Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste

–When you are convinced that everything that happens is the will of God, what is there to do but wait until God has mercy?–

– His whole life had prepared him to accept the fact that in nearly everything, there would always be someone better. –

– Not about you? The who? Every single cause you’ve taken up has been to benefit the middle or upper class, people just like you. What do you know about what the poor really need? –

– Sometimes your pain isn’t enough. –

– The body doesn’t understand time the way we do. –

– One day, he would tell his father this: that the eyes die first, that we make our way to dust and ash blindly. –


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