Homesick Quotes

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Annie Proulx
“Everybody that went away suffered a broken heart. "I'm coming back some day," they all wrote. But never did. The old life was too small to fit anymore.”
Annie Proulx, The Shipping News

Sarah Silverman
“My stepfather, John O'Hara, was the goodest man there was. He was not a man of many words, but of carefully chosen ones. He was the one parent who didn't try to fix me. One night I sat on his lap in his chair by the woodstove, sobbing. He just held me quietly and then asked only, "What does it feel like?" It was the first time I was prompted to articulate it. I thought about it, then said, "I feel homesick." That still feels like the most accurate description - I felt homesick, but I was home.”
Sarah Silverman, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

Maggie Stiefvater
“He breathed in. He breathed out.
He forgot how to exhale when he wasn't at home.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven King

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

Danzy Senna
“You know, I tried not to think of this place. I tried to let it go. To leave it behind. But it always came back to me, in my dreams. I'd dream about these details, these objects and people and places I'd left behind, and I'd wake up crying.”
Danzy Senna

Jack Kerouac
“...that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when I didn’t know who I was—I was far away from home, haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room I’d never seen, hearing the hiss of steam outside, and the creak of the old wood of the hotel, and footsteps upstairs, and all the sad sounds, and I looked at the cracked high ceiling and really didn’t know who I was for about fifteen strange seconds. I wasn’t scared; I was just somebody else, some stranger, and my whole life was a haunted life, the life of a ghost. I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future, and maybe that’s why it happened right there and then, that strange red afternoon.”
Jack Kerouac

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

“I am homesick for a place I am not sure even exists. One where my heart is full. My body loved. And my soul understood.”
Melissa Cox

Michael Ben Zehabe
“Zoe rubbed her forehead and grimaced. “America is one toll booth after another. In Noshahr I could park anything in front of our compound, but not in free America. I tried to buy a goat to roast. I am not going to tell you the trouble that caused.”
“You can’t roast goat in America?”
“You can roast,” Zoe said, “but there are certain rules about goats. And it made the neighborhood children cry. The details are too tedious for the telephone.”
Michael Benzehabe

Michael Ben Zehabe
“Very good,” she lied. Zoe had learned not to burden loved ones with God’s unwanted children. She had come to America with her gigantic hopes, intending to save money and rescue the sisters who had once rescued her. She wasn’t trying to save the world--just them.”
Michael Benzehabe

Charlotte Eriksson
“You will find yourself wanting to leave and go home at the same time, and there is nothing you can do about this.”
Charlotte Eriksson, Everything Changed When I Forgave Myself: growing up is a wonderful thing to do

“It seems like there are so many homesick people in the world. It seems like so many of us live far away from where we were born.”
Silas House & Neela Vaswani, Same Sun Here

Melissa Albert
“I wanted my mom, in a way you maybe can’t ever want anyone else. It was primal and sharp and it made me feel like a needle in the haystack of a cold and terrible world. I wanted my mom.”
Melissa Albert, The Hazel Wood

Matt Haig
“No, she felt homesick, not for a place, but for a time. Maybe it wasn't homesickness at all. Maybe it was timesickness. She just missed those days when she was younger - seven, six, five, four years old - when she didn't know so much about the world. She missed, most of all, her mother.”
Matt Haig, The Girl Who Saved Christmas

“I am homesick for a place where silence is the only language, love is the only religion, and freedom is not something to be fought for…”
Samiha Totanji

Karen Russell
“She was right. The purebred girls were making mistakes on purpose, in order to give us an advantage. 'King me,' I growled, out of turn. 'I say king me!' and Felicity meekly complied. Beulah pretended not to mind when we got frustrated with the oblique, fussy movement from square to square and shredded the board to ribbons. I felt sorry for them. I wondered what it would be like to be bred in captivity, and always homesick for a dimly sensed forest, the trees you've never seen.”
Karen Russell, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

