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
Quote from Motherless Brooklyn, by Moses Randolph

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

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Quote from Motherless Brooklyn, by Paul Randolph

When someone isn’t seen for what they truly are, that’s a very dangerous thing.

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Quote from Motherless Brooklyn, by Lionel Essrog

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.

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Quote from Motherless Brooklyn, by Lionel Essrog

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.

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Book Quote by Jonathan Lethem from Motherless Brooklyn

Someday I'd change my name to Shut Up and save everybody a lot of time.

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Book Quote by Jonathan Lethem from Motherless Brooklyn

Consensual reality is both fragile and elastic, and it heals like the skin of a bubble.

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Book Quote by Jonathan Lethem from Motherless Brooklyn

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

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Book Quote by Jonathan Lethem from Motherless Brooklyn

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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Book Quote by Jonathan Lethem from Motherless Brooklyn

There is nothing Tourettic about the New York City subways.

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Book Quote by Jonathan Lethem from Motherless Brooklyn

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

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Book Quote by Jonathan Lethem from Motherless Brooklyn

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

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Book Quote by Jonathan Lethem from Motherless Brooklyn

Prince's music calmed me as much as masturbation or a cheeseburger.

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Book Quote by Jonathan Lethem from Motherless Brooklyn

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.

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