“…dragons can be beaten” (Great Work quote)
“Fairy tales are more than true – not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”
~ G. K. Chesterton, writer
To my surprise, I ended up writing my Masters thesis on Angela Carter, a British feminist writer with a wild and marvelous imagination. My favourite book of hers is Nights at the Circus, but I’m also a fan of The Bloody Chamber, which includes a number of radically cool rewrites of tradition fairy tales.
I heard the Chesterton quote while listening to an interview with Neil Gaiman, who was ranting (with full justification in my opinion) about how children don’t experience fear like we do, and that part of what great books can do (like Gaiman’s Coraline) is give them understanding of these darker forces – and that they can be beaten.
But all of that’s an aside, really. I just love this quote, because we all of us have our own dragons to fight.
And this reminds us that we can indeed beat them.
So what dragons are you fighting right now?