The best Quotes from Motherless Brooklyn

Motherless Brooklyn is a novel by Jonathan Lethem that was first published in 1999. The story is set in Brooklyn, and follows Lionel Essrog, a detective who has Tourette's, a disorder marked by involuntary tics.

The best Quotes from Motherless Brooklyn

Power is knowing that you can do whatever you want, and not one person can stop you.

PowerMotherless Brooklyn, by Moses Randolph
 
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When someone isn’t seen for what they truly are, that’s a very dangerous thing.

CharacterMotherless Brooklyn, by Paul Randolph
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Okay, listen. I got something wrong with me. That’s the first thing to know. I twitch and shout a lot. It makes me look like a damn freak show. But inside my head is an even bigger mess. I can’t stop twisting things around, words and sounds especially. I have to keep playing with them until they come out right.

Motherless Brooklyn, by Lionel Essrog
 
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He’s the one who taught me how to use my head, turn it into a strength. He gave me a place in this crappy world, until I screwed up.

Motherless Brooklyn, by Lionel Essrog
 
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Someday I'd change my name to Shut Up and save everybody a lot of time.

Jonathan Lethem in Motherless Brooklyn
 
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Consensual reality is both fragile and elastic, and it heals like the skin of a bubble.

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Enough of this. Does every conversation with you have to be the director's cut?

Jonathan Lethem in Motherless Brooklyn
 
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How strange it began to seem that cars have bodies that never are supposed to touch, a disaster if they do.

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There is nothing Tourettic about the New York City subways.

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I'm always serious. That's the tragedy of my life.

Jonathan Lethem in Motherless Brooklyn
 
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Waves, sky, trees, Essrog - I was off the page now, away from the grammar of skyscrapers and pavement.

Jonathan Lethem in Motherless Brooklyn
 
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Prince's music calmed me as much as masturbation or a cheeseburger.

Jonathan Lethem in Motherless Brooklyn
 
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The wind was picking up off the ocean now and the whole coastal scene had a bleak, abandoned look, as though Maine in November really belonged to the ragged gulls who wheeled over the sun.

MaineJonathan Lethem in Motherless Brooklyn
 
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