Nine Literary Quotes For The Mental Health Day

It is likely that, if you’re here, you have turned to stories and poetry for comfort during dark times (or any times). Mental Health Day is around the corner and, while you may already have your go-to validation lit, I’m going to go ahead and share some of my literary chicken broth. I will confess that every fiber of my will power was involved in keeping me from sticking exclusively to Maya Angelou quotes, because that woman’s wisdom could bring me back from the dead on my worst days. So, in addition to two of my favorite tía Maya quotes, I invite you to take in some of these hot-tea-and-a-thick-quilt thoughts and put them in your pocket for the next time you’ve lost faith in humanity or find yourself at a dodgy dead end. I give you no snark as of this point, only vulnerability because I believe in safe spaces. 


  1. “Maybe the hardest part of my life is having the courage to try.” —Rachel Hollis, Party Girl
Author Rachel Hollis on the cover of her latest book, which she badassly published soon after her shattering divorce, via Kobo

2. “I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody too.” —Maya Angelou

Writer and poet Maya Angelou in all her fabulousness, via Dazed

3. “You can’t write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it. You have to let yourself be.” —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with flying colors, via Pinterest

4. “Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.” —Neil Gaiman


Art on moving forward, via My Modern Met

5. “I think Destiny’s purpose is merely to shock us at moments into a state of awareness; those moments are milestones in between which we have to find our own way.” —Attia Hosain, Sunlight on a Broken Column

Impasse, via Pinterest

6. “We all have an unsuspected reserve of strength inside that emerges when life puts us to the test.” —Isabel Allende

Growth and resilience, via Pinterest

7. “She uttered a quick prayer for him. Let him find balance and moderation in all things; let him listen to himself and not the noise of others.” —Balli Kaur Jaswal, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Shakti art, via Society6

8. “I know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all.” —Maya Angelou

Bond, via Pinterest

9. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light.” -Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Expecto patronum, via Harry Media


Mental health is often about being seen, and seeing is one of the often unspoken powers of stories. Sure, we hear of readers opening a novel, bumping into a character, and saying “hey, that’s me!” But we seldom hear of that wise Grandma Literature who sits us down wherever we are in life, holds our attention, and says “See? That’s you. You’re not alone.” You’ve heard me say this before, so I’m going to say it again: Abuela has the answers. 


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6 Famous Literary Couples Who Are Far From Relationship Goals

Contrary to popular opinion, I don’t actually enjoy bursting a romantic bubble. However, since I have a bone to pick with the collective human psyche, I’m about to take that risk: we need better romantic plots. There. I said it.

There are plenty of interesting romantic leads out there for sure, as well as intriguing premises for captivating love stories, and yet it turns out that many of our heroes are rather like us: as soon as they meet someone that makes their knees rattle like maracas, their brain takes a plunge into their stomach, and it’s self-destruction and abusive decisions from there on. Don’t get me wrong: I love when literature puts a mirror to its audience, but the dreamer in me can’t help but full-body twitch whenever she gets emotionally attached to a set of characters and, not only do they dive head-first down a spiral of dysfunctionality, but they END UP TOGETHER. Cue twitching. Cue drowning my sorrows in Earl Grey.



Surely we can separate a good story with a bad relationship from a good relationship in a nice story (critically acclaimed or not is irrelevant), right? In the spirit of raising our standards and debunking the myth of what true love looks like, here’s a handy dandy rundown of what not to look for in a relationship (provided you want a healthy one), as exemplified by some of our more popular romantic heroes:

  1. Romeo and Juliet (Romeo and Juliet)
    Let’s go through the facts: Romeo is sixteen years old and Juliet is thirteen, and in the span of four days, they declare their undying love for each other, get married in secret, have sex at Juliet’s parents’ house, and commit suicide one after the other because of poor communication. Maybe have dinner first?

