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Nick Hornby Quote: “Everyone knows how to talk, and no one knows what to say.”

Everyone knows how to talk, and no one knows what to say.

— Nick Hornby



Nick Hornby Quote: “Sentimental music has this great way of taking you back somewhere at the same time that it takes you forward, so you feel nostagic and hopeful all at the same time.”

Sentimental music has this great way of taking you back somewhere at the same time that it takes you forward, so you feel nostagic and hopeful all at the same time.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.”

Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Sarcasm and compassion are two of the qualities that make life on Earth tolerable.”

Sarcasm and compassion are two of the qualities that make life on Earth tolerable.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “No man is an island...”

No man is an island...

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I'm very good at the past. It's the present I can't understand.”

I'm very good at the past. It's the present I can't understand.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “What went wrong? Nothing and everything.”

What went wrong? Nothing and everything.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I lost the plot for a while then. And I lost the subplot, the script, the soundtrack, the intermission, my popcorn, the credits, and the exit sign.”

I lost the plot for a while then. And I lost the subplot, the script, the soundtrack, the intermission, my popcorn, the credits, and the exit sign.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “The plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone; you don't need to be a heroin addict or a performance poet to experience extremity. You just have to love someone.”

The plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone; you don't need to be a heroin addict or a performance poet to experience extremity. You just have to love someone.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Even bad times have good things in them to make you feel alive.”

Even bad times have good things in them to make you feel alive.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “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.”

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


Nick Hornby Quote: “I’m a good person. In most ways. But I’m beginning to think that being a good person in most ways doesn’t count for anything very much, if you’re a bad person in one way.”

I’m a good person. In most ways. But I’m beginning to think that being a good person in most ways doesn’t count for anything very much, if you’re a bad person in one way.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women: suddenly, inexplicably, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain or disruption it would bring with it.”

I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women: suddenly, inexplicably, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain or disruption it would bring with it.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “It’s brilliant, being depressed; you can behave as badly as you like.”

It’s brilliant, being depressed; you can behave as badly as you like.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “So now what? What happens when words fail us?”

So now what? What happens when words fail us?

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “You know that things aren’t going well for you when you can’t even tell people the simplest fact about your life, just because they’ll presume you’re asking them to feel sorry for you.”

You know that things aren’t going well for you when you can’t even tell people the simplest fact about your life, just because they’ll presume you’re asking them to feel sorry for you.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “You’ll remember someone who broke your heart, and you’ll think to yourself, ‘Oh yes, I remember how that feels.’ But you can’t.”

You’ll remember someone who broke your heart, and you’ll think to yourself, ‘Oh yes, I remember how that feels.’ But you can’t.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “When you get older, it feels like happy memories and sad memories are pretty much the same thing. It is all just emotion in the end. And any of it can make you weep.”

When you get older, it feels like happy memories and sad memories are pretty much the same thing. It is all just emotion in the end. And any of it can make you weep.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Record stores can’t save your life. But they can give you a better one.”

Record stores can’t save your life. But they can give you a better one.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “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?”

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


Nick Hornby Quote: “It’s a mystery of human chemistry and I don’t understand it, some people, as far as their senses are concerned, just feel like home.”

It’s a mystery of human chemistry and I don’t understand it, some people, as far as their senses are concerned, just feel like home.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “For alarmingly large chunks of an average day, I am a moron.”

For alarmingly large chunks of an average day, I am a moron.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “He’s at the chocolate teapot end of the competency scale.”

He’s at the chocolate teapot end of the competency scale.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “The truth will set you free. Either that or it’ll get you a punch in the nose.”

The truth will set you free. Either that or it’ll get you a punch in the nose.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “You have to work at relationships. You can’t just walk out on them every time something goes wrong.”

You have to work at relationships. You can’t just walk out on them every time something goes wrong.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “You don’t ask people with knives in their stomachs what would make them happy; happiness is no longer the point. It’s all about survival; it’s all about whether you pull the knife out and bleed to death or keep it in...”

You don’t ask people with knives in their stomachs what would make them happy; happiness is no longer the point. It’s all about survival; it’s all about whether you pull the knife out and bleed to death or keep it in...

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “It’s not what you like but what you are like that’s important.”

It’s not what you like but what you are like that’s important.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “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.”

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


Nick Hornby Quote: “Everything’s complicated, even those things that seem flat in their bleakness or sadness.”

