“There is no better distraction in this world than losing oneself in books for awhile.” ― Cassandra Clare, Chain of Gold

“People are only invincible in books,” said Cordelia. “I think you will find most of the time, not even then,” said Tessa. “But at least we can always pick up a book and read it anew. Stories offer a thousand fresh starts.” ― Cassandra Clare, Chain of Gold (2020)
“Do not let those who cannot see the truth tell you who you are. You are the flame that cannot be put out. You are the star that cannot be lost. You are who you have always been, and that is enough and more than enough. Anyone who looks at you and sees darkness is blind.” ― Cassandra Clare, Chain of Gold (2020)

“The point of stories is not that they are objectively true, but that the soul of the story is truer than reality. Those who mock fiction do so because they fear the truth.” ― Cassandra Clare, Chain of Gold (2020)
“-I am jealous of those who think more deeply, who write better, who draw better, who ski better, who look better, who live better, who love better than I. I am sitting at my desk looking out at a bright antiseptic January day, with an icy wind whipping the sky into a white-and-blue froth. I can see Hopkins House, and the hairy black trees; I can see a girl bicycling along the gray road. I can see the sunlight slanting diagonally across the desk, catching on the iridescent filaments of […]
“Another page turns on the calendar, April now, not March. . . . . . . . . . I am spinning the silk threads of my story, weaving the fabric of my world… I spun out of control. Eating was hard. Breathing was hard. Living was hardest. I wanted to swallow the bitter seeds of forgetfulness … Somehow, I dragged myself out of the dark and asked for help. I spin and weave and knit my words and visions until a life starts to take shape.” There is no […]

“So many things become beautiful when you really look.” – Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall (2010)

“I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my lids and all is born again.” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (1963)