Diana Abu-Jaber Quotes.

1. "Here is something you have to understand about stories: They point you in the right direction but they can't take you all the way there. Stories are crescent moons; they glimmer in the night sky, but they are most exquisite in their incomplete state. Because people crave the beauty of not-knowing, the excitement of suggestion, and the sweet tragedy of mystery."
- Quote by Diana Abu-Jaber

2. "You should prize this pain of yours. This is what will make you human all the way through. Nothing less will do that."
- Quote by Diana Abu-Jaber

3. "But my foster mother never explained to me that there can be a deep loneliness in modern sanity too. That madness can be its own form of solace."
- Quote by Diana Abu-Jaber

4. "It's a big formless, arctic night, the stars so bright they seem to hiss. I walk with my hands in pockets, arms pressed to my sides. Even in my down parka, the cold is still there. I feel as though my blood is crackling in it, my bones conducting cold like wires. My toes are curled in their boots."
- Diana Abu-Jaber, Origin

5. "Why does no one in America recite poetry? Aziz complains. They go to the coffeehouse and they just drink the coffee."
- Diana Abu-Jaber, Crescent: A Novel

6. "And as long as she could cook, she would be loved."
- Diana Abu-Jaber, Crescent: A Novel

7. "...tasting a piece of bread that someone bought is like looking at that person, but tasting a piece of bread that they baked is like looking out of their eyes."
- Diana Abu-Jaber, Crescent

8. "Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground"
- Diana Abu-Jaber, Crescent

9. "She stares at her knife and wishes she were smarter about things. Wishes she knew how to say something wise or consoling to him, something that wouldn't sound frightened or awkward. But then she remembers the time after her parents' death, when people would approach her and try to explain her loss to her; they said things that were supposed to cure her of her sadness, but that had no effect at all. And she knew then, even when she was nine years old, that there was no wise or consoling thing to say. There were certain helpful kinds of silences, and some were better than others."
- Diana Abu-Jaber, Crescent

10. "People look at you and forget about things."
- Diana Abu-Jaber, Crescent

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