    Image via Quickmeme
  2. Tristan and Iseult (The Romance of Tristan and Iseult)
    A first cousin of Romeo and Juliet, this is the tale of a young Irish queen and a Cornish knight who would have hated each other, had they not accidentally drank a potion that made them fall in love with one another forever. Before their fateful drink, Tristan has killed Iseult’s father and bargained for Iseult’s hand in marriage to his benefactor King Mark (hurray for patriarchal weirdness). Iseult (known as “Isolde” in some versions of this tale), in turn, has plotted Tristan’s death, from poison to stabbing him in a bathtub, and beaten herself up for not letting him die of blood loss and foreign wound infection when she had the chance.

    Image via Pinterest
  3. Noah and Allie (The Notebook)
    Noah and Allie are an on-and-off couple that is always fighting and is never actually together. Allie is so bent under the pressure of society, that instead of owning up to her love for Noah, she instead strings him along for a decade or two, depriving herself of fulfillment and Noah of a committed partner. They get married. Don’t do codependency, kids.

    Allie not getting it, via Weheartit


  4. Tita and Pedro (Like Water for Chocolate)
    Upon having his request for Tita’s hand in marriage rejected by Tita’s mother, Pedro goes ahead and does what any stable-minded, devoted partner would do: he marries Tita’s sister in order to be close to Tita. If you found that unrelatable, I’m proud of you.

    Footage of me taking in the plot, via Pinterest


  5. Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey)
    This is not a story about a couple who is into BDSM; this is a story about a controlling, possessive, wildly narcissistic rich dude and a young woman with no boundaries whatsoever, who happen to have kinky sex. Wake up and smell the enabling, Ana.

    Image via Weheartit
  6. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series) I had to end on a controversial note. Even J.K Rowling (unsettling as her opinions are lately) has spoken about the incompatibility of Ron and Hermione, and the truth is that these two would have never made each other happy. Ron is in the habit of ridiculing Hermione: he consistently dismisses her by calling her “mad,” “scary,” and a “lunatic;” he takes her for granted, makes no romantic moves whatsoever when their famous crush begins to bubble, and then bullies her when, instead of sitting around and waiting in vain for him to show interest (and ready to once again write his essays for him), she goes ahead and dates Viktor Krum. Hermione, in turn, is in the habit of talking down to Ron, belittling his intelligence and contributions to the group. She chronically keeps her budding romantic feelings to herself and later on projectile-launches magic birds in Ron’s direction when he starts dating Lavender Brown. 
Image via Memeguy

I’m aware that now I owe the constructive version of this list: couples in literature who could teach us a lesson on problem-solving in relationships. I will compile that list as soon as I have put together a meaty-enough one. In the meantime, I will continue to scour the bookverse with some hope and plenty of Earl Grey.

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How To Be “More” Slytherin For Slytherin Pride Day

Today’s March 21st, so, you know what that means. It’s SLYTHERIN PRIDE DAY! Which is absurd given we are the best Hogwarts house. A celebration commemorating the Slytherin house should be celebrated throughout ALL of March. If you were fortunate enough to be placed into Slytherin, you are an ambitious, resourceful, and cunning leader.




This does not take into account our high sense of style! Here goes Draco stirring up some some trouble with Harry Potter. “You can’t sit with us,” Potter!

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Everyone knows that the Slytherin house is notorious for producing evil witches and wizards, however, that is a long standing misconception. You are only evil if you give into evil, which is enough said for me. I present to you, the evilest of them all, the Dark Lord?


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It’s a birthright 

Slytherin is all about tradition and lineage. This house also corresponds to the element of water, which is going to be my main determinate in this evaluation. For all my astrology lovers out there, if you are a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) you might just be more Slytherin than any of those who self-identify.



Don’t let it get to you though, if you believe you are Slytherin at heart, that’s all that matters. STRUT THAT PRIDE (especially with this Slytherin Edition of the series)!

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Oh and do yourself a favor and watch this video. It will cheer you up!

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