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Helen Oyeyemi quotes: I love character and voice, and my favourite books have been the ones in which I've become completely absorbed. I love character and voice, and my favourite books have been the ones in which I've become completely absorbed.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: It was much more difficult to be alarmed by the events of a day that was almost over. It was much more difficult to be alarmed by the events of a day that was almost over.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Were those exact words said: 'I no longer love you'?""No.""No. Hardly anybody ever says it like that, do they? They simply become unkind. Were those exact words said: 'I no longer love you'?"
"No."
"No. Hardly anybody ever says it like that, do they? They simply become unkind.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: White is for witching, a colour to be worn so that all other colours can enter you, so that you may use them. At a pinch, cream will do. White is for witching, a colour to be worn so that all other colours can enter you, so that you may use them. At a pinch, cream will do.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: That's the ideal meeting ... once upon a time, only once, unexpectedly, then never again. That's the ideal meeting ... once upon a time, only once, unexpectedly, then never again.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: But then, maybe "I don't believe in you" is the cruelest way to kill a monster. But then, maybe "I don't believe in you" is the cruelest way to kill a monster.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: For my Mr. Fox(whoever you are) For my Mr. Fox
(whoever you are)
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: I know of witches who whistle at different pitches, calling things that don't have names. I know of witches who whistle at different pitches, calling things that don't have names.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Honoring delicacy over full disclosure only comes back to haunt you in the end. Honoring delicacy over full disclosure only comes back to haunt you in the end.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: The Soul Selects Her Own Society (Chapter 12 title) The Soul Selects Her Own Society (Chapter 12 title)
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: If you should find yourself in a place that is indifferent to you and there is someone there that your spirit stretches to, then that person is kin. If you should find yourself in a place that is indifferent to you and there is someone there that your spirit stretches to, then that person is kin.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Nobody ever warned me about mirrors, so for many years I was fond of them, and believed them to be trustworthy ... Nobody ever warned me about mirrors, so for many years I was fond of them, and believed them to be trustworthy ...
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: It was the usual struggle between one who loves by accepting burdens and one who loves by refusing to be one. It was the usual struggle between one who loves by accepting burdens and one who loves by refusing to be one.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: He kissed me like ice cream, like a jazz waltz, the rough, gentle way the sea washed sand off my skin on the hottest day of the year. He kissed me like ice cream, like a jazz waltz, the rough, gentle way the sea washed sand off my skin on the hottest day of the year.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Last summer I spent almost an hour blowing dandelions off their stems towards him, so that he had a chance to wish for everything he wanted. Last summer I spent almost an hour blowing dandelions off their stems towards him, so that he had a chance to wish for everything he wanted.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: When something catches your attention just keep your attention on it, stick with it 'til the end, and somewhere along the line there'll be weirdness. When something catches your attention just keep your attention on it, stick with it 'til the end, and somewhere along the line there'll be weirdness.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: You feel you've seen a hundred of me. You know how my tiny mind works. But maybe it goes both ways. You feel you've seen a hundred of me. You know how my tiny mind works. But maybe it goes both ways.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Who's there?Something old? Someone holy ... ? Who's there?
Something old? Someone holy ... ?
