“The stranger thing was, it felt like I’d been staring down my whole life.”
“The world comes in shades of gray”
"If I can make my flute cry, people will feel it, no matter what language they speak. If I can make my violin laugh, people will hear it, no matter where they come from."
"Black and Jewish culture have been long been intertwined"
"One day we were so entangled that I didn’t even try to pry myself loose. I knew you would stay there."
"Every 73 seconds someone is raped or sexually abused, but I am not supposed to say that."
"I’m a coward. We both know that, I think. So I stand there and I take it. Each kiss is like a punch in the gut. A soft, beautiful punch in the gut."
"they say nothing is original, but nature flies in my ear."
“the pillowy clouds/Have turned to stone.”
“These are the prayers that lie between the stones.”
"Only a miracle would bring glittering candles to my window for Chanukkah, 1936."
"After talking to the same people all day every day, I’ve found that I yearn for some time alone."