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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
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“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn't spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“in principle and reality, libraries are life-enhancing palaces of wonder”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“Sometimes you simply needed someone kind to sit with you while you dealt with things.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“Although it’s good to try new things and to keep an open mind, it’s also extremely important to stay true to who you really are.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“A philosophical question: if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? And if a woman who's wholly alone occasionally talks to a pot plant, is she certifiable? I think that it is perfectly normal to talk to oneself occasionally. It's not as though I'm expecting a reply. I'm fully aware that Polly is a houseplant.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“I simply didn't know how to make things better. I could not solve the puzzle of me.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“These days, loneliness is the new cancer – a shameful, embarrassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way. A fearful, incurable thing, so horrifying that you dare not mention it; other people don’t want to hear the word spoken aloud for fear that they might too be afflicted, or that it might tempt fate into visiting a similar horror upon them.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that you don't need anyone, you can take care of yourself.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“There are days when I feel so lightly connected to the earth that the threads that tether me to the planet are gossamer thin, spun sugar. A strong gust of wind could dislodge me completely, and I’d lift off and blow away, like one of those seeds in a dandelion clock. The threads tighten slightly from Monday to Friday.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“When the silence and the aloneness press down and around me, crushing me, carving through me like ice, I need to speak aloud sometimes, if only for proof of life.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“In the end, what matters is this: I survived.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“I find lateness exceptionally rude; it’s so disrespectful, implying unambiguously that you consider yourself and your own time to be so much more valuable than the other person’s.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“When you're struggling hard to manage your own emotions, it becomes unbearable to have to witness other people's, to have to try and manage theirs too.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“Time only blunts the pain of loss. It doesn’t erase it.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“I wasn't good at pretending, that was the thing. After what had happened in that burning house, given what went on there, I could see no point in being anything other than truthful with the world. I had, literally, nothing left to lose. But, by careful observation from the sidelines, I'd worked out that social success is often built on pretending just a little. Popular people sometimes have to laugh at things they don't find very funny, or do things they don't particularly want to, with people whose company they don't particularly enjoy. Not me. I had decided, years ago, that if the choice was between that or flying solo, then I'd fly solo. It was safer that way. Grief is the price we pay for love, so they say. The price is far too high.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“Did men ever look in the mirror, I wondered, and find themselves wanting in deeply fundamental ways? When they opened a newspaper or watched a film, were they presented with nothing but exceptionally handsome young men, and did this make them feel intimidated, inferior, because they were not as young, not as handsome? Did they then read newspaper articles ridiculing those same handsome men if they gained weight or wore something unflattering?”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“You can't have too much dog in a book.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“I have been waiting for death all my life. I do not mean that I actively wish to die, just that I do not really want to be alive.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“There are scars on my heart, just as thick, as disfiguring as those on my face. I know they’re there. I hope some undamaged tissue remains, a patch through which love can come in and flow out. I hope.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“Whenever I'd been sad or upset before, the relevant people in my life would simply call my social worker and I'd be moved somewhere else. Raymond hadn't phoned anyone or asked an outside agency to intervene. He'd elected to look after me himself. I'd been pondering this, and concluded that there must be some people for whom difficult behavior wasn't a reason to end their relationship with you. If they liked you -- and, I remembered, Raymond and I had agreed that we were pals now -- then, it seemed, they were prepared to maintain contact, even if you were sad, or upset, or behaving in very challenging ways. This was something of a revelation.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“LOL could go and take a running jump. I wasn’t made for illiteracy; it simply didn’t come naturally.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“There was nothing to tempt me from the choice of desserts, so I opted instead for a coffee, which was bitter and lukewarm. Naturally, I had been about to pour it all over myself but, just in time, had read the warning printed on the paper cup, alerting me to the fact that hot liquids can cause injury. A lucky escape, Eleanor! I said to myself, laughing quietly. I began to suspect that Mr. McDonald was a very foolish man indeed, although, judging from the undiminished queue, a wealthy one.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
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“She had tried to steer me towards vertiginous heels again - why are these people so incredibly keen on crippling their female customers? I began to wonder if cobblers and chiropractors had established some fiendish cartel.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“The moment hung in time like a drop of honey from a spoon, heavy, golden.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“You’ve made me shiny, Laura,” I said. I tried to stop it, but a little tear ran down the side of my nose. I wiped it away with the back of my hand before it could dampen the ends of my new hair. “Thank you for making me shiny.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“I’m not sure I’d like to be burned. I think I might like to be fed to zoo animals. It would be both environmentally friendly and a lovely treat for the larger carnivores. Could you request that?”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“Your voice changes when you’re smiling, it alters the sound somehow.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“Obscenity is the distinguishing hallmark of a sadly limited vocabulary.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“You can't protect other people, however hard you try.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
“I feel sorry for beautiful people. Beauty, from the moment you possess it, is already slipping away, ephemeral. That must be difficult.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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