Brooklyn Quotes

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Cassandra Clare
“I hate Brooklyn.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

Colson Whitehead
“Google “brooklyn writer” and you’ll get, Did you mean: the future of literature as we know it?
COLSON WHITEHEAD

Betty  Smith
“Brooklyn was a dream. All the things that happened there just couldn't happen. It was all dream stuff. Or was it all real and true and was it that she, Francie, was the dreamer?”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Kate Carlisle
“Men were good for one thing only. Killing spiders. Other than that, I was on my own. It was sad though. Where was the chivalry of yesteryear?”
Kate Carlisle, Homicide in Hardcover

Lev Grossman
“As a teenager in Brooklyn Quentin had often imagined himself engaged in martial heroics, but after this he knew, as a cold immutable fact, that he would do anything necessary, sacrificing whatever or whomever he had to, to avoid risking exposure to physical violence. Shame never came into it. He embraced his new identity as a coward. He would run in the other direction. He would lie down and cry and put his arms over his head or play dead. It didn't matter what he had to do, he would do it and be glad.”
Lev Grossman, The Magicians

Julius Thompson
“The most special times in a person's life are not meant to last forever. They're like bubbles rising from a plastic ring dipped into a soapy solution. The soap bubbles rise, with the sun flashing brilliant colors, then bursts into a showery memory mist.”
Julius Thompson, A Brownstone In Brooklyn

Jonathan Lethem
“Apparently Brooklyn needn't always push itself to be something else, something conscious and anxious, something pointed toward Manhattan.... Brooklyn might sometimes also be pleased, as here on Flatbush, to be its grubby, enduring self.”
Jonathan Lethem, The Fortress of Solitude

Kate Christensen
“It happened every single day in Brooklyn: awaken to fresh glory, fall asleep to blight and ruin.”
Kate Christensen, The Astral

Don DeLillo
“Everyone who does not live in Berlin lives in Brooklyn now.”
Don DeLillo

Kate Carlisle
“He'd once explained that when he was a boy his very proper parents had forbidden him and his brothers to curse in the house so 'feather buckets' was the young boys coded way of saying 'f*ck it”
Kate Carlisle, Homicide in Hardcover

Kate Carlisle
“I had to say it gave me a warm feeling to picture Meredith Winslow spending twenty years or so in an ill fitting orange jumpsuit, cozying up to a great big girl named Beulah”
Kate Carlisle, Homicide in Hardcover

N.K. Jemisin
“And here in this other realm she looms over him, vast and sprawling, wildly patchwork and dense. Not just older and bigger. Stronger in many ways: her arms and core are thick with muscled neighborhoods that each have their own rhythms and reputations. Williamsburg, Hasidim enclave and artist haven turned hipster ground zero. Bed Stuy (do or die). Crown Heights, where now the only riots are over seats at brunch. Her jaw is tight with the stubborn ferocity of Brighton Beach's old mobsters and the Rockaways' working-class holdouts against the brutal inevitability of rising seas. But there are spires at Brooklyn's heart, too- perhaps not as grand as his own, and maybe some of hers are actually the airy, fanciful amusement-park towers of Coney Island- but all are just as shining, just as sharp.”
N.K. Jemisin, The City We Became

Dallas Athent
“To people from 'Brooklyn-Brooklyn' North Brooklyn is really just South Queens.”
Cat Agonis

Sana Krasikov
“She was arriving at a revelation that the secret to living was simply forgetting”
Sana Krasikov, The Patriots

Colm Tóibín
“And she wondered then if she herself were the problem reading malice into motives when there was none intended”
Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn

Elaine Del Valle
“I wish I had this book when I was a kid--a book on a shelf that came from someone of this background and made me feel that my voice was relevant.”
Elaine Del Valle, Brownsville Bred: Dreaming Out Loud

Ibi Zoboi
“Late June in Brooklyn is like the very beginning of a party-when the music is really good, but you know that it's about to get way better, so you just do a little two-step before the real turn-up starts.”
Ibi Zoboi, Pride

Alice Hoffman
“My breath came out in a fog and rose into the milky sky. Snow fell on my eyelashes, and all of Brooklyn turned white, a world in a globe. Every snowflake that I caught was a miracle unlike any other.”
Alice Hoffman, The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Betty  Smith
“He’d get lost if he tried to find his way back to New York from her neighborhood. Brooklyn was tricky that way. You had to live there in order to find your way about.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Sana Krasikov
“Florence, listen to me carefully.... Take whatever that agent offers you. Give him what he wants, and don’t ask too many questions. Get yourself an exit visa as soon as you can. Then leave! Disappear. Forget this wretched place”
Sana Krasikov, The Patriots

Sana Krasikov
“Florence could feel a constriction in her chest…She had been foolish enough to hope that whatever she was walking into would affect no one but herself. Now the truth was catching up with her at the speed of her galloping heartbeat…Now they had summoned her. And they knew everything”
Sana Krasikov, The Patriots

Gary Heiden
“I learned to keep my eyes open and my mouth shut.”
Gary Heiden, Roller Coaster Kids: Tales of 1960's Coney Island

“Yeah, we all hated the Nazis, and if anybody didn't, he kept his fool mouth shut about it. Because if you lived in Flatbush, you were surrounded by Jews. And Jews, having paid the price in blood, now owned the Nazis outright, and we could do anything we wanted to them.”
Robert Rosen, Bobby in Naziland: A Tale of Flatbush

Sana Krasikov
“Only then, as she prepared to cross the avenue, did she again spot the man in the fedora hat. He was at the opposite side of the street from where he’d stood before, but the caramel color of his coat was unmistakable. He was loitering in front of what looked like a Ford V8 parked nose-up on the sidewalk. Florence adjusted her shawl over her shoulders and crossed to the opposite corner of the plaza. When she turned back to look again, he was gone”
Sana Krasikov, The Patriots

“LEGACY IS THE AFTERLIFE ON EARTH”
Qwana M. "BabyGirl" Reynolds-Frasier

Sana Krasikov
“Was it an instinct towards their future life together that she was already sensing, which made her pull back? For what she was seeing suddenly, in her mind’s eye, was an image of the two of them dancing on the edge of the world, not realising that they were about to fall off”
Sana Krasikov, The Patriots

Anissa Gray
“Red for luck. The color of the poppies on her bedspread. Tears rise as I wonder, {i} Do prisoners get to have homemade afghans? {/i} The tears surprise me because I'm not really one to cry for Althea.”
Anissa Gray, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

Anissa Gray
“Red for luck. The color of the poppies on her bedspread. Tears rise as I wonder, [i] Do prisoners get to have homemade afghans? [/i] The tears surprise me because I'm not really one to cry for Althea.”
Anissa Gray

Ben Lerner
“Whenever I walked across the Manhattan Bridge, I remembered myself as having crossed the Brooklyn Bridge. This is because you can see the latter from the former, and the latter is more beautiful. [...] But by the time I arrived in Brooklyn to meet Alex, I was starting to misremember crossing in the third person, as if I had somehow watched myself walking beneath the Brooklyn Bridge's Aeolian cables.”
Ben Lerner

Harper Lee
“We live in weird times and they are in Brooklyn.”
Harper Lee

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