Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus
“We did that often, asking each other questions whose answers we already knew. Perhaps it was so that we would not ask the other questions, the ones whose answers we did not want to know.”
I might not be hot as some but I’ve come a long way since middle school and that’s all that matters
Kurt Vonnegut, from “Hundred-Dollar Kisses,” in While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction (Delacorte Press, 2011)
“Everybody pays attention to pictures of things. Nobody pays attention to things themselves.”
A long time ago, we used to be friends, but I haven’t thought of you lately at all.
Janet Fitch, White Oleander
“I hated labels anyway. People didn’t fit in slots—prostitute, housewife, saint—like sorting the mail. We were so mutable, fluid with fear and desire, ideals and angles, changeable as water.”