Quotes About Displacement

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Eric Hoffer
“The Jews are a peculiar people: Things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.

Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it. Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchmen. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese--and no one says a word about refugees.

But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace.

Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.”
Eric Hoffer

Mourid Barghouti
“The fish,
Even in the fisherman's net,
Still carries,
The smell of the sea.”
Mourid Barghouti

Thomas Hardy
“Many besides Angel have learnt that the magnitude of lives is not as to their external displacements but as to their subjective experiences.”
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Jaclyn Moriarty
“Distance is the journey. Displacement is the result.”
Jaclyn Moriarty, The Cracks in the Kingdom

Jasinda Wilder
“I should have seen it coming.” The words don’t surprise me, but they piss me off. I pull away and glare down at her. “Don’t you fucking dare, Nell Hawthorne. Don’t you dare put this on yourself. You should never have to see shit like this coming.” She backs away, stunned and afraid by the intensity I know is radiating off me. “Colton, I just meant he’s always shown—” “Stop. Just stop right there. Granted, you should’ve never gotten involved with a douchetard like him, but that’s no excuse for what he did.”
Jasinda Wilder

Salman Rushdie
“mingling with the remains of the plane, equally fragmented, equally absurd, there floated the debris of the soul, broken memories, sloughed-off selves, severed mother tongues, violated privacies, untranslatable jokes, extinguished futures, lost loves, the forgotten meaning of hollow, booming words, land, belonging, home.”
Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

Bret Easton Ellis
“Everything suddenly seems displaced, subtle gradations erase borders, but it’s more forceful than that.”
Bret Easton Ellis, Glamorama

Nayomi Munaweera
“In Sri Lanka, when two strangers meet, they ask a series of questions that reveal family, ancestral village, and blood ties until they arrive at a common friend or relative. Then they say, "Those are our people, so you are our people." It's a small place. Everyone knows everyone.

"But in America, there are no such namings; it is possible to slip and slide here. It is possible to get lost in the nameless multitudes. There are no ropes binding one, holding one to the earth. Unbound by place or name, one is aware that it is possible to drift out into the atmosphere and beyond that, into the solitary darkness where there is no oxygen.”
Nayomi Munaweera, What Lies Between Us

Alex Morritt
“For millenia migrating birds have filled the skies, heading south in search of
warmer climes and richer pickings. Conversely, these days, droves of our fellow beings struggle northbound against all odds, seeking safety and a better life. The key difference ? This vast exodus of human traffic moves in one direction only. A testimony to failed foreign policy and disastrous military intervention that may have sown the seeds of European disintegration.”
Alex Morritt, Impromptu Scribe
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“Displacement of 'What goes around, comes around' is Zero.”
gaurav rao

Dominique Wilson
“He didn't know what he was anymore – not truly Chinese, for he had spent too long in the West, adopted too many Western ideas, but neither did he feel truly Westernised. There had been times when he had thought himself so, but a glimpse at his reflection quickly showed him the impossibility of such thoughts. No, rather, he felt suspended between two worlds, never to truly belong to either. The Yellow Papers”
Dominique Wilson

Arundhati Roy
“When those who had been evicted went back to where they came from, they found their villages had disappeared under great dams and dusty quarries. Their homes were occupied by hunger-and policemen. The forests were filling up with armed guerrillas. They found that the wars from the edge of India, in Kashmir, Nagaland, Manipur, had migrated to its heart. People returned to live on city streets and pavements, in hovels on dusty construction sites, wondering which corner of this huge country was meant for them.”
Arundhati Roy, Capitalism: A Ghost Story

Paolo Cossi
“Era il primo di cinque fratelli, il suo mondo erano i boschi, il lavoro e la povertà. Poi lo reclutarono e lo fecero prigioniero in una pianura, dove l’orizzonte nascondeva solo l’orizzonte. Tutto era strano ed incomprensibile per lui. Lui, che non si era mai mosso dal suo paese. Lui, che avrebbe scoperto luoghi nuovi da dietro un fucile e conosciuto persone solo attraverso un mirino. Lui, che non sapeva che sarebbe morto in eterno.”
Paolo Cossi, 1914. Io mi rifiuto!

Suzanne Rindell
“In those days, I straddled more than a handful of worlds, which is also to say I belonged wholly to none.”
Suzanne Rindell, Three-Martini Lunch

“Войну больше не называли обстоятельствами. Она стала явной. [...]

Прощались неявно, боясь напугать и испугаться самим. Но в последние дни мая, когда ничто уже не имело значения — ни деньги, ни возраст, ни цвет лица, ни знакомства, — стало ясно, что из всего на свете будет жаль только несказанного. Сурикова добавляла: "И необнятого".

В войне слова, конечно, уже потеряли смысл. Но все, что было до нее, оценилось остро, честно и, наверное, даже вовремя. Сказки, прочитанные детям. "Просто посиди со мной" — родителям. Ты — красивая. Благодаря тебе я стал тем, кем стал. Мне было плохо, когда ты ушел. Не стоило тогда расставаться навсегда. И да, ты прав, в этих импрессионистах (рамштайне, босхе, д[ж]астине тимберлейке, паэлье, сыре дорн-блю) что-то есть. И ты права тоже...

Уезжающие, уходящие, остающиеся искали не повод, а друг друга...”
Елена Стяжкина

“She had sculpted the mist, the way those who have no choice do. She had willed a life for the two of us in a new land.”
Padma Lakshmi, Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir

Emma Cline
“The things I was good at had no real application: addressing envelopes in bubble letters with smiling creatures on the flap. Making sludgy coffee I drank with grave affect. Finding a certain desired song playing on the radio, like a medium scanning for news of the dead.”
Emma Cline, The Girls

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