Outcast Quotes

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Criss Jami
“Creative people are often found either disagreeable or intimidating by mediocrities.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Criss Jami
“A young outcast will often feel that there is something wrong with himself, but as he gets older, grows more confident in who he is, he will adapt, he will begin to feel that there is something wrong with everyone else.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Jean Webster
“Half of the time I don't know what they're talking about; their jokes seem to relate to a past that everyone but me has shared. I'm a foreigner in the world and I don't understand the language.”
Jean Webster

N.K. Jemisin
“We aren't human."

"Yes. We. Are." His voice turns fierce. "I don't give a shit what the something-somethingth council of big important farts decreed, or how the geomests classify things, or any of that. That we're not human is just the lie they tell themselves so they don't have to feel bad about how they treat us.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season

E.M. Forster
“I swear from the bottom of my heart I want to be healed. I want to be like other men, not this outcast whom nobody wants.”
E.M. Forster, Maurice

Robert Anton Wilson
“The most thoroughly and relentlessly damned, banned, excluded, condemned, forbidden, ostracized, ignored, suppressed, repressed, robbed, brutalized and defamed of all 'Damned Things' is the individual human being. The social engineers, statisticians, psychologists, sociologists, market researchers, landlords, bureaucrats, captains of industry, bankers, governors, commissars, kings and presidents are perpetually forcing this 'Damned Thing' into carefully prepared blueprints and perpetually irritated that the 'Damned Thing' will not fit into the slot assigned it. The theologians call it a sinner and try to reform it. The governor calls it a criminal and tries to punish it. The psychologist calls it a neurotic and tries to cure it. Still, the 'Damned Thing' will not fit into their slots.”
Robert Anton Wilson

Steven James
“God dances with the outcast.”
Steven James, How to Smell Like God: True Stories Burning with the Scent of Heaven

Mike  Norton
“Outcasts, callused from being in exile for too long, learn to thrive on being the hated; the attention and infamy of our actions fuel us to become antiheroes. Too often do we forget: we risk self-destruction if we fail to follow what we know is right; our talents too often become misplaced, misdirected, misguided from what could have been something wonderful.”
Mike Norton, Fighting For Redemption

Criss Jami
“Of all individuals, the hated, the shunned, and the peculiar are arguably most themselves. They wear no masks whatsoever in order to be accepted and liked; they do seem most guarded, but only by their own hands: as compared to the populace, they are naked.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Aletheia Luna
“As empaths, our high level of sensitivity means that we are prone to feeling like eternal outsiders who are in the world but not quite of the world.”
Aletheia Luna, Awakened Empath: The Ultimate Guide to Emotional, Psychological and Spiritual Healing

Victoria Kahler
“She felt just like that girl in that book with the letter A on her chest. Only her A signified Alone. She was an outcast, cast out by her own choices, an outsider with a pretty face. Like a rose, she may have been beautiful to look at, but almost everyone only knew the thorny side.”
Victoria Kahler, Their Friend Scarlet

“Originals cost more than imitations.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Gregory Boyle
“Jesus was not a man for others. He was one with others. There is a world of difference in that. Jesus didn't seek the rights of lepers. He touched the leper even before he got around to curing him. He didn't champion the cause of the outcast. He was the outcast. He didn't fight for improved conditions for the prisoner. He simply said, 'I was in prison.'

The strategy of Jesus is not centered in taking the right stand on issues, but rather in standing in the right place—with the outcast and those relegated to the margins.”
Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

Janna Levin
“His weakness in this game, and in life, is that he's never prepared for how others will act. They are predetermined but too complex to solve or predict, and there are rules that he is just no good at applying.”
Janna Levin, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Criss Jami
“Oftentimes in a society when people of a certain type, whether individual or a group, are subconsciously portrayed by the media as abnormal, they also slowly, subconsciously become enemies of that society due to feelings of cultural guilt. Ultimately by this the inflated media is an enemy of its very own cause.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Michael Bassey Johnson
“To the loner, loneliness is a treasure that cannot be traded, even for the nicest of companies.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Book of Maxims, Poems and Anecdotes

Yong Kang Chan
“True acceptance doesn’t require you to fit in or change who you are. It doesn’t have to be sought; it’s given to you.”
Yong Kang Chan, Reconnect to Love: A Journey From Loneliness to Deep Connection

James Baldwin
“. . . and what in the world was I by now but an aging, lonely, sexually dubious, politically outrageous, unspeakably erratic freak?”
James Baldwin, No Name in the Street

Hal Duncan
“I wish I had the strength to make an outcast of myself.”
Hal Duncan, Vellum

Curtis Tyrone Jones
“I’d never get sucked into a community that swallows my individuality.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones

Mary Szybist
“There were so many things I wanted to tell you.
Or rather,
I wished to have things that I wanted to tell you.

