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Nick Hornby Quote: “I can see that now. I can see everything once it’s already happened – I’m very good at the past. It’s the present I can’t understand.”

I can see that now. I can see everything once it’s already happened – I’m very good at the past. It’s the present I can’t understand.

— Nick Hornby



Nick Hornby Quote: “As I get older, the tyranny that football exerts over my life, and therefore over the lives of the people around me, is less reasonable and less attractive.”

As I get older, the tyranny that football exerts over my life, and therefore over the lives of the people around me, is less reasonable and less attractive.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I have always been accused of taking the things I love – football, of course, but also books and records – much too seriously, and I do feel a kind of anger when I hear a bad record, or when someone is lukewarm about a book that means a lot to me.”

I have always been accused of taking the things I love – football, of course, but also books and records – much too seriously, and I do feel a kind of anger when I hear a bad record, or when someone is lukewarm about a book that means a lot to me.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I never mind the accusations of domesticity, as long as people recognise that all of us, even the luckiest, will live lives in which we have our hearts broken, suffer the loss of loved ones, worry ourselves half to death about our kids.”

I never mind the accusations of domesticity, as long as people recognise that all of us, even the luckiest, will live lives in which we have our hearts broken, suffer the loss of loved ones, worry ourselves half to death about our kids.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Maybe we all live life at too high a pitch, those of us who absorb emotional things all day, and as mere consequence we can never feel merely content: we have to be unhappy, or ecstatically, head-over-heels happy, and those states are difficult to achieve within a stable, solid relationship.”

Maybe we all live life at too high a pitch, those of us who absorb emotional things all day, and as mere consequence we can never feel merely content: we have to be unhappy, or ecstatically, head-over-heels happy, and those states are difficult to achieve within a stable, solid relationship.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “When it came down to it, he just wasn’t that engaged. You had to be engaged to be a vegetarian; you had to be engaged to sing “Both Sides Now” with your eyes closed; when it came down to it, you had to be engaged to be a mother.”

When it came down to it, he just wasn’t that engaged. You had to be engaged to be a vegetarian; you had to be engaged to sing “Both Sides Now” with your eyes closed; when it came down to it, you had to be engaged to be a mother.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “It’s love this and love that but of couse it’s so easy to love someone you don’t know, whether it’s George Clooney or Monkey. Staying civil to someone with whom you’ve ever shared Christmas turkey- now there’s a miracle.”

It’s love this and love that but of couse it’s so easy to love someone you don’t know, whether it’s George Clooney or Monkey. Staying civil to someone with whom you’ve ever shared Christmas turkey- now there’s a miracle.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I burst into tears and I cry and cry until it feels as though it is not salt and water being squeezed from my eyes, but blood.”

I burst into tears and I cry and cry until it feels as though it is not salt and water being squeezed from my eyes, but blood.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I would like my personal reading map to resemble a map of the British Empire circa 1900.”

I would like my personal reading map to resemble a map of the British Empire circa 1900.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I had forgotten that Jess felt about long words the way that racists feel about black people: she hated them, and wanted to send them back from where they came from.”

I had forgotten that Jess felt about long words the way that racists feel about black people: she hated them, and wanted to send them back from where they came from.

— Nick Hornby



Nick Hornby Quote: “I don’t want my books to exclude anyone, but if they have to, then I would rather they excluded the people who feel they are too smart for them!”

I don’t want my books to exclude anyone, but if they have to, then I would rather they excluded the people who feel they are too smart for them!

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Sometimes we have to be judged by our one-offs.”

Sometimes we have to be judged by our one-offs.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I’d thought I’d live with my wife, but I couldn’t find one.”

I’d thought I’d live with my wife, but I couldn’t find one.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “There had been times when he knew, somewhere in him, that he would get used to it, whatever it was, because he had learnt that some hard things became softer after a very little while.”

