The House on Mango Street

“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.”

Bums in the Attic from The House on Mango Street, pp. 86-7
By Sandra Cisneros
Published 1984
Labels: Fiction, Quotes,


  1. Glad that you enabled commenting. Some of these quotes just beg to be discussed, praised, and validated… This one is extraordinarily beautiful and I love the thought of sleeping close to the stars. Thanks for sharing.

  2. It is to live one day at a time … but having all this load of memories and images.
    Read the Chilean writers … I think you’ll like.
    Pablo Neruda, Gabriela Mistral, Vicente Huidobro … especially and more Gonzalo Rojas … Greetings and thanks for your good work

  3. I’ve read that book and loved it. Somehow though, that excerpt failed to catch my attention! Thank you for bringing it to light 🙂

    I use book excerpts for writing inspiration on my blog. Check it out!


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