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Colson Whitehead quotes: A monster is a person who has stopped pretending. A monster is a person who has stopped pretending.
Colson Whitehead quotes: He hovered on unexceptionality. He hovered on unexceptionality.
Colson Whitehead quotes: In the dank utility room deep in the subbasements of my personality, a little man wiped his hands on his overalls and pulled the switch: More. In the dank utility room deep in the subbasements of my personality, a little man wiped his hands on his overalls and pulled the switch: More.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Two white men in two days had their hands around her. Was this a condition of her freedom? Caesar Two white men in two days had their hands around her. Was this a condition of her freedom? Caesar
Colson Whitehead quotes: Poetry and prayer put ideas in people's heads that got them killed, distracting them from the ruthless mechanism of the world. Poetry and prayer put ideas in people's heads that got them killed, distracting them from the ruthless mechanism of the world.
Colson Whitehead quotes: I'm just trying to keep things rich for me creatively and for the readers who follow me. I'm just trying to keep things rich for me creatively and for the readers who follow me.
Colson Whitehead quotes: He was a rube, but he was no tourist. He was a rube, but he was no tourist.
Colson Whitehead quotes: New York City in life was much like New York City in death. It was still hard to get a cab, for example. New York City in life was much like New York City in death. It was still hard to get a cab, for example.
Colson Whitehead quotes: At ninety, everything is air and the difference between you and the medium of your passage is disintegrating with every increment of the ascension. At ninety, everything is air and the difference between you and the medium of your passage is disintegrating with every increment of the ascension.
Colson Whitehead quotes: She wondered why there were only two kinds of weather: hardship in the morning, and tribulation at night. She wondered why there were only two kinds of weather: hardship in the morning, and tribulation at night.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Google "brooklyn writer" and you'll get, Did you mean: the future of literature as we know it? Google "brooklyn writer" and you'll get, Did you mean: the future of literature as we know it?
Colson Whitehead quotes: Even angels are animals. Even angels are animals.
Colson Whitehead quotes: There was no recourse, were no laws but the ones rewritten every day. There was no recourse, were no laws but the ones rewritten every day.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Judge not the dysfunctions of others, let ye be judged. Judge not the dysfunctions of others, let ye be judged.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Craftsmen and artisans created items that were brittle rumors compared with his father's iron facts. Craftsmen and artisans created items that were brittle rumors compared with his father's iron facts.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Poems were too close to prayer, rousing regrettable passions. Waiting for God to rescue you when it was up to you. Poems were too close to prayer, rousing regrettable passions. Waiting for God to rescue you when it was up to you.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Talking about New York is a way of talking about the world. Talking about New York is a way of talking about the world.
Colson Whitehead quotes: You can't rush inspiration. You can't rush inspiration.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Pain could be killed. Sadness could not, but the drugs did shut its mouth for a time. Pain could be killed. Sadness could not, but the drugs did shut its mouth for a time.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Pick your fights like you pick your nose: with complete awareness of where you are. Pick your fights like you pick your nose: with complete awareness of where you are.
Colson Whitehead quotes: memory has a palette and broad brush. memory has a palette and broad brush.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Rumors have flourished in worse soil than this. Rumors have flourished in worse soil than this.
Colson Whitehead quotes: You are a New Yorker when what was there before is more real and solid than what is here now. You are a New Yorker when what was there before is more real and solid than what is here now.
Colson Whitehead quotes: There was an order of misery, misery tucked inside miseries, and you were meant to keep track. There was an order of misery, misery tucked inside miseries, and you were meant to keep track.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Live every minute as if you are late for the last train. Live every minute as if you are late for the last train.
Colson Whitehead quotes: But we have all been branded even if you can't see it, inside if not without But we have all been branded even if you can't see it, inside if not without
Colson Whitehead quotes: This isn't going to un-fuck itself. This isn't going to un-fuck itself.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Three cheers for your rich interior life, may it serve you well come rent day. Three cheers for your rich interior life, may it serve you well come rent day.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Racial prejudice rotted one's faculties. Racial prejudice rotted one's faculties.
Colson Whitehead quotes: New York City does not hold our former selves against us. Perhaps we can extend the same courtesy. New York City does not hold our former selves against us. Perhaps we can extend the same courtesy.
Colson Whitehead quotes: The future? The future was the clay in their hands. The future? The future was the clay in their hands.
Colson Whitehead quotes: He possessed a strange facility for the mandatory. He possessed a strange facility for the mandatory.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Life! What Inscrutable Card Shall Ye Throw Next Upon the Soft Felt of Our Days? Life! What Inscrutable Card Shall Ye Throw Next Upon the Soft Felt of Our Days?
