The protagonist of folktale is always, and intensely, a young person moving through ordeals into adult life. . . . and this is why there are no wicked stepchildren in the tales.
There is nothing more important than writing well for the young, if literature is to have a continuance ... They will inherit the earth; and nothing that we value will endure in the world unless they can be persuaded to value it too.
It is only grown-ups who want children to be children; children themselves always want to be real people.
If you tell someone a secret, and ask them to keep it secret, you are asking them to display a discretion you are unable to display yourself.
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