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The Time Traveler's Wife Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from The Time Traveler's Wife
  1. #1
    “This is why I love to be drawn by Clare: when she looks at me with that kind of attention, I feel that I am everything to her.”
  2. #2
    “Henry is glancing around us, worrying that readers, co-workers are noticing us, searching his memory, realizing that some future self of his has met this radiantly happy girl standing in front of him.”
  3. #3
    “Whatever happens we both know that I live to be at least forty-three. So don’t worry about it.”
  4. #4
    “I realize that I have forgotten my present Henry in my joy at seeing my once and future Henry, and I’m ashamed. I feel an almost maternal longing to go solace the strange boy who is becoming the man before me.”
  5. #5
    [Clare] “If you could stop, now… if you could not time travel any more, and there would be no consequences, would you?”
    [Henry:] “If I could stop now and still meet you?”
    [Clare:] “You’ve already met me.”
    [Henry:] “Yes. I would stop.”
  6. #6
    “That’s what I love you for: your inability to perceive my hideous flaws.”
  1. #7
    “And this astoundingly beautiful amber-haired tall slim girl turns around and looks at me as though I am her personal Jesus. My stomach lurches. Obviously she knows me, and I don’t know her. Lord only knows what I have said, done, or promised to this luminous creature.”
  2. #8
    “I am conducting conversations with Henry as though he were here with me, as though he could see through my eyes, think with my brain.”
  3. #9
    “It is only memory that holds me here. Time, let me vanish. Then what we separate by our very presence can come together.”
  4. #10
    “Do you love her?”
    “Very much” I’m astonished to see that tears are streaming across her face
    “It’s just that I thought maybe you were married to me.”
  5. #11
    “You made it impossible for me to find you in the present; you said it would just happen when it was supposed to happen.”
  6. #12
    “My body wanted a baby. I wanted someone to love who would stay: stay and be there, always.”

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  1. #13
    “When I was growing up Henry came and went, so I always had this intense, unsatisfied feeling. Henry is constantly touching me, kissing me, making love to me. And he tells me things! But the best thing of all is that I know where to find him.”
  2. #14
    “It’s beautiful.” Clare nods, satisfied, for a moment, that her mother really did love her.”
  3. #15
    “I can reach into Henry and touch time… he loves me.”
  4. #16
    “Sometimes I would give anything to open up Henry’s brain and look at his memory like a movie. I remember when I first learned to use a computer; I wanted to push my hands though the screen and get the real thing in there, whatever it was. I like to do things directly, touch the textures, see the colors. ”
  5. #17
    “I keep myself busy. Time goes faster that way.”
  6. #18
    “It’s funny how memory erodes. If all I had to work from where my childhood memories, my knowledge of my mother would be faded and soft, with a few sharp moments standing out.”
  7. #19
    “But then I feel guilty for wanting to avoid the sadness; dead people need us to remember them, even if it eats us, even if all we can do is say I’m sorry until it is as meaningless as air.”
  8. #20
    “I stare at Clare, standing before me, and I am sorry to be here, sorry to ruin her Christmas. “I’m sorry, Clare. I didn’t mean to put all this sadness on you. I just find Christmas… difficult.”
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