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Akemi Dawn Bowman

Top 10 Best Quotes

“We all have to dream our own dreams. We only get one life to live—live it for yourself, not anyone else.”

“Beauty isn’t a single thing. Beauty is dreaming一it’s different for everyone, and there are so many versions of it that you mostly have no control over how you see it”

“But some people are just starfish--they need everyone to fill the roles that they assign. They need the world to sit around them, pointing at them and validating their feelings. But you can't spend your life trying to make a starfish happy, because no matter what you do, it will never be enough. They will always find a way to make themselves the center of attention, because it's the only way they know how to live.”

“Don't live to please the starfish, especially when their happiness is at the expense of yours. That is not love. That is narcissism. There's an entire ocean out there, Kiko--swim in it.”

“I want to find self-worth without needing it to come from someone's approval.”

“Hearts aren't meant to be broken an infinite amount of times.”

“But I don't need an apology. Not anymore. I have my whole life ahead of me - there isn't room in it for anger about things I don't have the power to change. I've mourned the loss of the mother I imagined could exist. I accept the one I have will never be the one I need. And that's okay - because I will be the person I need. I will be the one I can depend on, the one who has the power to make my life better or worse. I'll still panic when I'm in a crowd. I'll still question whether people mean something different from what they say. And I'll probably always feel my heart thump when I think someone is criticizing me. But I can live with that. I accept myself.”

“I'd rather have an ugly face than an ugly heart.”

“I draw a girl without a face, drawing somebody else’s face onto her own reflection.”

“I've always felt like I desperately needed to say my feelings out loud - to form the words and get them out of me, because they've always felt like dark clouds in my head that contaminate everything around them.”

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Book Keywords:

racially-mixed-peoples, beauty, family-problems, artists, ya

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