Quotes from “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones

yohanatoruan
yohanatoruanhas quotedlast year
“You know my folks love you,” I said.

“They love you.”

“And I love you, so they love you. It’s basic math.”
Naqiyah Saleh
Naqiyah Salehhas quoted2 months ago
And when we gave up, God gave up on us, too. Not that He ever gives up, but you know what I mean.
Naqiyah Saleh
Naqiyah Salehhas quoted2 months ago
Love makes a place in your life, it makes a place for itself in your bed. Invisibly, it makes a place in your body, rerouting all your blood vessels, throbbing right alongside your heart. When it’s gone, nothing is whole again.
Naqiyah Saleh
Naqiyah Salehhas quoted2 months ago
Maybe that’s what innocence is, having no way to predict the pain of the future. When something happens that eclipses the imaginable, it changes a person. It’s like the difference between a raw egg and a scrambled egg. It’s the same thing, but it’s not the same at all. That’s the best way that I can put it. I look in the mirror and I know it’s me, but I can’t quite recognize myself.
Naqiyah Saleh
Naqiyah Salehhas quoted2 months ago
Memory is a queer creature, an eccentric curato
Naqiyah Saleh
Naqiyah Salehhas quoted2 months ago
Love is the enemy of sound judgment, and occasionally this is in service of the good.
Naqiyah Saleh
Naqiyah Salehhas quoted2 months ago
Sometimes when you like where you end up, you don’t care how you got there.”
Naqiyah Saleh
Naqiyah Salehhas quoted2 months ago
home isn’t where you land; home is where you launch. You can’t pick your home any more than you can choose your family. In poker, you get five cards. Three of them you can swap out, but two are yours to keep: family and native land.
Naqiyah Saleh
Naqiyah Salehhas quoted2 months ago
People have a lot of things to say when they don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, up under the covers, and between night and morning
Naqiyah Saleh
Naqiyah Salehhas quoted2 months ago
Looking back on it, it’s like watching a horror flick and wondering why the characters are so determined to ignore the danger signs. When a spectral voice says, get out, you should do it. But in real life, you don’t know that you’re in a scary movie. You think your wife is being overly emotional.
Naqiyah Saleh
Naqiyah Salehhas quoted2 months ago
you have a woman, you recognize when you have said the wrong thing. Somehow she rearranges the ions in the air and you can’t breathe as well.
Naqiyah Saleh
Naqiyah Salehhas quoted2 months ago
It was a wonderful feeling to be grown and yet young. To be married but not settled. To be tied down yet free.
Naqiyah Saleh
Naqiyah Salehhas quoted2 months ago
always had a weakness for shooting-star women. When you’re with them, you know that you’re deep into something, none of that hi-and-bye stuff
Elle
Ellehas quoted5 months ago
My prayer for you is for peace, which is something you have to make. You can’t just have it (words of wisdom from my Biological, who I go visit most Sundays—he’s getting old in there and it is hard to watch).
Elle
Ellehas quoted5 months ago
But mostly my life is good, only it’s a different type of good from what I figured on. Some days I get antsy and start talking to Davina about pulling up stakes and starting over in Houston, New Orleans, or even Portland. She humors me, but when I’m done, she smiles because we both know I’m not going anywhere. And when she smiles at me, I can’t help giving one back. This is home. This is where I am.
Elle
Ellehas quoted5 months ago
“I married him for a reason,” she said. “You can never really unlove somebody. Maybe it changes shape, but it’s there.”
Elle
Ellehas quoted5 months ago
“How did we end up here? My key works, but you won’t let me in.”
Elle
Ellehas quoted5 months ago
Andre and I had an everyday thing. We moved each other like we had done it forever, because we had.
Elle
Ellehas quoted5 months ago
CELESTIAL OWED ME nothing. A few months ago, this was the beauty of what we had. No debts. No trespasses. She said that love can change its shape, but for me at least, this is a lie.
Elle
Ellehas quoted5 months ago
THE VAST GENEROSITY of women is a mysterious tunnel, and nobody knows where it leads. The writing on the walls spells out trick questions, and as a man, you must know that you cannot reason your way out. What unkindness showed me that she loved me by revealing the ways that she didn’t love me? Celestial was offering herself to me like a banquet prepared in the presence of my enemies, like a flawless red pear. What cruelty revealed that she cared by making me understand the limits of the same?
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