If you want the deep experience of a book, if you want to internalize it, to mix an author’s ideas with your own and make it a more personal experience, you have to read it slowly.
“Civilization and society rests on morals, morals rests on religion, religion rests on the bible and faith in god and in Jesus Christ” – Billy Sunday
“Faith is a gift of Grace… Faith is a way of knowing”… – Candlewycke
“It’s terrible to have to say goodbye to Charlotte” – The sentiment expressed by a ten year old boy after reading E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web.
Imagination is the creative task of making symbols, joining things together in such a way that they throw new light on each other and on everything around them. The Imagination is a discovering faculty, a faculty for seeing relationships, for seeing meanings that are special and even quite new. The Imagination is something which enables us to discover unique present meaning in a given moment of our life. Without imagination the contemplative life can be extremely dull and fruitless. – Thomas Merton
When God calls, remember one thing; He is a God of wanderers. When He calls prepare to take a walk.
Guard for my feet, upon the gentle earth of Georgia – adapted and modified from an 11th century Welsh Prayer.
Atheist’s wouldn’t give God a passing thought if God were only a thing, an idol or an abstract philosophy. If God were only a concept that lead people to commit atrocities the average atheist’s would scarcely notice. But God is a moral being, who asks of his creation and that bothers people.” – Candlewycke
On the value of naming…”“The argument is made that naming God is never really naming God but only naming our understanding of God. To take our ideas of the divine and hold them as if they correspond to the reality of God is thus to construct a conceptual idol built from the materials of our mind.”
― Peter Rollins”
““I was only beginning to enter into the infinite subtlety of Gregorian chant. It was – and remains – the only public prayer I have ever been able to engage in without feeling like a phony and a jackass. But then, one day in 1965 or so, it was simply abolished. With a stroke of his pen, Pope John XXIII – who had such good ideas about other things – declared that liturgy would henceforth be in the vernacular language of the people. That was, effectively, the end of Latin chant.
Then all those monks and nuns who had devoted hours and hours a day began to sicken and fall into depressions, but nobody noticed for a long time. Maybe, as I can well believe, the music toned up their systems in some mysterious way. Or perhaps chant really was a language that God understood. Faced with numerous liturgical scholas shrieking away in the new vernacular hymns, Divinity may have covered its ears and withdrawn, leaving the monks to pine. We parish musicians, illiterate in anything written after the 13th century, stumbled around trying to score liturgies for guitar and bongo drums, trying to make sense of texts like “Eat his body! Drink his blood!”
It wasn’t because the music got so bad that I quit going to Mass, but it certainly was the beginning of my doubts about papal infallibility.”
― Mary Rose O’Reilley, The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd
“As his (C. S. Lewis’s) good friend Owen Barfield once remarked, Lewis radiated a sense that the spiritual world is home, that we are always coming back to a place we have never yet reached.” My Thoughts:True spirituality, be it Christian or Jewish or Muslim, or even those who claim no religious affiliation but who genuinely seek something higher to themselves understand that the world of the spirit is like our true homes. The longer we seek it out, the greater our need to find it. The more we speak of it, the more we desire to be safe within its walls. That world, the world of the spirit is the world of our truest selves, even if it exists only as an emotional construct and even though we have never reached it, we are always coming back to it. This is likewise true of children’s literature. We have never really been to Wilbur’s Barn, or to the Secret Garden, or to the 100 Acre wood and yet we know these places at a deeply intuitive level. They are the first forays into the spiritual world we take as children. There is a quality of mysticism in these places that keeps bringing us back even as adults. They are the little spiritual homes we build in childhood.
“One can never really give a proof of the reality of anything; reality is not something open to proof, it is something established. It is established just because proof is not enough. It is this characteristic of language, at once indispensable and inadequate, which shows the reality of the external world. Most people hardly ever realize this, because it is rare that the very same man thinks and puts his thought into action ..” – Simone Weil, Christian Mystic and Social Activist. My thoughts: How true this is! Our modern secularized society tries to force everything to conform into a set model and when a thing doesn’t fit the model the thing is either rejected or redefined until it does fit. How much grander is the Universe if we allow room for those things that speak to something higher than our imperfect definitions of truth.
