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Junot Díaz Quotes

Junot Díaz Quote: “The only way out is in.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “The half-life of love is forever.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “In my view, a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level any reflection of themselves.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “We all have a blind spot and it’s shaped exactly like us.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “She was the kind of girlfriend God gives you young, so you’ll know loss the rest of your life.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “If you didn’t grow up like I did then you don’t know, and if you don’t know it’s probably better you don’t judge.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Colleagues are a wonderful thing – but mentors, that’s where the real work gets done.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I’m an immigrant and I will stay an immigrant forever.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “And that’s when I know it’s over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it’s the end.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “It’s never the changes we want that change everything.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I’m like everybody else: weak, full of mistakes, but basically good.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Every single immigrant we have, undocumented or documented, is a future American. That’s just the truth of it.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I just want some space to myself every now and then. Every time I’m with you I have this sense that you want something from me.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “People are always fascinated by infidelity because, in the end – whether we’ve had direct experience or not – there’s part of you that knows there’s absolutely no more piercing betrayal. People are undone by it.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “My African roots made me what I am today. They’re the reason I exist at all.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Travel light. She extended her arms to embrace her house, maybe the whole world.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Tell her that you love her hair, that you love her skin, her lips, because, in truth, you love them more than you love your own.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “You eventually erase her contact info from your phone but not the pictures you took of her in bed while she was naked and asleep, never those.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Love is the great test of the human. The human is tested by our ability to withstand love. Love is so difficult, it is so challenging, it demands of us that we wreck it with ourselves. It demands of us an honesty that few of us could sustain.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Stereotypes, they’re sensual, cultural weapons. That’s the way that we attack people. At an artistic level, stereotypes are terrible writing.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “For a long time, I let my mother say what she wanted about me, and what was worse, for a long time I believed her.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I guess it’s true what they say: if you wait long enough everything changes.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I think men spend so much time passing for being men.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Once someone gets a little escape velocity going, ain’t no play in the world that will keep them from leaving.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “She would be a new person, she vowed. They said no matter how far a mule travels it can never come back a horse, but she would show them all.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Sometimes you just have to try, even if you know it won’t work.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “That’s life for you. All the happiness you gather to yourself, it will sweep away like it’s nothing. If you ask me I don’t think there are any such things as curses. I think there is only life. That’s enough.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “A first lesson in the fragility of love and the preternatural cowardice of men. And out of this disillusionment and turmoil sprang Beli’s first adult oath, one that would follow her into adulthood, to the States and beyond. I will not serve.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “She smelled like herself, like the wind through a tree.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “You can’t regret the life you didn’t lead.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Know that in this world there’s somebody who will always love you.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “This is what I know: people’s hopes go on forever.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “It’s just a matter of willpower. The day you decide it’s over, it’s over. You never get over it.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “God bless perseverance. Because it’s not easy.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Art is not boosterism, it’s not propaganda, and it’s not spin, but that’s not something that art does, and nor has it historically ever done it.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “People can say what they want, but historically, feminism in the Dominican Republic has been extremely strong.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “If we do not begin to practice the muscles of having a possessive investment in each other’s oppressions, then we are in some serious trouble.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “It’s exactly at these moments, when all hope has vanished, that prayer has dominion.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “The greatest myth of all is what America is. I think that America is such an incredibly dynamic place because of immigration.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “The thoughts he put in her head. Someone should’ve arrested him for it.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “You’re Dominican only if you do this, this, and that. And if you do this and that, you’ll be accepted to a certain degree and if you don’t, people will scorn you for it.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Any art worth its name requires you to be fundamentally lost for a very long time.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I never hear white writers get asked, ‘Do you worry about how you represent white people?’”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Of course we all know that’s not how life works. The novel that is our life can end at any time. Sometimes even on page one.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “So the kind of boy I was, or that I was told to be, you were kind of this like half-gladiator, half-dude who, you know, was supposed to have as many girls as possible and work until your heart exploded, have no fear, you know.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “We’re accepted as long as we conform to what we are expected to be, and I’m sure that’s not any different for anyone else.”
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