"I don’t know what they are called, the spaces between sounds—but I think of you always in those intervals."
Salvador Plascencia, The People of Paper
"All girls continue to be taught when they are young, if not by their parents then by the culture around them, that they must earn the right to be loved — that “femaleness” is not good enough. This is a female’s first lesson in the school of patriarchal thinking and values. She must earn love. She is not entitled. She must be good enough to be loved. And good is always defined by someone else, someone on the outside."
bell hooks in Communion: Female Search for Love (via nepantlera-en-la-frontera)
True shit. We’re taught that if someone doesn’t love us, then we didn’t work hard enough or try hard enough, or we simply weren’t good enough. That kind of psychotic mindset impacts so many young women.
I think the most twisted form of this is, “You have to love yourself first!” I hate that one. It’s used to make absolutely everything our fault. “Men keep abusing me.” Well, if you don’t love yourself first that’s the type of guy you’ll attract! “No one will love me because I’m Black.” Well, if you love yourself first, you can magically not be aware of racism!
"Even now, it sometimes seems my childhood was short, only a few days long. There is nothing about it I cling to and nothing to look fondly backwards toward. From where I sat then, and sit now, it was, and is, truly a pit of despair."
"Wickedness is sweet: everyone denounces it, but everyone lives in it, only they all do it on the sly and I do it openly."
"All of a a sudden I realised that I had just done something that separated me from the human race and it was something that could never be undone. I realised from that point on, I could never be like normal people. I have never felt an emptiness of self like I did right then and I will never forget that feeling. It was like I crossed over into a realm I could never come back from."
"For all the girls who think they’re fat because they’re not a size zero, you’re not ugly- it’s society that’s ugly."
"I think too much. I think ahead. I think behind. I think sideways. I think it all. If it exists, I’ve fucking thought of it."
"I knew I had fallen in love with Lolita forever; but I also knew she would not be forever Lolita."
"I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched."
"Sighs united together are almost prayers; prayers coming from two hearts are almost acts of grace."
The Count of Monte Cristo
, Alexandre Dumas (via vlorin