Alexander Chee’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Alexander Chee Quotes 

Quotes, who doesn’t love a good quote? This series of articles we look at Top 10 Famous Quotes by Author Alexander Chee, author quotes are always a challenge and fun to pick, with Alexander Chee you will find my Ten favourites of Alexander Chee’s quotes. 

Popular Quotes

“When the earth opens up under your feet, be like a seed. Fall down; wait for the rain.”
― Alexander Chee, The Queen of the Night

 “Men often complain of the wickedness of women. Of how we delight in what power we have over their hearts. But they reign over everything else, so of course, they grudge us this, should we ever come to rule over this thing the size of their fist.”
― Alexander Chee, The Queen of the Night

“You ought to know, you were my best friend. You were. I know you loved me. I loved you.
No one should have gone through what we went through, but we did. And it kills me to think of it.
But I didn’t love you like you loved me. I don’t hate you for that. It just makes me sorry, that there isn’t someone else who could love you better.
I know when you think about how I went, you’ll get it. I was always uneasy about being alive. The idea of being dead makes me feel clear. When I think of it. It makes me think peace, peace, peace. It makes me happy. I am looking forward to it, to the absence of everything. And so I want you to be happy for me, that this is better for me. That I found what I needed. I know you won’t be. But it’s the last thing I want. You happy.”
― Alexander Chee, Edinburgh

 “And the gods did not kill for hubris-for hubris, they let you live long enough to learn.”
― Alexander Chee, The Queen of the Night

 “To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.”
― Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

 “Writers aren’t born, they’re made–from practice, reading, and a lot of caffeine. And sometimes tutelage.”
― Alexander Chee

“She wanted only to be feared. I wanted to be feared and loved. I didn’t want everything she had as she stood onstage that night. I wanted more.”
― Alexander Chee, The Queen of the Night

 “What would you read to someone who was dying? Annie Dillard had asked our class. She wanted this to be the standard for our work. There, at the memorial service for my friend, I thought of another: Dying, what stories would you tell?”
― Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

“In this world, some time ago, far past anyone’s remembering,women as a kind had done something so terrible, so awful, so fantastically cruel that they and their daughters and their daughters’ daughters were forever beyond forgiveness until the end of time- unforgiving, distrusted, enslaved, made to suffer for the least offenses committed against any man. What was remembered were the terms of our survival as a class: We were to be docile, beautiful,uncomplaining, pure, and failing that at the least useful.bin return we might be allowed something like a long life. But if we were not any of these things, but a man’s reckoning, or if perchance we violated their sense of that pact, we would have no protection whatsoever and were to be treated worse than any wild dog or lame horse.”
― Alexander Chee, The Queen of the Night

“Why is it so loud when you cry from grief? Because it must be loud enough for the missing one to hear, though it never can be. Loud enough to scale the sky and the backs of angels, or to fall through the earth to where they rest. And so it is sometimes when I sing that the notes come from me as if I believed I could reach them where they rest, they sure of a reunion I still cannot imagine or believe in except, sometimes, in song.”
― Alexander Chee, The Queen of the Night

10 Famous Quotes by Author Alexander Chee

So there you have it my Ten favourite quotes by Alexander Chee, please comment below and share your favourite quotes by the fantastic author Alexander Chee.  Furthermore, if you find any Authors not covered for there, top 10 quotes let me know and I will review their works and find some of their best quotes as has been done here for Alexander Chee. 

One Final Bonus – Alexander Chee Quote 

“It was such a hard thing, this virtue, it seemed to me. Keeping it was like having to grip the knife by the blade and defend yourself with the hilt. Ever since I’d been old enough to know about virtue in a woman, it had seemed like a bull’s-eye painted on my head in rouge. I was sure, as I was led away, I would be better off without it. It was better to be done with it and be gone.”

― Alexander Chee, The Queen of the Night

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