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“It's never too late - in fiction or in life - to revise.”
Nancy Thayer
“The universe is always speaking to us. ... Sending us little messages, causing coincidences and serendipities, reminding us to stop, to look around, to believe in something else, something more.”
Nancy Thayer
“The most terrible thing about marriage, I suppose, is that we know and understand each other’s weaknesses and fears as much as we know our strengths and desires.”
Nancy Thayer, Between Husbands and Friends
“A good friend once said, “If you break your arm, people rush to bring you flowers, food, and sympathy, but if your mind breaks even just a little, people run away, frightened and dismayed.”
Nancy Thayer, An Act of Love
“Perhaps in every close friendship there is an element of, if not competition, then comparison. Perhaps that is one of the things that makes a friend belong especially to us. Somehow, in the secrecy of our hearts, a scale must balance.”
Nancy Thayer, Between Husbands and Friends
“Where’s your self-respect? Why don’t you get yourself in control? Life cannot hang on the love of one other person; you have got to hang your life on yourself.”
Nancy Thayer, Three Women at the Water's Edge
“Their friendship is like a tapestry in a drawer. Today is the iron passing over the cloth, smoothing out the wrinkles, bring out the pattern that makes it unique and beautiful.”
Nancy Thayer, Nantucket Sisters
“Your generation does everything so fast I think you’ve forgotten how to enjoy the pleasures of going slow.”
Nancy Thayer, The Guest Cottage: A Novel
“Life on earth may be limited, but grandchildren were the promise of the eternal.”
Nancy Thayer, An Island Christmas
“The land doesn’t know who owns it. It was here before owners, and will be here after, content with itself in all seasons.”
Nancy Thayer, Nantucket Sisters: A Novel
“the morning after Haley’s party and”
Nancy Thayer, Everlasting
“Music is one of the most efficient mood elevators we have. People in nursing homes, whether ambulatory or even bedridden, whether lucid or not, would be provided with great pleasure by your playing. Maybe they could even dream, return to the best times in their lives, when they were loved.”
Nancy Thayer, The Guest Cottage: A Novel
“Does every woman at some point in her life wander through the sleeping house, looking in at her husband and children, and wonder what she’s doing here, in this particular life?”
Nancy Thayer, Between Husbands and Friends
“Mom said when she brought us beachcombing? She told us to always believe in something more. She told us to look at what was right in front of us, and we’d see that even a grain of sand was a miracle. That even a bit of glass was a message, that the universe was full of tricks and clues and signs.”
Nancy Thayer, Beachcombers
“The Great Point lighthouse rose at the far end of the barrier beach, a tall white steeple to the sky, with a working light flashing at the top. Here was the end of the island, the great point where the Atlantic Ocean met Nantucket Sound in a froth of waves. All along the point, enormous fat seals lolled on the sand, occasionally lumbering in and out of the water, grunting and lounging like a tribe of overfed Roman emperors.”
Nancy Thayer, The Guest Cottage: A Novel
“sunburnt”
Nancy Thayer, The Guest Cottage: A Novel
“The pug owner continued, “Not to be a Grinch, I only ask because I’d forgotten how much work dogs are. They have to be walked several times a day, and it’s holy murder crawling out of bed early on a dark winter morning to take Poppy out. But she yips and yaps and scratches at the bed until I do. Then there’s the matter of chewing. I can’t tell you how many leather shoes Poppy’s ruined. And she’s not even a big dog, certainly not one of those eternally hungry dogs like yellow Labs who will eat anything, even the contents of wastebaskets, no matter how much you feed them.”
Nancy Thayer, An Island Christmas
“they were that rarest of human creatures: genuinely happy people.”
Nancy Thayer, Heat Wave
“If I’ve gotta go down, I’m gonna go down in style.”
Nancy Thayer, The Guest Cottage: A Novel
“Fabulous Aunt Fancy had died on her sixtieth birthday while parachuting from an airplane.”
Nancy Thayer, The Guest Cottage: A Novel
“It’s funny, but if I had to say whom I’m closer to, who knows me better, I’d have a hard time choosing between my husband and my best friend.”
Nancy Thayer, Between Husbands and Friends
“Music is one of the most efficient mood elevators we have. People in nursing homes, whether ambulatory or even bedridden, whether lucid or not, would be provided with great pleasure by your playing. Maybe they could even dream, return to the best times in their lives, when they were loved.” Tears filled Sophie’s eyes. “I’ve never heard you”
Nancy Thayer, The Guest Cottage: A Novel
“She was aware of the two men in the room, both of them carrying their burden of history, their charms and flaws, their heaviness and guilt, for no adult was ever really without guilt of some sort.”
Nancy Thayer, Beachcombers
“question. “I don’t know. I like Boston. And I like being close to my mom.” “And your sisters.” Arden hesitated. This was officially a first date,”
Nancy Thayer, Island Girls
“human beings are the only creatures to spend the present driving themselves crazy about the future.”
Nancy Thayer, The Guest Cottage: A Novel
“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea —e. e. cummings, “maggie and milly and molly and may”
Nancy Thayer, Beachcombers
“Sophie felt as if she were encased in a glass globe called summer.”
Nancy Thayer
“Somewhere I read that human beings are the only creatures to spend the present driving themselves crazy about the future.”
Nancy Thayer, The Guest Cottage
“what was her life about? Did she mean nothing?”
Nancy Thayer, Beachcombers
“Never trust an atom. They make up everything.”
Nancy Thayer, The Guest Cottage: A Novel

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