There had been times when he knew, somewhere in him, that he would get used to it, whatever it was, because he had learnt that some hard things became softer after a very little while.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “The point is you keep going. You want to. So all the things that make you want to are the point.”

The point is you keep going. You want to. So all the things that make you want to are the point.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “What good were real feelings anyway?”

What good were real feelings anyway?

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Books are, let’s face it, better than everything else. If we played Cultural Fantasy Boxing League, and made books go fifteen rounds in the ring against the best that any other art form had to offer, then books would win pretty much every time.”

Books are, let’s face it, better than everything else. If we played Cultural Fantasy Boxing League, and made books go fifteen rounds in the ring against the best that any other art form had to offer, then books would win pretty much every time.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “When you’re unhappy, I guess everything in the world – reading, eating, sleeping – has something buried somewhere inside it that just makes you unhappier.”

When you’re unhappy, I guess everything in the world – reading, eating, sleeping – has something buried somewhere inside it that just makes you unhappier.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I’m coming to London next week, by the way, in unhappy circumstances. Are we getting on fine as we are? Or would you like a drink?”

I’m coming to London next week, by the way, in unhappy circumstances. Are we getting on fine as we are? Or would you like a drink?

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “What you don’t catch a glimpse of on your wedding day- because how could you?- is that some days you will hate your spouse, that you will look at him and regret ever exhchanging a word with him, let alone a ring and bodily fluids.”

What you don’t catch a glimpse of on your wedding day- because how could you?- is that some days you will hate your spouse, that you will look at him and regret ever exhchanging a word with him, let alone a ring and bodily fluids.

— Nick Hornby



Nick Hornby Quote: “By the early seventies I had become an Englishman – that is to say, I hated England just as much as half my compatriots seemed to do.”

By the early seventies I had become an Englishman – that is to say, I hated England just as much as half my compatriots seemed to do.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Women who disapprove of men – and there’s plenty to disapprove of – should remember how we started out, and how far we had to travel.”

Women who disapprove of men – and there’s plenty to disapprove of – should remember how we started out, and how far we had to travel.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I guess I should have forgotten about it ages ago, but forgetting isn’t something I’m very good at.”

I guess I should have forgotten about it ages ago, but forgetting isn’t something I’m very good at.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “For the best part of 40 years she had genuinely believed that not doing things would somehow prevent regret, when, of course, the exact opposite was true.”

For the best part of 40 years she had genuinely believed that not doing things would somehow prevent regret, when, of course, the exact opposite was true.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Barry, you’re over thirty years old. You owe it to your mum and dad not to sing in a group called Sonic Death Monkey.”

Barry, you’re over thirty years old. You owe it to your mum and dad not to sing in a group called Sonic Death Monkey.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Reciprocation was a pretty powerful stimulant to the imagination.”

Reciprocation was a pretty powerful stimulant to the imagination.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Unhappiness really meant something back then. Now it’s just a drag, like a cold or having no money.”

Unhappiness really meant something back then. Now it’s just a drag, like a cold or having no money.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I miss him like one might miss a scar, or wooden leg, something disfiguring but characteristic.”

I miss him like one might miss a scar, or wooden leg, something disfiguring but characteristic.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I’m simply pointing out that what happens to us isn’t the whole story. That I continue to exist even when we’re not together.”

I’m simply pointing out that what happens to us isn’t the whole story. That I continue to exist even when we’re not together.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “You can wait forever for the muse to sit on your shoulder, but most of the time you know what has to be done and inspiration is not going to help you.”

You can wait forever for the muse to sit on your shoulder, but most of the time you know what has to be done and inspiration is not going to help you.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Every time people force themselves to carry on with a book they’re not enjoying, they reinforce the idea that reading is a duty.”

Every time people force themselves to carry on with a book they’re not enjoying, they reinforce the idea that reading is a duty.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Asking the head I have now to explain its own thinking is as pointless as dialing your own telephone number on your own telephone: Either way, you get an engaged signal. Or your own answer message, if you have that kind of phone system.”