Everything’s complicated, even those things that seem flat in their bleakness or sadness.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I’m not telling you that suicidal people aren’t so far away from people who can get by; I’m telling you that people who can get by aren’t so far away from being suicidal.”

I’m not telling you that suicidal people aren’t so far away from people who can get by; I’m telling you that people who can get by aren’t so far away from being suicidal.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “The natural state of the football fan is bitter disappointment, no matter what the score.”

The natural state of the football fan is bitter disappointment, no matter what the score.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “One thing about great art: it made you love people more, forgive them their petty transgressions. It worked in the way that religion was supposed to, if you thought about it.”

One thing about great art: it made you love people more, forgive them their petty transgressions. It worked in the way that religion was supposed to, if you thought about it.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Radio football is football reduced to its lowest common denominator.”

Radio football is football reduced to its lowest common denominator.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Life isn’t, and has never been, a 2-0 home victory after a fish and chip lunch.”

Life isn’t, and has never been, a 2-0 home victory after a fish and chip lunch.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Complaining about boring football is a little like complaining about the sad ending of King Lear: it misses the point somehow.”

Complaining about boring football is a little like complaining about the sad ending of King Lear: it misses the point somehow.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Self-pity is an ignoble emotion, but we all feel it, and the orthodox critical line that it represents some kind of artistic flaw is dubious, a form of emotional correctness.”

Self-pity is an ignoble emotion, but we all feel it, and the orthodox critical line that it represents some kind of artistic flaw is dubious, a form of emotional correctness.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I suddenly had a little epiphany: all the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal.”

I suddenly had a little epiphany: all the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “You wouldn’t believe that so much could change just because a relationship ended.”

You wouldn’t believe that so much could change just because a relationship ended.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I couldn’t bear to think about the proper future, so I just tried to make things better for the next twenty minutes or so, over and over again.”

I couldn’t bear to think about the proper future, so I just tried to make things better for the next twenty minutes or so, over and over again.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Reading begets reading.”

Reading begets reading.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “There isn’t so much to be afraid of, out there. I can remember thinking it was funny to find that out, on the last night of my life; I’d spent the rest of it being afraid of everything.”

There isn’t so much to be afraid of, out there. I can remember thinking it was funny to find that out, on the last night of my life; I’d spent the rest of it being afraid of everything.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “We are never allowed to forget that some books are badly written; we should remember that sometimes they’re badly read, too.”

We are never allowed to forget that some books are badly written; we should remember that sometimes they’re badly read, too.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “That’s why; he’s worried about how his life is turning out, and he’s lonely, and lonely people are the bitterest of them all.”

That’s why; he’s worried about how his life is turning out, and he’s lonely, and lonely people are the bitterest of them all.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “The truth about life was that nothing ever ended until you died, and even then you just left a whole bunch of unresolved narratives behind you.”

The truth about life was that nothing ever ended until you died, and even then you just left a whole bunch of unresolved narratives behind you.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Yes, yes, I know all the jokes. What else could I have expected at Highbury? But I went to Chelsea and to Tottenham and to Rangers, and saw the same thing: that the natural state of a football fan is bitter disappointment, no matter what the score.”

Yes, yes, I know all the jokes. What else could I have expected at Highbury? But I went to Chelsea and to Tottenham and to Rangers, and saw the same thing: that the natural state of a football fan is bitter disappointment, no matter what the score.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Love, it turns out, is as undemocratic as money, so it accumulates around people who have plenty of it already: the sane, the healthy, the lovable.”

Love, it turns out, is as undemocratic as money, so it accumulates around people who have plenty of it already: the sane, the healthy, the lovable.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “It was hopeless, life, really. It was set up all wrong.”

It was hopeless, life, really. It was set up all wrong.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “We’re here for such a short amount of time. Why do we spend any of it building sandcastles?”

We’re here for such a short amount of time. Why do we spend any of it building sandcastles?

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “When your sad – like really sad – you only want to be with other people who are sad.”

When your sad – like really sad – you only want to be with other people who are sad.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “On New Year’s Eve he ould make a resolution to recover some his previous scepticism, but until then he would do as the Romans do, and smile at people even if he disapproved of them.”

On New Year’s Eve he ould make a resolution to recover some his previous scepticism, but until then he would do as the Romans do, and smile at people even if he disapproved of them.

— Nick Hornby

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