Quotes About Orphan

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John Wesley
“Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose?”
John Wesley

Matt Fraction
“Okay… This looks bad.

You cowboy around with the Avengers some. Guys got, what, armor. Magic. Super-powers. Super-strength. Shrink-dust. Grow-rays. Magic. Healing factors. I’m an orphan raised by carnies fighting with a stick and a string from the Paleolithic era.
So when I say this looks “bad”?

I promise you it feels worse.”
Matt Fraction, Hawkeye #1

Sol Luckman
“Someone experiencing the stages of grief is rarely aware of how his behavior might appear to others. Grief often produces a “zoom lens effect,” in which the focus is entirely on oneself, to the exclusion of external considerations.”
Sol Luckman, Snooze: A Story of Awakening

Loretta Chase
“Orphans? Would you really? Adopt children?"
"There are advantages. If they turn out badly, we can blame their natural parents. We can also choose our own assortment of ages and genders. We can even get them ready-grown, if we wish.”
Loretta Chase, Captives of the Night

Kedar Joshi
“History is orphan. It can speak, but cannot hear. It can give, but cannot take. Its wounds and tragedies can be read and known, but cannot be avoided or cured.”
Kedar Joshi

“Weeping Widows"

There is a river that cuts
The heart of Eve
And flows through
Paradise's back window.
It streams into
A bottomless well
That rolls down to hell
With the tears of the
Weeping widows.
The women stand along the well,
And cry
While singing gray lullabies
As orphaned children
Light up candles to put on palm leaves
To push into the stream
With petals of jasmine
And pieces of tangerine,
Then sit back and wait for their father
To show up over the horizon
Where his heart still beats
In their dreams.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Haruki Murakami
“Well, finally, once you become an orphan, you're an orphan till the day you die. I keep having the same dream. I'm seven years old and an orphan again. All alone, with no adults around to take care of me. It's evening, and the light is fading, and night is pressing in. It's always the same. In the dream I always go back to being seven years old. Software like that you can't exchange once it's contaminated.”
Haruki Murakami, After Dark

Laura Anderson Kurk
“I thought back to Meg’s advice about Hemingway sentences—simple declarative statements that showed the truth and distilled the meaning. My first attempt at that had been cynical and messed up. I gave it a go again.
Find one lost sheep.
The angels rejoice.”
Laura Anderson Kurk, Perfect Glass

Laura Anderson Kurk
“I really want to believe that when our Quiet Waters kids wake up in the middle of the night, scared, they’ll remember being in their bunks with John and Kate and Whit and me right there protecting them,” he said. “I hope we gave them that sense of belonging because I know there’ll be times in their lives when grasping at those bonds could mean the difference between making it and not.”
Laura Anderson Kurk, Perfect Glass

Ru Freeman
“And after that until the end, there was no relief from being a girl with chores that she wasn’t being paid for, a girl with no new sandals and a friend who wasn’t a friend but a mistress, and a family that wasn’t but people who owned her and ordered her about, and nothing at all but her pretty breasts and her round bottom and her misbehaving hair to help her feel any different.”
Ru Freeman, A Disobedient Girl

Brandon Sanderson
“Never go on a date unarmed.” Words of wisdom from my father. Well, my foster father. I was an orphan, of course. The best kings always are.”
Brandon Sanderson, Perfect State

Laura van den Berg
“Is there any greater mystery than the separateness of each person?”
Laura van den Berg, Find Me

“Destiny is not always preordained. Life is about making choices. Our lives are the sum of all the choices we make, the bridges we cross, and the ones we burn. Our souls cast long shadows over many people, even after we are gone. Fate, luck, and providence are the consequence of our freedom of choice, not the determinants. When justice is served by following our principles, making good decisions brings us inner peace.”
Judith Land, Adoption Detective: Memoir of an Adopted Child

Heather O'Neill
“What the hell is that?" he asked.
"Magic mushrooms."
"I've always wanted to try those," he exclaimed. "They sound so cute.”
Heather O'Neill, Lullabies for Little Criminals

Donna Lynn Hope
“When other girls were dreaming about love, she dreamt of love too, but in an entirely different context - the ones they took for granted.”
Donna Lynn Hope

“It’s a neighborhood where every dad has at least one job and where parents often end conversations with the words: no guts, no glory.”
Michael Jay, Dog Water Free, A Memoir: A coming-of-age story about an improbable journey to find emotional truth

A.S. Peterson
“Turn it beautiful.

His words came faintly at first, but they came again and again, always softly, always with the insistence of an elder commanding wisdom.

Turn it all to beauty.

