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    This affliction-hope-is so cruel and stubborn, I believe it will kill me
    — Patricia McCormick
    tags: believe 
     
    Long time I been on my own, but now really I'm alone. I survive the killing, the starving, all the hate of the Khmer Rouge, but I think maybe now I will die of this, of broken heart.
    — Patricia McCormick
    tags: time  heart  hate  alone  broken  die 
     
    Ama wipes her hands on her apron, looks up at our old roof with new eyes, and lifts the baby from his basket. She twirls him in the air, her skirts flying around her ankles the way the clouds swirl around the mountain cap-her laughter fresh and strange and musical to my ears.
    — Patricia McCormick
    tags: laughter  eyes 
     
    I imagine you working on me as an algebra problem, reducing me to fractions, crossing out common denominators, until there's nothing left on the page but a line that says x = whatever it is that is wrong with me.
    — Patricia McCormick
    tags: problem  wrong  imagine 
     
    Inside my head I carry: my baby goat, my baby brother, my ama's face, our family's future. My bundle is light. My burden is heavy.
    — Patricia McCormick
    tags: future 
     
    Guard the portals of your mind.
    — Patricia McCormick
    tags: mind 
     
    When I have run out of words to copy, I look out the window at this strange place called India. Inside the train, the people around me are snoring. I don't understand how they can close their eyes when there is so much to see.
    — Patricia McCormick
    tags: people  eyes  india 
     
    Instead, we linger over a luxury that costs nothing: Imagining what may be.
    — Patricia McCormick
    Sometimes when we're in situations where we feel we're not in control, we do things, especially things that take a lot of energy, as a way of making ourselves feel we have some power.
    — Patricia McCormick
    tags: power  control  energy 
     
    Trying to remember, I have learned, is like trying to clutch a handful of fog. Trying to forget, like trying to hold back the monsoon.
    — Patricia McCormick
    Arriving to class late is disruptive of the learning process. I think that it is disrespectful to both the instructor and the students. I generally find a problem with students being tardy to my 9:10 a.m. class, in which students would come in thirty minutes late to this fifty minute class. I started locking my door at 9:15 second semester.
    — Patricia McCormick
    Then I placed the blade next to the skin on my palm. A tingle arched across my scalp. The floor tipped up at me and my body spilled away. Then I was on the ceiling looking down, waiting to see what would happen next.
    — Patricia McCormick
    tags: body 
     
    A man who doles out sweets, and slaps, with the same hand.
    — Patricia McCormick
    tags: men 
     
    Simply to endure is to triumph.
    — Patricia McCormick
    You show you care, you die.You show you fear, you die.You show nothing, maybe you live.
    — Patricia McCormick
    tags: fear  live  care 
     
    Look. I have a strategy. Why expect anything? If you don't expect anything, you don't get disappointed.
    — Patricia McCormick
    tags: strategy 
     
    If you look hard enough, chaos turns into order the way letters turn into words.
    — Patricia McCormick
    tags: chaos 
     
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