". . . Words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth."

“I really wondered why people were always doing what they didn’t like doing. It seemed like life was a sort of narrowing tunnel. Right when you were born, the tunnel was huge. You could be anything. Then, like, the absolute second after you were born, the tunnel narrowed down to about half that size. You were a boy, and already it was certain you wouldn’t be a mother and it was likely you wouldn’t become a manicurist or a kindergarten teacher. Then you started to grow up and everything you did closed the tunnel in some more. You broke your arm climbing a tree and you ruled out being a baseball pitcher. You failed every math test you ever took and you canceled any hope of ever being a scientist. Like that. On and on through the years until you were stuck. You’d become a baker or a librarian or a bartender. Or an accountant. And there you were. I figured that on the day you died, the tunnel would be so narrow, you’d have squeezed yourself in with so many choices, that you just got squashed.”

—   'Tell the Wolves I'm Home' by Carol Rifka Brunt

“The last thing he ever said to me was, “Just always be waiting for me, and then some night you will hear me crowing.””

—   ‘Peter Pan' by J.M. Barrie 

“Once you are real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”

—   The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

“Once upon a time, each of us was somebody’s kid. Everyone had a father, even if he never provided anything more than his seed. Everyone had a mother, even if she had to leave us on a stranger’s doorstep. No matter how we’re eventually raised, all of our stories begin the exact same way. They all end the same, too.”

—   Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples

“Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you’ve heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn’t win. In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings. In Neverland, that is not the case.”

—   ‘Tiger Lily' by Jodi Lynn Anderson