“That fool of a fairy Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me. She meant to bestow a gift. When I cried inconsolably through my first hour of life, my tears were her inspiration. Shaking her head sympathetically at Mother, the fairy touched my nose. "My gift is obedience. Ella will always be obedient. Now stop crying, child." I stopped.”
“Very hard for a deaf man. Very hard for a black man. Must fight all the time. No rest. Never. Sad.” My father didn’t sign another word. He just stared into the eyes of the subway riders looking at him, until they sheepishly broke off eye contact —every last one of them."
"Turns out you don’t really need to yell “AAAARRH” when you rip things apart, but it sure feels good. Probably that’s why Wolverine says “SNIKT” every time his claws come out."
"Miss Hepplewhite looked pained. 'Miss Peck,' she said at last, 'a young lady should never, ever, under any circumstances whatsoever, run. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are at risk, it is always preferable to faint.' "
"I'd love to tell you I had some deep revelation on my way down, that I came to terms with my own mortality, laughed in the face of death, et cetera. The truth? My only thought was: Aaaaggghhhhh!"