30+ quotes from Memorizing You by Dan Skinner

Quotes from Memorizing You

Dan Skinner ·  292 pages

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“I wanted to tell everyone I was in love. I wanted to tell them how I felt. I wanted to scream if off the porch to complete strangers. It was a feeling that didn't want to be contained in the small privacy of my mind. Of course, I knew there would be no telling anyone. I'd heard the word so many times. But I'd never contemplated its meaning.
Love.
It hat explained itself to me. I was swept away by what it really meant. It was a word used to convey what had no language. It was a word used to explain a million things that couldn't be explained. It simplified what the heart could not.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


"You can't dream in the light, if you can't live in it."
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“Which choice do you think is easier? One that comes with a threat? Or one that comes from love?”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“It's hard t want to fit in and not be able to," his voice came barely above a whisper. "They make us feel like it's easier to lie than be truthful. Easier to hide than be seen. Make us feel like we did something wrong to not be like them. Like we made a conscious choice".”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“Being gay has existed as long as history has been recorded. Back to the Greeks. How can something be called an aberration if it's existed as long as the Parthenon? Hell, gays existed before Christ did, and they accept him being legitimate even with all his walking on water and God-screwed-my-mom-who-was-married-to-another-man-nonsence." (Rosemary)”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“Call me crazy, but I think sex is the absolute most intimate thing you can share with someone. You're making yourself naked and vulnerable to another human being. It should be an act of sharing with someone you know and have feelings for. You're giving a part of yourself to them, and they're giving a part of themselves to you. It doesn't get any more intimate than that. It's not just an act." (Ryan)”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“I know this sounds ridiculous," he spoke solemnly, lacing his fingers in my hair. "But sometimes I feel like I'm caught in your gravity. And no matter where I am, anywhere in the world, if I wrote 'I love you' on a note, and made a paper airplane, and threw it into the breeze...it would still find you. My words couldn't escape you, any more than I can." (Ryan)”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“I only saw glimpses of the real world around me. Reality dissolved beneath the press of his lips against mine. I lost myself. In that moment there was We...
He enveloped me. I felt his strength. He seemed gigantic to me. And yet gentle. His breath was inside me. I tasted what he tasted like. All the scents of that instant cascaded upon me. His sweet. The roses. The nectar of the feeders. The wood that hat hammered into with nails. The sweet raspberries on his mouth.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“That kiss was bigger than my dreams." The words found their way to my ear, softly.
I had no doubt that magic did exist in our world. It wasn't with wands and wizards. It resisted in plain humans like me and Ryan. In finding a pathway from one heart into another's. Our bridge was a kiss. It appeared from nowhere with the simplest of spells. Three words.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“It's only human to think about the the 'what might have beens'. But it doesn't change what really is. And if we get lost in things that aren't, we lose sight of what's right in front of us.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“I want that, when I'm in my fifties and I look back to my first kiss, I think, Wow! I want to remember it as being amazing. That it's one of the most special moments of my life. I want to remember the person I share that with to be important to me. Not just someone who happened along at the right time. It's not just and act of the body. It's an act of the heart." (Ryan)”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“I tried to turn my mind off. Shut down the thoughts that were with me every second. Everything in me ached to be with him. It was worse than an obsession. It was a need.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“I think the whole world should be naked, so no one could try to pretend to be something other than they are." (Ryan)”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“No matter how this turns out, you've already seen the treasure we all search a lifetime for. You've got the whole rest of your life to be grateful for that.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“Love doesn't happen because you find the right bricks and cement to build it. Love really is...pure magic. It comes from" - she gestured toward the heavens - "out there. And if falls like pixie dust where it wants. And when id does...you can fly."
(Rosemary)”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“When the landscape of real life gets ugly, we can pick up a book of fantasy and find a beautiful world, all green and filled with sunshine. When we can't find and end to something sad, there's always a novel where everything turns out okay and makes us feel better about things. And even though we know they're made up, we think that maybe there's just a possibility, in spite of all the ugliness around us, we really do have a chance to make it all work out. Because we read it. And we wanted it to be real." (Ryan)”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“I wanted to absorb every moment of this night. I knew it was special. I wanted to keep it locked away inside me forever just the way it was. When I closed my eyes to sleep, I thought of how he'd glowed like a jewel in the light of the campfire. The way the flames carved him against the darkness. The very shape of his head. The smudges of chocolate and marshmallows on his fingers and lips. How the hair on his legs looked like filaments of gold. When I was certain my heart hat painted the canvas in my memory...I fell asleep.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“But love of one kind will never duplicate itself. Love has its variety...which possibly makes it as a great as all the songs and stories and poems.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“It there's one thing we have to get used to...it's that we can't get used to things."(Rosemary)”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“I’ll tell you why you haven’t, Dave. It’s because you can’t dream in the light, if you can’t live in it.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“I was in some other guy’s version of heaven.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“Faggot, queer, fairy. Those words aren’t taught in a history course. You don’t learn them with the alphabet. Discrimination comes from the circles you’re supposed to trust. The home, the family, the church. They try to convince you God made you in his image, and then would destroy you because you weren’t good enough. That’s a good God? Who comes up with this crap?”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“Forgive me for my sappiness, but it’s the only means I have to convey the molecular destruction I experienced caught in the vision of his smile.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“I can’t leave what I love behind.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“When the landscape of real life gets ugly, we can pick up a book of fantasy and find a beautiful world, all green and filled with sunshine. When we can’t find an end to something sad, there’s always a novel where everything turns out okay and makes us feel better about things. And even though we know they’re made up, we think that maybe there’s just a possibility, in spite of all the ugliness around us, we really do have a chance to make it all work out. Because we read it. And we wanted it to be real.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“~Does it bother you that you didn’t become a famous actor? That you didn’t get a break?~

~David, there aren’t any guarantees in life. Not for your friends who want to be all of sorts of things. Not for you. The only thing we can do every single day we wake up is try to do the things that we can do the best; enjoy the things we get, and pay attention to when and why we’re happy. I didn’t know what I really wanted until I held you in my arms. In that minute, the very first minute they brought you to me wrapped in that blanket, I knew my little dream about myself was nothing in comparison.~”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“Everything in me ached to be with him. It was worse than an obsession. It was a need.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“Why do we cry when we’re happy?” I asked. “It’s one of those things. I don’t think it makes us less one way, or more the other. I think it just is. I don’t think emotions have a gender preference.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“He lids squeezed closed. They were the dams to the silver trails of his soul leaking out.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


“Mom: Your hair is getting long. Who are you trying to be? John Lennon?
David: Cher.
Mom: Your voice isn't deep enough.”
― Dan Skinner, quote from Memorizing You


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