“I have a feeling that childhood has been robbed of a great deal of its joys by taking away its believe in wonderful, mystic things, in fairies, and all their kin. It is not surprising that when children are grown, they have so little idealism or imagination, nor that so many of them are like the infidel who asserted that he would not believe anything that he could not see.
The Quaker made a good retort, “Friend? Does thee believe thee has any brains?” – Laura at the beginning of this book called Fairies Still Appear to Those With Seeing Eyes
To what shall I apply my mind? To whatever is true, whatever is honest, whatever is just or pure and lovely. Those things that are of good report, if they are virtuous and praiseworthy, then think on these things only. – A Candlewycke paraphrase of Philippians 8:4
All beginnings are wonderful. The trick of life is in learning to find the wonder in all the many endings. TSQ
The only real equality anyone can expect is to have an equal measure of the same sun shining down on their face. All other equality is weighed, measured and passed out through compromise, legislation or enforcement and therefore is not true equality. TSQ
“We are the hollow men, shape without form, shade without color, paralyzed force, gesture without motion.”
Childhood is not only the childhood we really had but also the impressions we formed of it in our adolescence and maturity. That is why childhood seems so long. Probably every period of life is multiplied by our reflections upon the next.
“Don’t do it, Eleanor told the little girl; insist on your cup
of stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyone
else you will never see your cup of stars again” – Shirley Jackson
“A library implies an act of faith.”
“Anyone who uses the word “savvy” in a job resume unless a previous company happened to be called savvy, probably isn’t very”. And while you’re at it, don’t call yourself a TOP EXECUTIVE in your field to peers in your field. If they don’t know who you are then you’re not a TOP EXECUTIVE. Your somewhere in the middle with all the people who call themselves savvy on their resumes. – Tory Shane
“A person entranced by a book simply forgets to breathe.” From Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it. — Benjamin Disraeli
“I dunno, it’s like a bunch of hipstery academic f**k’s try to have an adventure, and instead spend most of the time discussing the adventure they’re currently having, instead of actually having it. ” – part of an anonymous book review discussing Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House
“Dahl is a sadistic creep who was severely abused as a child. From reading his Dahl’s biography “boy” it’s easy to see where he, and so many other British authors, get their twisted ideas from; the harsh and cruel British Gulags aka boarding schools.
Roald Dahl loves to write stories about tormented, punished, starving, suffering children (and adults for that matter, too). I don’t think British people like children, period. Just read David Copperfield or Oliver Twist by Dickens, any Harry Potter book, Alice in Wonderland among others. British children freeze and are chronically abused until they one day discover a “magical world” where it’s warm, they get food and someone cares about them. Even many of Monty Python’s movies hint at the same child-UNfriendly environment in the UK. I have asked all of my 4 children and several of their friends, ranging from age 5 through 15, and no one thinks that Dahl’s book are any fun at all, and that is NOT from me telling them what to think or say, so don’t go there.” Annonymous online reviewer. MY THOUGHTS: A bit over the top and woefully inacccurate in intent one simply can’t deny that children are run through the ringer in much of childrens literature. The most theatrically terrible fates of the Baudelaire children or the hazard filled adolescence of Harry Potter are only dark paradies of popular children’s books of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
“The place where your dreams come true, when you stop dreaming” – Line from an episode of Twilight Zone. Oddly intriguing.
‘I cured the patient but he died’ is as logical as saying ‘I taught the pupil, but she did not learn.’ MT THOUGHTS: Teachers would do well to remember this. Of course we are all teacher at some point in our lives, especially parents.
“It takes a gifted and unusual teacher to avoid murdering a books enchantment”
‘There is something about the Procrustean bed about schools; some children are left disabled by being hacked about to fit the curriculum; some are stretched to take up the available space, others less malleable are labeled as having special educational needs.’ Chris Bowring -Carr and John Burnham West
Be careful what you give children, for sooner or later you are sure to get it back.’ Barbara Kingsolver
‘We need a metamorphosis of education – from the cocoon a butterfly should emerge. Improvement does not give us a butterfly only a faster caterpillar.’
