Helen Oyeyemi: Author Bio About and Best Quotes

Ten of My Favorite Helen Oyeyemi Quotes 

Helen Oyeyemi, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Helen Oyeyemi 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 Helen Oyeyemi’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Helen Oyeyemi made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favorites: 

About Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria in 1984 and moved to London with her family at the age of four. The Icarus Girl was her first novel, written while she was pursuing her A-levels. Through its combination of Nigerian legend and suburban life in London, it tells the story of a young girl growing up between two cultures, while coping with the worries and strains of adolescence. The Icarus Girl was an international success when it was published, and Oyeyemi was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2006.

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Popular Quotes

“I know of witches who whistle at different pitches, calling things that don’t have names.”
― Helen Oyeyemi, White is for Witching

 “Please tell a story about a girl who gets away.”
I would, even if I had to adapt one, even if I had to make one up just for her. “Gets away from what, though?”
“From her fairy godmother. From the happy ending that isn’t really happy at all. Please have her get out and run off the page altogether, to somewhere secret where words like ‘happy’ and ‘good’ will never find her.”
“You don’t want her to be happy and good?”
“I’m not sure what’s really meant by happy and good. I would like her to be free. Now. Please begin.”
― Helen Oyeyemi, White is for Witching

“Solitary people, these book lovers. I think it’s swell that there are people you don’t have to worry about when you don’t see them for a long time, you don’t have to wonder what they do, how they’re getting along with themselves. You just know that they’re all right, and probably doing something they like.”
― Helen Oyeyemi, Mr. Fox

 “Once you let people know anything about what you think, that’s it, you’re dead. Then they’ll be jumping about in your mind, taking things out, holding them up to the light and killing them, yes, killing them, because thoughts are supposed to stay and grow in quiet, dark places, like butterflies in cocoons.”
― Helen Oyeyemi, The Icarus Girl

 “Her heart was heavy because it was open, and so things filled it, and so things rushed out of it, but still the heart kept beating, tough and frighteningly powerful and meaning to shrug off the rest of her and continue on its own.”
― Helen Oyeyemi, Mr. Fox

 “Imagine having a mother who worries that you read too much. The question is, what is it that’s supposed to happen to people who read too much? How can you tell when someone’s crossed the line.”
― Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, Bird

“I wish there was someone I could have written to after that, someone I could have written to explain how awful it was to have someone touch you, then look at you properly and change his mind.”
― Helen Oyeyemi, Mr. Fox

 “The first coffee of the morning is never, ever, ready quickly enough. You die before it’s ready and then your ghost pours the resurrection potion out of the moka pot.”
― Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, Bird

“… there’s a difference between having no one because you’ve chosen it and having no one because everyone has been taken away.”
― Helen Oyeyemi, Mr. Fox

“It was the usual struggle between one who loves by accepting burdens and one who loves by refusing to be one.”
― Helen Oyeyemi, What is Not Yours is Not Yours

10 Famous Quotes by Author Helen Oyeyemi

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10 Helen Oyeyemi quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best Helen Oyeyemi quote below and sharing our favorite 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 Helen Oyeyemi. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable Helen Oyeyemi quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Helen Oyeyemi Quote 

“I’m never sad when a friend goes far away, because whichever city or country that friend goes to, they turn the place friendly. They turn a suspicious-looking name on the map into a place where a welcome can be found. Maybe the friend will talk about you sometimes, to other friends that live around him, and then that’s almost as good as being there yourself. You’re in several places at once! In fact, my daughter, I would even go so far as to say that the further away your friends, and the more spread out they are the better your chances of going safely through the world…”
― Helen Oyeyemi, Mr. Fox

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