As all mothers know, children travel faster than kisses. The speed of kisses is, in fact, what Doctor Fallow would call a cosmic constant. The speed of children has no limits.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente 

That’s what a map is, you know. Just a memory. Just a wish to go back home, someday, somehow.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente 

Cut a chrysalis open, and you will find a rotting caterpillar. What you will never find is that mythical creature, half caterpillar, half butterfly, a fit emblem of the human soul, for those whose cast of mind leads them to seek such emblems. No, the process of transformation consists almost entirely of decay.
- Pat Barker, Regeneration (via commovente)

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'Of course, one many have a number of other halves,” Nor grinned. 'We have always felt sorry for those who are forced to be only one person, forever and ever until they die. My brother and I are Neither/Nor, my sister and I are Not/Nor, and on and on the combinations go, sharing dreams and labor and life. We are halves, but we make an infinite whole'

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente 

Whatever teaches us to talk to ourselves is important: whatever teaches us to sing ourselves out of despair. But the painting has also taught me that we can speak to each other across time…That life- whatever else it is- is short. That fate is cruel but maybe not random. That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn’t mean we have to bow and grovel to it. That maybe even if we’re not always so glad to be here, it’s our task to immerse ourselves anyway: wade straight through it, right through the cesspool, while keeping eyes and hearts open. And in the midst of our dying, as we rise from the organic and sink back ignominiously into the organic, it is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn’t touch.
- Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch  (via commovente)

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We all just keep moving, September. We keep moving until we stop.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente 

Do you remember the images from the poems I wrote? The way I was a deer, and you were the moon, the candy peaches, the mango strips? The way the light was—not angry or loving, but just there? Because all i want is to stay with you in this schroedinger’s cat relationship until the summer, when we can fall apart from each other and each into something new, like a gilt statue splitting down the middle, and each half sinking to the glittering bottom of a different swimming pool.
- Alex Manley, “All I Want,” published as part of Shabby Doll Genius (via twelvestepped)

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It is one of the peculiar truths of life that people often say things that they know full well are ridiculous. If someone asks you how you are, for example, you might automatically say ‘Fine, thank you,’ when in fact you have just failed an examination or been trampled by an ox.
- Lemony Snicket, The Slippery Slope (via lueoa)

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I’ve been reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and it is somehow so amazing and dreamy and lovely? And the prose is sweet and I have such strong and wistful feelings when reading it. I highly, highly recommend it though I’m only a little past halfway done and it’s probably not for everyone!

  1. if you ever want to wear mommy’s make-up, just make sure you don’t eat it. when it’s time to go to bed, I will help you wash it off.

  2. when school starts and you want to jump rope instead of play kickball, be careful not to trip and hurt your knees.

  3. if you grow up and a boy makes your heart hurt, you do not have to be ashamed.

  4. if you fall in love with a girl
    who wears the same clothes
    as you, it will be easy for me to buy you both presents.

  5. if I teach you anything, I will teach you to be gentle.

  6. you are not Atlas and the world
    is not a burden for you to carry.

  7. if you do not like your body, if you feel like you were put inside the wrong one, I will stand by and watch you become again.

  8. because we are human beings and we do not always have to
    take what we are given.

  9. I will love you constantly, fervently, always.

  10. I will teach you the value of
    the word “no” so that, when you hear it, you do not question it.

  11. when the war comes
    and you want to fight, I will
    sleep with clenched fists until you come home to me.

  12. when the war comes and you don’t want to go, I will sleep soundly.

  13. you are allowed to be soft. you are allowed to break and bend. you do not have to be strong. you do not have to be a soldier.
- a letter to my future son | Caitlyn S. (via l0vebuzz)

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