Junot Diaz Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Junot Diaz
  1. #1
    “And that’s when I know it’s over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it’s the end.”
  2. #2
    “It’s never the changes we want that change everything.”
  3. #3
    “Success, after all, loves a witness, but failure can’t exist without one.”
  4. #4
    “In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.”
  5. #5
    “The reader writes the final chapter.”
  6. #6
    “The only advice for a writer is to read.”
  1. #7
    “She was the kind of girlfriend God gives you young, so you’ll know loss the rest of your life.”
  2. #8
    “You must learn her. You must know the reason why she is silent . . . You must love her because many have tried and failed. And she wants to know that she is worthy to be loved, that she is worthy to be kept. And, this is how you keep her.”
  3. #9
    “If you didn’t grow up like I did then you don’t know, and if you don’t know it’s probably better you don’t judge.”
  4. #10
    “You don’t know what it’s like to grow up with a mother who never said a positive thing in her life . . . For a long time I let her say what she wanted about me, and what was worse, for a long time I believed her.”
  5. #11
    “You lose her for every second you make her feel less and less of the beauty that she is. When you make her feel that she is replaceable. She wants to feel cherished. When you make her feel that you are fleeting. She wants you to stay. When you make her feel inadequate. She wants to know that she is enough and she does not need to change for you, nor for anyone else because she is she and she is beautiful, kind and good.”
  6. #12
    “Sometimes you just have to try, even if you know it won’t work.”
  1. #13
    “You can’t regret the life you didn’t lead.”
  2. #14
    “But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.”
  3. #15
    “There are multiple possibilities for every book.”
  4. #16
    “You ask everybody you know: How long does it usually take to get over it? There are many formulas. One year for every year you dated. Two years for every year you dated. It’s just a matter of will power: The day you decide it’s over, it’s over. You never get over it.”
  5. #17
    “You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.”
  6. #18
    “I’m like everybody else: weak, full of mistakes, but basically good.”
  7. #19
    “Art most consistently puts us in touch with our best self.”
  8. #20
    “Back then, in those first days, I was so alone that every day was like eating my own heart.”

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