Stop What You're Doing and Enjoy 27 Quotes from The House on Mango Street

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Heartfelt Quotes From The House On Mango Street

A young Latina, Esperanza is just a girl who has dreams bigger than herself. These tasteful quotes from The House on Mango Street highlight her coming of age journey in in a Chicano and Puerto Rican neighborhood of Chicago. Mexican-American author Sandra Cisneros puts our emotions on the frontline with her 1984 novel.

While Esperanza discovers the world around her, she also makes some profound discoveries within herself. These vignettes remind us that life is just as beautiful as it is cruel. We picked out some of the top quotes from the book that hit us right in the feels.

Read our favorite lines from The House on Mango Street that'll make you pick up the book and never want to put it down. You might even learn some of your own valuable lessons about hardships, culture, and family relationships along the way.

Fulfilling Quotes From The House On Mango Street

  • "I knew then I had to have a house. A real house. One I could point to. But this isn't it. The house on Mango Street isn't it. For the time being, Mama says. Temporary, says Papa. But I know how those things go."

  • "And the story goes she never forgave him. She looked out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow. I wonder if she made the best with what she got or was she sorry because she couldn't be all the things she wanted to be. Esperanza. I have inherited her name, but I don't want to inherit her place by the window."

  • "Those who don't know any better come into our neighborhood scared."

  • "Marin, under the streetlight, dancing by herself, is singing the same song somewhere. I know. Is waiting for a car to stop, a star to fall, someone to change her life."

  • "But I think diseases have no eyes. They pick with a dizzy finger for anyone, just anyone."

These Quotes From The House On Mango Street Will Make You Smile

  • "All brown all around, we are safe. But watch us drive into a neighborhood of another color and our knees go shakity-shake and our car windows get rolled up tight and our eyes look straight. Yeah. That is how it goes and goes."

  • "She had been dying for such a long time, we forgot."

  • "People who live on hills sleep so close to the stars they forget those of us who live too much on earth."

  • "They bloom like roses, I continue because it's obvious I'm the only one who can speak with any authority; I have science on my side. The bones just open. Just like that. One day you might decide to have kids, and then where are you going to put them? Got to have room. Bones got to give."

  • "In the movies there is always one with red lips who is beautiful and cruel."

Best Quotes From The House On Mango Street

  • "Most likely I will go to hell and most likely I deserve to be there. My mother says I was born on an evil day and prays for me. Lucy and Rachel pray too. For ourselves and for each other... because of what we did to Aunt Lupe."

  • "But after a while you get tired about worrying about kids who aren't even yours."

  • "You would see me less and less and like me better."

  • "I thought I would because he was so old and just as I was about to put my lips on his cheek, he grabs my face with both hands and kisses me hard on the mouth and doesn't let go."

  • "They never saw the kitchenettes. They never knew about the two-room flats and sleeping rooms he rented, the weekly money orders sent home, the currency exchange. How could they? His name was Geraldo. And his home is in another country. The ones he left behind are far away, will wonder, shrug, remember. Geraldo - he went north...we never heard from him again."

Meaningful Quotes From The House On Mango Street

  • "Maybe the sky didn't look the day she fell down. Maybe God was busy."

  • "One day I'll own my own house, but I won't forget who I am or where I come from."

  • "Everything is holding its breath inside me. Everything is waiting to explode like Christmas. I want to be all new and shiny. I want to sit out bad at night, a boy around my neck and the wind under my skirt. Not this way, every evening talking to the trees, leaning out my window, imagining what I can't see."

  • "Their strength is secret. They send ferocious roots beneath the ground. They grow up and they grow down and grab the earth between their hairy toes and bite the sky with violent teeth and never quit their anger. This is how they keep."

  • "One day I'll jump out of my skin."

  • "People who live on hills sleep so close to the stars they forget those of us who live too much on earth. They don't look down at all except to be content to live on hills. They have nothing to do with last week's garbage or fear of rats. Night comes. Nothing wakes them but the wind."

Our Favorite Quotes From The House On Mango Street

  • "You wouldn't have to worry what people said because you never belonged here anyway and nobody could make you sad."

  • "I have begun my own quiet war. Simple. Sure. I am one who leaves the table like a man, without putting back the chair or picking up the plate."

  • "I looked at my feet in their white socks and ugly round shoes. They seemed far away. They didn't seem to be my feet anymore. And the garden that had been such a good place to play didn't' seem mine either."

  • "I see a home in the heart."

  • "When you leave you must remember to come back for the others. A circle, understand? You will always be Esperanza. You will always be Mango Street. You can't erase what you know. You can't forget who you are."

  • "I put it down on paper and then the ghost does not ache so much. I write it down and Mango says goodbye sometimes. She does not hold me with both arms. She sets me free. One day I will pack my bags of books and paper. One day I will say goodbye to Mango. I am too strong for her to keep me here forever. One day I will go away."

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