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: So her missing person's poster features a girl with long hair and dreamy eyes that don't see the fracture coming. So her missing person's poster features a girl with long hair and dreamy eyes that don't see the fracture coming.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: ... there's a difference between having no one because you've chosen it and having no one because everyone has been taken away. ... there's a difference between having no one because you've chosen it and having no one because everyone has been taken away.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Because things grow. Wherever there is air and light and open space, things grow. Because things grow. Wherever there is air and light and open space, things grow.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: She encouraged herself to see her very small presence in the world as a good thing, a power, something that a hero might possess. She encouraged herself to see her very small presence in the world as a good thing, a power, something that a hero might possess.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: His voice in my ear. It did interesting things to me. It curved my back and parted my lips. I felt lazy and feline, and he wasn't even in the His voice in my ear. It did interesting things to me. It curved my back and parted my lips. I felt lazy and feline, and he wasn't even in the room.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: A library at night is full of sounds: the unread books can't stand it any longer and announce their contents, some boasting, some shy, some devious. A library at night is full of sounds: the unread books can't stand it any longer and announce their contents, some boasting, some shy, some devious.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: You don't return people's smiles - it's perfectly clear to you that people can smile and smile and still be villains. You don't return people's smiles - it's perfectly clear to you that people can smile and smile and still be villains.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Oh, everyone's got a view, haven't they? .. Everyone's got something to say, she'd tell me.. Oh, everyone's got a view, haven't they? .. Everyone's got something to say, she'd tell me..
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Be bad. Be wicked. And you should worry. But don't. Be bad. Be wicked. And you should worry. But don't.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Wolves are hosting wedding feasts and witches are brushing their hair today." Presence Wolves are hosting wedding feasts and witches are brushing their hair today." Presence
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Mami answers and her voice is hoarse and thin, and i think fight me better than this. Mami answers and her voice is hoarse and thin, and i think fight me better than this.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: The general advice is always be yourself, be yourself, which only makes sense if you haven't got an attitude problem. The general advice is always be yourself, be yourself, which only makes sense if you haven't got an attitude problem.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: How can you know me and want to die? How can you know me and want to die?
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Maybe she grew one more in the night and that's why the night sleep was so deep, it was a matching pair of sleeps. - Maybe she grew one more in the night and that's why the night sleep was so deep, it was a matching pair of sleeps. -
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Home is where your teapots are. Home is where your teapots are.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: A real writer has to be able to write about the body. They have to. It's where we live. So A real writer has to be able to write about the body. They have to. It's where we live. So
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Rowan's physical effect- godlike jawline, long-lashed eyes, umber skin, rakish quiff of hair- is that of lightening strike. Rowan's physical effect- godlike jawline, long-lashed eyes, umber skin, rakish quiff of hair- is that of lightening strike.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: People underestimate the freckled. People underestimate the freckled.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: According to Stendhal it takes about a year and a month to fall in love, all being well. According to Stendhal it takes about a year and a month to fall in love, all being well.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: It turns out that the average annoyed American only needs to pull three terrible faces before she feels better. It turns out that the average annoyed American only needs to pull three terrible faces before she feels better.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: To have seen your lips and not ever kissed them would have been the ruin of me ... To have seen your lips and not ever kissed them would have been the ruin of me ...
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Other things my best friend said to me: That two years was but a short span. Other things my best friend said to me: That two years was but a short span.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: And she walked away, and she walked away, and that was that, and that was that. And she walked away, and she walked away, and that was that, and that was that.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: what they'd been afraid of was running out of self. On the contrary the more they loved the more there was to love. what they'd been afraid of was running out of self. On the contrary the more they loved the more there was to love.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: To the naked eye Boudicca is a haze of noxious green that lurks among fronds of seaweed looking exactly like the aftermath of a chemical spill. To the naked eye Boudicca is a haze of noxious green that lurks among fronds of seaweed looking exactly like the aftermath of a chemical spill.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: He honestly expected her to believe that she could make a bad offering and her ancestors wouldn't mind. He honestly expected her to believe that she could make a bad offering and her ancestors wouldn't mind.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: She was poised and sympathetic, like a girl who'd just come from the future but didn't want to brag about it. She was poised and sympathetic, like a girl who'd just come from the future but didn't want to brag about it.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Would that be dangerous, to not look while being looked at? Would that be dangerous, to not look while being looked at?
