• Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood

    Jane Yolen
  • A book is a wonderful present. Though it may grow worn, it will never grow old

    Jane Yolen
  • Part of her revolted against the insanity of the rules. Part of her was grateful. In a world of chaos, any guidelines helped. And she knew that each day she remained alive, she remained alive. One plus one plus one. The Devil's arithmetic

    Jane Yolen
  • Fiction cannot recite the numbing numbers, but it can be that witness, that memory. A storyteller can attempt to tell the human tale, can make a galaxy out of the chaos, can point to the fact that some people survived even as most people died. And can remind us that the swallows still sing around the smokestacks

    Jane Yolen
  • They [Fairy Tales] are talking about real emotions, telling true stories, through the medium of metaphor. People used to understand metaphor better than I think we do now. But these stories are so potent, they refuse to die

    Jane Yolen
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