Orphans Quotes

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Chuck Palahniuk
“The truth is you can be orphaned again and again and again. The truth is, you will be. And the secret is, this will hurt less and less each time until you can't feel a thing. Trust me on this.”
Chuck Palahniuk

Kazuo Ishiguro
“Perhaps there are those who are able to go about their lives unfettered by such concerns. But for those like us, our fate is to face the world as orphans, chasing through long years the shadows of vanished parents. There is nothing for it but to try and see through our missions to the end, as best we can, for until we do so, we will be permitted no calm.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans

Kate DiCamillo
“There," she said. She rocked him back and forth. "There, you foolish, beautiful boy who wants to change the world. There, there. And who could keep from loving you? Who could keep from loving a boy so brave and true?”
Kate DiCamillo, The Magician's Elephant

“If we cannot relate anymore to the world that we live in, we are bound to remain like orphans, forlorn in the wasteland of our desires. ("Non mais, t'as vu l'heure !")”
Erik Pevernagie

Hilary Thayer Hamann
“When you lose your parents as a child, you are indoctrinated into a club, you re taken into life's severest confidence. You are undeceived.”
Hilary Thayer Hamann, Anthropology of an American Girl

Victor Hugo
“The women laughed and wept; the crowd stamped their feet enthusiastically, for at that moment Quasimodo was really beautiful. He was handsome — this orphan, this foundling, this outcast.”
Victor Hugo, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

James Morcan
“The purpose of having the orphans study all these diverse fields was not for them to just become geniuses, but to become polymaths – meaning they would be geniuses in a wide variety of fields.”
James Morcan, Lance Morcan, The Ninth Orphan

Laura Anderson Kurk
“I reached down and picked up a baseball bat at my feet and I flung it as hard as it could. It circled and arced high in the air until it slammed against the side of the dining hall with a crack and fell.
I sat down in the dirt. Then I lay down in the dirt.
Because not only was there no trail to follow, there was no evidence he’d ever been here.
There was no evidence any of them had been here.”
Laura Anderson Kurk, Perfect Glass

Adam Johnson
“Orphans are the only ones who get to choose their fathers, and they love them twice as much.”
Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master's Son

Ruta Sepetys
“Mother was anchor. Mother was comfort. Mother was home. A girl who lost her mother was suddenly a tiny boat on an angry ocean. Some boats eventually floated ashore. And some boats, like me, seemed to float farther and farther from land.”
Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea

John M. Simmons
“Orphanages are the only places that ever left me feeling empty and full at the same time.”
John M. Simmons

Sheri Cobb South
“If your brother can't 'old 'is own against a bunch of orphans, 'e'd best leave off playing 'azard altogether!”
Sheri Cobb South, The Weaver Takes a Wife

Jean Webster
“Jerusha leaned forward watching with curiosity - and a touch of wistfulness - the stream of carriages and automobiles that rolled out of the asylum gates. In imagination she followed first one equipage, then another, to the big houses dotted along the hillside. She pictured herself in a fur coat and a velvet hat trimmed with feathers leaning back in the seat and nonchalantly murmuring "Home" to the driver. But on the door-sill of her home the picture grew blurred.”
Jean Webster, Daddy-Long-Legs

Svetlana Alexievich
“For a child, the loss of a parent is the loss of memory itself.”
Svetlana Alexievich, Ostatni świadkowie. Utwory solowe na głos dziecięcy

Sheri Cobb South
“Tell me, Theodore, were you playing against orphans, by any chance?”
Sheri Cobb South, The Weaver Takes a Wife

Leigh Bardugo
“The grounding principle of the Small Science was "like calls to like," but then it got complicated.
Odinakovost was the "thisness" of a thing that made it the same as everything else.
Etovost was the "thatness" of a thing that made it different from everything else.
Odinakovost connected Grisha to the world, but it was etovost that gave them an affinity for something like air, or blood, or in my case, light.
Around then, my head started swimming. One thing did stand out to me: the word the philosophers used to describe people born without Grisha gifts, otkazat'sya, "the abandoned." It was another word for orphan.”
Bardugo Leigh

Heather O'Neill
“What happened if an unwanted child gave birth to an unwanted child? It was as though she were in a hall of mirrors, except that instead of getting smaller in each one, she got younger and younger.”
Heather O'Neill, The Lonely Hearts Hotel

Julie Klassen
“Twelfth Night, or the eve of Epiphany, marked the coming of the magi. This year, instead of the usual masquerade ball, costumes, and revelry, the Brockwells'Twelfth Night party became more of a celebration of not one but two engagements:”
Julie Klassen, The Bride of Ivy Green

“Nicknamed Wind because no one ever saw him coming, this huge, unsightly dog terrorized everyone. If it weren’t for the twenty-foot chain that kept him anchored to a metal post, there wouldn’t be any children left.”
C.R. Stewart

“Orphaned children are equally deserving of unconditional support and love, the world is much stronger when the vulnerable are also strengthened.”
Wayne Chirisa

Emory R. Frie
“I guess that’s the soft spot for orphans, eh? We’re so hungry for a father that we go blind.”
Emory R. Frie, Giant Country

Sean Dietrich
“For some people, the transition to adulthood happens almost overnight. It certainly did with me. I’ve met other orphans. We are kids who can’t even pinpoint when this change happened. We have felt like old people since our fathers died.
Our mothers looked to us for big decisions. They relied on us. Before we ever went out on our first date, we were already acting like a retired father of four. All our paychecks went toward rent. All our spare time went toward helping to keep a home fire burning.
We got so good at pretending we were older than our age that we started to believe it. We begin to hate our own reflections because they betray how we see ourselves. The mirror portrays us too young. We are not children; we are ancient. We’re fifty years old thirty-five years before our fiftieth birthday.”
Sean Dietrich, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?: A Memoir of Learning to Believe You’re Gonna Be Okay

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Do not refuse to help widows nor orphans.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Do not oppress orphans,”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Do not forsake the fatherless.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“Beyond the orphanage is a journey full of hopes and aspirations.”
Deborah Dzifah Tamakloe, Beyond the Orphanage: A Journey of Hope and Aspirations

“All children deserve a loving and supportive family and that family can appear different depending on the situation”
Deborah Dzifah Tamakloe, Beyond the Orphanage: A Journey of Hope and Aspirations

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Do not oppress orphans.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“हर किसी के मां बाप नहीं होते.
कुछ लोगों को ज़िन्दगी सपनों के सहारे छोड़ जाती है

NOT EVERYONE HAS PARENTS. LIFE LEAVES SOME PEOPLE WITH JUST DREAMS.”
Vineet Raj Kapoor

Carol Edgarian
“For I was indeed a student of human nature, as every orphan and hooker and unwanted kid must be.”
Carol Edgarian, Vera

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