‘Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail’. Ralph Waldo Emerson
‘What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all its children. Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon it destroys our democracy.’ John Dewey.
MY THOUGHTS: If you look at any two parents today you will discover two wildly different wants for their children. The secularist is at odds with the Christian, the athlete is at odds with the artist, the conservative is at odds with the liberal and these divisions only serve to divide the malleable nature, not to mention the character of our children. We are instilling in them discord and we dont even realize it. What is the solution? How can we as parents, and as communities, churches and schools teach our children the true value of unity without surrendering our core values? There is no easy answer but then again easy answers tend to be wrong answers. Unity as it is defined today is a false image, a phantom that we chase after without really understanding what it means. We talk about the importance of loving your fellow man with the same voice we use to condemn those who have different ideas. This is most evident in our political discourse but exists everywhere like the gorilla in the room no one wants to admit is there. It is time that we admit its presence and confront it directly. But such a confrontation can not occur in a world driven by information over wisdom and by group think, no amount of political correctness will help us to acknowledge what we already know to be the truth.
”Educating the masses was intended only to improve the relationship between the top and the bottom of society. Not for changing the nature of the relationship.’ John Ralston Paul ‘Voltaire’s Bastards.’
‘Much educational change is akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic’.
‘Age is compulsory, wisdom is optional’.
‘The map is not the territory.’ Alfred Korzybski /Semanticist -MY THOUGHTS: We live in a world where we have confused ideas for reality. Our youth believe, as youth always believes that a grand ideal can be made real simply by an act of will. They accept that Hope is something that changes the world when what is needed is muscle, sweat and the toil of men and women shoulder to shoulder pushing the world along, often up hill. The idealistic will always fail not because the ideals are wrong but because without the work behind them, without a plan, without a vision, without the technical specifics the best ideal will remain only a map of an imaginary land, a Terra Improbable where Hope coexist with the mythic dragons that once marked the end of the world.
“Child, child, have patience and belief, for life is many days, and each present hour will pass away. Son, son, you have been mad and drunken, furious and wild, filled with hatred and despair, and all the dark confusions of the soul — but so have we. You found the earth too great for your one life, you found your brain and sinew smaller than the hunger and desire that fed on them — but it has been this way with all men. You have stumbled on in darkness, you have been pulled in opposite directions, you have faltered, you have missed the way — but, child, this is the chronicle of the earth. And now, because you have known madness and despair, and because you will grow desperate again before you come to evening, we who have stormed the ramparts of the furious earth and been hurled back, we who have been maddened by the unknowable and bitter mystery of love, we who have hungered after fame and savored all of life, the tumult, pain, and frenzy, and now sit quietly by our windows watching all that henceforth never more shall touch us — we call upon you to take heart, for we can swear to you that these things pass.” ~Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel
“There are times a boy can be as lonely as a god” – Sir James M. Barrie
“Owl has’nt exactly brain, but he knows things” – Piglet
“When one creates phantoms for oneself, one puts vampires into the world, and one must nourish these children of a voluntary nightmare with one’s blood, one’s life, one’s intelligence, and one’s reason, without ever satisfying them.” ~Eliphas Levi, French Author & Magician
Poor James. He never quite met the
children of light and so he had to invent them.
Then, when people said: No one is like that.
Your books are not reality, he replied:
So much the worse for reality
by June Beisch, from Fatherless Woman
Fairy Stories do not concern themselves with possibility or even with plausibility but with desirability. – paraphrased from J.R.R. Tolkein from his seminal essay ‘On Fairy Stories’, aka ‘Tree and Leaf’.
