"I do not want to be human. I want to be myself. They think I am a lion, that I will chase them. I will not deny I have lions in me. I am the monster in the wood. I have wonders in my house of sugar. I have parts of myself I do not yet understand."
Catherynne M. Valente, Silently and Very Fast
"The truth is, I pretend to be a cynic, but I am really a dreamer who is terrified of wanting something she may never get."
"Open your heart. Someone will come. Someone will come for you. But first you must open your heart."
Kate DiCamillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane