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Quotes About Homesickness

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Jodi Picoult
“Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

Ovid
“Give me the waters of Lethe that numb the heart, if they exist, I will still not have the power to forget you.”
Ovid, The Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea Letters

Herta Müller
“I'm always telling myself I don't have many feelings. Even when something does affect me I'm only moderately moved. I almost never cry. It's not that I'm stronger than the ones with teary eyes, I'm weaker. They have courage. When all you are is skin and bones, feelings are a brave thing. I'm more of a coward. The difference is minimal though, I just use my strength not to cry. When I do allow myself a feeling, I take the part that hurts and bandage it up with a story that doesn't cry, that doesn't dwell on homesickness.”
Herta Müller, The Hunger Angel

Stephen King
“She was smart and terribly determined, this girl-her will was pure steel, through and through-but she was as human as anyone else. She was lonely, too. Lonely in a way that perhaps only single girls fresh from small Midwestern towns know. Homesickness is not always a vague, nostalgic, almost beautiful emotion, although that is somehow the way we always seem to picture it in our mind. It can be a terribly keen blade, not just a sickness in metaphor but in fact as well. It can change the way one looks at the world; the faces one sees in the street look not just indifferent but ugly....perhaps even malignant. Homesickness is a real sickness- the ache of the uprooted plant.”
Stephen King, The Breathing Method

James Joyce
“He thought that he was sick in his heart if you could be sick in that place.”
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Ovid
“It's a kindness that the mind can go where it wishes.”
Ovid, The Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea Letters

Alan Bradley
“I felt a pang -- a strange and inexplicable pang that I had never felt before.
It was homesickness.
Now, even more than I had earlier when I'd first glimpsed it, I longed to be transported into that quiet little landscape, to walk up the path, to take a key from my pocket and open the cottage door, to sit down by the fireplace, to wrap my arms around myself, and to stay there forever and ever.”
Alan Bradley, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

Megan Whalen Turner
“The window opened in the same direction as the king's, and there, summer-bright and framed by the darkness of the stairwell, was the same view. Costis passed it, and then went back up the stairs to look again. There were only the roofs of the lower part of the palace and the town and the city walls. Beyond those were the hills on the far side of the Tustis Valley and the faded blue sky above them. It wasn't what the king saw that was important, it was what he couldn't see when he sat at the window with his face turned toward Eddis.”
Megan Whalen Turner, The King of Attolia

Thomas Pynchon
“He decided that we suffer from great temporal homesickness for the decade we were born in.”
Thomas Pynchon, V.

Henry van Dyke
“Oh, London is a man's town, there's power in the air;
And Paris is a woman's town, with flowers in her hair;
And it's sweet to dream in Venice, and it's great to study Rome;
But when it comes to living there is no place like home.”
Henry van Dyke

Donna Lynn Hope
“Heart thoughts are profound, hindsight aches and hope is obscure. I'm craving a great adventure -- one that leads me back home.”
Donna Lynn Hope

Stephen King
“Homesickness is not always a vague, nostalgic, almost beautiful emotion, although that is somehow the way we always seem to picture it in our mind. It can be a terribly keen blade, not just a sickness in metaphor but in fact as well. It can change the way one looks at the world; the faces one sees in street look not just indeferent but ugly...perhaps even malignant. Homesickness is real sickness--the ache of the uprooted plant" the breathing method”
Stephen King, The Body

Faraaz Kazi
“There is no home as comfortable as your father's arms and no bed as soft as your mother's lap.”
Faraaz Kazi

Elizabeth Gaskell
“Every mile was redolent of associations, which she would not have missed for the world, but each of which made her cry upon 'the days that are no more' with ineffable longing.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South

John Lennon
“I used to think it was mere homesickness, then I started getting it at home.”
John Lennon

Ovid
“Our native soil draws all of us, by I know not what sweetness, and never allows us to forget.”
Ovid, The Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea Letters

Molly Ringle
“College isn't half as much fun as they told us it was going to be."
"It's not one-hundredth as much fun.”
Molly Ringle, Relatively Honest

“A photo frame with many pictures is the best present ever for a long trip. I can almost feel all those moments..”
W.

Michelle Frost
“Never complete. Never whole.
White skin and an African soul.”
Michelle Frost

Sarah Ockler
“But there’s something about Watonka, they say. Something that pulls us back, the electromagnet that holds all the metal in place. It’s the food, they say, or the chicken wings or the sports teams or the people or the way the air over the Skyway smells like Cheerios on account of the old General Mills Plant.”
Sarah Ockler, Bittersweet

David Mitchell
“Sometimes John had recorded new compositions, or lines from his new poems. Sometimes he'd just record a busy night in The Green Man. Sometimes sheep, seals, skylarks, the wind turbine. If Liam were home there would be some Liam. The summer fair. The Fastnet Race. I would unfold my map of Clear Island. Those tapes prised the lid off homesickness and rattled out the contents, but always at the bottom was solace.”
David Mitchell, Ghostwritten

Susan Ornbratt
“...the longer she had lived away, the more she realized that nowhere became home… though everywhere had.”
Susan Ornbratt, The Particular Appeal of Gillian Pugsley

Elias Lönnrot
“For this I weep all my days
and throughout my lifetime grieve
that I swam from my own lands
and came from familiar lands
    towards these strange doors
    to these foreign gates.”
Elias Lönnrot, The Kalevala

“Sprawled out on the photographer’s mattress with my clothes lying in a heap somewhere in the kitchen, I pull the waistband of my briefs down to expose my hipbones, and I think of home.”
Kris Kidd, I Can't Feel My Face

David Towsey
“He was tired of not being home.”
David Towsey, Your Brother's Blood

Christos Tsiolkas
“Homesickness hits hardest in the middle of a crowd in a large, alien city.”
Christos Tsiolkas, Barracuda

Erri De Luca
“When you get homesick, it's not something missing, it's something present, a visit. People and places from far away arrive and keep you company for a while.”
Erri De Luca, God's Mountain

H.V. Morton
“I gave way to a wave of home-sickness that almost shames me now when I recollect it. I find it impossible in cold blood, and at this distance, to put into words the longing that shook me. I have forgotten the pain in the neck, but never will I forget the pain in my heart.”
H.V. Morton, In Search Of England

José Saramago
“It will no longer be necessary to leave one's own home in order to find work in the surrounding districts, which means spending week after week away from home, for no matter how restless a fellow might be, his own home, if he has a wife he respects and children he loves, has the same satisfying taste as bread, a man's home is not for all hours, but he soon begins to miss it if he does not go back there every day.”
José Saramago, Baltasar and Blimunda

Eleanor Catton
“Round here, everybody's always talking about home,' said Balfour. 'Can't help think that the pleasure's in the missing.”
Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries

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