"One day, tens of millions of years from now, someone will find me rusted into the mud of a world they have never seen, and when they crumble me between their fingers, it will be you they find."
Jeanette Winterson, The Stone Gods
"Do not mock my mother’s “broken English”.
Do not exaggerate my father’s limited vocabulary.
Do not comment on the words that are accented too strongly.
These are the sounds of my birth.
These are the lyrics of my childhood songs.
These are the words they taught me as they struggled to teach themselves.
To my ears filled with the voices of my immigrant family,
Filled with the ridicule of the children that mocked my accent,
Your “perfect English” means nothing to me."
Linguistics (#643: September 3, 2014)
"Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed."
Alice Walker (Living By The Word)
Let’s hope so(via jececilia)
"Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable."
variation on a quote originally from Finley Peter Dunne(via artchipel)
"All my life when someone has become attached to me, I’ve done everything to make them back off."
a big fuck you to any person who gives shit to immigrant mothers for immigrating to new countries trying to give their children better lives