sloshing and sloshing and sloshing. The dress is wet, the bull is fun, and rice porridge is my favorite dish. On a beautiful summer day it always sloshes and sloshes. "

Chapter 7 (Pippi goes to the circus)
»Read on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

"God forbid," Pippi shouted, narrowing her eyes. "Does it cost money to watch? And here I gawk every day! Who knows how much money I've gawked for!"

Chapter 8 (Pippi is visited by thieves)
»Read on Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Come in or stay outside as you want," Pippi called. "I don't force anyone."

Chapter 9 (Pippi goes to the coffee party)
»Read on Friday, February 26, 2016

"Kneel - bend!" Shouted Pippi and made a nice curtsey. Then she smiled at Mrs. Settergren and said in her usual voice: "I am very shy, and if I did not command myself, then I would stop in the hall and not dare to come in."

Chapter 10 (Pippi appears as a lifesaver)
»Read on Saturday, February 27, 2016

"You are so clever, Mr. Nilsson, that you could become a professor at any time," said Pippi.

Chapter 11 (Pippi's Birthday)
»Read on Sunday, February 28, 2016

Doctor's bag or gold case
that is the question ...

"Nightgowns are not dangerous," said Pippi. "They only bite when attacked."

Chapter 12 (Pippi still lives in the Villa Kunterbunt)
»Read on Monday, February 29, 2016

"I am rich as a magician," Pippi used to say. And she was. She had a whole suitcase full of gold pieces that she had received from her father.

Chapter 13 (Pippi goes shopping)
»Read on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

"How am I supposed to know if I've never tried?" Asked Pippi. "I've never had a piano that I could try it on. And I'll tell you, Thomas, playing the piano without a piano, it takes a tremendous amount of practice before you can do it."

Chapter 14 (Pippi writes a letter and goes to school - but only a little)
»Read on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

"Whether plutimization or division - you shouldn't bother with ions on a day like this," said Pippi. "Or it would have to be 'lustification'."

Chapter 15 (Pippi is on a school trip)
»Read on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

"Annika," Pippi shouted sternly, "what are you doing? Remember that a really fine lady only picks her nose when she is alone!"

Chapter 16 (Pippi goes to the fair)
»Read on Friday, March 4th, 2016

"Are you still standing here?" She asked angrily. "Nah," said Pippi seriously, "we're sitting in the market square and cracking nuts."

Chapter 17 (Pippi is shipwrecked)
»Read on Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Annika asked: "Can we eat with our fingers?" "If you like," said Pippi. "But I'll stick to the old trick of eating with my mouth."

Chapter 18 (Pippi receives a fine visit)
»Read on Sunday, March 6th, 2016

"Yes, time goes by and you start to get old," said Pippi. "I'll be ten years old in the fall and then you'll probably have your best days behind you."

Chapter 19 (Pippi gives a farewell party)
»Read on Monday, March 7th, 2016

"If I am to become a really good pirate, then it is not right if I only lead a court life. That only makes you soft, says Papa."

Chapter 20 (Pippi goes on board)
»Read on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

"What on earth is the matter with you guys?" Pippi asked irritably. "I just want to tell you that it is dangerous to be silent for too long. The tongue wilts when you don’t use it."

Chapter 21 (Pippi still lives in the Villa Kunterbunt)
»Read on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

"Oh," said Pippi, "I think you're not so beautiful right now that people jump up in delight when they see you."

Chapter 22 (Pippi cheers up Aunt Laura)
»Read on Thursday, March 10, 2016

"Ha, people must have eyes and Ears, I hope, "said Pippi." And although I am a delight for the eyes, a little movement is also very good for the ears. Some people believe that the only thing you have to do with your ears is to wiggle them. "

Chapter 23 (Pippi Finds a Spunk)
»Read on Friday, March 11, 2016

"Don't you think that I will recognize a spunk if I have one in front of me?" Said Pippi. "Have you ever seen anything so spunky in your life?"

Chapter 24 (Pippi does question sport)
»Read on Saturday, March 12, 2016

"Thank you, thank you, dear Pippi," they said. "Thanks for the money and the candies!" "Oh, what," said Pippi, "you don't need to thank me for that. But you must never forget that I saved you from those pink woolen underpants!"

Chapter 25 (Pippi receives a letter)
»Read on Sunday, March 13, 2016

"A letter! For me! A broken call - I mean: a real letter? I have to see it before I believe it."

