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    The people did not elect me. I speak with one voice that may echo other people, but I am part of a group of people. That's not distancing yourself from a community, that's also allowing the space for others to speak for themselves.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: people  community  space 
     
    I think Haiti is a place that suffers so much from neglect that people only want to hear about it when it's at its extreme. And that's what they end up knowing about it.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    It's hard to tell what people will do with the word and how they'll be circulating it but I think the storytellers and the stories themselves will always be there.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: people  stories 
     
    Wonderful thing about novels is that sometimes we read a novel and we know the person in the novel more than we know people in our own lives.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: people  live  novel  read 
     
    The way the media cycle works, the way the news works, and the way people's attention span works, is that we only learn that people exist when there is crisis.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: people  work  attention  media  learn 
     
    I also know there are timeless waters, endless seas, and lots of people in this world whose names don't matter to anyone but themselves. I look up at the sky and I see you there.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: people  world  sky  water 
     
    I think it's hard for an outsider to capture the flavor of a community and all its nuances, so ultimately Haitian-Americans need to start sharing intimate accounts of their stories.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    I'm happy to be part of this chorus of people who are trying to tell more complex stories about Haiti.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: people  stories  complex 
     
    When people think about this religion, they'll say "voodoo" this and "voodoo" that in the way the Hollywood movies show it: the sticking of pins in dolls. It's very different than Vodou - which is a religion that comes to Haiti from our ancestors in Africa. I want to differentiate it from the stereotypical, sensationalized view that we see of the religion.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: people  movie  africa 
     
    I hope to be a good role model for my daughters.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: hope  daughter 
     
    I think all artists are looking for a subject or are sometimes unsure of their subject, but immigrant artists bring another culture to that and they bring also the place where the original culture meets the new culture.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: culture  artist 
     
    Writing is the way I participate in the struggle.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: struggle  writing 
     
    People are just too hopeful, and sometimes hope is the biggest weapon of all to use against us. People will believe anything.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: people  believe  hope 
     
    Art is a luxury but also a necessity.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    When you write ,it's like braiding your hair. Taking a handful of coarse unruly strands and attempting to bring then unity.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: write 
     
    Create dangerously, for people who read dangerously. ... Writing, knowing in part that no matter how trivial your words may seem, someday, somewhere, someone may risk his or her life to read them.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: people  knowing  risk  writing  read 
     
    Life was neither something you defended by hiding nor surrendered calmly on other people's terms, but something you lived bravely, out in the open, and that if you had to lose it, you should lose it on your own terms.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    Love is like the rain. It comes in a drizzle sometimes. Then it starts pouring and if you're not careful it will drown you.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: rain 
     
    You learned in school that you have pencils and paper only because the trees gave themselves in unconditional sacrifice.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    I come from a place where breath, eyes, and memory are one, a place from which you carry your past like a hair on your head. Where women return to their children as butterflies or as tears in the eyes of the statues that their daughters pray to
    — Edwidge Danticat
    And the fact that Haiti was occupied for 19 years by the United States, from 1915 to 1934.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: facts  year 
     
    Especially moments when things are very difficult and complicated for me and I am still trying to grasp what is happening and I am still trying to understand and to reach family back home.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: moment 
     
    Vodou is one of the religions practiced in Haiti, a rich religion for the people.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: people 
     
    For the majority of the people it is a difficult place to live. That's a reality that we can't ignore. But there is also great beauty to it.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    When you are working on something, you have to believe that people will still be reading when you're done!
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: people  believe  reading 
     
    In the 1980s, when people were just beginning to talk about AIDS, there were just a few categories of those who were at high risk: homosexuals, hemophiliacs, heroin addicts, and Haitians. We were the only ones identified by nationality.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: people 
     
    Creating these messes that go from administration to administration and then you swoop in and clean them up - with that heroic Delta force - people not realizing that they were always there but doing different things than what we see them doing at the moment.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: people  moment 
     
    We need literature because we wouldn't fully know ourselves without it. We need good literature to be fully human.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: human  literature 
     
    That experience of touching down in a totally foreign place is like having a blank canvas: You begin with nothing, but stroke by stroke you build a life. This process requires everything great art requires-risk-tasking, hope, a great deal of imagination, all the qualities that are the building blocks of art. You must be able to dream something nearly impossible and toil to bring it into existence.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    It seemed from the media that we were being told that all Haitians had AIDS. At the time, I had just come from Haiti. I was twelve years old, and the building I was living in had primarily Haitians. A lot of people got fired from their jobs. At school, sometimes in gym class, we'd be separated because teachers were worried about what would happen if we bled. So there was really this intense discrimination.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: time  people  living  job  media  school  year 
     
    I think novels just really show us the deepest parts of people's hearts, and you cannot walk away anymore and say, "I don't know."
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: heart  novel 
     
    On some levels, you can also have this feeling that we are being duped, somehow. And that the world is at play for something you would understand more if it were pure ideology. It is a very strange time and also basic things are being taken away.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: time  world 
     
    I see the sharp inequality between how Haitian and Cuban refugees are treated in Florida. Both groups come here because their lives are equally desperate. But on arrival, the Haitians are incarcerated, and some are immediately repatriated, whereas Cubans get to stay and are eligible for citizenship.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: live 
     
    The more practice you have, the less stressful writing is.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: writing 
     
    AIDS was something that was put upon us [as haitians], and we were immediately identified with it. That is unfair. That is unjust. I always say, "We are all people living with AIDS." It's not like you can avoid it. It's part of our world.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: people  living  world 
     
    Being a shy child, I always longed for a mask. Even in my adult life, I have glasses, they are my mask.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: children  adult  child 
     
    I'm not saying Cubans don't deserve asylum, but if it is a national security issue, there are people who are coming from Cuba on hijacked airplanes. Why isn't that a national security issue?
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: people  saying 
     
    Life's hard in Haiti right now. And the hardest thing is that the future does not lie with one person.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: people  future  lies  right 
     
    Pretend that this is a time of miracles and we believe in them.
    — Edwidge Danticat
    tags: time  believe  miracle 
     
    There are many possible interpretations of what it means to create dangerously, and Albert Camus, like the poet Osip Mandelstam, suggests that it is creating as a revolt against silence, creating when both the creation and the reception, the writing and the reading, are dangerous undertakings, disobedience to a directive.
    — Edwidge Danticat
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    edwidge danticat
    Birth    : January 19, 1969
    Occupation  : Author