5 from octavia e. butler

Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be lied to. To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.

People have the right to call themselves whatever they like. That doesn’t bother me. It’s other people doing the calling that bothers me.

My race and my sex had a great deal more to do with what people believed I could do than with what I actually could do.

Not everyone has been a bully, or the victim of bullies, but everyone has seen bullying, and seeing it, has responded to it by joining in or objecting, by laughing or keeping silent, by feeling disgusted or feeling interested.

Delusional pain hurts just as much as pain from actual trauma. So what if it’s all in your head?

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