The Pale Queen's Literary Quotes


"I wanted to do whatever Amazing Thing I was

expected to do... and be done with it.

Go to sleep.

Go to a heaven where there was nothing but

bathtubs and books."

— Marya Hornbacher


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05:18 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes1 note

"From William Blake to Lady Gaga, from Rousseau to Rumi to Tosca to Mister Rogers, it’s a curiously uniform message, accepted from high to low: when in doubt, what to do? How do we know what’s right for us? Every shrink, every career counselor, every Disney princess knows the answer: “Be yourself.” “Follow your heart.”

Only here’s what I really, really want someone to explain to me. What if one happens to be possessed of a heart that can’t be trusted—? What if the heart, for its own unfathomable reasons, leads one willfully and in a cloud of unspeakable radiance away from health, domesticity, civic responsibility and strong social connections and all the blandly-held common virtues and instead straight towards a beautiful flare of ruin, self-immolation, disaster?”

-Donna Tartt

05:02 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes4 notes

“It was a shocking thing to say and I knew it was a shocking thing to say. But no one has the right to live without being shocked. No one has the right to spend their life without being offended.”

- Philip Pullman

05:43 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes2 notes

Inelegantly, and without my consent, time passed.
Miranda July  (via powerdoeswhatitwants)

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08:22 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes3 notes

"I’m not explaining this right. What happened was this. There were these beautiful feelings and loose little pleasures inside me. And this woman was something like an assembly line for my soul. I run these little pieces of myself through her and I come out complete. Now do you follow me?”

-Carson McCullers

08:08 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes3 notes

"And it seemed to me that longing was everything, longing is all we are.”

-Valerie Martin

05:24 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes4 notes

But, in her life, nothing was going to happen. Such was the will of God! The future was a dark corridor, and at the far end the door was bolted.
Gustave Flaubert (via wine-loving-vagabond)

(Source: mythologyofblue)

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08:01 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes2 notes

“These are the days after. Everything now is measured by after.” -Don DeLillo

07:34 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes3 notes