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“The will to be polite, to maintain civility and normalcy, is fearfully strong. I wonder sometimes how much evil is permitted to run unchecked simply because it would be rude to interrupt it.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“Destiny is a pretty story we tell ourselves. Lurking beneath it there are only people, and the terrible choices we make.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“It’s a profoundly strange feeling, to stumble across someone whose desires are shaped so closely to your own, like reaching toward your reflection in a mirror and finding warm flesh under your fingertips. If you should ever be lucky enough to find that magical, fearful symmetry, I hope you’re brave enough to grab it with both hands and not let go.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“I hope you will find the cracks in the world and wedge them wider, so the light of other suns shines through; I hope you will keep the world unruly, messy, full of strange magics; I hope you will run through every open Door and tell stories when you return.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“May she wander but always return home, may all her words be written true, may every door lie open before her.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“It is at the moments when the doors open, when things flow between the worlds, that stories happen.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“Those of you who are more than casually familiar with books -- those of you who spend your free afternoons in fusty bookshops, who offer furtive, kindly strokes along the spines of familiar titles -- understand that page riffling is an essential element in the process of introducing oneself to a new book. It isn't about reading the words; it's about reading the smell, which wafts from the pages in a cloud of dust and wood pulp. It might smell expensive and well bound, or it might smell of tissue-thin paper and blurred two-colour prints, or of fifty years unread in the home of a tobacco-smoking old man. Books can smell of cheap thrills or painstaking scholarship, or literary weight or unsolved mysteries.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“How fitting, that the most terrifying time in my life should require me to do what I do best: escape into a book.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“My father—who is a true scholar and not just a young lady with an ink pen and a series of things she has to say—puts it much better: “If we address stories as archaeological sites, and dust through their layers with meticulous care, we find at some level there is always a doorway. A dividing point between here and there, us and them, mundane and magical. It is at the moments when the doors open, when things flow between the worlds, that stories happen.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“- novels are untrustworthy advisers. They aren't concerned with rationality or sobriety; they peddle in tragedy and suspense, in chaos and rule breaking, in madness and heartache, and they will steer you toward such things with all the guile of a piper luring rats into a river.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“Maybe all powerful men are cowards at heart, because in their hearts they know power is temporary.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“I should have known: destiny is a pretty story we tell ourselves. Lurking beneath it there are only people, and the terrible choices they make.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“I felt like an explorer at the precipice of some new, wild world, armed only with ink and hope.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“The trouble with you people,’ I observed, ‘is that you believe in permanence. An orderly world will remain so; a closed door will remain closed.’ I shook my head, reaching for the door. ‘It’s very … limiting.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“Words and their meanings have weight in the world of matter, shaping and reshaping realities through a most ancient alchemy.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“Books are Doors and I wanted out.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“Second, my long years of research have taught me that all stories, even the meanest folktales, matter. They are artifacts and palimpsests, riddles and histories. They are the red threads that we may follow out of the labyrinth.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“Freedom isn't worth a single solitary shit if it isn't shared.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“I wanted wide-open horizons and worn shoes and strange constellations spinning above me like midnight riddles. I wanted danger and mystery and adventure.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“Samuel Zappia was my only nonfictional friend”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“Doors, he told her, are change, and change is a dangerous necessity. Doors are revolutions and upheavals, uncertainties and mysteries, axis points around which entire worlds can be turned.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
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“I’m not a natural rule-follower. I roll through stop signs, I swear in public, I lie on online personality tests so I get the answers I want (Hermione, Arya Stark, Jo March).”
Alix E. Harrow, Apex Magazine Issue 105, February 2018
“It is fashionable among intellectuals and sophisticates to scoff at true love -- to pretend it is nothing but a sweet fairy tale sold to children and young women, to be taken as seriously as magic wands or glass slippers. I feel nothing but pity for these learned persons, because they would not say such foolish things if they had ever experienced love for themselves.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“That afternoon, sitting in that lonely field beside the Door that didn't lead anywhere, I wanted to write a different kind of story. A true kind of story, something I could crawl into if only I believed it hard enough.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“Thresholds are dangerous places, neither here nor there, and walking across one is like stepping off the edge of a cliff in the naive faith that you'll sprout wings halfway down. You can't hesitate, or doubt. You can't fear the in-between.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“(Do I regret it? Would I take it back, if I could? Tell her to resign herself to home and hearth, to give up her wandering ways? It depends which weighs more: a life, or a soul.)”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“There is nothing quite like the anger of someone very powerful, who has been thwarted by someone who was supposed to be weak.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“...the place you are born isn't necessarily the place you belong.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“You don't really know how fragile and fleeting your own voice is, until you watch a rich man take it away as easily as signing a bank loan.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“The point is that I was scared and hurt and alone sometimes but in the end I won. I'm free. And if that's the price for being free, I'll pay it.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January

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