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“Too many people have claimed they could read me like a book and then they went and put me on a shelf.”

Jamie Mortara, “Some Things You Need to Know Before Dating Me”

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Ainsi parfois, le malheur ou la joie tombent sur moi, sans qu’il s’ensuive aucun tumulte : plus aucun pathos : je suis dissous, non dépiécé ; je tombe, je coule ; je fonds.

And so, sometimes, sadness and joy fall on me soundlessly : no pathos : I am dissolved, not torn apart ; I fall, I sink; I melt.”

Roland Barthes, Fragments d’un Discours Amoureux

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“I learned a long time ago that life introduces young people to situations they are in no way prepared for, even good girls, lucky girls who want for nothing. Sometimes, when you least expect it, you become the girl in the woods. You lose your name because another one is forced on you. You think you are alone until you find books about girls like you. Salvation is certainly among the reasons I read. Reading and writing have always pulled me out of the darkest experiences in my life. Stories have given me a place in which to lose myself. They have allowed me to remember. They have allowed me to forget. They have allowed me to imagine different endings and better possible worlds.”

Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist

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“Icarus. The original myth had two parts. Daedalus said to his son, ‘I fashioned these wings for you. Two rules. Don’t fly too high, or the sun will melt the wax. But, more important, son, don’t fly too low. Because if you fly too low, the water and the waves will surely weigh down the wings, and you will die.’ We’ve left out the second part of the myth. We don’t say to people anymore, ‘Don’t fly too low.’ All we do from the time they are 4 years old is warn them against hubris. We have created this industrially led structure that says: How dare you.”

 Seth Godin