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“Oh, my daughter,
at times you have to fight,
but preferably
not with your fists.”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
“Would be simpler
if English
and life
were logical”
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“This year I hope
I truly learn
to fly-kick
not to kick anyone
so much as
to fly.”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
“Mother says,
People share
when they know they have escaped hunger.

Shouldn't people share
because there is hunger?”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
“Whoever invented English
should have learned
to spell.”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
“People living on others' goodwill cannot afford political opinions.”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
“Mother tells me,
They tease you
because they adore you.”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
“I hate being told I can't do something because I'm a girl!”
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“Paperwork, paperwork with a woman who pats my head while shaking her own. I step back, hating pity, having learned from Mother that the pity giver feels better, never the pity receiver.”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
tags: pity
“Mother warns
how we act today
foretells the whole year”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
“Being stubborn won't make you fluent. Practicing will! The more mistakes you make, the more you'll learn not to.”
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“Why no s for two deer,
but an s for two monkeys?

Brother Quang says
no one knows.

So much for rules!

Whoever invented English should be bitten by a snake.”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
“How can we scramble away like rats, without honor, without dignity, when everyone must help rebuild the country?”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
No, Mr. Johnston doesn't have a horse, nor has he ever ridden one. What kind of a cowboy is he?”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
“No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama."-Inside Out and Back Again”
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“Everyone knows the ship could sink, unable to hold the piles of bodies that keep crawling on like raging ants from a disrupted nest. But no one is heartless enough to say stop because what if they had been stopped before their turn?”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
“Black seeds spill like clusters of eyes, wet and crying.”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out and Back Again
“Mostly, I wish I were still smart.”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
“We glide and I feel as if I'm floating.”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
“She was promised to Father at five. They married at sixteen, earlier than expected. Everyone’s future changed upon learning the name H Chí Minh.”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out and Back Again
“I tell you of loss, my child, so you will listen, slowly, and know that in life every emotion is fated to rear itself within your being. Don't judge it proper or ugly. It's simply there and yours. When you should happen to cry, then cry, knowing that just as easily you will laugh again and cry again. Your feelings will enter the currents of your core and there they shall remain”
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“My curse: rebellious in my head but oh-so-lovely in real life.”
Thanhha Lai, Listen, Slowly
“Our lives
will twist and twist,
intermingling the old and the new
until it doesn't matter
which is which.”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
“I'm trying to tell
MiSSSisss WaSShington
about our ceremony for Father.

But it takes time to
match every noun and verb,
sort all the tenses,
remember all the articles,
set the tone for every s.

MiSSSisss WaSShington says
if every learner waits
to speak perfectly,
no one would learn
a new language.

Being stubborn
won't make you fluent.
Practicing will!
The more mistakes you make,
the more you'll learn not to.

They laugh.”
Thanhha Lai
“All day
I practice
squeezing hisses
through my teeth.

Whoever invented
English
must have loved
snakes.”
Thanhha Lai


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