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Nick Hornby Quote: “It’s just that romance, with its dips and turns and glooms and highs, its swoops and swoons and blues, is a natural metaphor for music itself.”

It’s just that romance, with its dips and turns and glooms and highs, its swoops and swoons and blues, is a natural metaphor for music itself.

— Nick Hornby



Nick Hornby Quote: “I’m still not a very good white wine, but I’m drinkable – you could put me in a punch, anyway.”

I’m still not a very good white wine, but I’m drinkable – you could put me in a punch, anyway.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “We were little animals, which is not to imply that by the end of the week we were tearing our tank tops off; just that, metaphorically speaking, we had begun to sniff each other’s bottoms, and we did not find the odor entirely repellent.”

We were little animals, which is not to imply that by the end of the week we were tearing our tank tops off; just that, metaphorically speaking, we had begun to sniff each other’s bottoms, and we did not find the odor entirely repellent.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Like all books that have that kind of momentum, it starts from word of mouth.”

Like all books that have that kind of momentum, it starts from word of mouth.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “If you really wanted to mess me up, you should have got to me earlier.”

If you really wanted to mess me up, you should have got to me earlier.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Books are, let’s face it, better than everything else.”

Books are, let’s face it, better than everything else.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I don’t even feel as if I’m the center of my own world, so how am I supposed to feel as though I’m the center of anyone else’s?”

I don’t even feel as if I’m the center of my own world, so how am I supposed to feel as though I’m the center of anyone else’s?

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “That was his mother. When she wasn’t crying over the breakfast cereal, she was laughing about killing herself.”

That was his mother. When she wasn’t crying over the breakfast cereal, she was laughing about killing herself.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I don’t believe in Heaven or anything. But I want to be the kind of person that qualifies for entry anyway.”

I don’t believe in Heaven or anything. But I want to be the kind of person that qualifies for entry anyway.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “It’s no wonder we’re all such a mess, is it? We’re like Tom Hanks in Big. Little boys and girls trapped in adult bodies and forced to get on with it.”

It’s no wonder we’re all such a mess, is it? We’re like Tom Hanks in Big. Little boys and girls trapped in adult bodies and forced to get on with it.

— Nick Hornby



Nick Hornby Quote: “It takes a child to say the unsayable.”

It takes a child to say the unsayable.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “It’s music rage, which is like road rage, only more righteous. When you get road rage, a tiny part of you knows you’re being a jerk, but when you get music rage, you’re carrying out the will of God, and God wants these people dead.”

It’s music rage, which is like road rage, only more righteous. When you get road rage, a tiny part of you knows you’re being a jerk, but when you get music rage, you’re carrying out the will of God, and God wants these people dead.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “So it’s not about what you do. It can’t be, can it? It has to be about how you are, how you love, how you treat yourself and those around you, and that’s where I get eaten up.”

So it’s not about what you do. It can’t be, can it? It has to be about how you are, how you love, how you treat yourself and those around you, and that’s where I get eaten up.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “We can’t be as good as we’d want to, so the question then becomes, how do we cope with our own badness?”

We can’t be as good as we’d want to, so the question then becomes, how do we cope with our own badness?

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I’d stay there, or not, and I’d eat, or not, and I’d drink, or not, and go home, or not, and what I did or didn’t do wouldn’t matter to anyone at all. And I walked for most of the day. Do people get sad on holiday sometimes? I can imagine they do, having all that time to think.”

I’d stay there, or not, and I’d eat, or not, and I’d drink, or not, and go home, or not, and what I did or didn’t do wouldn’t matter to anyone at all. And I walked for most of the day. Do people get sad on holiday sometimes? I can imagine they do, having all that time to think.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “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.”

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


Nick Hornby Quote: “But the internet had changed everything: nobody was forgotten anymore.”

But the internet had changed everything: nobody was forgotten anymore.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “I hate time. It never does what you want it to.”

I hate time. It never does what you want it to.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Telling me I can do anything I want is like pulling the plug out of the bath and then telling the water it can go anywhere it wants. Try it, and see what happens.”

Telling me I can do anything I want is like pulling the plug out of the bath and then telling the water it can go anywhere it wants. Try it, and see what happens.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “We have one of those conversations where every thing clicks, meshes, corresponds, locks, where even our pauses, even our punctuation marks, seem to be nodding in agreement.”

We have one of those conversations where every thing clicks, meshes, corresponds, locks, where even our pauses, even our punctuation marks, seem to be nodding in agreement.

