62 Motivational Quotes By Walter Dean Myers That Will Keep You Going
Walter Dean Myers was a prominent American writer who considered young minds to be his true audience and specialized in writing books for children and young adults. His schooling started at around the age of six, and he dropped out from the senior school at seventeen. His schooling days were difficult, owing to his speech impairment. He understood that he had to be intellectual if he were to have a bright future. But having a dysfunctional family and poverty meant that he had to drop out from school and earn. He joined the army at 17, but did not stop writing. He was discharged after four years in the army, and earned a graduation from ‘Empire State College’, in arts. His first book was, ‘Where Does the Day go’, a picture book for kids. After this, he published more than 110 acclaimed titles. The following quotations and thoughts by the distinguished writer which have been extracted from the vast sea of his work will give you a glimpse of his creative mind. Read on the compilation of quotes and sayings by Walter Dean Myers that will teach you how to win against all odds.
Cutting people out of your life is easy, keeping them in is hard. It's a hard life sometimes and the biggest temptation is to let how hard it is be an excuse to weaken That's what's wrong with women. They want you to wait for them until they get ready and then they don't even tell you how they feel. Sometimes when things get hard, we tend to set our sights on what's hard, that difficult thing that keeps us upset, and we turn our back on our strengths. Each time I think there is no place lower to go, I find that there is at least one place that will mess you up worse than you were. My life is not packaged,
Not tidy. There are leftover strands and jagged
Edges that cut even my friends. They take away your shoelaces and your belt so you can’t kill yourself no matter how bad it is. I guess making you live is part of the punishment. If anyone could look into my head
See or feel the dread that has captured
Me or see within this sad, unhappy brain
They would only turn away
Turn away. The best time to cry is at night, when the lights are out and someone is being beaten up and screaming for help. The beast is the monster that destroys your dream He was trying to convince himself that he wasn't guilty. If you know you don't have a win, then there's no use for you being in the game. The movie is more real in so many ways than the life I am leading. No, that’s not true. I just desperately wish this was only a movie. We all think we're different, but when it comes around, we end up needing the same things. Somebody to love us. Somebody to respect us. On the streets of the city
They have taken my Who-I-Am
As well as my What-I-Was
And now I am desperate for them both
Again Yeah, that's funny, huh?...Something hurts you real bad and you get used to it. Like being hurt becomes part of who you are. But now, like a fallen sparrow
On a golden chain,
I'm forever bound in shadow,
A prisoner to my pain. I just wanted to be a human being. I just wanted to be whoever I saw in the mirror, without a race or a place in life. What is so wrong with that? We lie to ourselves here. Maybe we are here because we lie to ourselves. Can you become
The hope I need? Can you help me be
More than it is written in my future
Or past? Is there another me to find? Drew, your enemies can mess your life up,' he said. 'Or they can make it easy for you to do it to yourself.'
—Fletch Looks to me like you've been making garbage for a while and dragging it with you. Now you need to get out of here, and that garbage is weighing you down. Hard work by itself isn't worth two cents on a rainy day if it doesn't give you a good life. Idiots don't know they're idiots, which is unfortunate. She is the only rose that doesn’t smell of plastic The idea of voluntary segregation went against every value I had been taught. What did being born black have to do with excellence? That's the thing people can't see when they're explaining to your butt what's going on and how you messing up. They can't see that you knew it long before they did. Think about all the tomorrows of your life. What did I do? I walked into a drugstore to look for some mints, and then I walked out. What was wrong with that? I didn't kill Mr. Nesbitt. My job is to make sure the law works for you as well as against you, and to make you a human being in the eyes of the jury. Each of us is born with a history already in place Books have always been among my most trusted of friends, Mr. Linden replied. The best of them allow the mind to wander wherever the author's musings lead. People who want to hate you can find something in you they don't like. They have a talent for doing that. Sometimes everybody touches in the dark. You touch to see what you can stand to touch, what you can to feel with your fingers probing parts you never though you could probably probe" - Gray Pain is the only real emotion. Everything else can be taken away. Love,happiness,joy can always be taken away. Even old sadness can be dissipated if you pee enough ha-ha into it. But pain is pure Maybe being loved wasn't enough; maybe there was something else you needed not to get in trouble. Many teens will see themselves in Myers' account". People want to look at you and see your whole future laid out the way they know it, and I was saying that didn't happen. People aren't born with I'M GREAT! flashing on their foreheads. What some people wanted was sometimes too hard to get, and the stress of trying was sometimes too hard to deal with... Maybe doing well in life was just too hard for some people. But in the end, we learn we can forgive most people. The cushion of mortality makes their wrongdoing seem less dark, and whatever roads they traveled seem less foolhardy. Violence was just as much about WHAT was happening as it was how it happened. Go. Think. Turn black into white.
Night into day. I am tired of thinking.
I know where it will lead me and I don’t
Want to be there.
Go love. Do your thinking. She is a moron and too dumb to menstruate straight.
--perhaps the best line from Shooter I just desperately wish this was only a movie. ...when we feel powerless, we stop trying to find a better way. The lure of seeing new places, different ways of life, has been almost irresistible. We dreamed a lot of good stuff. Marriage and forever and ever and that kind of thing. It meant everything to me. Not just a lot. Everything. You're not getting in anything, so between us it's going to be outcest, and that's just another word for friendship.
—Jocelyn Lawson I wanted to love my father. I wanted to, but I didn't. Sometimes I didn't even like him. he hadn't been a guy you could really get next to, because in a way he was never where you thought he was. Let me think
Thinking is all I have
If wisdom is a pretense
Then let me pretend to be wise Sometimes, when things look terrible...you just need to find the right move to turn the whole game around. When you find it you feel great. If I'm going to have a fight I got to see the win in it so I'll know what I'm fighting for. I am too real not to know that real will kill me
I am too street not to know what the streets hold
Once i began to read I began to exist
Tests were always easy for me. I saw them as games, saw myself as being in a contest against a mythical adversary, and welcomed the challenge.
I mean, if you think about doing things to people like that, if you think about it too much, it gets all up in you and you can't control it after a while. Then they really got you.
In a sane world, we would be heroes. Teachers would applaud as we walked into the school. There is the smart one, the one who wants to be a writer. And there is the runner.
The ideas I found in books helped me imagine a life I wanted to live.
Fools commit suicide and think they're doing themselves a favor. Nothing sounds better than being away from this mess. Nothing sounds better right now than getting higher than the hole I'm in.