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Angie Thomas Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Angie Thomas
  1. #1
    “People are realizing and shouting and marching and demanding. They’re not forgetting. I think that’s the most important part.”
  2. #2
    “I was making good money too, and it was honestly hard to consider walking away from it.”
  3. #3
    “‘Everybody wants to talk about how Khalil died,’ I say. ‘But this isn’t about how Khalil died. It’s about the fact that he lived. His life mattered. Khalil lived!’ I look at the cops again. ‘You hear me? Khalil lived!’”
  4. #4
    “And to every kid in Georgetown and in all ‘the Gardens’ of the world: your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be the roses that grow in the concrete.”
  5. #5
    “I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?”
  6. #6
    “‘Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, Starr,’ she says. ‘It means you go on even though you’re scared. And you’re doing that.’”
  7. #7
    “When people say it’s for life, it’s for life. You gotta be willing to die in it or die for it. You want out?”
  8. #8
    “When the Khalils get arrested for selling drugs, they either spend most of their life in prison, another billion-dollar industry, or they have a hard time getting a real job and probably start selling drugs again. That’s the hate they’re giving us, baby, a system designed against us. That’s Thug Life.”
  9. #9
    “My voice is changing already. It always happens around ‘other’ people, whether I’m at Williamson or not. I don’t talk like me or sound like me. I choose every word carefully and make sure I pronounce them well. I can never, ever let anyone think I’m ghetto.”
  10. #10
    “Daddy once told me there’s a rage passed down to every black man from his ancestors, born the moment they couldn’t stop the slave masters from hurting their families. Daddy also said there’s nothing more dangerous than when that rage is activated.”

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  1. #11
    “Intentions always look better on paper than in reality.”
  2. #12
    “Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
  3. #13
    “Being two different people is so exhausting. I’ve taught myself to speak with two different voices and only say certain things around certain people. I’ve mastered it. As much as I say I don’t have to choose which Starr I am with Chris, maybe without realizing it, I have to an extent. Part of me feels like I can’t exist around people like him.”
  4. #14
    “It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black.”
  5. #15
    “You’re making us out to be monsters.”
  6. #16
    “At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.”
  7. #17
    “The bullhorn is as heavy as a gun. Ironic since Ms. Ofrah said to use my weapon.”
  8. #18
    “What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
  9. #19
    “You can destroy wood and brick, but you can’t destroy a movement.”
  10. #20
    “I can’t stand myself for doing it, but I do it anyway.”
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