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“I don't want to stay in the bad place, where no one believes in silver linings or love or happy endings.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“If clouds are blocking the sun, there will always be a silver lining that reminds me to keep on trying.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“I am practicing being kind over being right.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“Life is hard, and children have to be told how hard life can be…So they will be sympathetic to others. So they will understand that some people have it harder than they do and that a trip through this world can be a wildly different experience, depending on what chemicals are raging through one’s mind.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“You need to make time for your family no matter what happens in your life”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“The only way to beat my crazy was by doing something even crazier. Thank you. I love you. I knew it from the moment I saw you. I'm sorry it took me so long to catch up.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“She looks sad. She looks angry. She looks different from everyone else I know—she cannot put on that happy face others wear when they know they are being watched. She doesn’t put on a face for me, which makes me trust her somehow.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“I still love you in my own fucked-up way.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“You need to know it's your actions that will make you a good person, not desire.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“Life is random and fucked-up and arbitrary, until you find someone who can make sense of it all for you— if only temporarily.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“Let me tell ya. You gotta pay attention to signs. When life reaches out with a moment like this it's a sin if you don't reach back... I'm telling you.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“You're different. And I'm different too. Different is good. But different is hard. Believe me, I know.”
Matthew Quick, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
“It hurts to look at the clouds, but it also helps, like most things that cause pain.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“When she needed help most, she was abandoned—and only when she offered help to others was she beloved.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“In my arms is a woman who has given me a Skywatcher's Cloud Chart, a woman who knows all my secrets, a woman who knows just how messed up my mind is, how many pills I'm on, and yet she allows me to hold her anyway. There's something honest about all this, and I cannot imagine any other woman lying in the middle of a frozen soccer field with me - in the middle of a snowstorm even - impossibly hoping to see a single cloud break free of a nimbostratus.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“I feel like I’m broken—like I don’t fit together anymore. Like there’s no more room for me in the world or something. Like I’ve overstayed my welcome here on Earth, and everyone’s trying to give me hints about that constantly. Like I should just check out.”
Matthew Quick, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
“There will always be a part of me that is dirty and sloppy, but I like that, just like all the other parts of myself.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“Not letting the world destroy you. That’s a daily battle.”
Matthew Quick, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
“The whole time I pretend I have mental telepathy. And with my mind only, I’ll say — or think? — to the target, 'Don’t do it. Don’t go to that job you hate. Do something you love today. Ride a roller
coaster. Swim in the ocean naked. Go to the airport and get on the next flight to anywhere just for the fun of it. Maybe stop a spinning globe with your finger and then plan a trip to that very spot; even if it’s in the middle of the ocean you can go by boat. Eat some type of ethnic food you’ve never even
heard of. Stop a stranger and ask her to explain her greatest fears and her secret hopes and aspirations in detail and then tell her you care because she is a human being. Sit down on the sidewalk and make pictures with colorful chalk. Close your eyes and try to see the world with your nose—allow smells
to be your vision. Catch up on your sleep. Call an old friend you haven’t seen in years. Roll up your pant legs and walk into the sea. See a foreign film. Feed squirrels. Do anything! Something! Because you start a revolution one decision at a time, with each breath you take. Just don’t go back to thatmiserable place you go every day. Show me it’s possible to be an adult and also be happy. Please. This is a free country. You don’t have to keep doing this if you don’t want to. You can do anything you want. Be anyone you want. That’s what they tell us at school, but if you keep getting on that train and going to the place you hate I’m going to start thinking the people at school are liars like the Nazis who told the Jews they were just being relocated to work factories. Don’t do that to us. Tell us the truth. If adulthood is working some death-camp job you hate for the rest of your life, divorcing your secretly criminal husband, being disappointed in your son, being stressed and miserable, and dating a poser and pretending he’s a hero when he’s really a lousy person and anyone can tell that just by shaking his slimy hand — if it doesn’t get any better, I need to know right now. Just tell me. Spare me from some awful fucking fate. Please.”
Matthew Quick, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
“Looking into another person's eyes for an extended period of time proved to be a powerful thing. And if you don't believe me, try it yourself.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“Most people lose the ability to see silver linings even though they are always there above us almost every day.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“I'm trying to let him know what I'm about to do.
I'm hoping he can save me, even though I realize he can't.”
Matthew Quick, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
“Did you ever think about all of the nights you lived through and can't remember The ones that were so mundane your brain just didn't bother to record them. Hundreds, maybe thousands of nights come and go without being preserved by our memory. Does that ever freak you out? Like maybe your mind recorded all of the wrong nights?”
Matthew Quick, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
“And I still love you in my own fucked-up way. I miss you, I really do. Can we still be friends?”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“I...have a woman in my arms who has suffered greatly and desperately needs to believe once again that she is beautiful.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“People should be nice to you, Leonard. You're a human being. You should expect people to be nice.”
Matthew Quick, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
“...I am now watching the movie of my life as I live it.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“When I read the actual story-how Gatsby loves Daisy so much but can't ever be with her no matter how hard he tries-I feel like ripping the book in half and calling up Fitzgerald and telling him his book is all wrong, even though I know Fitzgerald is probably deceased. Especially when Gatsby is shot dead in his swimming pool the first time he goes for a swim all summer, Daisy doesn't even go to his funeral, Nick and Jordan part ways, and Daisy ends up sticking with racist Tom, whose need for sex basically murders an innocent woman, you can tell Fitzgerald never took the time to look up at clouds during sunset, because there's no silver lining at the end of that book, let me tell you.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“When life reaches out with a moment like this, it's a sin if you don't reach back.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook

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