In this age of wonderful inventions, the very mind of youths seems in danger of becoming a machine,; and while every effort is used to stuff the memory like a cricket-ball, with well-known facts and ready –made opinions, no room is left for the vigour of natural feeling, the glow if natural genius, and the ardour of natural enthusiasm. It was a remark of Sir Walter Scott’s many years ago, to the author herself, that in the rising generation there would be no poets, wits of orators, because all play and imagination is now carefully discouraged, and books written for young persons are generally a mere dry record of facts, unenlivened by any appeal to the heart, or any excitement to fancy.
– Catherine Sinclair in the preface to her book, Holiday House.
“If you really read the fairy tales, you will observe that one idea runs from one end of them to the other — the idea that peace and happiness can only exist on some condition. This idea, which is the core of ethics, is the core of nursery-tales. The whole happiness of fairyland hangs upon a thread, upon one thread. Cinderella may have a dress woven on supernatural looms and blazing with unearthly brilliance; but she must be back when the clock strikes twelve. The king may invite fairies to the christening, but he must invite all the fairies or frightful results will follow. Bluebeard’s wife may open all doors but one. A promise is broken to a cat, and the whole world goes wrong. . . This is the profound morality of fairy-tales; which, so far from being lawless, go to the root of all law. Instead of finding (like common books of ethics) a rationalistic basis for each Commandment, they find the great mystical basis for all Commandments. We are in this fairyland on sufferance; it is not for us to quarrel with the conditions under which we enjoy this wild vision of the world”. G.K. Chesterton
“Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource – the minds of our children” – Walt Disney
“Age… Carries its penalties” – Kenneth Grahame from the Golden Age
When we read for children we learn that we are in fact reading for ourselves and that our imaginative revelation’s (for it is indeed revelatory in nature) did not cease when our intellectual education began, it only went dormant, concealed beneath the weight of scholasticism. Children’s literature is one of the sources of that revelation and by reading for children, or reading for the child self within us all we might re-enter into that school of mysteries which is childhood and enjoy the rich and varied ritualistic tapestry that is woven into our imagination. – Tory S. Quinton
I can easily believe that there are more invisible than visible beings in the universe. But of their families, degrees, connections, distinctions, and functions, who shall tell us? How do they act? Where are they to be found? About such matters the human mind has always circled without attaining knowledge. Yet I do not doubt that sometimes it is well for the soul to contemplate as in a picture the image of a larger and better world, lest the mind, habituated to the small concerns of daily life, limit itself too much and sink entirely into trivial thinking.
– Thomas Burnet 17th century theologian, translated from Latin. (It is a fitting way to describe the nature of children’s literature, especially that branch of it which deals with magical matters as is commonplace in fairy tales, both those originating in an oral tradition and those created in the minds of contemporary authors. Children’s literature seeks to address the who, what, when, where and why of supernatural beings, events or localities that are or are perceived to be invisible to the critical eye. In this, children’s literature serves as a catalyst to sharpen the imagination at a critical juncture, when the mind is more malleable than in adulthood, but not so much so as in infancy. It creates a questioning mind, one that seeks to contemplate those unseen matters which are the very foundation of imagination for both child and adult.)
“To become a father aptly put it is to experience an infinite dependency on an infinitely small, frail being, dependent on us and therefore omnipotent over our heart.” – French theologian Louis Evely
“I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense..” Beatrix Potter’s Journal, 17 November 1896 National Trust collection
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ~G.K. Chesterton
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” Walt Disney
“You must pass through many rough and dangerous places before you reach the end of your journey”
– L. Frank Baum from the Wizard of Oz
“In the House of upside-down
Cellars top floor, Attic’s ground
In the House of upside down
Laughing cries and smiles frown
In the house of upside-down
Found is lost and lost is found”
– from the videogame Bioshock (not actually what one would associate with children’s literature but the poem feels as if it belongs somewhere in the cannon)
“There should therefore be a time in adult life devoted to revisiting the most important books of our youth. Even if the books have remained the same…We most certainly have changed, and our encounter with them will be like a new thing” – Italo Calvino from the Uses of Literature
“There’s more wisdom in a story than in volumes of philosophy” – Philip Pullman
“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way” – Walt Disney
‘Carpenters bend wood fletchers bend arrows; wise men fashion themselves.’ Buddha
‘Too many young people are being taught to give up their dreams before they have any experience attempting to pursue them’. Robert Fritz ‘The Path of Least Resistance’ – TO THIS I WOULD ADD: when a young persons dream is lost the hole remains and will be filled up by other persuasive authority figures. Consider this as your child goes off to High School or College. It is not about education, the books they might read or the lectures they might attend, nor the extra curricular activities in which they participate. It is about the teacher or professor who has the most seductive elixir to pour into the empty space where dreams once were. Today as we see so many youthful protestors with vague messages and unclear visions we need to ask ourselves is the dream theirs or did they lose their dreams somewhere along the way and now parrot the dreams of other men?
