My Favorite Quote About Words
“There was power in the pen, I knew this for certain…It was there all the time, just waiting for me.” Shay Youngblood, in Black Girl in Paris
This is my favorite quote about words.
Eden is a young African-American woman who has come to Paris, following the trail of her literary heroes, James Baldwin and Langston Hughes.
Black Girl in Paris is the story of Eden’s journey to become a writer, and most especially her hard-won discovery that she holds the power to create her own destiny within herself.
I don’t think it’s giving away too much to say that these words come toward the end of the book.
But I think I will suggest that you read the book if you want to know why I love this quote.
It’s a very fine book indeed. Well worth reading.
Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor and teacher of writing and literature based in Silver Spring, Maryland. She teaches literature courses in Paris and Hawaii for the Education Abroad program at Queens College, CUNY, and twice a year she offers Writing from the Heart workshops in a beautiful little village in the Champagne region of France.
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