"In English my name means Hope. In Spanish, it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means writing." "Esperanza. I have inherited her name, but I don't want to inherit her place by the window."
My Name Identity
"The house on Mango Street is ours, and we don't have to to pay rent to anybody, or share the yard with the people downstairs." "I knew then I had to have a house. A real house. One I could point to. But this isn't it. The house on Mango Street isn't it."
The House on Mango Street Home
"Someday I will have a best friend all my own." "Until then I am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor."