Catherynne M. Valente Quotes

Catherynne M. Valente Quotes: I have made calculations that would beggar your soul. What is it that villains always say at the end of stories? You and I are more alike than you think? Well,
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Catherynne M. Valente Quote: She felt as she often did in class when she was nearly sure she had the right answer, but could not always make herself raise her hand.
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Quotes about Catherynne M. Valente: Wishes of one's old life wither and shrivel like old leaves if they are not replaced with new wishes when the world changes. And the world always changes. Wishes get slimy, and their colors fade, and soon they are just mud, like all the rest of the mud, and not wishes at all, but regrets. The trouble is, not everyone can tell when they ought to launder their wishes. Even when one finds oneself in Fairyland and not at home at all, it is not always so easy to remember to catch the world in it's changing and change with it.
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Quote about Catherynne M. Valente: I'm sure you've heard people talk about their Heart's Desire
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Catherynne M. Valente Sayings: Just remember that the only question in a house is who is to rule. The rest is only dancing around that, trying not to look it in the eye.
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Catherynne M. Valente Saying: September knew a number of curse words, most of which she heard the girls at school saying in the bathrooms, in hushed voices, as if the words could make things happen just by being spoken, as if they were fairy words, and had to be handled just so.
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Sayings about Catherynne M. Valente: The old order, it is good for the old. A farmer wants his son to be afraid of beautiful women, so that he will not leave home too soon, so he tells a story about how one drowned his brother's cousin's friend in a lake, not because he was a pig who deserved to be drowned, but because beautiful women are bad, and also witches. And it doesn't matter that she didn't ask to be beautiful, or to be born in a lake, or to live forever, or to not know how men breathe until they stop doing it.
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Saying about Catherynne M. Valente: When I say forever,' Koschei whispered, 'I mean until the black death of the world. An Ivan means just the present moment, the flickering light of it, in a green field, his mouth on yours. He means the stretching of that moment. But forever isn't bright; it isn't like that. Forever is cold and hard and final.
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Catherynne M. Valente Quotes: She did not want to read this book from start to finish, or rather, she thought perhaps it did not want her to. Instead she practiced the art of bibliomancy, trusting the book to show her what it wanted her to know.
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Catherynne M. Valente Quote: Hearts set about finding other hearts the moment they are born, and between them, they weave nets so frightfully strong and tight that you end up bound forever in hopeless knots, even to the shadow of a beast you knew and loved long ago.
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Quotes about Catherynne M. Valente: I still think of myself as a house. Ravan tried to fix this problem of self-image, as he called it. To teach me to phrase my communication in terms of a human body. To say: let us hold hands instead of let us hold kitchens. To say put our heads together and not put our parlors together. But it is not as simple as replacing words anymore. Ravan is gone. My hearth is broken.
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Quote about Catherynne M. Valente: Stories have a way of changing faces. They are unruly things, undisciplined, given to delinquency and the throwing of erasers. This is why we must close them up into thick, solid books, so they cannot get out and cause trouble.
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Catherynne M. Valente Sayings: This is what comes of having a heart, even a very small and young one. It causes no end of trouble, and that's the truth.
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Catherynne M. Valente Saying: Perhaps all a Tsaritsa is is a beautiful cold girl in the snow, looking down at someone wretched, and not yielding.
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Sayings about Catherynne M. Valente: It's been me all along,
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Saying about Catherynne M. Valente: ..what came before has dissolved from me, lost like milk teeth. But I think, rather, that it has always been as it is, and there was never a beforethis nor will there be an afternow. I am accepting. This is not a thing to be solved, or conquered, or destroyed. It is. I am. We are. We conjugate together in darkness, plotting against each other, the Labyrinth to eat me and I to eat it, each to swallow the hard, black opium of the other. We hold orange petals beneath our tongues and seethe. It has always been so. It grinds against me and I bite into its skin..
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Catherynne M. Valente Quotes: Chyerti
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Catherynne M. Valente Quote: However wretched her origins, she chose freely to continue her crimes against us from the moment she woke to this life. It is easy to forgive beautiful women, especially when they lay a sorrowful tale before you like a sugar-dusted meal. It does not mean they deserve forgiveness.
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