Citizen: An American Lyric Quotes

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When you are alone and too tired even to turn on any of your devices, you let yourself linger in a past stacked among your pillows."
-- Narrator (chapter 1 paragraph 1)

Importance: This quote indicates the need for self-reflection as it is the one thing that will finally redeem mankind, and allow them to become good citizens.

Youngman in his video doesn’t address this type of anger: the anger built up through experience and the quotidian struggles against dehumanization every brown or black person lives simply because of skin color."
-- Narrator (chapter 2 paragraph 3)

Importance: This illustrates the author's theme of Anger.

You begin to think, maybe erroneously, that this other kind of anger is really a type of knowledge: the type that both clarifies and disappoints. It responds to insult and attempted erasure simply by asserting presence, and the energy required to present, to react, to assert is accompanied by visceral disappointment: a disappointment in the sense that no...
-- Narrator (chapter 2 paragraph 5)

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