Chapter 26 (Pippi goes aboard)
»Read on Monday, March 14, 2016

"I'm really excited to get to know Taka-Tuka Island. Just imagine lying stretched out on the beach and dipping your big toes into the real South Pacific. You just have to open your mouth and a ripe banana will fall straight into it! "

Chapter 27 (Pippi goes ashore)
»Read on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

"I'm not a fine white princess at all," said Pippi in broken taka-tuka language. "I'm just Pippi Longstocking and I don't give a damn about sitting on the throne."

Chapter 28 (Pippi speaks a reasonable word to a shark)
»Read on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

"White children love plutimization," assured Pippi stubbornly. "White kids go crazy when white kids don't get a big dose of plutimization every day."

Chapter 29 (Pippi speaks a reasonable word to Jim and Buck)
»Read on Thursday, March 17th, 2016

"Jesus, was that you?" Said Pippi when Buck cried out. "You look just like a big hideous shark from up here."

Chapter 30 (Pippi has had enough of Jim and Buck)
»Read on Friday, March 18, 2016

"You shouldn't be as intent on playing marbles as you seem to be," she said. "You have to be moderate with your addiction to pleasure."

Chapter 31 (Pippi Leaves Taka Tuka Island)
»Read on Saturday, March 19, 2016

"Oh what," said Pippi. "If the heart is just warm and beating as it should, then you won't freeze."

Chapter 32 (Pippi Longstocking Doesn't Want to Grow Up)
»Read on Sunday, March 20, 2016

"The calendar of the Villa Kunterbunt is very slow. I have to take it to a calendar maker so that he can correct it and get it going again."

18 comments on this article

Pamela wrote on May 7th, 2020 at 4:40 pm

Wonderful, your side dear Tonia.
I've been on the lookout for bundled Pippi quotes for a long time. I work as an intuitive companion and mentor for parents and families and run my own Facebook group on the topic: Children & Parents of the New Age. And for this I write texts and give the parents daily inputs on the topic: "Being different" and what fits better than quotes from my childhood heroine Pippi Longstocking :-))

Kind regards and a big thank you for your beautiful site

Leonie wrote on 09/05/2019 at 6:36 PM

Pippi would surely be happy about so much Pippilogy! And Mr. Nielson is the professor!
I have been a Piipifan since I was 9 years old and what I like most:
Laziness is beautiful ...!

Tonia wrote on February 25, 2019 at 9:28 am

Hej-Hohhhhh to the German-Swedish friendship association Marburg :-)

I am 98% sure that it is NOT are quotes from Astrid Lindgren - at best completely free interpretations of what she may have said once.

I have read every book by her as well as numerous interviews and she has actually never expressed herself like the author of a self-help advisor ;-) With her everything always sounded much more relaxed and such statements came more often from the flower.

With Astrid Lindgren, words on the subject of freedom sounded more like that with Pippi Longstocking:

"Why did I go backwards?" said Pippi. "Aren't we living in a free country? Are you not allowed to go as you want?"

Should someone find himself here again, who can actually name a real source for these quotes, I would be happy to read this here. I like to be surprised :-)

many motley greetings
Tonia :-)

German-Swedish Friendship Association Marburg e.V. wrote on February 24, 2019 at 1:48 pm

Hello or Hey!
Again and again you come across this quote: "Don't wait for people to smile at you ... Show them how it's done!". Astrid Lindgren and Pippi (on Tommy and Annika) are given as sources. Unfortunately not more precisely. The same applies to this quote: "Freedom means that you don't necessarily have to do everything like other people." Source also Astrid Lindgren. Does anyone know more about this? Or are the books available electronically (so that you can search through them on your PC)? Thanks for the help!

Tonia wrote on 09.09.2018 at 7:49 pm

Hello pepper minza :-)

Pippi never said that in that form, neither in the book nor in the film. That sounds like a free interpretation of a statement by Pippi Longstocking in some self-help guide ;-)

However, there are two passages in the book that might have been the trigger for this alienated quote that you are addressing ...

One day Pippi, Tommi and Annika go out to go on a fun shopping tour. In this context, Pippi proclaims:

"Well, let's get started then. Above all, I want to buy a piano." To which Tommi interjects: "Yes, but Pippi, you can't play the piano at all!" Whereupon Pippi asks: "How should I know if I've never tried it? I've never had a piano on which I could try it. And I'll tell you, Thomas, playing the piano without a piano, you need one tremendous exercise until you can. "

And then there is another place where the three friends play on the beach and Pippi wants to try out at some point whether she can fly ...

