Nick Hornby Quotes

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Nick Hornby
“This thing about looking for someone less different... It only really worked, he realized, if you were convinced that being you wasn't so bad in the first place.”
Nick Hornby, About a Boy

Nick Hornby
“Look at all the things that can go wrong for men. There’s the nothing-happening-at-all problem, the too-much-happening-too-soon problem, the dismal-droop-after-a-promising-beginning problem; there’s the size-doesn’t-matter-except-in-my-case problem, the failing-to-deliver-the-goods problem…and what do women have to worry about? A handful of cellulite? Join the club. A spot of I-wonder-how-I-rank? Ditto.”
Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

Nick Hornby
“You wouldn't believe that so much could change just because a relationship ended.”
Nick Hornby, About a Boy

Nick Hornby
“You had to live in your own bubble. You couldn't force your way into someone else's, because then it wouldn't be a bubble any more.”
Nick Hornby, About a Boy

Nick Hornby
“[...] falling in love with someone beautiful and intelligent and the rest of it, then feeling like a blank twit put you at something of a disadvantage.”
Nick Hornby, About a Boy

Nick Hornby
“There were about seventy-nine squillion people in the world, and if you were very lucky, you would end up being loved by fifteen or twenty of them.”
Nick Hornby, About a Boy

Nick Hornby
“But there was an important and essential truth contained in the idea, and the truth was that these things matter, and 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, High Fidelity

Nick Hornby
“It is a strange paradox that while the grief of football fans(and it is real grief) is private - we each have an individual relationship with our clubs, and I think that we are secretly convinced that none of the other fans understands quite why we have been harder hit than anyone else - we are forced to mourn in public, surrounded by people whose hurt is expressed in forms different from our own.”
Nick Hornby, Fever Pitch

Nick Hornby
“What good were real feelings anyway?”
Nick Hornby, About a Boy

Nick Hornby
“Experience, then, was something that enabled you to do nothing with a clear conscience. Experience was an overrated quality.”
Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked

Nick Hornby
“...[W]hen's it all going to f***ing stop? I’m going to jump from rock to rock for the rest of my life until there aren’t any rocks left? I’m going to run each time I get itchy feet? Because I get them about once a quarter, along with the utilities bills. More than that, even… I’ve been thinking with my guts since I was fourteen years old, and frankly speaking, between you and me, I have come to the conclusion that my guts have s*** for brains.
I know what's wrong with Laura. What's wrong with Laura is that I'll never see her for the first or second or third time again. I'll never spend two or three days in a sweat trying to remember what she looks like, never again will I get to a pub half an hour early to meet her staring at the same article in a magazine and looking at my watch every thirty seconds, never again will thinking about her set something off in me like "Let's Get it On" sets something off in me. And sure, I love her and like her and have good conversations, nice sex and intense rows with her, and she looks after me and worries about me and arranges the Groucho for me, but what does all that count for, when someone with bare arms, a nice smile, and a pair of Doc Martens comes into the shop and says she wants to interview me? Nothing, that's what, but maybe it should count for a bit more.”
Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

Nick Hornby
“A la mayoría de la gente le cabe en la cabeza el suicidio, supongo; la mayoría de la gente, aunque lo tenga muy oculto en lo más profundo de sí misma, puede recordar alguna vez en la vida en la que pensó si realmente quería despertar a la mañana siguiente. Querer morir parece una parte de estar vivo.”
Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

Nick Hornby
“When you're as ill-read as I am, routinely ignoring the literature of the entire non-English-speaking world seems like a minor infraction.”
Nick Hornby, The Complete Polysyllabic Spree

Nick Hornby
“I don't normally read reviews of children's books, mostly because I can't be bothered, and because kids - my kids, anyway - are not interested in what the Guardian thinks they might enjoy. One of my two-year-old's favourite pieces of night-time reading, for example, is the promotional flyer advertising the Incredibles that I was sent, a flyer outlining some of the marketing plans for the film. If you end up having to read that out loud every night, you soon give up on the idea of seeking out improving literature sanctioned by the liberal broadsheets.”
Nick Hornby, The Complete Polysyllabic Spree

