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“I instantly like people who laugh at my jokes. It's a weakness of mine.”
Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets
tags: laugh
“The captain of a ship can run a great ship, but he can't do anything about the tides.”
Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets
“We’re all damaged. Every single beautiful, stupid, precious one of us. Damaged, damaged, damaged.”
Matthew Norman, We're All Damaged
“When you're having sex again, it makes you wonder why you weren't before. What could possibly have been bad enough to make you stop doing THAT?”
Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets
tags: sex
“Remember that string of movies when we were younger, like mid ’90s? The ones where the nerdy girl finally puts on makeup and a Wonderbra and everyone realizes how totally boneable she is?” “Yeah.” “Well, that’s you,” she says. “We’re in one of those movies. You’re my hopeless teenage girl, all stuck in your shell, and I’m here to give you a fresh coat of makeup and a slutty dress. Push those boobies up, Andy Carter, it’s go time.” “Do”
Matthew Norman, We're All Damaged
“Power means never having to say you're sorry.”
Matthew Norman
“They didn’t hate her when you were in high school. They made fun of her. She was the butt of jokes. But they didn’t hate her. That’s what people do now. They don’t disagree, they hate.”
Matthew Norman, We're All Damaged
“That’s the thing I hate most about my brain, the way it stores and catalogs things, all this dumb shit on a giant hard drive in my head, so I’m forced to obsess over it all like a crazy person.”
Matthew Norman, We're All Damaged
“The lesson here . . . Sometimes people throw things away. That doesn’t mean those things aren’t really, really good. Most of the time, it just means that person didn’t know what they had.” I’m”
Matthew Norman, We're All Damaged
“I think you'll be a great teacher," said Gary. That's his role in my life: blind encourager and ambassador of false senses of security.”
Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets
“The most important people in this man's life - the people who have mattered to him most - aren't my Mother or his wives or me or Anna or Allie. The people who matter most are the people in his head. That is loneliness.”
Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets
“I don't think -" I begin, but then I stop there. Strangely enough, this sounds like a full, declarative sentence, as if I'm standing in a bar shouting out one of my most obvious character flaws. I don't think!”
Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets
“If my penis were a writer/director, it would be Woody Allen - small, neurotic, and, frankly, hit or miss.”
Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets
“Married silence is a specific kind of silence, typically one in which the woman goes mute while the man pretends as if it's perfectly normal that she hasn't spoken in hours.”
Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets
“You look good," I tell my reflection. "Hot?" But this last part comes out with a question mark at the end. I've never been good at sales.”
Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets
“Daughters,” he says. “You raise them and watch them grow up, and you love them so much it makes you crazy. Then one day some guy shows up. Maybe he’s nice. Maybe he’s got a good job. Maybe he’s got his shirt tucked in and he calls you sir. But he’s never quite what you’re hoping for. If you have one someday—a daughter, I mean—you’ll know what I’m talking about.”
Matthew Norman, We're All Damaged
“We hold on to the shitty things the tightest, for some reason. And”
Matthew Norman, We're All Damaged
“I’m comfortable with who I am,” I say, which is a funny thing to say while shaming my own body in a full-length mirror. “Shut”
Matthew Norman, We're All Damaged
“Right when you find yourself not thinking about her at all, there she’ll be, right at the end of the story to fuck with your head one last time.” She”
Matthew Norman, We're All Damaged
“Sometimes in life, it doesn’t matter that you’ve just woken up on a floor. Or that you haven’t brushed your teeth. Or that your hair is a mess and you’re wearing the clothes you slept in. Sometimes you just have to be polite.”
Matthew Norman, We're All Damaged
“Maybe that’s just what moving on is, not getting over, but skipping over. And”
Matthew Norman, We're All Damaged
“Are all our parents, collectively, fucked up? Have they always been fucked up, and it just takes us until our own adulthood to figure that out? “I”
Matthew Norman, We're All Damaged
“Back in the car, I sit for a long time, breathing. I’ll remember this, what just happened, for a very long time. I’ll be on my own deathbed someday, replaying this in my head, wishing it had gone differently. We hold on to the shitty things the tightest, for some reason. And this is the shittiest thing ever. “Are”
Matthew Norman, We're All Damaged
“Parenting is mostly bribery . . . and yelling.”
Matthew Norman, We're All Damaged
“Sonya's a real person, like your Mother. Thirty years ago, that was your Mother's biggest flaw in my eyes, and now that's the thing I love most about Sonya. It's funny how things end, isn't it?”
Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets
“Then we lapse into silence. It's these silences that do damage, that reveal glimpses of the distressed foundation struggling under the weight of things.”
Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets
“That's me, giving myself a tough-love speech. I'm going to start doing that more often, I've decided. One might as well put his inner monologue to good use.”
Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets
“Whoa," I say. "Look how tall he is." "Actors are always midgets in person," says Brandon, "But writers...they're giants.”
Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets
“Anna is the sort of woman who writers write about, Tom. Somewhere in the third act, women like her save characters like you and me from ourselves. She's the loveliest literary device in the world.”
Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets
“I've been thinking about your Father a lot lately, and I've realized something. I married Gary specifically for the fact that he wasn't Curtis. If your Father has an opposite, it's Gary. I just need to decide if I want to spend the rest of my life with someone I married by default.”
Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets

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