Collected Quotes For The Month: January 2017

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Belief is half of all healing.
— A Monster Calls


What does it feel like to be lonely? It feels like being hungry: like being hungry when everyone around you is readying for a feast. It feels shameful and alarming, and over time these feelings radiate outwards, making the lonely person increasingly isolated, increasingly estranged. It hurts, in the way that feelings do, and it has physical consequences that take place invisibly, inside the closed compartments of the body. It advances, is what I’m trying to say, cold as ice and clear as glass, enclosing and engulfing.
— “Chapter 2: Wall of Glass.” The Lonely City – Page 11 to 12


God is within me so then I am God. So when I speak to myself I am speaking with the lord.
— Amari Sali


[…] he left spaces for me when he talked. If I saw him again, I decided I might put words in those spaces.
— “Chapter 4: Wavy.” All The Ugly And Wonderful Things: A Novel – Page 26


[…] miracles don’t simply happen. They’re a product of a limitless imagination and just a little bit of moxie.
— “Out of Darkness.” Beyond


You don’t think I care about this country? I love this country, even though at times, it doesn’t love me back. For my whole life, my parents, my grandparents, me, for most black people, this system has never worked for us. But we still played ball, tried to do our best to live by the rules even though we knew they would never work out in our favor. Had to live in neighborhoods that you wouldn’t drive through, send our kids to schools with books so beat up you couldn’t read them, work jobs that you wouldn’t even consider in your nightmares. Black people wake up every day believing that our lives are gonna change, even though everything around us says it’s not. Truth be told, you ask most black people and they’ll tell you that no matter who won this election, they didn’t expect the hood to get better. But they still voted, because that’s what you’re supposed to do. You think I’m not sad that Hillary didn’t win? That I’m not terrified about what Trump’s about to do? I’m used to things not going my way. I’m sorry that you’re not and it’s blowing your mind, so excuse me if I get a little offended because I didn’t see all of this outrage when everything was happening to all of my people since we were stuffed on boats in chains.
— “Lemons.” Black-ish


We’re not all going to play the same role. There’s agitators, there’s advocates, and then there are implementors and we all have a certain role that we play.
— “1/23/2017 – Angela Rye” The Breakfast Club


That’s the difference between us and them. They have a modicum of talent, they shout it from the rooftops. Us? We have talent, we get told to shut up. ‘Don’t show off. Don’t be such a clever bastard.’ You’re special […]. Don’t ever, ever pretend that you’re not.
— iBoy


You’re thinking about it wrong. Cool under pressure is not a talent. It’s a skill, and you need to practice.
— “Knight of Crowns.” The Magicians

The Rest

I’ve always wanted a friend, I just didn’t know where to get one.
— “Everybody Lies.” Emerald City


Cynicism is just an unpleasant way of telling the truth.
— “Everybody Lies.” Emerald City


Self-examination is like masturbation. If done at all, best kept private.
— “Season 1/ Episode 3.” Delicious


You can never lose me […]. I mean, you can avoid me, you can hate me–[but] you can’t lose me.
— “Knight of Crowns.” The Magicians


[He] is a Balcony Person. […] someone who sits in the theater of your life, adoring you, cheering you on. [..] some people never had it growing up, so they have this insatiable need to fill their balcony as grown-ups.
— “Teacher’s Pet.” Bull


Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.
— “The Bad Beginning – Part 1.” A Series of Unfortunate Events – Originally by Marcel Proust


I like to explore things. I don’t expect to enjoy them, but I am curious what is working for other people.
— “What Kind of Animal Would Do This” Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee


Someone took me, someone stole me, and the worst part is, I’m still here!
— “Mistress – New – Mistress.” Emerald City


Stories are wild creatures. […] When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they may wreck.
— A Monster Calls


Many things that are true feel like a cheat.
— A Monster Calls


[…] loneliness […] agitates always in two directions, towards intimacy and away from threat.
— “Chapter 2: Wall of Glass.” The Lonely City – Page 19


I wanted to be seen, taken in and accepted, the way one is by a lover’s approving gaze. At the same time I felt dangerously exposed, wary of judgment, particularly in situations where being alone felt awkward or wrong, where I was surrounded by couples or groups.
— “Chapter 2: Wall of Glass.” The Lonely City – Page 19


It’s not that I fear being lonely, what I fear is a life without stimulation. I want someone to tickle my mind, challenge my thoughts and ways of thinking. I want something to tickle my presence with their silliness, they way of seeing the world and the best way they found to transverse it. Hell, I want someone to tickle my body with their fingertips, their whole hand, mouth, and being. Ain’t no fear in me about being lonely, I love myself enough to be good company, but ain’t nothing like someone recognizing you, seeing you, and willing to share their person with you willingly. Especially not to share their lonely, to simply pass the time, but to share their discoveries and allow open borders between you and their world.
— Amari Sali


Civil Rights ain’t always civil.
— Hidden Figures


[…] I feel what all mothers feel. […] Fear. All The time. In everything. From the minute they are born into the world, the world tries to take them right back.
— “The Beast Forever/Prison of the Abject.” – Emerald City


You’re out there imagining your dick inside every woman, running around like a horny dog. That’s why you’re never calm. I never see men as penises. I see them in the street and I imagine what life would be with them. If it would be more exciting or fun or interesting and that’s what turns me on and then I think about having sex with them.
— Between Us


Don’t make me feel bad for liking something just because you can’t afford it.
— Between Us


Rumors about people you don’t like are easy to come by.

— “Jean the Cigarette-Peddler.” ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka


It’s troublesome if you approach me purely out of curiousity.

— “Takahashi Tetsuo Wants an Interview.” Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Interviews with Monster Girls)


Your genuine action will explain itself and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing.
— “All The Things.” Good Behavior – Originally Said By Ralph Waldo Emerson


She always had a flexible relationship with the truth. If she didn’t like it, she simply ignored it.
— “Season 1/ Episode 2.” Delicious


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