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"When you are born," the golem said softly, "your courage is new and clean. You are brave enough for anything: crawling off of staircases, saying your first words without fearing that someone will think you are foolish, putting strange things in your mouth. But as you get older, your courage attracts gunk and crusty things and dirt and fear and knowing how bad things can get and what pain feels like. By the time you're half-grown, your courage barely moves at all, it's so grunged up with living. So every once in a while, you have to scrub it up and get the works going or else you'll never be brave again.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making



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Jun. 16th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
I <3 this book. I want my own copy!
Jun. 16th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Jun. 17th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
I love how many different versions of this poster there are.
Jun. 17th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
Wow. Lots of truth in that. True to fairy stories, it leaves the answer a little too simple, and the adult reader is left to figure out for himself what is the gunk to be washed away and what are the bad things and painful experiences should be heeded to keep us out of future gunky places. I do like the analogy of washing away the extraneous gunk.

Jun. 17th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
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