Colson Whitehead quotes: Georgina hailed from Delaware and had that vexing way of Delaware ladies, delighting in puzzles. Georgina hailed from Delaware and had that vexing way of Delaware ladies, delighting in puzzles.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Weeks passed, but my Word-A-Day Calendar was stuck on motherfucker. Weeks passed, but my Word-A-Day Calendar was stuck on motherfucker.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Their lives had been an interminable loop of repeated gestures; now their existences were winnowed to this discrete and eternal moment. Their lives had been an interminable loop of repeated gestures; now their existences were winnowed to this discrete and eternal moment.
Colson Whitehead quotes: He told himself: Hope is a gateway drug, don't do it. He told himself: Hope is a gateway drug, don't do it.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Somewhere, years ago, she had stepped off the path of life and could no longer find her way back to the family of people. Somewhere, years ago, she had stepped off the path of life and could no longer find her way back to the family of people.
Colson Whitehead quotes: We never see other people anyway, only the monsters we make of them. We never see other people anyway, only the monsters we make of them.
Colson Whitehead quotes: You go on about reasons," Cora said. "Call things by other names as if it changes what they are. But that don't make them true. You go on about reasons," Cora said. "Call things by other names as if it changes what they are. But that don't make them true.
Colson Whitehead quotes: She wasn't surprised when his character revealed itself - if you waited long enough, it always did. Like the dawn. She wasn't surprised when his character revealed itself - if you waited long enough, it always did. Like the dawn.
Colson Whitehead quotes: The only way to know how long you are lost in the darkness is to be saved from it. The only way to know how long you are lost in the darkness is to be saved from it.
Colson Whitehead quotes: This city is reward for all it will enable you to achieve and punishment for all the crimes it will force you to commit. This city is reward for all it will enable you to achieve and punishment for all the crimes it will force you to commit.
Colson Whitehead quotes: And what else but a being cursed with the burden of free will would wear a poncho. And what else but a being cursed with the burden of free will would wear a poncho.
Colson Whitehead quotes: That's how the European tribes operate, she said. If they can't control it, they destroy it. That's how the European tribes operate, she said. If they can't control it, they destroy it.
Colson Whitehead quotes: But who can resist the seductions of elevators these days, those stepping stones to Heaven, which make relentless verticality so alluring? But who can resist the seductions of elevators these days, those stepping stones to Heaven, which make relentless verticality so alluring?
Colson Whitehead quotes: But it's like riding a bike. A hell-bike, made out of hell. But it's like riding a bike. A hell-bike, made out of hell.
Colson Whitehead quotes: I was inspired to become a writer by horror movies and science fiction. I was inspired to become a writer by horror movies and science fiction.
Colson Whitehead quotes: In other words, fiction is payback for those who have wronged you. In other words, fiction is payback for those who have wronged you.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Freedom was a community laboring for something lovely and rare. Freedom was a community laboring for something lovely and rare.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Don't be afraid: you have a best seller on your hands. Don't be afraid: you have a best seller on your hands.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Why not remove his desk, bring in a treadmill, hang a carrot from the ceiling and stop all pretense already. Why not remove his desk, bring in a treadmill, hang a carrot from the ceiling and stop all pretense already.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Sometimes a useful delusion is better than a useless truth. Sometimes a useful delusion is better than a useless truth.
Colson Whitehead quotes: The buttons of his dark blue uniform allude to an ongoing border dispute with his soft belly. The buttons of his dark blue uniform allude to an ongoing border dispute with his soft belly.
Colson Whitehead quotes: One day a pickaninny was happy and the next the light was gone from them; in between they had been introduced to a new reality of bondage. One day a pickaninny was happy and the next the light was gone from them; in between they had been introduced to a new reality of bondage.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Why should anyone else have it easy. Spoken like a true New Yorker. Why should anyone else have it easy. Spoken like a true New Yorker.
Colson Whitehead quotes: She gulped the air like water, the night sky the best meal she had ever had, the starts made succulent and ripe after her time below. She gulped the air like water, the night sky the best meal she had ever had, the starts made succulent and ripe after her time below.
Colson Whitehead quotes: Sarsaparilla boiled for one of Sybil's tonics, overpowering the aroma of the roasting meat. Cora Sarsaparilla boiled for one of Sybil's tonics, overpowering the aroma of the roasting meat. Cora
Colson Whitehead quotes: If I have three ideas and I'm working on one more than the others, that sort of tells me that I should work on that one. If I have three ideas and I'm working on one more than the others, that sort of tells me that I should work on that one.