‘One of the saddest things about US education is that the wisdom of our most successful teachers is lost to the profession when they retire.’ John Dewey
“When it comes to telling children stories, they don’t need simple language. They need beautiful language.” –Philip Pullman
“The Things that make us happy, make us wise” – John Crowley from his book Little, Big but the quote in various other forms has been around for a while.
“The humble little school library…was a ramp to everything in the world and beyond, everything that could be dreamed and imagined, everything that could be known, everything that could be hoped.”-Lee Sherman editor of Northwest Education
“Well lets don’t spoil the show with any silly old not believing…I’m going to believe in magic as hard as I can. This IS an enchanted garden and that IS an enchanted catsle, and i’m jolly well going to explore” – George, from Edith Nesbits The Enchanted Castle
words can become suns
words can become rivers
words can open gates
and build bridges
words can overthrow tyrants
if enough of us
arm ourselves with words
– Helga Henschen
“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the
shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never
haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be.” – Shel Silverstein
“And by and by Christopher Robin came to an end of things, and he was silent, and he sat there, looking out over the world, just wishing it wouldn’t stop”. – A. A. Milne speaking for Christopher Robin in the house at Pooh Corner
“Be well, do good work, and keep in touch”. – Garrison Keillor, the epigram with which Keillor closes his weekly radio brodcast “A Prarie Home Companion”
To Infinity and beyond!!!
“You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right; but spelling isn’t everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn’t count”. – A. A. Milne speaking for Winnie the Pooh from the House at Pooh Corner
Imagination has brought mankind through the Dark Ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that dreams–daydreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing–are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to invent, and therefore to foster, civilization. – L. Frank Baum (I love the mental image of “brain machinery whizzing.”)
“There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” ~Ursula K. LeGuin
To all the little children: — The happy ones; and sad ones;
The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;
The good ones — Yes, the good ones, too; and all the lovely bad ones. – John Whitcomb Riley
Even Miracles take a little time – Walt Disney’s Cinderella
One thing is for certain, that the white kitten had nothing to do with it—it was the black kitten’s fault entirely.
—Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There
“You shouldn’t set foot in there unless you believe in yourself.” – from The Cat Returns, a film by Hiroyuki Morita
“All it takes is faith and trust…And a little Pixie dust” – Walt Disneys Peter Pan
“Magic is as wide as a smile and narrow as a wink, Loud as laughter and quiet as a tear, tall as a tale and deep as emotion. So strong it can lift the spirit. So gentle, it can touch the heart. It is the magic that begins at happily ever after” – Disney Imagineer
“Signs and Symbols Rule the world, not rules and law” – Confucius
“That’s a piecrust promise…Easily made, easily broken” – Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins.