She walked to the rail. When she turned and sat upon it, she heard a sailor in the crowd murmur that she might play them a tune. She hoped he was right. She needed the voices to be wrong. Fin raised the instrument to the cleft of her neck and closed her eyes. She emptied her mind and let herself be carried back to her earliest memory, the first pain she ever knew: the knowledge that her parents didn’t want her. The despair of rejection coursed through her. It fathered a knot of questions that bound her, enveloped her. Waves of uncertainty and frailty shook her to the bones. Her body quivered with anger and hopelessness. She reeled on the edge of a precipice. She wanted to scream or to throw her fists but she held it inside; she struggled to control it. She fought to subjugate her pain, but it grew. It welled up; it filled her mind. When she could hold it no more, exhausted by defiance and wearied by years of pretending not to care, Bartimaeus’s words surrounded her.

Got to turn it beautiful.

She dropped her defenses. She let weakness fill her. She accepted it. And the abyss yawned. She tottered over the edge and fell. The forces at war within her raced down her arms and set something extraordinary in motion; they became melody and harmony: rapturous, golden. Her fingers coaxed the long-silent fiddle to life. They danced across the strings without hesitation, molding beauty out of the miraculous combination of wood, vibration, and emotion. The music was so bright she felt she could see it. The poisonous voices were outsung. Notes raged out of her in a torrent. She had such music within her that her bones ached with it, the air around her trembled with it, her veins bled it. The men around fell still and silent. Some slipped to the deck and sat enraptured like children before a travelling bard.”
A.S. Peterson, Fiddler's Green

John Irving
“For a terrible time of life a teen-ager deceives himself; he believes he can trick the world. He believes he is invulnerable. An adolescent who is an orphan at this phase is in danger of never growing up.”
John Irving, The Cider House Rules

“When you don't have something anymore, you learn to live without it." That's what my dad told me that first night after he found me sleeping inside a closet underneath a pile of my mom's clothes. All the different smells of her were still there and the memories were alive even if she wasn't.
I looked up into his face and wondered why would I ever want to learn to live without her? That felt like she really would be gone forever, and I wanted to limp on the broken piece of me so I could feel her there all the time.”
Alan Silberberg

Peter Ackroyd
“...and when the Assembly arrived at Dusk I hasten'd into the Streets and made my self a child of Hazard. There was a Band of little Vagabonds who met by moon-light in the Moorfields, and for a time I wandred with them; most of them had been left as Orphans in the Plague and, out of the sight of Constable or Watch, would call out to Passers-by Lord Bless you give us a Penny or Bestow a half penny on us: I still hear their Voices in my Head when I walk abroad in a Croud, and some times I am seiz'd with Trembling to think I may be still one of them.”
Peter Ackroyd, Hawksmoor

James          Anderson
“Maybe it was being orphaned and alone all my life, but I always steeled for the worst outcome I could envision. That way I could shrug and be almost happy with anything that fell short of the worst. It was a peculiar life skill and one I had gotten damn good at.”
James Anderson, The Never-Open Desert Diner

Heather O'Neill
“The home is the most ritualized place in a society; each house is like a religious order with its own ceremonies.”
Heather O'Neill, Lullabies for Little Criminals

“Колко тежки бяха условията, при които израсна нашето поколение! Без бащи, които гинеха по фронта,обути в налъми, въшливи и окъсани, с майки, чиито погледи горяха от мъка и от преумора - жени, изсушени от недояждане и от плач, които не знаеха за какво да се грижат по-напред: за нашето изхранване или за възпитанието ни. Почти всички бяхме станали гамени, тъй като растяхме на улицата, между лагерите на пленниците, в глада, хаоса и корупцията на тая безсмислена война.”
Емилиян Станев, Крадецът на праскови

Rudyard Kipling
“This is the great world, and I am only Kim. Who is Kim?' He considered his own identity, a thing he had never done before, till his head swam. He was one insignificant person in all this roaring whirl of India, going southward to he knew not what fate.”
Rudyard Kipling

Stacey Wallace Benefiel
“Yes, my sister is weird and says crap like en route. I smirk - it's a common facial tic of mine - and turn to her.”
Stacey Wallace Benefiel, Found

Stacey Wallace Benefiel
“Can I have my knife back?' Meaning, can I have my knife back. I don't care whether this man seems like he only goes after age appropriate penis; I won't be taking any chances. And I won't be going any farther thank the juvie center parking lot with him either. I put the run in runaway.”
Stacey Wallace Benefiel, Found

“If God is calling you to adopt, He will accomplish it. If God is leading you to care for the fatherless across the globe in some way other than adoption, He will accomplish it.”
Rick Morton, KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology

James          Anderson
“A Jewish Native American half-breed orphan playing bagpipes wasn't the sort of impression I ever wanted to make”
James Anderson, The Never-Open Desert Diner

Marquita Burke-DeJesus
“While many of us give to the hungry orphan, we have forgotten to love her.”
Marquita Burke-DeJesus, Radically Ordinary

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