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Sometimes our subconscious is so transparent it's boring Sometimes our subconscious is so transparent it's boring
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: I think the soul must be heavy and smooth, Myrna: I deduce this from the buoyant, jerky movements of puppets, which lack souls. I think the soul must be heavy and smooth, Myrna: I deduce this from the buoyant, jerky movements of puppets, which lack souls.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: I have loved a fool who counted kisses, she thought. I have loved a fool who counted kisses, she thought.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Daphne came in with her arms full of books, and her eyes blazing like two poisoned moons. How'd you like the mess St. John? Daphne came in with her arms full of books, and her eyes blazing like two poisoned moons. How'd you like the mess St. John?
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: I feel like an old lady; my hero is Miss Marple. I feel like an old lady; my hero is Miss Marple.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: How long had the Doc been crazy? I don't know. Quite some time, I guess. Don't worry. He was only a general practitioner. How long had the Doc been crazy? I don't know. Quite some time, I guess. Don't worry. He was only a general practitioner.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: She was only fifteen. At that age embarassment is something you can actually die of. She was only fifteen. At that age embarassment is something you can actually die of.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Jess couldn't stop spitting out words, because they were words like blades to hurt, and if she swallowed them, she'd be scraped hollow. Jess couldn't stop spitting out words, because they were words like blades to hurt, and if she swallowed them, she'd be scraped hollow.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: The water is very green and has a sweet taste, both boys wrote in their diaries, at different times. The water is very green and has a sweet taste, both boys wrote in their diaries, at different times.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: I take aliens very seriously and don't appreciate light entertainment or weak approximations being made of them. I take aliens very seriously and don't appreciate light entertainment or weak approximations being made of them.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: For reasons of my own I take note of the way people act when they're around mirrors. For reasons of my own I take note of the way people act when they're around mirrors.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: She had to quickly pop back to the fifteenth century to find a word for how beautiful he was. The boy was makeless. She had to quickly pop back to the fifteenth century to find a word for how beautiful he was. The boy was makeless.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: I do tend to feel more connected to dead writers, perhaps because they have finished their work. I do tend to feel more connected to dead writers, perhaps because they have finished their work.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: I hate that my life is teaching me that I can only be loved if I put my love out of reach and just drift above people until they love I hate that my life is teaching me that I can only be loved if I put my love out of reach and just drift above people until they love my remoteness.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: The way I live now is that I only write, which means that I'm very poor but very happy. Everything in my life is the way I want it to The way I live now is that I only write, which means that I'm very poor but very happy. Everything in my life is the way I want it to be.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: When I saw you for the first time, I thought you had a secret life. When I saw you for the first time, I thought you had a secret life.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: His dear face - his thrice-broken nose, his summer eyes. His dear face - his thrice-broken nose, his summer eyes.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: Most of the people who say beauty fades say it with a smirk. Fading is more than just expected, it's what they want to see. I don't. Most of the people who say beauty fades say it with a smirk. Fading is more than just expected, it's what they want to see. I don't.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: I don't have a style. I just try to write what the story demands. I don't have a style. I just try to write what the story demands.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: She had a new bracelet on, stacked with emeralds brighter than her eyes. I hate rich people. She had a new bracelet on, stacked with emeralds brighter than her eyes. I hate rich people.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: They tried their best with each other, but it just wasn't any good. They tried their best with each other, but it just wasn't any good.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: But also ... I have plenty of people around me to talk to, and no one to be honest with. But also ... I have plenty of people around me to talk to, and no one to be honest with.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: If I was afraid that something bad would happen, why wait? Why not make it happen now? If I was afraid that something bad would happen, why wait? Why not make it happen now?
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: I've always felt happy in my own company. It's only when I get around other people that things get sticky. I've always felt happy in my own company. It's only when I get around other people that things get sticky.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: I was born, and then I was quietly resentful of that fact for a few years ... but then I went to a library and it was okay. I was born, and then I was quietly resentful of that fact for a few years ... but then I went to a library and it was okay.
Helen Oyeyemi quotes: My heart stirring this way and that like so much hot soup, My heart stirring this way and that like so much hot soup,