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Junot Díaz Quotes: "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."

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.




Junot Díaz Quotes: "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."

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.




Junot Díaz Quotes: "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."

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.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "You can't regret the life you didn't lead."

You can't regret the life you didn't lead.




Junot Díaz Quotes: "She was the kind of girlfriend God gives you young, so you'll know loss the rest of your life."

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



Junot Díaz Quotes: "Success, after all, loves a witness, but failure can't exist without one."

Success, after all, loves a witness, but failure can't exist without one.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "She would be a new person, she vowed. They said no matter how far a mule travels it can never come back a horse, but she would show them all."

She would be a new person, she vowed. They said no matter how far a mule travels it can never come back a horse, but she would show them all.




Junot Díaz Quotes: "Sucks to be left out of adolescence, sort of like getting locked in the closet on Venus when the sun appears for the first time in a hundred years."

Sucks to be left out of adolescence, sort of like getting locked in the closet on Venus when the sun appears for the first time in a hundred years.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "Tell her that you love her hair, that you love her skin, her lips, because, in truth, you love them more than you love your own."

Tell her that you love her hair, that you love her skin, her lips, because, in truth, you love them more than you love your own.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "You whispered my full name and we fell asleep in each other's arms and I remember how the next morning you were gone, completely gone, and nothing in my bed or the house could have proven otherwise."

You whispered my full name and we fell asleep in each other's arms and I remember how the next morning you were gone, completely gone, and nothing in my bed or the house could have proven otherwise.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "It's just a matter of willpower. The day you decide it's over, it's over. You never get over it."

It's just a matter of willpower. The day you decide it's over, it's over. You never get over it.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "...and when he thought about the way she laughed, as though she owned the air around her, his heart thundered inside his chest, a lonely rada."

...and when he thought about the way she laughed, as though she owned the air around her, his heart thundered inside his chest, a lonely rada.




Junot Díaz Quotes: "What we [writers] do might be done in solitude and with great desperation, but it tends to produce exactly the opposite. It tends to produce community and in many people hope and joy."

What we [writers] do might be done in solitude and with great desperation, but it tends to produce exactly the opposite. It tends to produce community and in many people hope and joy.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "You need to learn how to walk the world, he told me. There's a lot out there."

You need to learn how to walk the world, he told me. There's a lot out there.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "Then you look at her and smile a smile your dissembling face will remember until the day you die. Baby, you say, baby, this is part of my novel. This is how you lose her."

Then you look at her and smile a smile your dissembling face will remember until the day you die. Baby, you say, baby, this is part of my novel. This is how you lose her.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "Our relationship wasn't the sun, the moon, the stars, but it wasn't bullshit, either."

Our relationship wasn't the sun, the moon, the stars, but it wasn't bullshit, either.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "Don't panic. Say, Hey, no problem. Run a hand through your hair like the whiteboys do even though the only thing that runs easily through your hair is Africa."

Don't panic. Say, Hey, no problem. Run a hand through your hair like the whiteboys do even though the only thing that runs easily through your hair is Africa.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "My African roots made me what I am today. They’re the reason I’m from the Dominican Republic. They’re the reason I exist at all. To these roots I owe everything."

My African roots made me what I am today. They’re the reason I’m from the Dominican Republic. They’re the reason I exist at all. To these roots I owe everything.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "And all I did was read, and when I was too high to read I stared out the windows."

And all I did was read, and when I was too high to read I stared out the windows.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "He's really jealous, Ybon said rather weakly. Just have him meet me, Oscar said. I make all boyfriends feel better about themselves."

He's really jealous, Ybon said rather weakly. Just have him meet me, Oscar said. I make all boyfriends feel better about themselves.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "Any woman who laughs as dope as she does won't ever have trouble finding men."

Any woman who laughs as dope as she does won't ever have trouble finding men.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "...what a surprise (we all know how tolerant the tolerant are)-..."

...what a surprise (we all know how tolerant the tolerant are)-...



Junot Díaz Quotes: "Without us, in other words, there can never be hope of a We."

Without us, in other words, there can never be hope of a We.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "Magda was reading a book by a Trappist, in a better mood, and I was sitting on the edge of the bed, fingering my useless map."

Magda was reading a book by a Trappist, in a better mood, and I was sitting on the edge of the bed, fingering my useless map.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "She'd never been big on church before, but as soon as we landed on cancer planet she went so over-the-top Jesucristo that I think she would have nailed herself to a cross if she'd had one handy."

She'd never been big on church before, but as soon as we landed on cancer planet she went so over-the-top Jesucristo that I think she would have nailed herself to a cross if she'd had one handy.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "Deep down, where my boys don't know me, I'm an optimist."

Deep down, where my boys don't know me, I'm an optimist.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "You're the only person I've ever met who can stand a bookstore as long as I can. A smarty-pants, the kind you don't find every day."

You're the only person I've ever met who can stand a bookstore as long as I can. A smarty-pants, the kind you don't find every day.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "My heart is beating like it's lonely, like there's nothing else inside of me."

My heart is beating like it's lonely, like there's nothing else inside of me.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "Sure, I liked girls but I was always too terrified to speak to them unless we were arguing or I was calling them stupidos, which was one of my favorite words that year."

Sure, I liked girls but I was always too terrified to speak to them unless we were arguing or I was calling them stupidos, which was one of my favorite words that year.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "But beautiful girl above all beautiful girls, ' he wrote back, 'This is my home."

But beautiful girl above all beautiful girls, ' he wrote back, 'This is my home.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves."

if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "I mean, shit, what Latino family doesn't think it's cursed?"

I mean, shit, what Latino family doesn't think it's cursed?



Junot Díaz Quotes: "Let’s just say, by the end of her second quarter Beli could walk down the hall without fear that anyone would crack on her. The downside of this of course was that she was completely alone."

Let’s just say, by the end of her second quarter Beli could walk down the hall without fear that anyone would crack on her. The downside of this of course was that she was completely alone.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "I was so alone that every day was like eating my own heart."

I was so alone that every day was like eating my own heart.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "That was the September I cut school six times in my first two weeks. I just couldn't do school anymore. Something inside wouldn't let me."

That was the September I cut school six times in my first two weeks. I just couldn't do school anymore. Something inside wouldn't let me.



Junot Díaz Quotes: "A heart like mine, which never got any kind of affection growing up, is terrible above all things."

A heart like mine, which never got any kind of affection growing up, is terrible above all things.