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Gail Honeyman Quotes

25 of the best book quotes from Gail Honeyman
  1. #1
    Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that there’s something very liberating about it; once you realize that you don’t need anyone, you can take care of yourself. That’s the thing: it’s best just to take care of yourself
  2. #2
    I have always enjoyed reading, but I’ve never been sure how to select appropriate material. There are so many books in the world--how do you tell them all apart? How do you know which one will match your tastes and interests?
  3. #3
    Your voice changes when you’re smiling, it alters the sound somehow.
  4. #4
    Obscenity is the distinguishing hallmark of a sadly limited vocabulary.
  5. #5
    The moment hung in time like a drop of honey from a spoon, heavy, golden.
  6. #6
    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.
  7. #7
    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.
  8. #8
    Time only blunts the pain of loss. It doesn’t erase it.
  1. #9
    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.
  2. #10
    I simply didn’t know how to make things better. I could not solve the puzzle of me.
  3. #11
    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.
  4. #12
    ...when you took a moment to see what was around you, noticed all the little things, it made you feel....lighter.
  5. #13
    Sometimes you simply needed someone kind to sit with you while you dealt with things.
  6. #14
    in principle and reality, libraries are life-enhancing palaces of wonder
  7. #15
    Was this how it worked, then, successful social integration? Was it really that simple? Wear some lipstick, go to the hairdressers and alternate the clothes you wear?
  8. #16
    People don’t like these facts, but I can’t help that. 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.
  1. #17
    It turned out that if you saw the same person with some degree of regularity, then the conversation was immediately pleasant and comfortable—you could pick up where you left off, as it were, rather than having to start afresh each time.
  2. #18
    I have often noticed that people who routinely wear sportswear are the least likely sort to participate in athletic activity.
  3. #19
    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.
  4. #20
    It never ceases to amaze me, the things they find interesting, amusing or unusual. I can only assume they’ve led very sheltered lives.
  5. #21
    I allowed my mind to wander. I’ve found this to be a very effective way of passing the time; you take a situation or a person and start to imagine nice things that might happen. You can make anything happen, anything at all, inside a daydream.
  6. #22
    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, 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.
  7. #23
    “No thank you,” I said. “I don’t want to accept a drink from you, because then I would be obliged to purchase one for you in return, and I’m afraid I’m simply not interested in spending two drinks’ worth of time with you.”
  8. #24
    You can’t have too much dog in a book.
  1. #25
    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.
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