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Tender Is the Night Quotes

14 of the best book quotes from Tender Is the Night
  1. #1
    “I am tired of knowing nothing and being reminded of it all the time.”
  2. #2
    “Good manners are an admission that everybody is so tender that they have to be handled with gloves. Now, human respect—you don’t call a man a coward or a liar lightly, but if you spend your life sparing people’s feelings and feeding their vanity, you get so you can’t distinguish what should be respected in them.”
  3. #3
    “Well, you never knew exactly how much space you occupied in people’s lives. Yet from this fog his affection emerged--the best contacts are when one knows the obstacles and still wants to preserve a relation.”
  4. #4
    “People living alone get used to loneliness.”
  5. #5
    “In any case you mustn’t confuse a single failure with a final defeat.”
  6. #6
    “I don’t ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember. Somewhere inside me there’ll always be the person I am to-night.”
  7. #7
    “One writes of scars healed, a loose parallel to the pathology of the skin, but there is no such thing in the life of an individual. There are open wounds, shrunk sometimes to the size of a pin-prick but wounds still. The marks of suffering are more comparable to the loss of a finger, or of the sight of an eye. We may not miss them, either, for one minute in a year, but if we should there is nothing to be done about it.”
  8. #8
    “New friends can often have a better time together than old friends.”
  1. #9
    “She smiled, a moving childish smile that was like all the lost youth in the world.”
  2. #10
    “Actually that’s my secret — I can’t even talk about you to anybody because I don’t want any more people to know how wonderful you are.”
  3. #11
    “Strange children should smile at each other and say, “Let’s play.”
  4. #12
    “Later she remembered all the hours of the afternoon as happy -- one of those uneventful times that seem at the moment only a link between past and future pleasure, but turn out to have been the pleasure itself.”
  5. #13
    “You’re the only girl I’ve seen for a long time that actually did look like something blooming.”
  6. #14
    “She smiled at him, making sure that the smile gathered up everything inside her and directed it toward him, making him a profound promise of herself for so little, for the beat of a response, the assurance of a complimentary vibration in him.”
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