They had run so far away from the war, only to be caught back in it. There is nowhere to go from here. (pg. 207)
(This is what Ishmael stated when the rebels moved into Freetown).

We must strive to be like the moon.” (pg. 16)
Ishmael's grandmother explained to him that it meant to always be on your best behavior and be good to others. She told him that people complain when it is too sunny or too cold; however, nobody complains when the moon is shining. Ishmael thinks about this quote many times throughout the story.)

"If you are alive, there is hope for a better day and something good will happen. If there is nothing good left in the destiny of a person, he or she will die." (pg. 54)
(This is what Ishmael's father used to tell him. It is what kept him moving when he was separated from his parents.)

How many more times do we have to come to terms with death before we find safety? . . . Even though I am still alive, I feel like each time I accept death, part of me dies. Very soon I will completely die and all that will be left is my empty body walking with you. It will be quieter than I am. (pg. 70) (Ishmael's friend, Saidu, said this after they escaped death once again. These words really made Ishmael think.)

“My squad is my family, my gun is my provider, and protector, and my rule is to kill or be killed.” (pg. 126) (This is a quote from Ishmael, which depicts Ishmael's new life in the army.)

“These days I live in three worlds: my dreams, and the experiences of my new life, which triggers memories from the past.” (pg. 20) (In this quote, Ishmael is talking in the present about how he can never forget about what happened to him in Sierra Leone).

“This is one of the consequences of the civil war. People stop trusting each other, and every stranger becomes an enemy.” (pg 37) (In this quote, Ishmael says this because people are afraid to talk to him or help him out because they are afraid to trust him.)

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