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Ishmael Beah Quotes

Together is my favorite place to be
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken
And then you meet one person and your life changes forever
I like me a little bit more when i'm with you
When we first met, i had no idea you would be so important to me
A true friend is someone who accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future
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...children have the resilience to outlive their sufferings, if given a chance.  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) It’s exhausting writing nonfiction, particularly when it’s personal. It’s tiring, always speaking about things that are not necessarily fun retelling.  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) I was one of those children forced into fighting at the age of 13, in my country Sierra Leone, a war that claimed the lives of my mother, father and two brothers. I know too well the emotional, psychological and physical burden that comes with being exposed to violence as a child or at any age for that matter.  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) I grew up as a Muslim. I went to an Islamic elementary school. Most of my community was Muslim, so I grew up praying five times a day.  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) For many observers, a child who has known nothing but war, a child for whom the Kalashnikov is the only way to make a living and for whom the bush is the most welcoming community, is a child lost forever for peace and development. I contest this view. For the sake of these children, it is essential to prove that another life is possible  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) A lot of people, when they say forgive and forget, they think you completely wash your brain out and forget everything. That is not the concept. What I think is you forgive and you forget so you can transform your experiences, not necessarily forget them but transform them, so that they don’t haunt you or handicap you or kill you  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) I grew up in Sierra Leone, in a small village where as a boy my imagination was sparked by the oral tradition of storytelling. At a very young age I learned the importance of telling stories - I saw that stories are the most potent way of seeing anything we encounter in our lives, and how we can deal with living  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) I guess what I’d like to say is that people in Sierra Leone are human beings, just like Americans. They want to send their kids to school; they want to live in peace; they want to have their basic rights of life just like everyone else. I think we all owe an obligation to support people who want to do that  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) The places I come from have such rich languages, such a variety of expression. In Sierra Leone we have about fifteen languages and three dialects. I grew up speaking about seven of them  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) I had a very simple, unremarkable and happy life. And I grew up in a very small town. And so my life was made up of, you know, in the morning going to the river to fetch water - no tap water, and no electricity - and, you know, bathing in the river, and then going to school, and playing soccer afterwards  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) I believe in having a more open mind and including others who don’t share your faith and having dialogue with them. And just having a pure heart and being a good person can bring you closer to God. Because once you believe in one particular religion fully and not others, that requires you to start disliking people who don’t share your views  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) We must strive to be like the moon  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) This days one must be careful to avoid awakening the pain of another  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) ... children have the resilience to outlive their sufferings, if given a chance  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) I get a chance to observe the moon now, I still see those same images I saw when I was six, and it pleases me to know that that part of my childhood is still embedded in me  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) This is one of the consequences of the civil war. People stop trusting each other, and every stranger becomes an enemy  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) How many more times do we have to come to terms with death before we find safety?  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) We all find joy and radiance and a reason to move on even in the most dire of circumstances. Even in chaos and madness, theres still a beauty that comes from just the vibrancy of another human spirit  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) My squad is my family, my gun is my provider, and protector, and my rule is to kill or be killed  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) My childhood had gone by without my knowing, and it seemed as if my heart had frozen  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) We must live in the radiance of tomorrow, as our ancestors have suggested in their tales. For what is yet to come tomorrow has possibilities, and we must think of it, the simplest glimpse of that possibility of goodness. That will be our strength. That has always been our strength  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) I was still hesitant to let myself let go, because I still believed in the fragility of happiness  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) I joined the army to avenge the deaths of my family and to survive, but I’ve come to learn that if I am going to take revenge, in that process I will kill another person whose family will want revenge; then revenge and revenge and revenge will never come to an end  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) Some people tried to hurt us to protect themselves, their family and communities... This was one of the consequences of civil war. People stopped trusting each other, and every stranger became an enemy. Even people who knew you became extremely careful about how they related or spoke to you  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) In the sky there are always answers and explanations for everything: every pain, every suffering, joy and confusion  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) Some nights the sky wept stars that quickly floated and disappeared into the darkness before our wishes could meet them  (Ishmael Beah Quotes) My teeth became sour as I listened to his story. It was then that I understood why he was quiet all the time  (Ishmael Beah Quotes)