There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal. - Toni Morrison

Attention without feeling. . . is only a report. - Mary Oliver

If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. - Tallulah Bankhead

Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world. - Susan Sontag

I distrust any advice that contains the words 'ought' or 'should'. - Tamora Pierce

With epic fantasy, there is a tendency for it to be quintessentially conservative in that its job is to restore what is perceived to be out of whack. - N. K. Jemisin

Some of these things are true and some of them lies. But they are all good stories. - Hilary Mantel

Everybody should be quiet near a little stream and listen. - Ruth Krauss

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will. - Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

How can we use each other's differences in our common battles for a livable future? - Audre Lorde

Everybody should be quiet near a little stream and listen. - Ruth Krauss

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. - anonymous

There have been great societies that didn't use the wheel, but there've been no societies that did not tell stories. - Ursula K. Le Guin

The great thing about fantasy is that you can drag dreams and longings and hopes and fears and strivings out of your subconscious and call them 'magic' or 'dragons' or 'faeries' and get to know them better. But then I write the stuff. Obviously I'm prejudiced. - Robin McKinley

The most effective way to do it, is to do it. - Amelia Earhart

I am not here for women only, but also for women. - Angela Merkel

It is never too late to be what you might have been. - George Eliot

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. - Anna Quindlen

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms. - Angela Carter

Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled 'This could change your life.' – Helen Exley

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Wandering Shop

The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.