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  • #1
    Erin Morgenstern
    “Stories have changed, my dear boy,” the man in the grey suit says, his voice almost imperceptibly sad. “There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay, no maidens in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case. There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy endings. The quests lack clarity of goal or path. The beasts take different forms and are difficult to recognize for what they are. And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise. Things keep overlapping and blur, your story is part of your sister’s story is part of many other stories, and there in no telling where any of them may lead. Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon, or a wolf and a scarlet-clad little girl. And is not the dragon the hero of his own story? Is not the wolf simply acting as a wolf should act? Though perhaps it is a singular wolf who goes to such lengths as to dress as a grandmother to toy with its prey.”
    Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

  • #2
    Erin Morgenstern
    “You're in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that's enough.”
    Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

  • #3
    Erin Morgenstern
    “The most difficult thing to read is time. Maybe because it changes so many things.”
    Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

  • #4
    Erin Morgenstern
    “Like stepping into a fairy tale under a curtain of stars.”
    Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

  • #5
    Erin Morgenstern
    “And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise. Things keep going on, they overlap and blur, your story is part of your sister's story is part of many other stories, and there is no telling where any of them may lead.”
    Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

  • #6
    Neil Gaiman
    “Stories you read when you're the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you'll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.”
    Neil Gaiman, M Is for Magic

  • #7
    Neil Gaiman
    “Because,' she said, 'when you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave.”
    Neil Gaiman, Coraline

  • #8
    Neil Gaiman
    “There are a hundred things she has tried to chase away the things she won't remember and that she can't even let herself think about because that's when the birds scream and the worms crawl and somewhere in her mind it's always raining a slow and endless drizzle.

    You will hear that she has left the country, that there was a gift she wanted you to have, but it is lost before it reaches you. Late one night the telephone will sign, and a voice that might be hers will say something that you cannot interpret before the connection crackles and is broken.

    Several years later, from a taxi, you will see someone in a doorway who looks like her, but she will be gone by the time you persuade the driver to stop. You will never see her again.

    Whenever it rains you will think of her. ”
    Neil Gaiman

  • #9
    Neil Gaiman
    “Then, one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid give them a piece of you. They don't ask for it. They do something dumb one day like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore.”
    Neil Gaiman , The Kindly Ones

  • #10
    Neil Gaiman
    “I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • #11
    Neil Gaiman
    “Oh, monsters are scared," said Lettie. "That's why they're monsters.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • #12
    Bill Bryson
    “But that's the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don't want to know what people are talking about. I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can't read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can't even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”
    Bill Bryson, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

  • #13
    Bill Bryson
    “Black bears rarely attack. But here's the thing. Sometimes they do. All bears are agile, cunning and immensely strong, and they are always hungry. If they want to kill you and eat you, they can, and pretty much whenever they want. That doesn't happen often, but - and here is the absolutely salient point - once would be enough.”
    Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

  • #14
    Bill Bryson
    “I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.”
    Bill Bryson

  • #15
    John Green
    “Thomas Edison's last words were "It's very beautiful over there". I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful.”
    John Green, Looking for Alaska

  • #16
    Neil Gaiman
    “. . . I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories.
    I liked that. Books were safer than other people anyway.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • #17
    Ransom Riggs
    “But these weren't the kind of monsters that had tentacles and rotting skin, the kind a seven-year-old might be able to wrap his mind around--they were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don't recognize them for what they are until it's too late.”
    Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • #18
    Jim Butcher
    “Oh," the girl said, shaking her head. "Don't be so simple. People adore monsters. They fill their songs and stories with them. They define themselves in relation to them. You know what a monster is, young shade? Power. Power and choice. Monsters make choices. Monsters shape the world. Monsters force us to become stronger, smarter, better. They sift the weak from the strong and provide a forge for the steeling of souls. Even as we curse monsters, we admire them. Seek to become them, in some ways." Her eyes became distant. "There are far, far worse things to be than a monster.”
    Jim Butcher, Ghost Story

  • #19
    “I'll tell you a secret about storytelling. Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty... were not perfect in the beginning. It's only a happy ending on the last page, right? If the princess had everything from the beginning, there wouldn't be a story. Anyone who is imperfect or incomplete can become the main character in the story.”
    PEACH-PIT, Shugo Chara!, Vol. 2: Friends in Need

  • #20
    Catherynne M. Valente
    “I don’t want to be a Princess,” she said finally. “You can’t make me be one.” She knew very well what became of Princesses, as Princesses often get books written about them. Either terrible things happened to them, such as kidnappings and curses and pricking fingers and getting poisoned and locked up in towers, or else they just waited around till the Prince finished with the story and got around to marrying her. Either way, September wanted nothing to do with Princessing.”
    Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

  • #21
    Frances Hodgson Burnett
    “I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses.”
    Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

  • #22
    Richard  Adams
    “Animals don't behave like men,' he said. 'If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality.”
    Richard Adams, Watership Down
    tags: evil

  • #23
    Tim Burton
    “Mad Matter: "Have I gone mad?"
    Alice: "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
    Tim Burton, Alice in Wonderland: Based on the Motion Picture Directed by Tim Burton

  • #24
    Lewis Carroll
    “Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?”

    The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?”

    “I don’t know,” Alice answered.

    “Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

  • #25
    Jodi Picoult
    “I am Alice in Wonderland', Josie thought. 'Watch me fall.”
    Jodi Picoult

  • #26
    Sarah Dessen
    “Music is a total constant. That's why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in your or the world, that one song says the same, just like that moment.”
    Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

  • #27
    Sarah Dessen
    “You know, when it works, love is pretty amazing. It's not overrated. There's a reason for all those songs.”
    Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby

  • #28
    Sarah Dessen
    “You can't always get the perfect moment. Sometimes, you just have to do the best you can under the circumstances.”
    Sarah Dessen

  • #29
    Neil Gaiman
    “When we hold each other, in the darkness, it doesn't make the darkness go away. The bad things are still out there. The nightmares still walking. When we hold each other we feel not safe, but better. "It's all right" we whisper, "I'm here, I love you." and we lie: "I'll never leave you." For just a moment or two the darkness doesn't seem so bad.”
    Neil Gaiman, Neil Gaiman's Midnight Days

  • #30
    Oscar Wilde
    “They've promised that dreams can come true - but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too.”
    Oscar Wilde

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