“If you really want to hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way to make life more bearable.”—Kurt Vonnegut [A Man Without a Country] (via lgbtlaughs)
“If you take a book with you on a journey,…an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it…yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.”—
Cornelia Funke (Inkheart)
This is why I’m so very careful about the environment in which I read for the first time. Always alone, always in my room, always with the right music, always in comfy clothes, and to top it off the right reading snacks/drinks.
“You know, oddly enough, a lot of people think how strong a character is has something to do with physical strength or power. Which it doesn’t, not even in the real world. A strong character is one who takes a licking and dusts herself off, gets to her feet and limps off. (…) Strong characters are the people who make the difficult choices and live with the consequences. They don’t have to be abrasive or rude–or kind and sweet and good, either.”—Patricia Briggs, author of the Mercy Thompson & the Alpha and Omega Series
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