Happy Birthday, Teju Cole, born 27 June 1975
- I deeply respect American sentimentality, the way one respects a wounded hippo. You must keep an eye on it, for you know it is deadly.
- We owe ourselves our lives.
- You know, the first move towards true equality is to have the person you’re addressing understand that you’re just as complex as they are, and that your stories are just as important as theirs are.
- I adore imaginary monsters, but I am terrified of real ones.
- Things don’t go away just because you choose to forget them.
- A novel insists that it is a work of fiction, and of course it is: full of invented situations and names and characters. But in a way, it is also profoundly non-fictional: it is a memoir of those inventions, it is a CAT-scan of the author’s brain, a State of the Union address on what your self mentally encountered during the period of writing.
- It is dangerous to live in a secure world.
- Perhaps this is what we mean by sanity: that, whatever our self-admitted eccentricities might be, we are not villains of our own stories.
- I read many kinds of things, but my deepest happiness is in reading poetry.
Cole is a Nigerian-American writer, photographer, and art historian.
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