Socializing Quotes

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Criss Jami
“Telling an introvert to go to a party is like telling a saint to go to Hell.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

David Sedaris
“Every gathering has its moment. As an adult, I distract myself by trying to identify it, dreading the inevitable downswing that is sure to follow. The guests will repeat themselves one too many times, or you'll run out of dope or liquor and realize that it was all you ever had in common.”
David Sedaris, Naked

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“Socializing is more positive than being alone, that’s why meetings are so popular. People don’t like being alone. That would be, however, an important skill to learn...”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life

Thomas Hardy
“I have no fear of men, as such, nor of their books. I have mixed with them--one or two of them particularly-- almost as one of their own sex. I mean I have not felt about them as most women are taught to feel--to be on their guard against attacks on their virtue; for no average man-- no man short of a sensual savage--will molest a woman by day or night, at home or abroad, unless she invites him. Until she says by a look 'Come on' he is always afraid to, and if you never say it, or look it, he never comes.”
Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure

“To me, socializing was like sinking to the bottom of a deep, deep ocean... Until eventually you couldn't take it anymore, and had to come up for air"

- Shimamura - Adachi to Shimamura”
Hitoma Iruma, 電波女と青春男 1

Robert   Harris
“This was the problem with drinks parties: getting stuck with a person you didn't want to talk to while someone you did was tantalisingly in view.”
Robert Harris, The Fear Index

“Mathilde returned and strolled past the drawing-room windows; she saw him busily engaged in describing to Madame de Fervaques the old ruined castles that crown the steep banks of the Rhine and give them so distinctive a character. He was beginning to acquit himself none too badly in the use of the sentimental and picturesque language which is called wit in certain drawing-rooms.”
Stendhal, The Red and the Black

Robin McKinley
“Although when there were too many people around- which there certainly were today- it was hard even to remember to say thank you: all those people were like drowning.”
Robin Mckinley, Pegasus

Jerome K. Jerome
“One of the problems of social life is to know what to say to one another when we meet; every man and woman's desire is to appear sympathetic and clever, and this makes conversation difficult, because, taking us all round, we are neither sympathetic nor clever.”
Jerome K. Jerome, Second Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow

Edward Gorey
“. . . when I talk to people I really like to talk to them, and not just exchange pleasantries and wonder which of us is going to try to get away first. Most social occasions leave me less than enthralled.”
Edward Gorey, Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey

Richelle E. Goodrich
“I might be tempted to socialize more if the conversations taking place around me were half as interesting as the dialogue going on inside my head.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons: Quotes, Poetry, & a few Short Stories for Every Day of the Year

Curtis Sittenfeld
“Of course, now I wonder where I had gotten the idea that for you to participate in a gathering, the other people had to really, really want you to be there and that anything short of rabid enthusiasm on their part meant you'd be a nuisance. Where had I gotten the idea that being a nuisance was that big a deal? Sometimes now I think of all the opportunities I didn't take - to get a manicure in town, to watch television in another dorm, to go outside for a snowball fight - and of how refusal became a habit for me, and then I felt it would be conspicuous if I ever did join in.”
Curtis Sittenfeld, Prep

Alicia Jasinska
“Eva had reached her limit for human interaction.
She could feel the climbing tension in her muscles. the sharp stab of irritation every time another person spoke, the rising desire to pluck one of the hairpins out of her braids and shove it through someone's throat.”
Alicia Jasinska

Natsume Sōseki
“That Seigo could go into geisha houses, accept luncheon invitations, drop in at the Club, see people off at Shimabashi, meet them at Yokohama, run out to Oiso to humor the elders—that he could put in his appearance at large gatherings from morning to evening without seeming either triumphant or dejected—this must be because he was thoroughly accustomed to this kind of life, thought Daisuke; it was probably like the jellyfish's floating in the sea and not finding it salty.”
Natsume Sōseki, And Then

Lisa Kleypas
“She was the guest everyone invited when they needed to blend a group of disparate personalities, just as a roux would bind soup or sauce into velvety smoothness.”
Lisa Kleypas, Devil's Daughter