She stands on a high rock and announces: "You could learn to fly downwards. Sure it's harder to fly upwards. But you could start with the easier way. I really think I'll try."

The result is that she lands quite roughly on her bum and then suspects that she probably forgot to flap her wings or that she ate too much pancakes ;-)

I don't know any other statements in this direction from Pippi Longstocking, but I only know the German-language translations. Maybe these passages in the book sound different in other languages?

many motley greetings
Tonia :-)

Pfefferminza wrote on 09.09.2018 at 12:43 pm

Dear Tonia, you have put together a nice collection, thank you very much!
Can you perhaps tell me where the original source for the following quote can be found:
"I've never tried this before so I'm absolutely sure I can do it!"
You can also find slightly different translations, such as: "" We have never tried that, so it is sure to work well. "
I would be interested in how Astrid Lindgren really put it.
Does anyone know?

Tonia wrote on June 5, 2018 at 10:05 am

Hello Helmut :-)

neeeee ... Pippi certainly never said that SOOOOO - neither in the film nor in the book. That sounds very clearly like a free interpretation from a self-help advisor * grin *

The planned purchase of a piano (from chapter 13 of the complete edition), see above, could have served for this interpretation.

And then there is a passage in the book where the three friends are playing on the beach and Pippi would like to try out at some point whether she can fly ...

She stands on a high rock and proclaims:

"You could learn to fly down," she continued. "Sure it's harder to fly up. But you could start with the easier way. I really think I'll try."

The result is that she lands quite roughly on her bum and then suspects that she probably forgot to flap her wings or that she ate too much pancakes ;-)

Jooooohr ... Pippi talks SOOOOOO :-) There is always a little childish naivety ... quite wise too, but not so "instructive" ;-)

many motley greetings
Tonia :-)

Helmut wrote on June 4, 2018 at 7:47 pm

Hello Tonia,
this is a really great site! Many Thanks. I haven't read Pippi or seen it in the cinema, but recently came across the quote: "I've never done that before, so I'm very sure I can". I don't know if it's really authentic, but I try to use it to motivate my adult retrainers.
Thanks again for this site.

Kellerstruppi wrote on 08/04/2017 at 10:09 pm

"I've never done that before. I think I can do it!"

Andi wrote on December 26th, 2016 at 7:41 am

(Pippi and the pirates (Pippi Longstocking in Taka-Tuka-Land)

Annika: "You said yourself that a ship never comes by here."
Pippi: "So? Well, I don't say much - but what I'm saying is nonsense."

Tonia wrote on 09/15/2016 at 8:42 am

Hi Michael :-)

the quote is not from the book, but from the film adaptation ... but with that you give me an idea. I will watch the films again in winter and then I can pick out further quotes and write them down * nick * nick *

many motley greetings
Tonia :-)

Michael Friedrich wrote on September 6th, 2016 at 6:01 pm

What is - for me - the best, if not the most valuable (this is meant seriously :) is still missing (unfortunately I do not have the coordinates in the text:

"People are stupid too. They learn plutimization at school, but they can't come up with something funny."

Best regards!

former bookworm wrote on 08.08.2016 at 10:37 p.m.

"Why did I go backwards?" said Pippi. "Aren't we living in a free country? Are you not allowed to go as you want?"

Complete edition of Pippi Longstocking
Verlag Friedrich Oetinger ,, 1978

from the 1st chapter: Pippi moves into the Villa Kunterbunt

Pascale wrote on 07/11/2016 at 8:14 am

Haha, Tonia! Thank you 1001 times for this valuable "quote case"!
And the website!
I missed Pippi Longstocking, Fifi Brindacier, because I had met her in France.
"Lustification": yes!
Best regards

P.S: Strangely, my 1st sending of the mail was wrong, as if I didn't know how to pay any more! .....

FZ wrote on 05/17/2016 at 8:56 am

"superkalifragilistischexpiallegorisch" exactly what I was looking for, thank you very much

Tonia wrote on 05/11/2016 at 1:13 PM

Hello FZ :-)

do you mean super califragilistic expo?

This is not from Pippi Longstocking, but from Mary Poppins * hihi *

many motley greetings
Tonia :-)

FZ wrote on May 11, 2016 at 8:45 a.m.

What is the name of the saying / statement: "super awesome ...." etc.

Laura wrote on May 4th, 2016 at 11:19 am

Wonderful - very, very nice compilation