Ishmael Beah Quotes.

1. "Some nights the sky wept stars that quickly floated and disappeared into the darkness before our wishes could meet them."
- Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

2. "In the sky there are always answers and explanations for everything: every pain, every suffering, joy and confusion."
- Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

3. "When I was young, my father used to say, ‘If you are alive, there is hope for a better day and something good to happen. If there is nothing good left in the destiny of a person, he or she will die.’ I thought about these words during my journey, and they kept me moving even when I didn’t know where I was going. Those words became the vehicle that drove my spirit forward and made it stay alive."
- Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

4. "...children have the resilience to outlive their sufferings, if given a chance."
- Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

5. "I joined the army to avenge the deaths of my family and to survive, but I've come to learn that if I am going to take revenge, in that process I will kill another person whose family will want revenge; then revenge and revenge and revenge will never come to an end..."
- Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

6. "How many more times do we have to come to terms with death before we find safety?" he asked. He waited a few minutes, but the three of us didn't say anything. He continued: "Every time people come at us with the intention of killing us, I close my eyes and wait for death. Even though I am still alive, I feel like each time I accept death, part of me dies. Very soon I will completely die and all that will be left is my empty body walking with you. It will be quieter than I am."
- Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

7. "We must strive to be like the moon"
- Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

8. "I was still hesitant to let myself let go, because I still believed in the fragility of happiness."
- Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

9. "Some people tried to hurt us to protect themselves, their family and communities...This was one of the consequences of civil war. People stopped trusting each other, and every stranger became an enemy. Even people who knew you became extremely careful about how they related or spoke to you."
- Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

10. "If you are alive, there is hope for a better day and something good to happen. If there is nothing good left in the destiny of a person, he or she will die."
- Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

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