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  • #1
    Nick Hornby
    “People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands - literally thousands - of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss.”
    Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

  • #2
    Nick Hornby
    “How do people, like, not curse? How is it possible? There are these gaps in speech where you just have to put a "fuck." I'll tell you who the most admirable people in the world are: newscasters. If that was me, I'd be like, "And the motherfuckers flew the fucking plane right into the Twin Towers." How could you not, if you're a human being? Maybe they're not so admirable. Maybe they're robot zombies.”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

  • #3
    Nick Hornby
    “All the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal. ... But with each passing year, and with each whimsical purchase, our libraries become more and more able to articulate who we are, whether we read the books or not.”
    Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree

  • #4
    Nick Hornby
    “It seems to me now that the plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone; you don't need to be a heroin addict or a performance poet to experience extremity. You just have to love someone.”
    Nick Hornby, How to Be Good

  • #5
    Nick Hornby
    “Telling me I can do anything I want is like pulling the plug out of the bath and then telling the water it can go anywhere it wants. Try it, and see what happens.”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

  • #6
    Nick Hornby
    “The trouble with my generation is that we all think we're fucking geniuses. Making something isn't good enough for us, and neither is selling something, or teaching something, or even just doing something; we have to be something.”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

  • #7
    Nick Hornby
    “One could argue that most of the trouble in the world is caused by introspection.”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

  • #8
    Nick Hornby
    “Sentimental music has this great way of taking you back somewhere at the same time that it takes you forward, so you feel nostagic and hopeful all at the same time.”
    Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

  • #9
    Nick Hornby
    “We all spend so much time not saying what we want, because we know we can't have it. And because it sounds ungracious, or ungrateful, or disloyal, or childish, or banal. Or because we're so desperate to pretend that things are OK, really, that confessing to ourselves they're not looks like a bad move. Go on, say what you want. ... Whatever it is, say it to yourself. The truth will set you free. Either that or it'll get you a punch in the nose. Surviving in whatever life you're living means lying, and lying corrodes the soul, so take a break from the lies for just one minute.”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

  • #10
    Nick Hornby
    “Human beings are millions of things in one day.”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

  • #11
    Nick Hornby
    “Everyone knows how to talk, and no one knows what to say.”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

  • #12
    Nick Hornby
    “Once you stop pretending that everything's shitty and you can't wait to get out of it...then it gets more painful, not less. Telling yourself life is shit is like an anesthetic, and when you stop taking the Advil, then you really can tell how much it hurts, and where, and it's not like that kind of pain does anyone a whole lot of good. ”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

  • #13
    Nick Hornby
    “If you really wanted to mess me up, you should have got to me earlier.”
    Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

  • #14
    Nick Hornby
    “I'm a good person. In most ways. But I'm beginning to think that being a good person in most ways doesn't count for anything very much, if you're a bad person in one way.”
    Nick Hornby

  • #15
    Nick Hornby
    “The truth will set you free. Either that or it'll get you a punch in the nose. ”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

  • #16
    Nick Hornby
    “I'm very good at the past. It's the present I can't understand.”
    Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

  • #17
    Nick Hornby
    “Most people have a rope that ties them to someone, and that rope can be short or it can be long. (Be long. Belong. Get it?) You don't know how long, though. It's not your choice.”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

  • #18
    Nick Hornby
    “I'd stay there, or not, and I'd eat, or not, and I'd drink, or not, and go home, or not, and what I did or didn't do wouldn't matter to anyone at all. And I walked for most of the day. Do people get sad on holiday sometimes? I can imagine they do, having all that time to think.”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

  • #19
    Nick Hornby
    “You don't ask people with knives in their stomachs what would make them happy; happiness is no longer the point. It's all about survival; it's all about whether you pull the knife out and bleed to death or keep it in...”
    Nick Hornby, How to Be Good

  • #20
    Nick Hornby
    “Please stop patronizing those who are reading a book - The Da Vinci Code, maybe- because they are enjoying it. For a start, none of us know what kind of an effort this represents for the individual reader. It could be his or her first full-length adult novel; it might be the book that finally reveals the purpose and joy of reading to someone who has hitherto been mystified by the attraction books exert on others. And anyway, reading for enjoyment is what we should all be doing. I don't mean we should all be reading chick lit or thrillers (although if that's what you want to read, it's fine by me, because here's something no one else will tell you: if you don't read the classics, or the novel that won this year's Booker Prize, then nothing bad will happen to you; more importantly,nothing good will happen to you if you do); I simply mean that turning pages should not be like walking through thick mud. The whole purpose of books is that we read them, and if you find you can't, it might not be your inadequacy that's to blame. "Good" books can be pretty awful sometimes.”
    Nick Hornby, Housekeeping vs. the Dirt

  • #21
    Nick Hornby
    “The non-fiction bestseller lists frequently prove that we all want to know more about everything, even if we didn't know that we wanted to know - we're just waiting for the right person to come along and tell us about it.”
    Nick Hornby

  • #22
    Nick Hornby
    “I suddenly had a little epiphany: all the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal.”
    Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree

  • #23
    Nick Hornby
    “Why is failure the first thing I think of when I find myself in this sort of situation? Why can't I just enjoy myself? But if you have to ask the question, then you know you're lost: self-consciousness is a man's worst enemy. Already I'm wondering whether she's as aware of my erection as I am...”
    Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

  • #24
    Nick Hornby
    “When you're unhappy, I guess everything in the world - reading, eating, sleeping - has something buried somewhere inside it that just makes you unhappier.”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

  • #25
    Nick Hornby
    “No man is an island...”
    Nick Hornby, About a Boy

  • #26
    Nick Hornby
    “Even bad times have good things in them to make you feel alive.”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

  • #27
    Nick Hornby
    “What came first – the music or the misery? Did I listen to the music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to the music? Do all those records turn you into a melancholy person?”
    Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

  • #28
    Nick Hornby
    “It's no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn't even speak to each other if they met at a party.”
    Nick Hornby

  • #29
    Cormac McCarthy
    “Nobody wants to be here and nobody wants to leave.”
    Cormac McCarthy, The Road
    tags: life

  • #30
    Cormac McCarthy
    “You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.”
    Cormac McCarthy, The Road



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