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Jeannette Walls’ “The Glass Castle” Quotes (27 Quotes)


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  • Don't you make fun of me or my children! Some babies are premature. Mine were all postmature. That's why they're so smart. Their brains had longer to develop.
    (Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle")

  • Sometimes you need a little crisis to get your adrenaline flowing and help you realize your potential.
    (Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle")

  • If you had weak eyes, they needed exercise to get strong. Glasses were like crutches. They prevented people with feeble eyes from seeing the world on their own.
    (Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle")

  • Those shining stars, he liked to point out, were one of the special treats for people like us who lived out in the wilderness. Rich city folks, he'd say, lived in fancy apartments, but their air was so polluted they couldn't even see the stars. We'd have to be out of our minds to want to trade places with any of them.
    (Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle")

  • It's really not that hard to put food on the table if that's what you decide to do.
    (Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle")


  • Unlike diamonds, watches were practical. They were for people on the run, people with appointments to keep and schedules to meet.
    (Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle")

  • Life there was hard and it made people hard.
    (Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle")

  • What doesn't kill you will make you stronger
    (Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle")

  • Life's too short to care about what other people think. Besides, they should accept us for who we are
    (Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle")

  • Years from now, when all the junk they got is broken and long forgotten, you'll still have your stars.
    (Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle")

  • Maybe I should have cut him some slack. With his broken wing and lifetime of eating roadkill, he probably had a lot to be ungrateful about. Too much hard luck can create a permanent meanness of spirit in any creature.
    (Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle")

  • You didn't need a college degree to become one of the people who knew what was really going on. If you paid attention, you could pick things up on your own.
    (Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle")

  • New Yorkers, I figured, just pretended to be unfriendly.
    (Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle")

  • You'll never make a fortune working for the boss man
    (Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle")

  • No child is born a delinquent. They only became that way if nobody loved them when they were kids. Unloved children grow up to be serial murderers or alcoholics.
    (Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle")


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