“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” - Philip Pullman
"Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you.
You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes
you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it
will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely
ever visit." -
Images above: Ducks on the Reservoir in Central Park, Manhattan; and "The Ugly Duckling" by William Heath Robinson (1872-1944)