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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
The beast is the monster that destroys your dream

The beast is the monster that destroys your dream

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

How deep is your game?

Walter Dean Myers
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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Walter Dean Myers
I just desperately wish this was only a movie.

I just desperately wish this was only a movie.

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

...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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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