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Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

Joya Goffney

Top 10 Best Quotes

“There are enough closed doors and glass ceilings in the world. My comfort zone shouldn’t be one of them.”

“I wasted so much time living in fear that I thought I was comfortable, but I was writing in a cage that I didn't know existed, making lists of all my worries with no intent to do anything about them.”

“My smile widens. It grows and grows, like a plant that you water every day, like a scar that heals from patience, like the time you take to make sure you feel okay. So big and so bright.”

“I feel like you see parts of me that I never knew existed.”

“Cowards will do anything to feel safe, to feel in control. I used to be a coward, too, but the first brave thing I ever did was to stop being your friend.”

“I think to myself, If I can still move, what I’m gon’ be still for? Maybe because I’m too scared to move. Because if I move, people might see me. Because staying still is easier.”

“She’s right. I am a warrior. I faced my to-do list. I fought for my freedom. I stopped allowing Destany and Gia to abuse me. I finally told my parents about Columbia. And now I’m here. I’m back at the place where I first found myself, finding more pieces of who I am. I dive in and let the cold swallow me up.”

“Listen to me, li’l girl.” She raises my chin to look in her eyes. “Home is not a place. Home is in here.” She pats her hand over her heart. She says, “Don’t you fear, I’m right here.”

“I'm so done with letting pain take the wheel. Now it's time to let love drive.”

“I don’t know that. Fear is dangerous. Fear kills Black men.” “You think my dad would kill you?” I ask, meeting his gaze. “If your dad had a gun on him that day, I think I might be dead right now.” It hurts that he would fear for his life at my house. That a boy with skin as dark as mine doesn’t feel safe around my father.”

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Book Keywords:

smiling, friendship, happiness, bravery, fear, realisation, comfort-zone, inspirational, fearless

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