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
Your handwriting. The way you walk. Which china pattern you choose. It’s all giving you away. Everything you do shows your hand. Everything is a self portrait. Everything is a diary.
—Chuck Palahniuk, Diary
Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
—James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you cannot help it.
Sometimes you don’t even know what you really want until you get what you thought you wanted.
—Debbie Viguié, The Summer of Cotton Candy
Being a female is a matter of birth, being a woman is a matter of age, but being a lady is a matter of choice.
Never love anybody who treats you like you’re ordinary.
Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more real than the person standing beside us?