Of course I can’t chop wood. I’m made of glass! Swing me against a hard tree, and I’ll shatter.

Imagine, though, that you were cutting down a paper tree. I could chop down a whole forest of paper trees with my fine edge.

You can turn anything around with your imagination. Hold to it, and you will never be shattered.

The Glass Axe in The Glass Axe, Yellow Fairy Book. Painting by Ferdinand Hodler.

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