William Saroyan
“He got up and stalked out of the house, slamming the screen door.
My mother explained.
He has a gentle heart, she said. It is simply that he is homesick and such a large man.”
William Saroyan, My Name is Aram

Jyoti Patel
“She is so soft with the scars
But it's time for her to bloom
To grow
To stay in the light
Though she is homesick for someone
Who is so far away”
Jyoti Patel, The Curved Rainbow

Georgette Heyer
“Oh Lord! Don't, don't start rhapsodising over that cod again, darling! I can't bear it and I know you are going to!"
She laughed.
"You don't understand. It was because it was so typically English.”
Georgette Heyer, Instead of the Thorn

Cynthia Ozick
“The Germans are sentimental. Their word Heimweh. The English say homesick; the same in plain Swedish. Hemsjuk. Leave it to the Germans to pull out, like some endless elastic belt of horrible sweetness, all that molasses woe.”
Cynthia Ozick, The Messiah of Stockholm

Charlotte Eriksson
“I always pictured it a grand thing, the moment I would take off. Someone waving long after I was out of sight and some tune playing soft from somewhere I couldn’t see. I pictured it a clear line, some sort of sharp edge between before and after. But there is no such thing. You can take a U-turn where you’re walking on the pavement but people are just on their own ways home, and now you’re in their way. You keep walking against the tide and you think you’re doing something great but really you’re just pissing people off and when you finally get out on the open field where no directions exist, you find yourself lonely, not free, just a big, vast lonely world that surrounds you and you can go anywhere you please but suddenly you don’t want to go anywhere at all. You just want to go home. Back to your people.”
Charlotte Eriksson, Everything Changed When I Forgave Myself: growing up is a wonderful thing to do

Donna Morrissey
“Gets silly after a while, don't it, hating something because you're mad at something else, you think? (Sylvanus)
It's like we went into hibernation after we moved to Hampden. Never did wake up to the place. Think I always blamed it for our having to more there — silly as that sounds. (Addie)”
Donna Morrissey, What They Wanted

Nanette L. Avery
“Do nomads get homesick...”
Nanette L. Avery

John King
“This is the bottom of the shit heap this city. They can keep their Boys From the Blackstuff and Derek Hatton. I'd die in a place like this after growing up in London. I mean, London's shit, but it's home and nothing like Liverpool. This city has to be the arsehole of England. I don't blame Yosser Hughes for nutting everything in sight. I'd have done the same.”
John King, The Football Factory

Neil Gaiman
“The Marquis stepped between Richard and Door. 'You can't go back to your old home or your old job or your old life,' he said to Richard almost gently. 'None of those things exist. Up there, you don't exist.' They had reached a junction: a place where three tunnels came together. Door and Hunter set off along one of them, the one that no water was coming down, and they did not look back. The Marquis lingered. 'You'll just have to make the best of it down here,' he said to Richard, 'in the sewers and the magic and the dark.”
Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere

Nick Hornby
“It didn't help, reminding herself that if she were back in Blackpool she'd spend the afternoon aching to be in London. It just made her feel that she'd never be happy anywhere.”
Nick Hornby, Funny Girl

John Green
“I like being outside at night. It gives me this weird feeling, like I'm homesick but not for home.”
John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

Karen  Gibbs
“I am homesick for the time when my heart was whole”
Karen Gibbs

Suzanne Rindell
“It dawned on me that no person is as poetically homesick as someone who has come to New York for the first time and glimpsed a small vestige of her home state.”
Suzanne Rindell, Three-Martini Lunch

“I was reminded that only in unfamiliar bedrooms do we perceive with such clarity the true nature of our existence---true because astray---only away from our own bedroom, from the room that I longed for ever moment of my trip---how I longed to be there, to slip into it---in the persistently unyielding space of a deserted place that just won't be appropriated.”
Nathalie Léger, Suite for Barbara Loden

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