Asking the head I have now to explain its own thinking is as pointless as dialing your own telephone number on your own telephone: Either way, you get an engaged signal. Or your own answer message, if you have that kind of phone system.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I have a really low boredom threshold.”

I have a really low boredom threshold.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I really don’t want to be boring, and so many books are so boring!”

I really don’t want to be boring, and so many books are so boring!

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “He has the personality of a child prodigy, but no discernable talent.”

He has the personality of a child prodigy, but no discernable talent.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “And mostly all I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other people to listen to them, and get cross when these other people don’t like them as much as I do.”

And mostly all I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other people to listen to them, and get cross when these other people don’t like them as much as I do.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Phone calls like ours only happen when you’ve spent several years hurting and being hurt, until every work you utter or hear becomes coded and loaded, as complicated and full of subtext as a bleak and brilliant play.”

Phone calls like ours only happen when you’ve spent several years hurting and being hurt, until every work you utter or hear becomes coded and loaded, as complicated and full of subtext as a bleak and brilliant play.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “The plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone.”

The plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “He’d told her it was just a scratch and got cross when she hadn’t offered morphine.”

He’d told her it was just a scratch and got cross when she hadn’t offered morphine.

— 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: “It’s no good looking to writers for definitions of what constitutes proper writing, because you will drive yourself crazy, and you won’t find anything that you can build into a coherent whole.”

It’s no good looking to writers for definitions of what constitutes proper writing, because you will drive yourself crazy, and you won’t find anything that you can build into a coherent whole.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Where’s the superficial? I was, and therefore am, dim, gloomy, a drag, unfashionable, unfanciable, and awkward. This doesn’t seem like superficial to me. These aren’t flesh wounds. These are life-threatening thrusts into the internal organs.”

Where’s the superficial? I was, and therefore am, dim, gloomy, a drag, unfashionable, unfanciable, and awkward. This doesn’t seem like superficial to me. These aren’t flesh wounds. These are life-threatening thrusts into the internal organs.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “You just have to smile and take it, otherwise it would drive you mad.”

You just have to smile and take it, otherwise it would drive you mad.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Maybe the best thing to do with favorite books is to leave them be: to achieve such exalted position means that they entered your life at exactly the right time, in precisely the right place, and those conditions can never be recreated.”

Maybe the best thing to do with favorite books is to leave them be: to achieve such exalted position means that they entered your life at exactly the right time, in precisely the right place, and those conditions can never be recreated.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “You’re not allowed to say anything about books because they’re books, and books are, you know, God.”

You’re not allowed to say anything about books because they’re books, and books are, you know, God.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I had to nurture those doubts as if they were tiny, sickly kittens, until eventually they became sturdy, healthy grievances, with their own cat doors, which allowed them to wander in and out of our conversation at will.”

I had to nurture those doubts as if they were tiny, sickly kittens, until eventually they became sturdy, healthy grievances, with their own cat doors, which allowed them to wander in and out of our conversation at will.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “The outward manifestations of an inner combustion are never very directed.”

The outward manifestations of an inner combustion are never very directed.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Not for the first time in my life, and certainly not for the last, a self-righteous gloom had edged out all semblance of logic.”

Not for the first time in my life, and certainly not for the last, a self-righteous gloom had edged out all semblance of logic.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “It’s often the way that people who take their work seriously laugh at stupid jokes; it’s as if they are under-humored and, as a consequence, suffer from premature laugh-ejaculation.”

It’s often the way that people who take their work seriously laugh at stupid jokes; it’s as if they are under-humored and, as a consequence, suffer from premature laugh-ejaculation.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “But then, that was the trouble with relationships generally. They had their own temperature and there was no thermostat.”

But then, that was the trouble with relationships generally. They had their own temperature and there was no thermostat.

— Nick Hornby

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