Dinaw Mengestu’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Dinaw Mengestu Quotes 

Dinaw Mengestu, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Dinaw Mengestu quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find Dinaw Mengestu’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Dinaw Mengestu made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favourites: 

Popular Quotes

“Reality had settled in, and they’re both still waiting to recover.”
― Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

 “It is always the first and last steps that are the hardest to take. We walk away and try not to turn back, or we stand just outside the gates, terrified to find what’s waiting for us now that we’ve returned. In between, we stumble blindly from one place and life to the next. We try to do the best we can. There are moments like this, however, when we are neither coming nor going, and all we have to do is sit and look back on the life we have made.”
― Dinaw Mengestu

“There are those who wake up each morning to conquer the day, and then there are those of us who wake up only because we have to. We live in the shadow of every neighborhood. We own little corner stores, live in run-down apartments that get too little light, and walk the same streets day after day. We spend our afternoons gazing lazily out of windows. Somnambulists, all of us. Someone else said it better: we wake to sleep and sleep to wake.”
― Dinaw Mengestu, Children of the Revolution

 “The world around us is alive, he would have said, with our emotions and thoughts, and the space between any two people are charged with them all. He had learned early in his life that before any violent gesture there is a moment when the act is born, not as something that can be seen or felt, but by the change it precipitates in the air.”
― Dinaw Mengestu, How to Read the Air

 “It’s hard sometimes to remember why we do anything in the first place. It’s nice to think there’s a purpose, or even a real decision that turns everything in one direction, but that’s not always true, is it? We just fall into our lives.”
― Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

 “What was it my father used to say? A bird stuck between two branches gets bitten on both wings. I would like to add my own saying to the list now, Father: a man stuck between two worlds lives and dies alone.”
― Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

“I remember another aphorism of my father’s, one that he used to say whenever we passed someone pissing openly in the street: add color to life when you can.”
― Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

 “Ghosts are common to the life of any child:mine just happened to come to dinner more often than most”
― Dinaw Mengestu, How to Read the Air

“Не е за вярване какви нелепи жестове правим, докато се опитваме да отложим неизбежното признание.”
― Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

“There is nothing so easily remade as our definitions of ourselves.”
― Dinaw Mengestu, How to Read the Air

10 Famous Quotes by Author Dinaw Mengestu

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10 Dinaw Mengestu quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best Dinaw Mengestu quote below and sharing our favourite authors so we can look them up, read some of their works and give you the best quotes we can find. We hope you enjoyed our top 10 quotes by Dinaw Mengestu. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable Dinaw Mengestu quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Dinaw Mengestu Quote 

“My mother could never have said she loved fall, but as she walked down the steps with her suitcase in hand toward the red Monte Carlo her husband had been waiting in for nearly an hour, she could have said that she respected its place as a mediator between two extremes. Fall came and went, while winter was endured and summer was revered. Fall was the repose that made both possible and bearable, and now here she was was with her husband next to her, heading headlong into an early-fall afternoon with only the vaguest ideas of who they were becoming and what came next.”
― Dinaw Mengestu, How to Read the Air

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