We are all a little broken. But last time I checked, broken crayons still color the same.
– Trent Shelton
“…so one day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn’t become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered. I’d been born in the wrong century, and I felt cheated.”
― Ransom Riggs,
“As I look out at all of you gathered here, I want to say that I don’t see a room full of Parisians in top hats and diamonds and silk dresses. I don’t see bankers and housewives and store clerks. No. I address you all tonight as you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers.”
-Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret
“I spent my life folded between the pages of my books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters.”
– Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me
Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.
-Heath L. Buckmaster, Box of Hair: A Fairy Tale
“Do you think I’ve gone round the bend?”
“I’m afraid so. You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“There is much to love, and that love is what we are left with. When the bombs stop dropping, and the camps fall back to the earth and decay, and we are done killing each other, that is what we must hold. We can never let the world take our memories of love away, and if there are no memories, we must invent love all over again.”
― Louise Murphy,
“Why had all the doctors told me I was losing my hearing,
And not a single one told me I was gaining my deafness?”
– Aaron Williamson
I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.
-Louisa May Alcott
“I like to see people reunited, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the crying, I like the impatience, the stories that the mouth can’t tell fast enough, the ears that aren’t big enough, the eyes that can’t take in all of the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.”
– Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close