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  • #1
    James     Baldwin
    “Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity”
    James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

  • #2
    Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    “To be careful with people and with words was a rare and beautiful thing.”
    Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  • #3
    Warsan Shire
    “later that night
    i held an atlas in my lap
    ran my fingers across the whole world
    and whispered
    where does it hurt?

    it answered
    everywhere
    everywhere
    everywhere.”
    Warsan Shire

  • #4
    James     Baldwin
    “It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I’d been taught about myself, and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.”
    James Baldwin, Collected Essays

  • #6
    Anis Mojgani
    “Will it make me something? Will I be something? Am I something? And the answer comes, already am, always was, and I still have time to be”
    Anis Mojgani

  • #6
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    “She rested her head against his and felt, for the first time, what she would often feel with him: a self-affection. He made her like herself. With him, she was at ease; her skin felt as though it was her right size.. It seemed so natural, to talk to him about odd things. She had never done that before. The trust, so sudden and yet so complete, and the intimacy, frightened her.. But now she could think only of all the things she yet wanted to tell him, wanted to do with him.”
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

  • #7
    Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    “I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone's hand.”
    Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  • #8
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “Emotions, in my experience, aren't covered by single words. I don't believe in "sadness," "joy," or "regret." Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling. I'd like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, "the happiness that attends disaster." Or: "the disappointment of sleeping with one's fantasy." I'd like to show how "intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members" connects with "the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age." I'd like to have a word for "the sadness inspired by failing restaurants" as well as for "the excitement of getting a room with a minibar." I've never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I've entered my story, I need them more than ever. ”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

  • #9
    Nadezhda Mandelstam
    “I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.”
    Nadezhda Mandelstam, Hope Against Hope

  • #10
    Richard Siken
    “We have not touched the stars,
    nor are we forgiven, which brings us back
    to the hero’s shoulders and the gentleness that comes,
    not from the absence of violence, but despite
    the abundance of it.”
    Richard Siken, Crush

  • #11
    Neil Gaiman
    “There was only one guy in the whole Bible Jesus ever personally promised a place with him in Paradise. Not Peter, not Paul, not any of those guys. He was a convicted thief, being executed. So don't knock the guys on death row. Maybe they know something you don't.”
    Neil Gaiman, American Gods

  • #12
    Cormac McCarthy
    “You have my whole heart. You always did.”
    Cormac McCarthy, The Road

  • #13
    Andrea Gibson
    “I have never met a heavy heart that wasn’t a phone booth with a red cape inside
    Some people will never understand the kind of superpower it takes for some people to just walk outside
    Some days I know my smile looks like the gutter of a falling house
    But my hands are always holding tight to the ripchord of believing”
    Andrea Gibson

  • #14
    Ray Bradbury
    “I want to feel all there is to feel, he thought. Let me feel tired, now, let me feel tired. I mustn't forget, I'm alive, I know I'm alive, I mustn't forget it tonight or tomorrow or the day after that.”
    Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

  • #15
    Ray Bradbury
    “You’ll find out it’s little savors and little things that count more than big ones. A walk on a spring morning is better than an eighty-mile ride in a hopped-up car, you know why? Because it’s full of flavors, full of a lot of things growing. You’ve time to seek and find. I know, you’re after the broad effect now, I suppose that’s fit and proper. But you got to look at grapes as well as watermelons. You greatly admire skeletons and I like fingerprints; well, and good. Right now such things are bothersome to you, and I wonder if it isn’t because you never learned to use them. If you had your way you’d pass a law to abolish all the little jobs, the little things. But then you’d leave yourselves nothing to do between the big jobs and you’d have a devil of a time thinking up things? Cutting grass and pulling weeds can be a way of life.”
    Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

  • #16
    Maya Angelou
    “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #17
    Pablo Neruda
    “And I, infinitesima­l being,
    drunk with the great starry
    void,
    likeness, image of
    mystery,
    I felt myself a pure part
    of the abyss,
    I wheeled with the stars,
    my heart broke loose on the wind.”
    Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
    tags: love

  • #18
    Maya Angelou
    “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
    Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

  • #19
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “Love me, because love doesn't exist, and I have tried everything that does.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

  • #20
    Stephen Jay Gould
    “I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.”
    Stephen Jay Gould, The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History

  • #21
    Warsan Shire
    “My alone feels so good, I'll only have you if you're sweeter than my solitude.”
    Warsan Shire

  • #22
    John Cleese
    “The problem was that I carried around with me a tendency to feel that other people’s respect for me would vanish if what I did was second rate. And while I accept that this “perfectionism” is likely to stimulate the production of better work, it doesn’t, unfortunately, go hand in hand with a relaxed and happy attitude to life.”
    John Cleese, So, Anyway...

  • #23
    John Cleese
    “I could see (though not as clearly as I do now) that one of my biggest problems was me. Because I wanted everyone to like me and to approve of me, I tried to be nice to everyone all the time and this proved a remarkably efficient way of losing control over my life.”
    John Cleese, So, Anyway...

  • #24
    James Baldwin
    “When he was dead I realized that I had hardly ever spoken to him. When he had been dead a long time I began to wish I had. It seems to be typical of life in America, where opportunities, real and fancied, are thicker than anywhere else on the globe, that the second generation has no time to talk to the first.”
    James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son



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