Quotes

As I read books, some statements really stand out to me. The following are just some of those quotes that spoke to me in some way. I would love to hear from you with your favorite book quotes!

You can love someone and still choose to say goodbye to them…. You can miss a person every day, and still be glad that they are no longer in your life.

Tara Westover, Educated

I am not the child my father raised, but he is the father who raised her.

Tara Westover, Educated

Curiosity is a luxury for the financial secured.

Tara Westover, Educated

Larry [white cop] glances at me. Bile pools in my mouth. He turns to Daddy and says, ‘I’m keeping an eye on you, boy. Remember that.’

Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

‘Now, think ’bout this,’ he says. ‘How did the drugs even get in our neighborhood? This is a multibillion-dollar industry we talking ’bout, baby. That shit is flown into our communities, but I don’t know anybody with a private jet. Do you?’

Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?

Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

Almost the same, but better. Stronger. More beautiful. Herself, but more certain that herself was exactly who she wanted to be.

Anne Matthew, Legacy and the Queen created by Kobe Bryant

If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.

Michelle Obama, Becoming

For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.

Michelle Obama, Becoming

Dominance, even the threat of it, is a form of dehumanization. It’s the ugliest kind of power.

Michelle Obama, Becoming

Bullies were scared people hiding inside scary people.

Michelle Obama, Becoming

Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same.

Michelle Obama, Becoming

The genius of apartheid was convincing people who were the overwhelming majority to turn on each other. Apart hate, is what it was. You separate people into groups and make them hate one another so you can run them all.

Trevor Noah, Born a Crime

I love Dawson. I love the small-town manners, the intimacy, the proximity of everything. I often walk to work, a welcome change from sitting in traffic on the way to every other job I’ve had. Our neighbors look out for us, drop in to say hi, shovel our sidewalk in the winter. We never lock our doors. We wouldn’t think of it.

Dr. Ayaz Virji, Love Thy Neighbor

Did you know that in Islam – in the seventh century – Muhammed gave women the right to vote, the right to property, and the right to divorce their husbands? In the seventh century. When did women get the right to vote in the United States? I’ll tell you. In 1920. Thirteen hundred years later….

Dr. Ayaz Virji, Love Thy Neighbor

Do you want a big rat or a small rat?

Peter Hessler, Strange Stones

Everything [in China] is figured out on the fly; the people are masters at improvisation.

Peter Hessler, Strange Stones

When Chen Meizi had chosen her specialty, she didn’t expect to find a job that matched her abilities; she expected to find new abilities that matched the available jobs.

Peter Hessler, Strange Stones

As a nation, out of this terrible tragedy, God has visited grace upon us, for he has allowed us to see where we’ve been blind.

Jennifer Berry Hawes, Grace Will Lead Us Home

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