After you find out all the things that can go wrong, your life becomes less about living and more about waiting.
When you're thinking about the rest of your life, you're never really thinking more than a couple years down the road.
To Mr. Jones, she said, imagine you're looking up at a blue sky, and imagine a tiny airplane skywriting the letter Z. Then let the wind erase the letter. Then imagine the plane writing the letter Y. Let the wind erase it. Then the letter X. Erase it. Then the letter W. Let the wind erase it.
The truth is, immigrants tend to be more American than people born here.
By the time you're thirty, your worst enemy is yourself.
Why do I do anything?' she says. 'I'm educated enough to talk myself out of any plan. To deconstruct any fantasy. Explain away any goal. I'm so smart I can negate any dream.
We've taken the world apart but we have no idea what to do with the pieces.
I used rebellion as a way to hide out. We use criticism as a fake participation.