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“And that's when I know it's over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it's the end.”
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
“It's never the changes we want that change everything.”
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.”
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“The half-life of love is forever.”
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
tags: love
“Success, after all, loves a witness, but failure can't exist without one.”
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“Motherfuckers will read a book that’s one third Elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and they [white people] think we’re taking over.”
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“If you didn't grow up like I did then you don't know, and if you don't know it's probably better you don't judge.”
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“She's sensitive, too. Takes to hurt the way water takes to paper.”
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
tags: pain
“That’s life for you. All the happiness you gather to yourself, it will sweep away like it’s nothing. If you ask me I don’t think there are any such things as curses. I think there is only life. That’s enough.”
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“You ask everybody you know: How long does it usually take to get over it?

There are many formulas. One year for every year you dated. Two years for every year you dated. It's just a matter of will power: The day you decide it's over, it's over. You never get over it.”
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
“In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.”
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“You're the only person I've ever met who can stand a bookstore as long as I can.”
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
“...sometimes a start is all we ever get.”
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
“Our relationship wasn't the sun, the moon, the stars, but it wasn't bullshit, either.”
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
“She was the kind of girlfriend God gives you young, so you'll know loss the rest of your life.”
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway."

[Becoming a Writer/ The List, O Magazine, November 2009]”
Junot Díaz
“This is what I know: people's hopes go on forever.”
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
“Ana Iris once asked me if I loved him and I told her about the lights in my old home in the capital, how they flickered and you never knew if they would go out or not. You put down your things and you waited and couldn't do anything really until the lights decided. This, I told her, is how I feel.”
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
“I'm like everybody else: weak, full of mistakes, but basically good.”
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
“Nothing more exhilarating ... than saving yourself by the simple act of waking.”
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“You try every trick in the book to keep her. You write her letters. You drive her to work. You quote Neruda. You compose a mass e-mail disowning all your sucias. You block their e-mails. You change your phone number. You stop drinking. You stop smoking. You claim you’re a sex addict and start attending meetings. You blame your father. You blame your mother. You blame the patriarchy. You blame Santo Domingo. You find a therapist. You cancel your Facebook. You give her the passwords to all your e-mail accounts. You start taking salsa classes like you always swore you would so that the two of you could dance together. You claim that you were sick, you claim that you were weak—It was the book! It was the pressure!—and every hour like clockwork you say that you’re so so sorry. You try it all, but one day she will simply sit up in bed and say, No more, and, Ya, and you will have to move from the Harlem apartment that you two have shared. You consider not going. You consider a squat protest. In fact, you say won’t go. But in the end you do.”
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
“but back then, in those first days, I was so alone that every day was like eating my own heart.”
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
“You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist?" And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.”
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“I guess it's true what they say: if you wait long enough everything changes.”
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
“Then you look at her and smile a smile your dissembling face will remember until the day you die. Baby, you say, baby, this is part of my novel.

This is how you lose her.”
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
“You don't want to let go, but don't want to be hurt, either. It's not a great place to be but what can I tell you?”
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
“You can't regret the life you didn't lead.”
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“You don't know what it's like to grow up with a mother who never said a positive thing in her life, not about her children or the world, who was always suspicious, always tearing you down and splitting your dreams straight down the seams. When my first pen pal, Tomoko, stopped writing me after three letters she was the one who laughed: You think someone's going to lose life writing to you? Of course I cried; I was eight and I had already planned that Tomoko and her family would adopt me. My mother of course saw clean into the marrow of those dreams, and laughed. I wouldn't write to you either, she said. She was that kind of mother: who makes you doubt yourself, who would wipe you out if you let her. But I'm not going to pretend either. For a long time I let her say what she wanted about me, and what was worse, for a long time I believed her.”
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“- Nothing else has any efficacy, I might as well be myself.
- But your yourself sucks!
- It is, lamentably, all I have.”
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“And because love, real love, is not so easily shed.”
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her

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