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Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1) Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
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“See, the problem in this world ain’t sinners, or even the dead. It is men who will step on anyone who stands in the way of their pursuit of power.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“It’s a cruel, cruel world. And the people are the worst part.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“There’s nothing white folks hate more than realizing they accidentally treated a Negro like a person.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“My momma always said the best way to get what you want from people is to give them what they think they want. They expected me to be stupid, so I used that to our advantage.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“Maybe that’s your problem. You been waiting for a man.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“But that's the way life goes most of the time: the thing you least count on comes along and ruins everything else you got planned.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“Sometimes it’s easier to think about other folks’ small hurts than your big ones.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“The day I came squealing and squalling into the world was the first time someone tried to kill me. I guess it should have been obvious to everyone right then that I wasn't going to have a normal life.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“Someday, if not today, you will see that this life is nothing without people to love”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“Momma used to say that a politician was a man that had perfected the art of lying,”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“I ain't waiting for an opportunity. I'm making one.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“It was the midwife that tried to do me in. Truth be told, it wasn't really her fault. What else is a good Christian woman going to do when a Negro comes flying out from between the legs of the richest white woman in Haller County, Kentucky?”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“It seems strange that in these very fraught times folks would be more concerned about hardworking people trying to find a better life than the monsters that actually want to eat them.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“Surviving can make people right mean”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“I don't need a spotlight to know a snitch when I see one.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“But I can't change the past; I can only push headlong into an uncertain future.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“So don't let nobody tell you any different about the old days. Life is hard now, nothing but suffering, but some kinds of suffering is easier to bear than others.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“Sometimes you have to live down to people's expectations, Kate. If you can do that, you'll get much further in life.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“When are these damn fools going to realize that world is gone, and they ain’t never getting it back? The tall tales they’ve been told ain’t worth their lives, either way.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“And I suppose I might have grown up better, might have become a proper house girl or even taken Aunt Aggie's place as House Negro. I might have been a good girl if it had been in the cards. But all of that was dashed to hell two days after I was born, when the dead rose up and started to walk on a battlefield in a small town in Pennsylvania called Gettysburg.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“His lips twist, filled with malice. “I ain’t yet seen the man who can do that.” “Maybe that’s your problem. You been waiting for a man.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“See, the problem in this world ain’t sinners, or even the dead. It is men who will step on anyone who stands in the way of their pursuit of power. Luckily there will always be people like me to stop them”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“You believe strongly enough in an idea, nothing else matters.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“Momma always said a healthy serving of scorn before dinner keeps a girl slim.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“But that's the way life goes most of the time: the thing you least count on comes along and ruins everything else you got planned. I figure it's much better to just be all-around prepared, since the best defense is a good offense.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“The fact Katherine is on my side is as much a surprise as her cool logic.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“The point is, sometimes when the rabbit gets too fat, too comfortable, he makes mistakes. But the gardener, she ain’t got nothing but time. Because even the hungriest rabbit can’t eat the entire garden. At some point the good sheriff will make a mistake, some gross miscalculation, reveal some weakness, and that’s when we’ll find our freedom.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“...because there's nothing better than the memories of others when you're little and have no stories of your own.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“That’s the thing with me. Once I read something, I know it forever. Whether I’m supposed to be reading it or not.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
“Momma used to say there were lots of ways to survive. Don't e afraid to pretend to be something you aren't, Jane. Some times a little subterfuge and chicanery is in order and the quickest way to achieve one's goal. It ain't hard to imagine Ida pretending to be just another dumb colored girl in order to make it out here. Survival by any means necessary.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation

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