“You’re going to meet many people with domineering personalities: the loud, the obnoxious, those that noisily stake their claims in your territory and everywhere else they set foot on. This is the blueprint of a predator. Predators prey on gentleness, peace, calmness, sweetness and any positivity that they sniff out as weakness. Anything that is happy and at peace they mistake for weakness. It’s not your job to change these people, but it’s your job to show them that your peace and gentleness do not equate to weakness. I have always appeared to be fragile and delicate but the thing is, I am not fragile and I am not delicate. I am very gentle but I can show you that the gentle also possess a poison. I compare myself to silk. People mistake silk to be weak but a silk handkerchief can protect the wearer from a gunshot. There are many people who will want to befriend you if you fit the description of what they think is weak; predators want to have friends that they can dominate over because that makes them feel strong and important. The truth is that predators have no strength and no courage. It is you who are strong, and it is you who has courage. I have lost many a friend over the fact that when they attempt to rip me, they can’t. They accuse me of being deceiving; I am not deceiving, I am just made of silk. It is they who are stupid and wrongly take gentleness and fairness for weakness. There are many more predators in this world, so I want you to be made of silk. You are silk.”
JoyBell C.
“What others call you, you become. It’s a terrible magic that everyone can do- so do it. Call yourself what you wish to become.”

Catherynne M. Valente

The Girl who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

“I think- What I really want- Is for someone to say that I have every right to be angry. That I have every right to hurt the people who have hurt me. But more than that, what I’ve always wanted- more than anything, is for someone to tell me that I’m better than that.”


-via random thoughts

“It is in the wisdom of fairy tales that we often find the courage to move forward in spite of our fears.”
— Diana J. Reed
“Teenagers crash their hearts into every hard and thrilling thing to see what will give and what will hold.”

Catherynne M. Valente

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

“She did not know what to say to comfort him except to hold him tight, which is a language primates use to say: Everything will be alright somehow.”

Catherynne M. Valente

The Girl who Soared over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two