Quotes by Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz

Dominican-American writer

Alive from: 1968-

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    I never hear white writers get asked, 'Do you worry about how you represent white people?'
    Source: Wildwood
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    A person doesn't mourn forever.
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    Being an author is always like being a well-run dictatorship - it's all one person speaking.
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    But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.
    Source: Het korte maar wonderbaarlijke leven van Oscar Wao (2008) 209
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    Every single immigrant we have, undocumented or documented, is a future American. That's just the truth of it.
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    I seem to have to make my characters family before I can access their hearts in any way that matters.
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    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.
    Source: Wildwood (2007)
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    Just the fact that you get to live and breathe and interact with the world - that's pretty marvelous.
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    My greatest responsibility is to acknowledge the mistakes and the shortcomings of the country in which I live, to acknowledge my privileges, and to try to make it a better place.
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    Sometimes you just have to try, even if you know it won’t work.
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    Success, after all, loves a witness, but failure can't exist without one.
    Source: Het korte maar wonderbaarlijke leven van Oscar Wao (2008) 136
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    The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.
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    There is a lot of scepticism today as to whether memoir is real. But when fiction is done at a certain level there is scepticism as to whether it is really fiction.
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    You can't regret the life you didn't lead.
    Source: Het korte maar wonderbaarlijke leven van Oscar Wao (2008) 31
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