But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.— Junot Diaz
The most romantic Junot Diaz quotes that are little-known but priceless
The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.
There's nothing more true in being a child of a diaspora, a child of immigrants.
We're completely new to our parents. We're not something they can ever understand. And it's not as if we are ever going to be accepted. We're accepted as long as we conform to what we are expected to be, and I'm sure that's not any different for anyone else.
Sometimes you just have to try, even if you know it won’t work.
She's applying her lipstick; I've always believed that the universe invented the color red solely for Latinas.
The anti-immigrant logic has basically saturated our world. I'm staying, and I'm fighting.
[Donald] Trump is taking America's dirty laundry to the center stage.
Everything he does, the rest of the country already does really well: victimize immigrants, poor people, women.
I think that America is such an incredibly dynamic place because of immigration.
We fundamentally have been a culture that's been put together from the explosions of other cultures. But it's hard for us to see. We have blinded ourselves to the reality of what our country is.
We know story collections end when they end, as well - the pages serving as a countdown - but nevertheless the standard story anthology hews closer to what makes being human so hard: it reminds you with each story how quickly everything we are, everything we call our lives can change, can be upended, can disappear. Never to return.
As expected: she, the daughter of the Fall, recipient of its heaviest radiation, loved atomically.
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.
I think men spend so much time passing for being men.
There's a sense among many writers of color that the most invisible figure that was sitting between all of us was the nerd. But it was the thing we weren't saying, that people were afraid to say, like, "Yo, what we do is nerdy by definition."
I am a chatty person, but colossally discreet.
Poor Oscar. Without even realizing it he'd fallen into one of those Let's Be Friends Vortexes, the bane of nerdboys everywhere. These relationships were love's version of a stay in the stocks, in you go, plenty of misery guaranteed and what you got out of it besides bitterness and heartbreak nobody knows. Perhaps some knowledge of self and women.
She was the kind of girlfriend God gives you young, so you'll know loss the rest of your life.
And that's when I know it's over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it's the end.
As a Dominican man, you're socialized to be a playboy.
You spend a lot of time being taught that women are important, but without the really positive framework of why. You figure out quickly it's because of culo (ass). But there is a sense that it's not that simple.
You were at the age where you could fall in love with a girl over an expression, over a gesture. That's what happened with your girlfriend, Paloma- she stooped to pick up her purse and your heart flew out of you.
The half-life of love is forever.
In the months that follow you bend to the work, because it feels like hope, like grace--and because you know in your lying cheater's heart that sometimes a start is all we ever get.
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.
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.
I think men spend so much time passing for being men.
Each morning, before Jackie started her studies, she wrote on a clean piece of paper: Tarde venientibus ossa. To the latecomers are left the bones.
You try every trick in the book to keep her.
You write her letters. You quote Neruda. You cancel your Facebook. You give her the passwords to all your e-mail accounts. Because you know in your lying cheater’s heart that sometimes a start is all we ever get.
Sadness at being caught, at the incontrovertibe knowledge that she will never forgive you.
What else she doesn't know: that the man next to her would end up being her husband and the father of her two children, that after two years together he would leave her, her third and final heartbreak, and she would never love again.
Beli at thirteen believed in love like a seventy-year-old widow who's been abandoned by family, husband, children and fortune believes in God.
Nothing more exhilarating ... than saving yourself by the simple act of waking.
...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.
It's just a matter of willpower. The day you decide it's over, it's over. You never get over it.
If you really want a prize, or if you really want applause, you should try to write as many books as humanly possible.
I think that if you're writing about the human condition, my God, you've got to start at base: point zero, point one, is the body.
...sometimes a start is all we ever get.
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.
I'm really into the rights of immigrants, the rights of the working poor.
I'm one of those little activist types. I probably would have just gone to law school. And the scary part is that I was one of those kids who always tested really well. You put a test in front of me, and I would have been like do-do-do-do-do. I probably would have been some community lawyer somewhere - if anything, that's probably what I would have been doing.
I'm like everybody else: weak, full of mistakes, but basically good.
If you, like, consciously think about being cool, you're not cool.
If you consciously think about being, like, different or original, you ain't different or original.
Privilege does not operate without silence.
Run a hand through your hair, like the white boys do, even though the only thing that runs easily through your hair is Africa.
[Donald] Trump is explained with the intersection of a number of things: our economic crisis, the way it's easier to blame immigrants, with the happenstance that he discovered that by bashing Latino immigrants and characterizing them as "rapists" and "murderers" and "scumbags," suddenly he's got this groundswell of support from a group of people who were raised on this vocabulary.
We can speculate. Last time I checked, the future doesn't take my advice.
Because I can't seem to escape it. It's a way for me to address and counter my questions about what it means to be human, or, in my case a Dominican human who grew up in New Jersey.
I was surrounded by a lot of male writers of color who have this incredibly bizarre relationship to masculinity. It's like we were all mega-nerds but you would never know that if you listened to the way they talk about themselves.
Shot at twenty-seven times - what a Dominican number.
Mexico City is the center of art and culture and politics and has been and continues to be for Latin America in a way that I think really called to me as an artistic person, as someone that was interested in the politics of Latin America, you know. God, every single famous person in Latin American history and art and politics seems to have found their way to Mexico City.
I came up under [Ronald] Reagan and under [George] Bush, and what are we to do now? We are here to fight. People can run off all they want. But for me, [Donald] Trump is already in the Dominican Republic.
I never hear white writers get asked, 'Do you worry about how you represent white people?'
She had reason to doubt him; he was real good at planning but real bad at doing.
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.