PETER ABRAHAMS QUOTES

American author (1947- )

You don't have to be a good person to be a good writer--history shows it's better if you're not--but you have to understand your badness.

PETER ABRAHAMS, End of Story

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They say life is all about connecting, like that's a good thing. But when brain and eyes are lining up you know different.

PETER ABRAHAMS, End of Story

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Destroy the thing, do it over several times. In each destroying of a beautiful discovery, the artist does not really suppress it, but rather transforms it, condenses it, makes it more substantial. What comes out in the end is the result of discarded finds.

PETER ABRAHAMS, End of Story

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Ingrid shrugged ... like Marie Antoinette hearing about the starving peasants.

PETER ABRAHAMS, Down the Rabbit Hole

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To get from people you had to give a piece of yourself, a real piece that mattered. Just being nice was not enough.

PETER ABRAHAMS, End of Story

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You can't walk alone. Many have given the illusion, but none have really walked alone. Man is not made that way. Each man is bedded in his people, their history, their culture, and their values.

PETER ABRAHAMS, A Night of Their Own

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The community protects and shares out of caring; love is never far away.

PETER ABRAHAMS, The Black Experience in the 20th Century

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Holy war is not about religion. Holy war is needed by anyone who works for humans or lives among humans, because even the mildest demons can blind you and make you break laws that were meant to protect peace and prosperity of others. Even the tiniest amount of demons can make you harass and attack innocent people in streets, homes, neighborhoods, workplaces and even countries.

PETER ABRAHAMS, Killers of the True Holy War

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We can turn our earth into a barren, lifeless minor star spinning in space, waterless, with little or no atmosphere, with not even cockroaches left on it. To face this possibility and still behave with decency; to still create beautiful things as though they will last forever; to still make music and poetry and paint pictures; to still consciously cultivate the gentler, tender side of ourselves is to aspire to a grace which makes us more than the animals we surely are.

PETER ABRAHAMS, The Black Experience in the 20th Century

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There is hope for all the colored people in this country while one white woman can love one colored man.

PETER ABRAHAMS, The Path of Thunder

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Some will tell you all you need is religion. They are wrong. You can go to church, mosque or synagogue ten times a day, pray hard and read the Scriptures as often as possible, give generous alms, and visit holy cites weekly. None of that can stop demons from rising in you, if you harbor jealousy or evil intentions toward your neighbour or fellow human.

PETER ABRAHAMS, Killers of the True Holy War

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Love is not some mushy feeling for your parents that you are born with, or a romanticized sexuality you learn from magazines. It is action. If you know what love is you can never be in doubt about whether someone loves you or you love someone.

PETER ABRAHAMS, The Fury of Rachel Monette

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Deep, short and sincere holy life is by far better than a supposedly long holy life punctuated by capitulations to temptations and distractions.

PETER ABRAHAMS, The Anfield Man

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At this moment we are as close as people can ever hope to be. Our hearts have beaten together, our bodies have merged. Right now I know what love is. I know how it feels to be not completely alone. Right now I know you as I have never known anybody else.

PETER ABRAHAMS, A Night of Their Own

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And so each man wants and works, almost automatically, for the approval of his people.

PETER ABRAHAMS, A Night of Their Own

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To have the ability to destroy all and not to do it was one of the hard tests humanity passed -- but only just -- in the middle of the twentieth century.

PETER ABRAHAMS, The Black Experience in the 20th Century

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You see, love is strong. Stronger than hate even. Love is the only thing that can kill hate, nothing else. You see, hate destroys and that's why love is stronger. It builds.

PETER ABRAHAMS, The Path of Thunder

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The holy cannot be gained by the unholy.

PETER ABRAHAMS, Killers of the True Holy War

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The first summer after the end of the war was beautiful.

PETER ABRAHAMS, The Black Experience in the 20th Century

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There is a qualitative difference between being a minority and being a majority. Majorities are stronger under psychological pressure because numbers count. But only if they are aware of it.

PETER ABRAHAMS, The Black Experience in the 20th Century

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