"Historians will forget reality. They will invent thinking men, joined by fibers to an intelligible universe, possessed of sound farsighted views and pondering grave decisions according to the purest laws of Cartesian logic. There will be powers of good and powers of evil. Heroes and traitors. But treason implies responsibility for something, control over something. Treason in our time is proof of genius. Why, I want to know, are not traitors decorated?"
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942.
Translation by Lewis Galantière.
"Oh, the word ‘escape’ was radical, too, I tell you!”
“It was! Every man, they said, must face reality. Must face the Here and Now! Everything that was not so must go. All the beautiful literary lie and flights of fancy must be shot in mid-air! So they lined them up against a library wall one Sunday morning thirty years ago, in 2006; they lined them up, St. Nicholas and the Headless Horseman and Snow White and Rumpelstiltskin and Mother Goose — oh, what a wailing!— and shot them down, and burned the paper castles and the fairy frogs and old kinds and the people who lived happily ever after (for of course it was a fact that nobody lived happily ever after!), and Once Upon A Time became No More! And they spread the ashes of the Phantom Rickshaw with the rubble of the Land of Oz; they filleted the bones of Glinda the Good and Ozma and shattered Polychrome in a spectroscope and served Jack Pumpkinhead with meringue at the Biologists’ Ball! The Beanstalk died in a bramble of red tape! Sleeping Beauty awoke at the kiss of a scientist and expired at the fatal puncture of his syringe. And they made Alice drink something from a bottle which reduced her to a size where she could no loner cry ‘Curiouser and curiouser,’ and they gave the Looking Glass one hammer blow to smash it and every Red King and Oyster away!"
— Ray Bradbury, “Usher II,” The Martian Chronicles, 1950.
Ray Douglas Bradbury
August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012
"Live your life, live your life, live your life."
— Maurice Sendak, NPR interview, 20 September 2011.
Please read/listen to the full thing here; it’s beautiful: http://www.npr.org/2011/09/20/140435330/this-pig-wants-to-party-maurice-sendaks-latest