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N.K. Jemisin Quote: “There is no greater warrior than a mother protecting her child.”

There is no greater warrior than a mother protecting her child.

— N.K. Jemisin



N.K. Jemisin Quote: “There is no logic to grief.”

There is no logic to grief.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.”

In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “We can never be gods, after all – but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.”

We can never be gods, after all – but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “Determination could easily become obsession.”

Determination could easily become obsession.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “There is nothing foolish about hope.”

There is nothing foolish about hope.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “There’s truth even in tainted knowledge, if one reads carefully.”

There’s truth even in tainted knowledge, if one reads carefully.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “If the gods do decide to wipe us out, is it such a bad thing? Maybe we’ve earned a little annihilation.”

If the gods do decide to wipe us out, is it such a bad thing? Maybe we’ve earned a little annihilation.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “I am not as I once was. They have done this to me, broken me open and torn out my heart. I do not know who I am anymore. I must try to remember.”

I am not as I once was. They have done this to me, broken me open and torn out my heart. I do not know who I am anymore. I must try to remember.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “Any woman can face the world alone, but why should we have to?”

Any woman can face the world alone, but why should we have to?

— N.K. Jemisin



N.K. Jemisin Quote: “It is important to appreciate beauty, even when it is evil.”

It is important to appreciate beauty, even when it is evil.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “But love like that doesn’t just disappear, does it? No matter how powerful the hate, there is always a little love left, underneath. Yes. Horrible, isn’t it?”

But love like that doesn’t just disappear, does it? No matter how powerful the hate, there is always a little love left, underneath. Yes. Horrible, isn’t it?

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “So here is why I write what I do: We all have futures. We all have pasts. We all have stories. And we all, every single one of us, no matter who we are and no matter what’s been taken from us or what poison we’ve internalized or how hard we’ve had to work to expel it – – we all get to dream.”

So here is why I write what I do: We all have futures. We all have pasts. We all have stories. And we all, every single one of us, no matter who we are and no matter what’s been taken from us or what poison we’ve internalized or how hard we’ve had to work to expel it – – we all get to dream.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “Rising from the dead? Glowing at sunrise? What did that make him, the god of cheerful mornings and macabre surprises?”

Rising from the dead? Glowing at sunrise? What did that make him, the god of cheerful mornings and macabre surprises?

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “You are what your creators and experiences have made you, like every other being in this universe. Accept that and be done; I tire of your whining.”

You are what your creators and experiences have made you, like every other being in this universe. Accept that and be done; I tire of your whining.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “The shadows of Ina-Karekh are the place where nightmares dwell, but not their source. Never forget: the shadowlands are not elsewhere. We create them. They are within.”

The shadows of Ina-Karekh are the place where nightmares dwell, but not their source. Never forget: the shadowlands are not elsewhere. We create them. They are within.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “Immortality gets very, very boring. You’d be surprised at how interesting the small mundanities of life can seem after a few millennia.”

Immortality gets very, very boring. You’d be surprised at how interesting the small mundanities of life can seem after a few millennia.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “This means, in a way, that true light is dependent on the presence of other lights. Take the others away and darkness results. Yet the reverse is not true: take away darkness and there is only more darkness. Darkness can exist by itself. Light cannot.”

This means, in a way, that true light is dependent on the presence of other lights. Take the others away and darkness results. Yet the reverse is not true: take away darkness and there is only more darkness. Darkness can exist by itself. Light cannot.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “Once upon a time there was a Once upon a time there was a Once upon a time there was a Stop this. It’s undignified.”

Once upon a time there was a Once upon a time there was a Once upon a time there was a Stop this. It’s undignified.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “Fortunately, where reason failed, blind panic served well enough.”

Fortunately, where reason failed, blind panic served well enough.

— N.K. Jemisin



N.K. Jemisin Quote: “But when I got angry, my nerves sought an outlet, and my mouth didn’t always guard the gates.”

But when I got angry, my nerves sought an outlet, and my mouth didn’t always guard the gates.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “The priest’s lesson: beware the Nightlord, for his pleasure is a mortal’s doom. My grandmother’s lesson: beware love, especially with the wrong man.”

The priest’s lesson: beware the Nightlord, for his pleasure is a mortal’s doom. My grandmother’s lesson: beware love, especially with the wrong man.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “They live forever. But many of them are even more lonely and miserable than we are. Why do you think they bother with us? We teach them life’s value.”

They live forever. But many of them are even more lonely and miserable than we are. Why do you think they bother with us? We teach them life’s value.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “And in that sliver of time, I felt the power around me coalesce, malice-hard and sharp as crystal. That this analogy occurred to me should have been a warning.”

And in that sliver of time, I felt the power around me coalesce, malice-hard and sharp as crystal. That this analogy occurred to me should have been a warning.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “The Cloud Roads has wildly original worldbuilding, diverse and engaging characters, and a thrilling adventure plot. It’s that rarest of fantasies: fresh and surprising, with a story that doesn’t go where ten thousand others have gone before. I can’t wait for my next chance to visit the Three Worlds!”

The Cloud Roads has wildly original worldbuilding, diverse and engaging characters, and a thrilling adventure plot. It’s that rarest of fantasies: fresh and surprising, with a story that doesn’t go where ten thousand others have gone before. I can’t wait for my next chance to visit the Three Worlds!

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “Loneliness is a darkness of the soul.”

Loneliness is a darkness of the soul.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “Funny thing, employment. If you keep doing it, you keep getting paid.”

Funny thing, employment. If you keep doing it, you keep getting paid.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “We worship Him not because He is the best of our gods, but because He is, or was, the greatest killer among them.”

We worship Him not because He is the best of our gods, but because He is, or was, the greatest killer among them.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “Love betrayed has an entirely different sound from hatred outright.”

Love betrayed has an entirely different sound from hatred outright.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “You are Insignificant. One of millions, neither special nor unique. I did not ask for this ignominy, and I resent the comparison. Fine. I don’t you like you, either.”

You are Insignificant. One of millions, neither special nor unique. I did not ask for this ignominy, and I resent the comparison. Fine. I don’t you like you, either.

— N.K. Jemisin


N.K. Jemisin Quote: “But perhaps that was just the way of power: no such thing as too much.”

But perhaps that was just the way of power: no such thing as too much.

— N.K. Jemisin

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