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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

Colm Tóibín
“She thought it was strange that the mere sensation of savouring the prospect of something could make her think for a while that is must be the prospect of home.”
Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn

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

Emery Lord
“You can ache for where you come from, and it's homesickness. A relationship, and it's heartbreak. But is there a word for missing your friends like that?”
Emery Lord, When We Collided

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

Aglaja Veteranyi
“My father says you remember the smell of your country no matter where you are but only recognize it when you're far away.”
Aglaja Veteranyi, Warum das Kind in der Polenta kocht

Stephen King
“If you've every been homesick, or felt exiled from all the things and people that once defined you, you'll know how important welcoming words and friendly smiles can be.”
Stephen King, 11/22/63

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

Salman Rushdie
“let me belong again to that faraway place I left so long ago, from which I am alienated, and which has forgotten me, in which I am an alien now even though it was the place where I began, let me belong again, walk those streets knowing they are mine, knowing that my story is a part of those streets, even though it isn't, it hasn't been for most of a lifetime, let it be so, let it be so”
Salman Rushdie, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Jodi Lynn Anderson
“Because I think people must be the same everywhere. Only these people are in my bones.”
Jodi Lynn Anderson, Tiger Lily

Salman Rushdie
“he wished he could have roots spreading under every inch of his lost soil, his beloved lost home, that he could have been part of something, that he could have been himself, walking down the road not taken, living a life in context and not the migrant's hollow journey that had been his fate”
Salman Rushdie, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Alexander McCall Smith
“There are many sadnesses in the hearts of men who are far away from their countries.”
Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Donna Tartt
“...not to look back or feel sad about things, that home is wherever I am.”
Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

John Cheever
“Homesickness is absolutely nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time. You don't really long for another country. You long for something in yourself that you don't have, or haven't been able to find.”
John Cheever, The Brigadier and the Golf Widow

Richard Flanagan
“Even in Kyoto when I hear the cuckoo I long for Kyoto.”
Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

“I regularly took aspirin, salt tablets, Alka-seltzer and antibiotics and my tetanus immunity was working overtime. Most of the day I was dizzy from ouzo, wine, beer, whisky or the hangover therefrom, too many cigarettes, too little sleep, fatigue, sunstroke or heat exhaustion. I had chronic indigestion from the meats and fats, oils and acids of the Mediterranean diet. My mood swung from elation to despair a dozen times a day. Most of the time I was lonely, bored, frustrated and frightened of getting ill without a decent doctor. My head ached from speaking Greek and people haranguing me or ignoring me. I wanted to buy things without having to haggle and plead. I longed for the telly and a pint of Guinness. I wanted to go home.”
John Mole, It's All Greek to Me!: A Tale of a Mad Dog and an Englishman, Ruins, Retsina--and Real Greeks

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

Robert Jackson Bennett
“Sometimes I can’t tell if you hate this place or love it.”

“I love its potential. I hate its past. And I don’t like what it is.” She hugs her knees close to her chest. “The way you feel about the place you grew up in is a lot like how you feel about your family.”

“How’s that?”

She thinks about it for a long time. “Like isn’t the same thing as love.”
Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Blades

A.L. Buehrer
“Sometimes the only thing that can make someone feel misplaced is the sight of home.”
A.L. Buehrer, A Stargazer's Question and Beyond the Ecliptic

Vladimir Nabokov
“And finally: I reserve for myself the right to yearn after an ecological niche:
...Beneath the sky
Of my America to sigh
For one locality in Russia.

(a passage not for 'general readers' but for 'idiots')”
Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory

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