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  • #1
    Audre Lorde
    “Your silence will not protect you.”
    Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

  • #2
    Ransom Riggs
    “We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.”
    Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • #3
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • #4
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    “We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • #5
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist; a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.”
    Ursula K. LeGuin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

  • #6
    Simone Weil
    “A beautiful woman looking at her image in the mirror may very well believe the image is herself. An ugly woman knows it is not.”
    Simone Weil, Waiting for God

  • #7
    Abraham Lincoln
    “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
    Abraham Lincoln, Great Speeches / Abraham Lincoln: with Historical Notes by John Grafton

  • #8
    Stephen King
    “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
    Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

  • #9
    Philip Pullman
    “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
    Philip Pullman

  • #10
    Anaïs Nin
    “We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
    Anaïs Nin

  • #11
    “Thich Nhat Hanh gives a talk in which he asks if we should have to work to appreciate the beauty in life. He replies that no, we should not ever have to work to take in what is beautiful, what is precious, what is sacred; we should simply be open to absorbing life’s blessings as often as they present themselves. Because, as he says,“Suffering is not enough.”Thich Nhat Hanh joins other masters who encourage us to be completely present for all things wonderful; if we are going to be present for life’s suffering, we will need all the nourishment and rejuvenation that comes from life’s beauty.”
    Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky, Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

  • #12
    Mary Oliver
    “You do not have to be good.
    You do not have to walk on your knees
    for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
    You only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves.
    Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
    Meanwhile the world goes on.
    Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
    are moving across the landscapes,
    over the prairies and the deep trees,
    the mountains and the rivers.
    Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
    are heading home again.
    Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
    the world offers itself to your imagination,
    calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
    over and over announcing your place
    in the family of things.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #13
    It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
    “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
    E.E. Cummings

  • #14
    E.E. Cummings
    “The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches.”
    E.E. Cummings

  • #15
    E.E. Cummings
    “Yours is the light by which my spirit's born: - you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.”
    e. e. cummings

  • #16
    Margery Williams Bianco
    “Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'

    'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit.

    'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.'

    'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit?'

    'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.”
    Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit

  • #17
    Jim Butcher
    “The heart of democracy is violence, Miss Tagwynn,” Esterbrook said. “In order to decide what to do, we take a count of everyone for and against it, and then do whatever the larger side wishes to do. We’re having a symbolic battle, its outcome decided by simple numbers. It saves us time and no end of trouble counting actual bodies—but don’t mistake it for anything but ritualized violence. And every few years, if the person we elected doesn’t do the job we wanted, we vote him out of office—we symbolically behead him and replace him with someone else. Again, without the actual pain and bloodshed, but acting out the ritual of violence nonetheless. It’s actually a very practical way of getting things done.”
    Jim Butcher, The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • #18
    Howard Thurman
    “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
    Howard Thurman

  • #19
    Howard Thurman
    “Often, to be free means the ability to deal with the realities of one's own situation so as not to be overcome by them.”
    Howard Thurman, For the Inward Journey

  • #20
    Howard Thurman
    “There must be always remaining in every life, some place for the singing of angels, some place for that which in itself is breathless and beautiful.”
    Howard Thurman

  • #21
    Howard Thurman
    “Keep alive the dream; for as long as a man has a dream in his heart, he cannot lose the significance of living.”
    Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart

  • #22
    Octavia E. Butler
    “In order to rise
    From its own ashes
    A phoenix
    Octavia Butler, Parable of the Talents

  • #23
    Octavia E. Butler
    “All that you touch
    You Change.

    All that you Change
    Changes you.

    The only lasting truth
    is Change.

    is Change.”
    Octavia E. Butler

  • #24
    Octavia E. Butler
    “First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice.”
    Octavia Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories

  • #25
    Octavia E. Butler
    “Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought.
    To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears.
    To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.
    To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen.
    To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies.
    To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.”
    Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents

  • #26
    Octavia E. Butler
    “You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.
    That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”
    Octavia E. Butler

  • #27
    Octavia E. Butler
    Protects itself.
    Promotes suspicion.
    Engenders fear.
    Fear quails,
    Irrational and blind,
    Or fear looms,
    Defiant and closed.
    Blind, closed,
    Suspicious, afraid,
    Protects itself,
    And protected,
    Ignorance grows.”
    Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents

  • #28
    Octavia E. Butler
    “There is no end
    To what a living world
    Will demand of you.”
    Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower