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Junot Díaz Quote: “The only way out is in.”

The only way out is in.

— Junot Díaz



Junot Díaz Quote: “The half-life of love is forever.”

The half-life of love is forever.

— Junot Díaz


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.”

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


Junot Díaz Quote: “If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level any reflection of themselves.”

If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level any reflection of themselves.

— Junot Díaz


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.”

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


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.”

The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.

— Junot Díaz


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.”

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


Junot Díaz Quote: “She was the kind of girlfriend God gives you young, so you’ll know loss the rest of your life.”

She was the kind of girlfriend God gives you young, so you’ll know loss the rest of your life.

— Junot Díaz


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.”

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


Junot Díaz Quote: “We all have a blind spot and it’s shaped exactly like us.”

We all have a blind spot and it’s shaped exactly like us.

— Junot Díaz


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.”

And that’s when I know it’s over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it’s the end.

— Junot Díaz


Junot Díaz Quote: “Colleagues are a wonderful thing – but mentors, that’s where the real work gets done.”

Colleagues are a wonderful thing – but mentors, that’s where the real work gets done.

— Junot Díaz


Junot Díaz Quote: “I’m like everybody else: weak, full of mistakes, but basically good.”

I’m like everybody else: weak, full of mistakes, but basically good.

— Junot Díaz


Junot Díaz Quote: “It’s never the changes we want that change everything.”

It’s never the changes we want that change everything.

— Junot Díaz


Junot Díaz Quote: “I’m an immigrant and I will stay an immigrant forever.”

I’m an immigrant and I will stay an immigrant forever.

— Junot Díaz


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.”

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


Junot Díaz Quote: “Every single immigrant we have, undocumented or documented, is a future American. That’s just the truth of it.”

Every single immigrant we have, undocumented or documented, is a future American. That’s just the truth of it.

— Junot Díaz


Junot Díaz Quote: “Travel light. She extended her arms to embrace her house, maybe the whole world.”

Travel light. She extended her arms to embrace her house, maybe the whole world.

— Junot Díaz


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.”

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


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.”

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


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.”

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


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.”

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


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.”

Stereotypes, they’re sensual, cultural weapons. That’s the way that we attack people. At an artistic level, stereotypes are terrible writing.

— Junot Díaz


Junot Díaz Quote: “My African roots made me what I am today. They’re the reason I exist at all.”

My African roots made me what I am today. They’re the reason I exist at all.

— Junot Díaz


Junot Díaz Quote: “I guess it’s true what they say: if you wait long enough everything changes.”

I guess it’s true what they say: if you wait long enough everything changes.

— Junot Díaz


Junot Díaz Quote: “I think men spend so much time passing for being men.”

I think men spend so much time passing for being men.

— Junot Díaz


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.”

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


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.”

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


Junot Díaz Quote: “Know that in this world there’s somebody who will always love you.”

Know that in this world there’s somebody who will always love you.

— Junot Díaz


Junot Díaz Quote: “Once someone gets a little escape velocity going, ain’t no play in the world that will keep them from leaving.”

Once someone gets a little escape velocity going, ain’t no play in the world that will keep them from leaving.

— Junot Díaz


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.”

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


Junot Díaz Quote: “God bless perseverance. Because it’s not easy.”

God bless perseverance. Because it’s not easy.

— Junot Díaz


Junot Díaz Quote: “You can’t regret the life you didn’t lead.”

You can’t regret the life you didn’t lead.

— Junot Díaz


Junot Díaz Quote: “This is what I know: people’s hopes go on forever.”

This is what I know: people’s hopes go on forever.

— Junot Díaz


Junot Díaz Quote: “Sometimes you just have to try, even if you know it won’t work.”

Sometimes you just have to try, even if you know it won’t work.

— Junot Díaz


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.”

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


Junot Díaz Quote: “She smelled like herself, like the wind through a tree.”

She smelled like herself, like the wind through a tree.

— Junot Díaz


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.”

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


Junot Díaz Quote: “It’s exactly at these moments, when all hope has vanished, that prayer has dominion.”

It’s exactly at these moments, when all hope has vanished, that prayer has dominion.

— Junot Díaz


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.”

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


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.”

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


Junot Díaz Quote: “Any art worth its name requires you to be fundamentally lost for a very long time.”

Any art worth its name requires you to be fundamentally lost for a very long time.

— Junot Díaz


Junot Díaz Quote: “The thoughts he put in her head. Someone should’ve arrested him for it.”

The thoughts he put in her head. Someone should’ve arrested him for it.

— Junot Díaz


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.”

The greatest myth of all is what America is. I think that America is such an incredibly dynamic place because of immigration.

— Junot Díaz


Junot Díaz Quote: “I never hear white writers get asked, ‘Do you worry about how you represent white people?’”

I never hear white writers get asked, ‘Do you worry about how you represent white people?’

— Junot Díaz


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.”

It’s just a matter of willpower. The day you decide it’s over, it’s over. You never get over it.

— Junot Díaz


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.”

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


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.”

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


Junot Díaz Quote: “I was surrounded by a lot of male writers of color who have this incredibly bizarre relationship to masculinity. It’s like we were all mega-nerds but you would never know that if you listened to the way they talk about themselves.”

I was surrounded by a lot of male writers of color who have this incredibly bizarre relationship to masculinity. It’s like we were all mega-nerds but you would never know that if you listened to the way they talk about themselves.

— Junot Díaz


Junot Díaz Quote: “I’m one of those apocalyptics. From the start of my immigrant days, I’ve been fascinated by end-of-the-world stories, by outbreak narratives, and always wanted to set a world-ender on Hispaniola.”

I’m one of those apocalyptics. From the start of my immigrant days, I’ve been fascinated by end-of-the-world stories, by outbreak narratives, and always wanted to set a world-ender on Hispaniola.

— Junot Díaz

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