What a thing, to be with you and have
no words for it. What a thing,
to be outcast like that.

And then everything unfastened.
It was like something was always dissolving
inside you—

Already it's hard to remember
how you used to comb your hair or how you
tilted your broad face in green shade.

Now what seas, what meanings
can I place in you?”
Mary Szybist, Incarnadine: Poems

Margaret Laurence
“Because they don't know [the anger is] there inside them. [...] They think they are sweet reasonableness, and it's you that's in the wrong, just by being, and not being like them, or looking like them, or wanting their kind of life.”
Margaret Laurence, The Diviners

Sana Sahul Hameed
“I sometimes have deep conversations with Woody - you know, my pet tree?”
Sana Sahul Hameed, Carter’s Kids & the Lovesick Murderer

Iris Murdoch
“Oh if only only only we could be happy and ordinary like other people.”
Iris Murdoch, The Sacred and Profane Love Machine

Celeste Ng
“His parents never go out or entertain; they have no dinner parties, no bridge group, no hunting buddies or luncheon pals. Like Lydia, no real friends.”
Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You

Yuri Herrera
“Who was the King? An allpowerful. A ray of light who had lit up the margins because it couldn't be any other way as long as it wasn't revealed what he was. A sad sack, a man betrayed. A single drop in the sea of men with stories. A man with no power over the terse fabric inside the artist's head. (The Artist allowed himself to feel the power of an order different from that of the Court, the skill with which he detached words from things and created his own sovereign texture and volume. A separate reality.)”
Yuri Herrera, Trabajos del reino

Joseph Conrad
“Who knows what true loneliness is—not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion.”
Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes

“It takes two squares, for the circle not to feel normal.”

Pat Capponi
“Eventually, he brought me a translation of the Islamic Holy Book, the Quran, and one night, as I read, I came across a sura that touched me so deeply, moved me so profoundly, it was as though God had whispered in my ear. My life didn't change, the circumstances that plagued me -- poverty, exile from the real world, continuous fears about what lay ahead -- didn't change. I wasn't instantly, miraculously cured of the blackness that was rooted in my soul, but I was comforted.

I, who felt and believed that I was beyond even the capability of God to love and forgive, who feared daily retribution of the meanest, vilest kind, cried to the first time since I'd come to this house, not bitterly, not grudging the tears.

'By the morning hours,
And by the night when it is stillest
The Lord hath not forsaken thee
nor doth He hate thee
And verily the latter portion
will be better for thee than the former
And verily thy Lord will give unto
thee so that thou will be content
Did He not find thee an Orphan
and protect thee?
Did He not find thee wandering
and direct thee?
Did He not find thee destitute
and enrich thee?
Therefore the orphan oppress not,
Therefore the beggar drive not away,
Therefore the bounty of thy Lord
be thy discourse.
(Sura 93)'

That verse freed me. I was not an outcast, not hated by a God who could love and forgive everyone but me. In time, I could see my being in this house as an act of man, not an act of God. I also began to believe that there might be another reason for my being directed here; I was not here to die, but perhaps to do something about the place and the people. I began to feel I'd been given back purpose.”
Pat Capponi, Upstairs In The Crazy House: The Life Of A Psychiatric Survivor

Karl Kristian Flores
“Some people only needed you for transactions. Don’t let sweet personalities fool you into thinking they’ll hold your hand if it’s got blood on it. If one day, you lost a leg, your boss wouldn’t close the store branch for you. If you lost a home, your old classmates wouldn’t lend you theirs. If you decided to give up, your circle will say you made the right decision. No one’s going to save you, but they love meeting you. And so suddenly, when you lose, the whole world turns on you. A freak— as if alienation was only one amputation, one home, one failure away.”
Karl Kristian Flores, The Goodbye Song

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