Love the person in the mirror before anyone else.
—Joan Pawtucket, RI
I see no point in living if I can't be beautiful.
“Masha, listen to me. Cosmetics are an extension of the will. Why do you think all men paint themselves when they go to fight? ... When I streak my lips red as foxgloves, I say, Come here, male. I am your mate, and you will not deny me. When I pinch my cheeks and dust them with mother-of-pearl, I say, Death, keep off, I am your enemy, and you will not deny me. I say these things, and the world listens, Masha. Because my magic is as strong as an arm. I am never denied.”
—Madame Lebedeva, a vila, in Literature/Deathless