OUTCASTS QUOTES

quotations about outcasts

The difficult and risky task of meeting and mastering the new--whether it be the settlement of new lands or the initiation of new ways of life--is not undertaken by the vanguard of society but by its rear. It is the misfits, failures, fugitives, outcasts and their like who are among the first to grapple with the new.

ERIC HOFFER, The Passionate State of Mind

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Jesus ... associated with the outcasts; he spoke with them, touched them, ate with them, loved them.

JOHN ORTBERG, Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them

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The tramp, the assassin, the rebel, the thief, the mutant, the outcast, the delinquent, the devil, the sinner, the traveler, the gangster, the runner, the mask: if we did not recognize in them our least-fulfilled needs, we would not invent them over and over again, in every place, in every language, in every time.

SALMAN RUSHDIE, The Ground Beneath Her Feet

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When individuals are shamed so remorselessly and unforgivingly that they become outcasts, or even begin to think of themselves as outcasts it becomes more rewarding to associate with others who are perceived in some limited or total way as also at odds with mainstream standards.

JOHN BRAITHWAITE, Crime, Shame and Reintegration

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Tattoos tell stories of crime and passion, punishment and regret. They express an outlaw, antiauthoritarian point of view and communicate a romantic solidarity among society's outcasts.

DOUGLAS KENT HALL, Prison Tattoos

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We know that the outcasts and misfits are the children most likely to become violent, so it only follows that we must pull them into the arms of love and/or acceptance, and find a place where they fit. If our system doesn't have a place where a child fits, there's something wrong with the system, not the child.

WILLIAM G. DEFOORE, Anger

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Those who start out as outcasts can wind up as being part of the system.

PATRICIA ROBERTS HARRIS, Newsweek, Jan. 24, 1977

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Outcasts always mourn.

OSCAR WILDE, The Ballad of Reading Gaol

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A young outcast will often feel that there is something wrong with himself, but as he gets older, grows more confident in who he is, he will adapt, he will begin to feel that there is something wrong with everyone else.

CRISS JAMI, Killosophy

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There are few outcasts in the world that actually can teach another their skills, so outcasts are outcasts, even from each other. When they find another outcast, most are not sure what to do and most just pass each other by without acknowledgment.

DAVID SANDERS, OCS Adventurer's Handbook

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The people of God cannot be changed until the outcasts are restored to its body.

UMBERTO ECO, The Name of the Rose

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I think if you've ever had that feeling of loneliness, of being an outsider, it never quite leaves you. You can be happy or successful or whatever, but that thing still stays within you.

TIM BURTON, "Tim Burton: Boyhood traumas of a director", The Independent, February 26, 2010

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Some of us are fated to live in a box from which there is only temporary release. We of the damned-up spirits, of the thwarted feelings, of the blocked hearts, and the pent-up thoughts, we who long to blast out, flood forth in a torrent of rage or joy or even madness, but there is nowhere for us to go, nowhere in the world because no one will have us as we are.

SIRI HUSTVEDT, The Summer Without Men

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God dances with the outcast.

STEVEN JAMES, How to Smell Like God: True Stories Burning with the Scent of Heaven

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That's what I love about you. You're a freak. Like me.

SHANE KUHN, The Intern's Handbook

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The freaks spend their lives shambling around, wondering how they got left out, mumbling about conspiracy theories and bigfoot sightings. Their encounters with the world are marked by awkward conversations and stifled laughter, hidden smirks and rolled eyes. And worst of all, pity.

DAVID WONG, John Dies at the End

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The outcast lepers would like to drag everything down in their ruin. And they become all the more evil, the more you cast them out.

UMBERTO ECO, The Name of the Rose

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Of all individuals, the hated, the shunned, and the peculiar are arguably most themselves. They wear no masks whatsoever in order to be accepted and liked; they do seem most guarded, but only by their own hands: as compared to the populace, they are naked.

CRISS JAMI, Healology

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Did all outcasts come to this realization at a certain point in life? That being outcast from a bogus and pornographic society actually was a good thing? I hoped so. I hoped there was an army of us out there, smiling about it that very moment.

A. S. KING, Glory O'Brien's History of the Future

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Even though there has been in me a lifelong desire to be an insider looking out, I nevertheless kept choosing over and over again the position of the outsider looking in. Sometimes this looking-in was a curious looking-in, sometimes a jealous looking-in, sometimes an anxious looking-in, and, once in a while, even a loving looking-in. But giving up the somewhat safe position of the critical observer seemed like a great leap into totally unknown territory.

HENRI J. M. NOUWEN, The Return of the Prodigal Son

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