Fairytales are those little moments of wonder we find when we allow ourselves to see the world not as a collection of things but as a collection of possibilities” – Tory Shane Quinton
“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” – Umberto Ecco
“To survive, you must tell stories.” — Umberto Eco
I love revision. Where else can spilled milk be turned into ice cream? – Katherine Paterson
Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. – Roald Dahl
“We don’t need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of do’s and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence.’Thou shalt not’ is soon forgotten, but ‘Once upon a time’ lasts forever.”-Philip Pullman (MY THOUGHTS: While I agree with the basic sentiment behind Pullman’s statement I must disagree with his ultimate conclusion. Right and wrong should be taught and for the very young lists are a good way to achieve this. You can create a list of rules without being didactic however. The books, those that are the very best often feature do’s and dont’s and the time and silence is required for transforming these “rules” into living ideas. Pullman, by disavowing the importance of rules disavows the importance of guidance. It is like the shepard ignoring his flock. I think this is one area where Pullman’s atheist world view over-rides his contribution to literature. The ten commandments are a list of do’s and dont’s, in fact given Pullman’s well established beliefs one can easily conclude the rules to which he speaks are at least partially referencing the commandments. Yet no one, philosopher, theologian, scholar or common man could argue that the guidance of the commandments are cornerstones of nearly all western thought. Maurice Sendaks “Where the Wild things Are” reinforces the commandment to “honor thy father and thy mother” while J.K. Rowlings explores the moral consequences of murder and Pinnochio explores the dangers of deceit. The power lies in the way books convey the message but make no mistake the message is based upon lists of rules. They are the ABC’s of a moral vocabulary. So while I agree with Philip Pullman that we need books, time and silence what use are the best books, and all the time in the world if the subject matter doesnt elevate the reader, if it doesn’t make him strive to be a better person. Rights and wrongs do’s and dont’s in any form, be they fable, story or list all contribute to the moral, emotional and intellectual growth of the child.
“My meaning is, that no man can expect his children to respect what he degrades.” – Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzelwit
“When I would re-create myself, I seek the darkest wood, the thickest and most
interminable and to the citizen, most dismal, swamp. I enter as a sacred place,
a Sanctum sanctorum. There is the strength, the marrow, of Nature.”
– Henry David Thoreau, Walking, 1851 (MY THOUGHTS: so it is with fairy tales. We can recreate ourselves by entering into the dark wood and dismal swamps of our favorite fairy tales. The story may lack the visceral power of the real place which prompts those intellectual responses that lead to enchantment and spiritual growth but through an act of the imagination, the creative process by which we create inner worlds we might bypass the physical alltogether and commute directly with those chaotic forces representing change, growth and enlightenment.)
“Know how to meet your fellow wanderer” – Stephen Graham
“There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book”. – Philip Pullman
” Such is the folly of youth, such is the wisdom of the fool” – Tory S. Quinton
“The deep-read is when you get gut-hooked and dragged overboard down and down through the maze of print and find, to your amazement, you can breathe down there after all and there’s a whole other world. I’m talking about the kind of reading when you realize that books are indeed interactive. . . . I’m talking about the kind of deep-read where it isn’t just the plot or the characters that matter, but the words and the way they fit together and the meandering evanescent thoughts you think between the lines: the kind of reading where you are fleetingly aware of your own mind at work.” – Tim Wynn Jones
“reading texts that challenge our ability to make meaning also enhances cognitive mechanisms related to implicit learning functions.” – psycologists findings from the University of British Columbia
Wise Old Owl,
Sitting in an Oak
The more he heard,
The less he spoke,
The less he spoke,
The more he heard.
Why can’t we all be
Like that wise old bird?
The more one believes, the easier belief becomes…
“Creativity doesn’t come from talent, it comes from desire. People create magical things when their desire for them to be true is strong enough”.
Moments of spiritual insight are like moments torn in life as if a window were opened up allowing us, if only briefly, to view a transcendent reality of heaven, of what the world could be, or how depraved the world really is, according to our proclivities or what we are being made to see in a given moment. – Thoughts expanded from Alberto Giacometti
Reality is very odd and ultimate truth whatever it may be MUST have the characteristics of strangeness – CS Lewis
“People say to me, ‘How do I know if a word is real?’ You know, anybody who’s read a children’s book knows that love makes things real. If you love a word, use it. That makes it real. Being in the dictionary is an arbitrary distinction; it doesn’t make a word any more real than any other way. If you love a word, it becomes real.”
-lexicographer Erin McKean: