131 quotes found by Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz
Colleagues are a wonderful thing - but mentors, that's where the real work gets done.
work  Wonderful  Gets  # 112999
Junot Diaz
Love is understood, in a historical way, as one of the great human vocations - but its counterspell has always been infidelity. This terrible, terrible betrayal that can tear apart not only another person, not only oneself, but whole families.
love  Great  infidelity  # 113000
Junot Diaz
I look most like myself... when I'm wearing my black, nerdy engineering glasses.
Black  Wearing  Glasses  # 113001
Junot Diaz
Stereotypes, they're sensual, cultural weapons. That's the way that we attack people. At an artistic level, stereotypes are terrible writing.
Level  Terrible  Attack  # 113002
Junot Diaz
Artists are not cheerleaders, and we're not the heads of tourism boards. We expose and discuss what is problematic, what is contradictory, what is hurtful and what is silenced in the culture we're in.
culture  Artists  Heads  # 113003
Junot Diaz
I find infidelity interesting because it's so revelatory about people. It's this really silent thing. Everyone acknowledges it as a general practice, but nobody likes to go beyond that, to get down to the nitty-gritty.
Nobody  General  Practice  # 113004
Junot Diaz
The Caribbean is such an apocalyptic place, whether it's the decimation of the indigenous populations by the Europeans, whether it's the importation of slaves and their subsequent being worked to death by the millions in many ways, whether it's the immigrant processes which began for many people, new worlds ending their old ones.
death  Whether  Ways  # 113005
Junot Diaz
My African roots made me what I am today. They're the reason I exist at all.
today  reason  Exist  # 113006
Junot Diaz
When I got heartbroken at 20, it just felt like someone had spiraled a football right into my skull. At 40, it feels like someone had driven a 757 right through me.
Football  Felt  Feels  # 113007
Junot Diaz
Art has a way of confronting us, of reminding us, of engaging us, in what it means to be human, and what it means to be human is to be flawed, is to be contradictory, is to be often weak, and yet despite all of these what we would consider drawbacks, that we're also quite beautiful. Spin is the opposite.
art  beautiful  Often  # 113008
Junot Diaz
People are always fascinated by infidelity because, in the end - whether we've had direct experience or not - there's part of you that knows there's absolutely no more piercing betrayal. People are undone by it.
experience  Whether  Knows  # 113009
Junot Diaz
We get these lives for free. I didn't do anything to get this life, and no matter what the hardships are, it is free and, in a way, it's an extraordinary bargain.
life  Matter  Lives  # 113010
Junot Diaz
God bless perseverance. Because it's not easy.
god  Easy  Bless  # 113011
Junot Diaz
Every single immigrant we have, undocumented or documented, is a future American. That's just the truth of it.
truth  future  single  # 113012
Junot Diaz
Infidelity raises profound questions about intimacy.
questions  infidelity  profound  # 113013
Junot Diaz
I always had a sense that I would fall in love with Tokyo. In retrospect I guess it's not that surprising. I was of the generation that had grown up in the '80s when Japan was ascendant (born aloft by a bubble whose burst crippled its economy for decades), and I'd fed on a steady diet of anime and samurai films.
love  Diet  sense  # 113014