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Warsan Shire Quotes

Warsan Shire Quote: “Later that night, I held an atlas on my lap, ran my fingers across the whole world, and whispered, ‘where does it hurt?’ It answered, everywhere, everywhere, everywhere.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Light attracts light. But sometimes your light attracts moths and your warmth attracts parasites. Protect your space and energy.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “I belong deeply to myself.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “You are terrifying, and strange, and beautiful. Something not everyone knows how to love.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Don’t assume, ask. Be kind. Tell the truth. Don’t say anything you can’t stand behind fully. Have integrity. Tell people how you feel.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Give your daughters difficult names. Give your daughters names that command the full use of the tongue. My name makes you want to tell me the truth. My name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Perhaps, the problem is not the intensity of your love, but the quality of the people you are loving.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “I have my mother’s mouth and my father’s eyes; on my face they are still together.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself – what you’re wearing, who you’re around, what you’re doing. Recreate and repeat.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “I am a lover without a lover. I am lovely and lonely and I belong deeply to myself.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “You want me to be a tragic backdrop so that you can appear to be illuminated, so that people can say ‘Wow, isn’t he so terribly brave to love a girl who is so obviously sad?’ You think I’ll be the dark sky so you can be the star? I’ll swallow you whole.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Two people who were once very close can without blame or grand betrayal become strangers. Perhaps this is the saddest thing in the world.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Loving you was like going to war; I never came back the same.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “There’s nothing rebellious about loving something that can’t love you. You’re a woman, you should have known that men in the city would split you in half searching for their fathers in between your legs.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “I want to love, but my hair smells of war and running and running.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “I’m overwhelmed. My biggest downfall is my brightest blessing, I feel too much, all the time. Ya Allah, if it’ll keep my heart soft, break my heart every day.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Apathy is the same as war, it all kills you, she says. Slow like cancer in the breast or fast like a machete in the neck.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “There is no intimacy like that between two women who have chosen to be sisters.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “You can’t make homes out of human beings.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “We took such care of tomorrow, but died on the way there.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “I won’t glorify or romanticise heartbreak, for me it was a kind of death and I was forced to keep living.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “If it’ll keep my heart soft, break my heart every day.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “My heart is a flower blossoming out of my mouth.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “You think I’ll be the dark sky so you can be the star? I’ll swallow you whole.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Make love like you have no secrets like you’ve never been left never been hurt like the world don’t owe you a single wretched thing.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “I tend to the wound so often, it never heals.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Make peace with your body, it’s not manmade, there are no flaws, there are no mistakes.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “When I love, I love: wholly, thoroughly, completely, drowning in everything. Every glance can be a conversation, eyes just playing and saying what needs to be said. Silence is loud, and the air becomes heavy. I want you. I want all of you.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “The ego hurts you like this: you become obsessed with the one person who does not love you. blind to the rest who do.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Mother says there are locked rooms inside all women, kitchen of love, bedroom of grief, bathroom of apathy. Sometimes, the men, they come with keys, and sometimes the men, they come with hammers.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “We emotionally manipulated each other until we thought it was love.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “To my daughter I will say, ‘when the men come, set yourself on fire.’”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Your mouth is a lonely place but I keep coming back.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “I know a few things to be true. I do not know where I am going, where I have come from is disappearing, I am unwelcome and my beauty is not beauty here. My body is burning with the shame of not belonging, my body is longing.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “I tore up and ate my own passport in an airport hotel once. I’m bloated with language I can’t afford to forget.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “The sun is perfect and you woke this morning. You have enough language in your mouth to be understood. You have a name, and someone wants to call it. Five fingers on your hand and someone wants to hold it. If we just start there, every beautiful thing that has and will ever exist is possible. If we start there, everything, for a moment, is right in the world.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Why can’t you see me? Everyone else can.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Why do you live in your body like you will be given another? As if it were temporary. You starve it, you let anyone touch it, you berate it. Tell it that should be completely different. You tug at your soft flesh, wish it thinner, wish it gone. You fall in love with those who praise the way it sighs under their hands, but who praises the way it holds up your weight, even when you are falling apart?”
Warsan Shire Quote: “How far have you walked for men who’ve never held your feet in their laps?”
Warsan Shire Quote: “The only darkness we should allow into our lives is the night, for even then, we have the moon.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “His eyes were the same colour as the sea in a postcard someone sends you when they love you, but not enough to stay.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Sometimes it feels like someone else is wearing my body.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “You were a city exiled from skin, your mouth a burning church.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Sad people have the gift of time, while the world dizzies everyone else; they remain stagnant, their bodies refusing to follow pace with the universe. With these kind of people everything aches for too long, everything moves without rush, wounds are always wet.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “Did you tell people that songs weren’t the same as a warm body or a soft mouth? Miriam, I’ve heard people using your songs as prayer, begging god in falsetto. You were a city exiled from skin, your mouth a burning church.”
Warsan Shire Quote: “You haven’t healed, I can tell from how cruel you are.”
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