Collected Quotes: God Help The Child

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“I’ll never forget it, and even if I tried to, the scars, let alone the same, wouldn’t let me.”
—  “Bride.” God Help The Child – Page 29


“[…] my sex life became sort of like Diet Coke – deceptively sweet minus nutrition.”
—  “Bride.” God Help The Child – Page 36


“[…] freedom is never free. You have to fight for it. Work for it and make sure you are able to handle it.”

—  “Part 1: Sofia” – God Help The Child (Page 70)


The political world was anathema; its activist, both retro and progressive, seemed wrongheaded and dreamy. The revolutionaries, armed or peaceful, had no notion of what should happen after they ‘won.’ Who would rule? The ‘people’? Please. What did that mean? The best outcome would be to introduce a new idea into the population that perhaps a politician would act on. The rest was theater seeking an audience.

—  “Part III: Booker.” God Help The Child – Page 122


I was pretty once, […] real pretty, and I believed it was enough. Well, actually it was until it wasn’t, until I had to be a real person, meaning a thinking one.

—  God Help The Child – Page 158


[They] probably know more about love than I do. At least [they’re] willing to figure it out, do something, risk something and take its measure. I risk nothing. I sit on a throne and identify signs of imperfection in others. I’ve been charmed by my own intelligence and the moral positions I’ve taken, along with the insolence that accompanies them. But where is the brilliant research, the enlightening books, the masterpieces I used to dream of producing? Nowhere. Instead I write notes about the shortcomings of others. Easy. So easy.

—  God Help The Child – Page 160

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You need a noble reason to fail, don’t you? Or some really deep reason to feel superior.

—  God Help The Child – Page 156


[…] good sex was not knowledge. It was barely information.

—  God Help The Child – Page 146


I was pretty once, […] real pretty, and I believed it was enough. Well, actually it was until it wasn’t, until I had to be a real person, meaning a thinking one.

—  God Help The Child – Page 158


[They] probably know more about love than I do. At least [they’re] willing to figure it out, do something, risk something and take its measure. I risk nothing. I sit on a throne and identify signs of imperfection in others. I’ve been charmed by my own intelligence and the moral positions I’ve taken, along with the insolence that accompanies them. But where is the brilliant research, the enlightening books, the masterpieces I used to dream of producing? Nowhere. Instead I write notes about the shortcomings of others. Easy. So easy.

—  God Help The Child – Page 160


Booker

The political world was anathema; its activist, both retro and progressive, seemed wrongheaded and dreamy. The revolutionaries, armed or peaceful, had no notion of what should happen after they ‘won.’ Who would rule? The ‘people’? Please. What did that mean? The best outcome would be to introduce a new idea into the population that perhaps a politician would act on. The rest was theater seeking an audience.
—  “Part III: Booker.” God Help The Child – Page 122


All he did from freshman year through sophomore year was react-sneer,laugh,dismiss, find fault, demean-a young man’s version of critical thinking.—  “Part III: Booker.” God Help The Child – Page 121Sofia“[…] freedom is never free. You have to fight for it. Work for it and make sure you are able to handle it.”

— “Part 1: Sofia.” God Help The Child (Page 70)


Bride

“[…] this is what insanity is. Not goofy behavior, but watching a sudden change in the world you used to know.”
—  “Bride.” God Help The Child – Page 52


“[…] my sex life became sort of like Diet Coke – deceptively sweet minus nutrition.”
—  “Bride.” God Help The Child – Page 36


“Black sells. It’s the hottest commodity in the civilized world. White girls, even brown girls have to strip naked to get that kind of attention.”
—  “Bride.” God Help The Child – Page 36


“When fear rules, obedience is the only survival choice.”
—  “Bride.” God Help The Child- Pages 31-32


“I’ll never forget it, and even if I tried to, the scars, let alone the shame, wouldn’t let me.”
—  “Bride.” God Help The Child – Page 29


Sweetness

“I wish they would stop calling it welfare and go back to the word they used when my mother was a girl. Then it was called “Relief.” Sounds much better, like it’s just a short-term breather while you get yourself together.”

— “Sweetness.” God Help The Child – Page 7

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