Tom Rath
“There is no greater predictor of human well-being than the amount of social time we spend with one another.”
Tom Rath, Life's Great Question: Discover How You Contribute To The World

Evinda Lepins
“In order to "be a light" we need to "plug into" The Light!”
Evinda Lepins, Back to Single

Zadie Smith
“Back then, we were all still willing to take the “risk,” if “risk” is the right word to describe entering into the lives of others, not merely in symbol but in reality.”
Zadie Smith, Feel Free: Essays

Amy Levy
“A curious, dreamlike sensation stole over Gertrude at finding herself once again in a roomful of people; and as an old war-horse is said to become excited at the sound of battle, so she felt the social instincts rise strongly within her as the familiar, forgotten pageant of nods and becks and wreathed smiles burst anew upon her.”
Amy Levy, The Romance of a Shop

Jen Calonita
“Anna rushed onward, past another row of homes, and found her way to the farm where they kept their chicken coop. She opened the netting to collect a fresh batch of eggs. "Morning, Erik, Elin, and Elise," she greeted the hens. "I've got to move quick today. Freya is coming!" She gathered at least a dozen eggs, closed up the coop, and carefully carried the bucket and the tea back to the house.
An older man was pulling a cart with flowers down the street. "Morning, Anna!"
"Morning, Erling!" Anna called. "Gorgeous blooms today. Do you have my favorite?"
Erling produced two stems of golden crocuses. The yellow flowers were as bright as the sun. Anna inhaled their sweet aroma. "Thank you! Come by later for some fresh bread. First batch should be out of the oven midmorning."
"Thank you, Anna! I will!" he said, and Anna hurried along, trying not to crack the eggs or stop again. She had a habit of stopping to talk. A lot.”
Jen Calonita, Conceal, Don't Feel

Gail Honeyman
“Social interaction, it appeared, was surprisingly expensive.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Ryū Murakami
“Alcohol, it was said, liberated people. But nobody here wanted liberation, or would have known what to do with it. Alcohol was usually drunk in an intimate atmosphere, and an intimate atmosphere was one fraught with problems. You were compelled to conform, to respect the spreading sense of closeness in a group. If you didn’t, you were punished. If you sat by yourself thinking in a room full of the fug of intimacy, people asked you what was wrong or if you were bored, and from there it would escalate until you were being blamed as an energy-suck and a gloomy bastard. When drinking, if someone made even the dumbest joke, you had to laugh.”
Ryū Murakami, From the Fatherland, with Love

Colson Whitehead
“Social media wasn't usually my thing, as it had the word "social" in it, but I'd taken to the platform after a personal tragedy. I had a cat, the cat died, and now what I used to say to my cat all day, I tweeted. It helped that 140 characters was roughly my preferred limit when it came to human interaction.”
Colson Whitehead, The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

Penelope Lively
“It was not so much that he had anything against people in general, more that he saw no purpose in deliberately setting up occasions on which you stood around trying to think of something to say. Moreover, the whole process was self-perpetuating; the guest became the host in an act of social revenge and thus it was on for ever. The only sensible course was never to start it in the first place.”
Penelope Lively, Passing On

J.S. Mason
“The book that he wanted was in an area that seemed barren and deserted from the rest of the library, like a friend who had been alienated for committing a social faux pas such as pronouncing French words with the English “x” and “s” sound, not the “faux pas” referring to the loser in a paternity test battle.”
J.S. Mason, The Ghost Therapist...And Other Grand Delights

“Love comes first, life second, followed by inspiration and humor. Pick your subject of conversation accordingly.”

Avijeet Das
“You won't find me socializing, because I love my solitude. You won't find me in parties, because I love my loneliness.”
Avijeet Das

Henry Miller
“It's hard to talk to a person when you have nothing in common with him or her, you betray yourself.”
Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

Sonia Choquette
“A key to whether friendship is good is: Who am I being in this connection? Do I like me? (Never mind do I like you!) Am I liking how I'm showing up? Does this feel good to me?”
Sonia Choquette

Steven Magee
“Working and socializing with international people was prevalent in professional astronomy.”
Steven Magee, Toxic Altitude

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