Quotes

Blanca & Roja Favourite Quotes

“Whether the woods knew my name or not, they took me. So I became blackbirds, birch trees, water. I existed as whatever part of the woods would have me, rocks or crows or fallen leaves. I spent time in whatever creek or poison red-and-white mushrooms let me in.”

“You want something done you go to the witch, not the princess.”

“That was the thing neither Roja nor the senoras understood. Sometimes what a story needed was not a girl who would do what the prince told her, who would content herself with meeting him only in the dark, who would not question why she must not open her eyes. Sometimes a story needed the girl who would find him among the crumbling stones where he did pretending all o fit was a castle. It needed the girl who took the prince’s orders and crushed them between her back teeth, who bound his wrists if that was what it took to set him free.”

“The story of the ugly duckling was never about the cygnet discovering he is lovely. It is not a story about realizing you have become beautiful. It is about the sudden understanding that you are something other than what you thought you were, and that what you are is more beautiful than what you once thought you had to be.”

“We find what is beautiful in what is broken. We find what is heartening in what is terrifying. We find the stars in the woods’ deepest shadows.”

“But the only one I could grab hold of was the one that held on to me, the one that had been written so deep into me that the woods turned me into part of it. “Snow-White and Rose-Red.”

“We would be a fairy tale whispered in spring and a ghost story told in the early dark of October. They would forget that we were not only two sisters in a fable but real girls, with real hearts that lay broken in our chests.”

And this beautiful quote from the Authors note.

“For me the point where fairy tales and magical realism intersect is this: We find what is beautiful in what is broken. We find what is heartening in what is terrifying. We find the stars in the woods’ deepest shadows.”

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