"After the fourth or fifth time she knew she had to make a decision: did she want to live or did she want to die? If die, there were quicker ways. If live, she had to live differently."
— Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood (via wordsandetcetera)
"Your mother did not raise you with a wolf in your chest so you could howl over losing a man."
read this on here today and i haven’t stopped thinking about this quote since (via pluiedem)
"Protect yourself so that nobody overrides you, overrules you, or steps on you. You say, “Just a minute, I’m worth everything, dear.” If you really realize that, you realize everybody else is worth everything. Everybody. Fat and thin and plain and pretty, white and black and rich and poor, thick and slow and brilliant. Everybody is worth everything. Start with yourself, though."
— Maya Angelou, the Teen Talking Circle Project, regarding her advice for girls.
"Much like fairy tales, there are two facets of horror. One is pro-institution, which is the most reprehensible type of fairy tale: Don’t wander into the woods, and always obey your parents. The other type of fairy tale is completely anarchic and antiestablishment."
Guillermo del Toro on how horror is inherently political as a genre, Time Magazine (x)
I love this man.
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"There is no intimacy like that between two women who have chosen to be sisters."
— Warsan Shire (via ethiopienne)
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"Life is going to present to you a series of transformations. And the point of education should be to transform you. To teach you how to be transformed so you can ride the waves as they come. But today, the point of education is not education. It’s accreditation. The more accreditation you have, the more money you make. That’s the instrumental logic of neoliberalism. And this instrumental logic comes wrapped in an envelope of fear. And my Ivy League, my MIT students are the same. All I feel coming off of my students is fear. That if you slip up in school, if you get one bad grade, if you make one fucking mistake, the great train of wealth will leave you behind. And that’s the logic of accreditation. If you’re at Yale, you’re in the smartest 1% in the world. […] And the brightest students in the world are learning in fear. I feel it rolling off of you in waves. But you can’t learn when you’re afraid. You cannot be transformed when you are afraid."
Junot Díaz, speaking at Yale (via malinche)
Those final four sentences are something else.
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