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Little Bee Little Bee by Chris Cleave
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“People wonder how they are ever going to change their lives, but really it is frighteningly easy.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“Still shaking, in the pew, I understood that it isn't the dead we cry for. We cry for ourselves, and I didn't deserve my own pity.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“Life is savagely unfair. It ignores our deep-seated convictions and places a disproportionate emphasis on the decisions we make in split seconds.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“That is how we lived, happily and without hope. I was very young then, and I did not miss having a future because I did not know I was entitled to one.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“I think my ideal man would speak many languages. He would speak Ibo and Yoruba and English and French and all of the others. He could speak with any person, even the soldiers, and if there was violence in their heart he could change it. He would not have to fight, do you see? Maybe he would not be very handsome, but he would be beautiful when he spoke. He would be very kind, even if you burned his food because you were laughing and talking with your girlfriends instead of watching the cooking. He would just say, 'Ah, never mind'.”
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“It was hard not to be full of hope”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“Psychiatry in this place is like serving an in-flight meal in the middle of a plane crash. If I wanted to make you well, as a doctor, I should be giving you a parachute, not a cheese-and-pickle sandwich.”
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“Nobody has the time to sit down and explain the first world from first principles.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“I ask you right here to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must see all scars as beauty... because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.
Sad words are just another beauty. A sad story means, this story teller is alive. The next think you know, something fine will happen to her, something marvelous, and then she will turn around and smile.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“A scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. A scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“In my world death will come chasing. In your world it will start whispering in your ear to destroy yourself. I know this because it started whispering to me when I was in the detention center.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
tags: death
“Sad words are just another beauty. A sad story means, this storyteller is alive.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“There was no quick grief for Andrew because he had been so slowly lost. First from my heart, then from my mind, and only finally from my life.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“I smiled down at Charlie, and I understood that he would be free now even if I would not. In this way the life that was in me would find its way in him now. It was not a sad feeling. I felt my heart take off lightly like a butterfly and I thought, yes, this is it, something has survived in me, something that does not need to run anymore, because it is worth more than all the money in the world and its currency, its true home, is the living. And not just the living in this particular country or in that particular country, but the secret, irresistible heart of the living. I smiled back at Charlie and I knew that the hopes of this whole human world could fit inside one soul.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“I do not know why the mind chooses these small things to break itself on.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“Is it my fault if I do not look like an English girl and I do not talk like a Nigerian? Well, who says an English girl must have skin as pale as the clouds that float across her summers? Who says a Nigerian girl must speak in fallen English...?”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“The future looks like gasoline. . . . crude oil . . . is the future before it has been refined. It is like a dream of the future, really, and like any dream it ends with a rude awakening.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“Andrew had a gift for deepening the incision he began.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“There are countries of the world, and regions of one's own mind, where it is unwise to travel.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“There’s eight million people here pretending the others aren’t getting on their nerves. I believe it’s called civilization.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“Perhaps at twenty, one is naturally curious about life, but at thirty, simply suspicious of anyone who still has one.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“You are blind to the present and we are blind to the future”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“She was whispering into it in some language that sounded like butterflies drowning in honey.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“Once when we stopped to rest, she dug her toes into the earth at the edge of a field and smiled. When I saw her smile, I felt strong enough to carry on..”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“A scar means, I survived.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“Our stories are the tellers of us.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“How I would love to be a British pound. A pound is free to travel to safety and we are free to watch it go. This is the triumph. This is called globalisation. 2”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“How to explain... that the warning signs were so slight? That disaster, when it is quite sure of its own strength, will announce itself by hardly moving its lips?”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“Even for a girl like me, then, there comes a day when she can stop surviving and start living.”
Chris Cleave, Little Bee
“A pound coin can go wherever it thinks it will be safest. ... It can disguise itself as power or property and there is nothing more serious than you are a girl who has neither. 12”
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