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A collection of quotes by Walter Dean Myers on life, children, writing, young, friends, women, compulsion, inspiration, accomplishments and reading.

62 Motivational Quotes By Walter Dean Myers That Will Keep You Going

Quick Facts

Famous As: Writer

Born On: August 12, 1937

Died On: July 1, 2014

Born In: Martinsburg

Died At Age: 76

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.
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Cutting people out of your life is easy, keeping them in is hard.

Walter Dean Myers

It's a hard life sometimes and the biggest temptation is to let how hard it is be an excuse to weaken

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

Reading is not optional.

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

My life is not packaged, Not tidy. There are leftover strands and jagged Edges that cut even my friends.

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

The best time to cry is at night, when the lights are out and someone is being beaten up and screaming for help.

Walter Dean Myers

The beast is the monster that destroys your dream

Walter Dean Myers

He was trying to convince himself that he wasn't guilty.

Walter Dean Myers

If you know you don't have a win, then there's no use for you being in the game.

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

How deep is your game?

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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

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

But now, like a fallen sparrow On a golden chain, I'm forever bound in shadow, A prisoner to my pain.

Walter Dean Myers

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?

Walter Dean Myers

We lie to ourselves here. Maybe we are here because we lie to ourselves.

Walter Dean Myers

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?

Walter Dean Myers

Drew, your enemies can mess your life up,' he said. 'Or they can make it easy for you to do it to yourself.' —Fletch

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

Hard work by itself isn't worth two cents on a rainy day if it doesn't give you a good life.

Walter Dean Myers

Idiots don't know they're idiots, which is unfortunate.

Walter Dean Myers

She is the only rose that doesn’t smell of plastic

Walter Dean Myers

The idea of voluntary segregation went against every value I had been taught. What did being born black have to do with excellence?

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

Think about all the tomorrows of your life.

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

Each of us is born with a history already in place

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

People who want to hate you can find something in you they don't like. They have a talent for doing that.

Walter Dean Myers

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

Walter Dean Myers

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

Walter Dean Myers

Maybe being loved wasn't enough; maybe there was something else you needed not to get in trouble.

Walter Dean Myers

Many teens will see themselves in Myers' account".

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

Violence was just as much about WHAT was happening as it was how it happened.

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

She is a moron and too dumb to menstruate straight. --perhaps the best line from Shooter

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I just desperately wish this was only a movie.

Walter Dean Myers

...when we feel powerless, we stop trying to find a better way.

Walter Dean Myers

The lure of seeing new places, different ways of life, has been almost irresistible.

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

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

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

Let me think Thinking is all I have If wisdom is a pretense Then let me pretend to be wise

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

I am too real not to know that real will kill me I am too street not to know what the streets hold for me

Walter Dean Myers

Once i began to read I began to exist

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

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.

Walter Dean Myers

The ideas I found in books helped me imagine a life I wanted to live.

Walter Dean Myers

Fools commit suicide and think they're doing themselves a favor.

Walter Dean Myers

Nothing sounds better than being away from this mess. Nothing sounds better right now than getting higher than the hole I'm in.

Walter Dean Myers