the one thing that has stuck with me every day since my English teacher told me it in middle school is:
"When referring to someone, always say who they are before anything else about them, because being a person always comes first"
Instead of saying “the mentally ill man,” say “the man with a mental illness”
Putting someone’s characteristics (especially negative ones) before them is dehumanizing and rude. Don’t do it.
"I don’t. I don’t want anybody else to touch you. I’m silly. I get furious if they touch you."
"I think that’s at the heart of every friendship: “If I show you this, will you still love me? If I show you this, will you still be with me?”"
"Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are"
I’m not anyone’s first choice. I’m not anyone’s favorite. People may tell me I mean a lot to them and that I’m special to them but I know there’s someone they will always choose over me.
(Source: w---hy, via teenage-witch)