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

Nick Hornby
“«E quanto alla Brexit… Alcuni sono convinti che i cambiamenti radicali offrano anche grandi opportunità.»
«Quindi, secondo te, noi due staremmo meglio se ci separassimo?»
«Oddio, no. Stavo parlando del Paese.»
Attraversano la strada.
«Allora quali sarebbero le opportunità offerte dai cambiamenti radicali di cui parli?» chiede Louise.
«Be’, non saremo più impantanati in tutta quella burocrazia. Potremo fare affari per conto nostro.»
«Okay, adesso mi sono completamente persa. Non mi va di continuare a parlare del Paese. Sto cercando di capire perché, secondo te, una Brexit coniugale dovrebbe costituire una grande opportunità.»
Tom alza le spalle. Ha lo sguardo sfuggente.
«Con chi dovresti fare affari, tu? Per quanto ne so, non stai frequentando donne italiane o tedesche. E non credo che potresti avere più fortuna con delle cinesi o delle americane. Mi pare tutta una stupidaggine.»
Sono arrivati alla porta di Canyon.
«Voglio dire che non deve per forza essere la catastrofe di cui parla il Guardian.»
Louise si ferma e lo guarda. Lui evita il suo sguardo, poi alza la mano per suonare il campanello.
«Tu hai votato a favore della stramaledetta Brexit! Non toccare quel campanello! Ecco perché ti sei registrato per il referendum. Nonostante tutte le discussioni che abbiamo avuto sull’argomento.»
«E ci sono volute due palle così, credimi. Perché tutti quelli che conosco continuavano a insistere che sarebbe stato un disastro.»
«Ed è per questo che l’hai fatto? Perché tutti quelli che conosci la pensavano in maniera diversa?»
«Era parte dell’attrattiva, sì. Però anche per alcuni complicati, ma molto difendibili, punti di vista socio-economici.»
«Prova a difenderli.»
«Non ho intenzione di difenderli fuori della porta di ‘Canyon’ un attimo prima della seduta.»
Louise alza gli occhi al cielo, sentendogli sottolineare «Canyon».
«Difendine almeno uno. Uno piccolo.»
«Be’, nessuno è piccolo. Credimi, vorrei che lo fossero. Ma sono grandi. Grandi punti di vista. Grandi idee. Ma soprattutto volevo fare incazzare i tuoi amici.»
«Ah, ci sei riuscito. Non ti rivolgeranno mai più la parola» dice Louise.
«Non è un argomento di conversazione con gli amici. Come ti ho detto, si tratta di una faccenda privata.»
«Come fai a fare incazzare i miei amici, se io non glielo dico?»
«Li ho fatti incazzare in quel momento. Mentre votavo. Non voglio sbatterglielo in faccia. La nazione deve andare avanti. Guarire.»
«Okay, ci vai tu a lavorare in un ospizio, con il minimo salariale, per rimpiazzare tutti quelli dell’Europa dell’Est che abbiamo perso.»
«Sono pronto a fare la mia parte. Anche se non sono di grande utilità, quando c’è di mezzo la morte. O le malattie. O qualunque altra cosa abbia a che fare con un gabinetto.»”
Nick Hornby, State of the Union: A Marriage in Ten Parts

Nick Hornby
“With Laura, I changed my mind about that whole process for a while. There weren’t any sleepless nights or losses of appetite or agonizing waits for the phone to ring for either of us. But we just carried on regardless, anyway, and, because there was no steam to lose, we never had to have that look around to see what we’d got, because what we’d got was the same as what we’d always had. She didn’t make me miserable, or anxious, or ill at ease, and when we went to bed I didn’t panic and let myself down, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.”
Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

Nick Hornby
“I would like my personal reading map to resemble a map of the British Empire circa 1900; I'd like people to look at it and think, 'How the hell did he end up right over there?”
Nick Hornby