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A Witch is born out of the true hungers of her time..
—Ray Bradbury, Long After Midnight
All through the dark the wind looks for the grief it belongs to.
—W.S. Merwin, Night Wind
Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids.
—Gillian Flynn
To practice black magic you have to violate every principle of science, decency, and intelligence. You must be obsessed with an insane idea of the importance of the petty object of your wretched and selfish desires.
—Aleister Crowley, Black Magic is Not a Myth
I know of witches who whistle at different pitches, calling things that don’t have names.
—Helen Oyeyemi
The perennial sadness of a girl who is both death and the maiden.
—Angela Carter
Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley
Isn’t it time to acknowledge the ugly side? I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some. The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves — to the point of almost parodic encouragement — we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids.
—Gillian Flynn
Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession, but about securing a portal.
—Laura Miller
My library is an archive of longings.
—Susan Sontag