Some of my favourite quotes and poems

"Our medicines are not something you'll find at the drugstore, but at the bookshop, in a library, or downloaded onto your electronic reading device. We are bibliotherapists, and the tools of our trade are books. Our apothecary contains Balzacian balms and Tolstoyan tourniquets, the salves of Saramago and the purges of Perec and Proust." 

- Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkin

do you remember the first time you were called annoying?
how your breath stopped short in your chest
the way the light drained from your eyes, though you knew you're cheeks were ablaze
the way your throat tightened as your tried to form an argument that got lost on your 
your eyes never left the floor that day.
you were 13.

you're 20 now, and still i see the light fade from your eyes when you talk about your
   interests for "too long."
apologies littering every other sentence, 
words trailing off a cliff you haven't jumped from in 7 years. 
i could listen to you forever, though i know speaking for more than 3 uninterrupted 
   minutes makes you anxious. 
all i want your know is that you deserve to be heard
for 3 minutes
for 10 minutes
for 2 hours

there will be people who cannot handle your grace, your beauty, your wisdom, your heart
mostly because they can't handle their own. but you will never be
and have never been
"too much."

- Too much by Tyler Ford

The sun inside of him
raged like wildfire
and he is
and he is
scorching the skin of my heart, 
yet still he pretends
that he is safe for me to love, 
that his hands are gentle, 
that his fingers won't be
searing into the notches of my spine. 

The sun inside of him
  could set the kingdom ablaze;
  he knows this, he does. 
And he still asks me to love him,
  to face the flame. 
  Find me in the ashes.  

 - Emily Palermo, Apollo

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