— Nick Hornby



Nick Hornby Quote: “I don’t think you can call it stalking when it’s just phone calls and letters and emails and knocking on the door.”

I don’t think you can call it stalking when it’s just phone calls and letters and emails and knocking on the door.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “To me, making a tape is like writing a letter – there’s a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again, and I wanted it to be a good one.”

To me, making a tape is like writing a letter – there’s a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again, and I wanted it to be a good one.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “We spent all those years talking about stuff we had in common, and the last few months noticing all the ways we were different and it broke both of our hearts.”

We spent all those years talking about stuff we had in common, and the last few months noticing all the ways we were different and it broke both of our hearts.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “And what would happen if we never read the classics? There comes a point in life, it seems to me, where you have to decide whether you’re a Person of Letters or merely someone who loves books, and I’m beginning to see that the book lovers have more fun.”

And what would happen if we never read the classics? There comes a point in life, it seems to me, where you have to decide whether you’re a Person of Letters or merely someone who loves books, and I’m beginning to see that the book lovers have more fun.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “It struck him that how you spent Christmas was a message to the world about where you were in life, some indication of how deep a hole you had managed to burrow for yourself.”

It struck him that how you spent Christmas was a message to the world about where you were in life, some indication of how deep a hole you had managed to burrow for yourself.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “One could argue that most of the trouble in the world is caused by introspection.”

One could argue that most of the trouble in the world is caused by introspection.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “It’s just that none of us had the wit or talent to make them into songs. We made them into life, which much messier, and more time consuming, and leaves nothing for anybody to whistle.”

It’s just that none of us had the wit or talent to make them into songs. We made them into life, which much messier, and more time consuming, and leaves nothing for anybody to whistle.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “But I suspect that all writers come up with premises of some kind, fragments of narrative or scenarios, in the course of a working week.”

But I suspect that all writers come up with premises of some kind, fragments of narrative or scenarios, in the course of a working week.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Linda seemed to recognize loneliness. Possibly she could see it sitting opposite her, sipping lager and trying not to lose its temper. It was an illness, loneliness-it made you weak, gullible, feebleminded.”

Linda seemed to recognize loneliness. Possibly she could see it sitting opposite her, sipping lager and trying not to lose its temper. It was an illness, loneliness-it made you weak, gullible, feebleminded.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Cynicism is our shared common language, the Esperanto that actually caught on, and though I’m not fluent in it – I like too many things, and I’m not envious of enough people – I know enough to get by.”

Cynicism is our shared common language, the Esperanto that actually caught on, and though I’m not fluent in it – I like too many things, and I’m not envious of enough people – I know enough to get by.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “It is the act of reading itself that I miss, the opportunity to retreat further and further from the world until I have found some space, some air that isn’t stale, that hasn’t been breathed by my family a thousand times already.”

It is the act of reading itself that I miss, the opportunity to retreat further and further from the world until I have found some space, some air that isn’t stale, that hasn’t been breathed by my family a thousand times already.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “The trouble with history is that there are too many people involved.”

The trouble with history is that there are too many people involved.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “One has so many more opinions about what has gone wrong than about what is perfect.”

One has so many more opinions about what has gone wrong than about what is perfect.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “We get together with people because they’re the same or because they’re different, and in the end we split with them for exactly the same reasons.”

We get together with people because they’re the same or because they’re different, and in the end we split with them for exactly the same reasons.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “When even the scrupulously detached BBC is exhorting us to talk to God, you know something is going on.”

When even the scrupulously detached BBC is exhorting us to talk to God, you know something is going on.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “The non-fiction bestseller lists frequently prove that we all want to know more about everything, even if we didn’t know that we wanted to know – we’re just waiting for the right person to come along and tell us about it.”

The non-fiction bestseller lists frequently prove that we all want to know more about everything, even if we didn’t know that we wanted to know – we’re just waiting for the right person to come along and tell us about it.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “There are many differences between a baby and an I-Pod. And one of the biggest is, no ones going to mug you for your baby.”

There are many differences between a baby and an I-Pod. And one of the biggest is, no ones going to mug you for your baby.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Human beings are millions of things in one day.”

Human beings are millions of things in one day.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “Sequels are very rarely a good idea, and in any case, the success of the book changed my relationship with the club in some ways.”

Sequels are very rarely a good idea, and in any case, the success of the book changed my relationship with the club in some ways.

— Nick Hornby


Nick Hornby Quote: “The artistic temperament is particularly unhelpful if it is just that, with no end product.”

The artistic temperament is particularly unhelpful if it is just that, with no end product.

— Nick Hornby

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