33 Incredible Junot Diaz Quotes

33 Incredible Junot Diaz Quotes

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Junot Diaz is a college professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an author. He began his writing career with short fiction stories and later moved on to novels. His most famous novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008.

“…sometimes a start is all we ever get.”

“And that’s when I know it’s over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it’s the end.”

“Art has a way of confronting us, of reminding us, of engaging us, in what it means to be human, and what it means to be human is to be flawed, is to be contradictory, is to be often weak, and yet despite all of these what we would consider drawbacks, that we’re also quite beautiful. Spin is the opposite.”

“Artists are not cheerleaders, and we’re not the heads of tourism boards. We expose and discuss what is problematic, what is contradictory, what is hurtful and what is silenced in the culture we’re in.”

“Being an author is always like being a well-run dictatorship – it’s all one person speaking.”

“But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.”

“Cities produce love and yet feel none. A strange thing when you think about it, but perhaps fitting. Cities need that love more than most of us care to imagine. Cities, after all, for all their massiveness, all their there-ness, are acutely vulnerable.”

“Colleagues are a wonderful thing – but mentors, that’s where the real work gets done.”

“God bless perseverance. Because it’s not easy.”

“I guess it’s true what they say: if you wait long enough everything changes.”

“I look most like myself… when I’m wearing my black, nerdy engineering glasses.”

“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.”

“I’m like everybody else: weak, full of mistakes, but basically good.”

“Infidelity raises profound questions about intimacy.”

“It’s never the changes we want that change everything.”

“I’ve always thought that you don’t love a country by turning a blind eye to its crimes and to a problem. The way that you love a country is by seeing everything that it’s done wrong, all of its mistakes, and still thinking that it’s beautiful and that it’s worthy.”

“Migration gives a blank check to put anything you don’t feel like addressing in the memory hold. No neighbors can go against the monster narrative of your family.”

“Motherfuckers will read a book that’s one third Elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and they [white people] think we’re taking over.”

“My African roots made me what I am today. They’re the reason I exist at all.”

“My mother took care of us until my father scrammed, and then she ended up working in the small-factory sector of New Jersey with a lot of other immigrants.”

“New Jersey for me is so alive with history. It’s old, dynamic, African-American, Latino.”

“Nothing more exhilarating … than saving yourself by the simple act of waking.”

“Our relationship wasn’t the sun, the moon, the stars, but it wasn’t bullshit, either.”

“People are always fascinated by infidelity because, in the end – whether we’ve had direct experience or not – there’s part of you that knows there’s absolutely no more piercing betrayal. People are undone by it.”

“She was the kind of girlfriend God gives you young, so you’ll know loss the rest of your life.”

“She’s sensitive, too. Takes to hurt the way water takes to paper.”

“Stereotypes, they’re sensual, cultural weapons. That’s the way that we attack people. At an artistic level, stereotypes are terrible writing.”

“Success, after all, loves a witness, but failure can’t exist without one.”

“The half-life of love is forever.”

“To an outsider, I just seem like a list of accomplishments. To me, all there is is how often I fail.”

“You can’t regret the life you didn’t lead.”

“You must learn her.”

“You’re the only person I’ve ever met who can stand a bookstore as long as I can.”