20 Prep Quotes By Curtis Sittenfeld That Wormed My Heart









Nothing can equal the thrill of reading a well written book but to which you can relate to at the same time. The novel Prep for Curtis Sittenfeld, was that kind of book. Below is a list of quotes from the novel that wormed my heart:



1- “I understood for the first time in my life what it was to feel attracted to someone. Not to think they were funny or to enjoy their company, or even to find one thing about them cute, like their dimples, or their hands, but to feel that physical pull toward them.” – Curtis Sittenfeld - Prep



2- “It was strange to remember that I’d thought I had a crush on him, though I also knew that such a crush, a false crush if crushes were not all by definition false, could rise again with enough distance. But here, with the two of us positioned so close together, he reminded me of myself; he was far too much like me for me to love.” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep



3- “Our culture teaches women that our primary worth is our appearance, but we don’t have to accept that idea. We can flaunt our bodies, or we can choose to have integrity and self-respect.” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep



4- “You can go through life disengaged… You can be a person who always says no, who’s not interested, not enthusiastic, who’s too cool to be part of things. Or, at some point, you can say yes. You can develop interests, take a stand, reach out to people.” – Curtis Sittenfeld - Prep



5- “Of course, now I wonder where I had gotten the idea that for you to participate in a gathering, the other people had to really, really want you to be there and that anything short of rabid enthusiasm on their part meant you’d be a nuisance. Where I had gotten the idea that being a nuisance was that big a deal?” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep



6- “There were other things a guy could think I was, and he wouldn’t be entirely wrong –nice, or loyal, or maybe interesting. Not that I was always any of those things, but in certain situations, it was conceivable. But to be seen as pretty was to be fundamentally misunderstood… If a guy believed my value to lie in my looks, it meant either that he’d somehow been misled and would eventually be disappointed, or that he had very low standards.” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep



7- “At that time in my life, no conclusion was a bad conclusion. Something ended, and you stopped wishing and worrying. You could consider your mistakes, and you might be embarrassed by them, but the box was sealed, the door was shut, you were no longer immersed in the confusing middle.” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep



8- “There are people we treat wrong, and later, we’re prepared to treat other people right. Perhaps this sounds mercenary, but I feel grateful for these trial relationships, and I would like to think it all evens out- surely, unknowingly, I have served as practice for other people.” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep








9- “I had envisioned the ways our dinner might go wrong, but what if, just as in the ether of my imagination there exists our awful date, our good date exists as well? We meet behind the dinning hall. He’s wearing a wool sweater, he’s relaxed, we talk easily. He does the considerate things, like holding the door as we enter the restaurant, but none of the things that might freak me out; He’s not wearing too much cologne, he doesn’t slip on ice in the parking lot, he doesn’t try using his own fork to feed me dessert. Even though it’s not a fancy restaurant, there are candles on the table. The light flickers. The food is good. Neither of us is too talkative or too quiet, and maybe a few times we even laugh, and it’s real laughter. I am thinking the whole night that what matters most is if we kiss at the end; I don’t realize that what really matters is that I have entered this world, that I’ll come to understand much earlier (much earlier, that is, in the imaginary life than in my real life) what dating is- not necessarily the biggest deal. Not obsessing or nothing, love or disinterest. There is middle ground. In the winter, especially, sometimes it’s just nice to dress up a little and go out into the night with another person.” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep



10- “How did you even know if you loved another person? Was it a hunch, like a good smell that you couldn’t identify for sure, or did a time come when you had evidence? Was it like walking through a house and once you’d crossed a certain threshold, that was love and you would never turn back? Maybe you’d go into other rooms, you’d fight or even break up, but you’d always be on the other side of love, after and not before it.” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep



11- “For years and years, there would be so many things I’d do for a guy that I wouldn’t do in my usual life – jokes I wouldn’t normally tell, places I wouldn’t normally go, clothes I wouldn’t normally wear, drinks I wouldn’t normally drink, I food I wouldn’t normally eat or food I would normally eat but wouldn’t eat in front of him. I am twenty-four, and I and the guy I like are with a group of people and the person driving is drunk and the seat belts are buried in the seat and I ride along anyway because, apparently, what I want from the guy is worth more than anything else I want or believe. It must be, right?” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep



12- “I already recognized, even then, the sadness of another person lying on top of you. They will always leave (what’s someone going to do, just lie there forever?) and that’s the sad part. You can always feel the imminent loss.” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep



13- “I heard a thousand times that a boy, or a man, can’t make you happy, that you have to be happy on your own before you can be happy with another person. All I can say is, I wish it were true.” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep



14- “Later on, when I tried to imagine how I might have ruined things, that would occur to me – that id so rarely resisted, that I hadn’t made it hard enough for him. Maybe he felt disappointed. Maybe it was like gathering your strength and hurling your body against a door you believe to be locked, and then the door opens easily –it wasn’t locked at all- and you’re standing looking into the room, trying to remember what it was you though you wanted.” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep



15- “In some ways, boys were easier to read than other girls. With boys, it was pursuit and lust, it was effort. With girls, it just seemed to be about receiving, or not receiving, rather than trying. It was saying yes or no, but not please, not come on, just this once.” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep



16- “If you knew where your happiness came from, it gave you patience. You realized that a lot of the time, you were just waiting out a situation, and that look pressure off; you no longer looked to every interaction to actually do something for you. And wanitng less, you were more generous.” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep



17- “No crush is worse than a boarding school crush; college is bigger and more diluted, and in the office, atleast you get a break from each other at night.” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep



18- “ But he left anyway, and when I was alone I thought of how many times I’d wondered if things were awry between us, if I was displeasing him or he’d lost interest. All those times, I’d suppressed my impulse to ask, and I was glad I had because maybe asking would have hastened the end. And because –I understood this now- you really didn’t need to ask. When it was over, you knew… and yet –you could sill be caught off guard; you sense the situation could be odds with your wish for a particular outcome.” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep



19- “You confuse being weird and spending time alone, but anyone who’s really interested in anything spends time alone… if you want to be good at something, you have to practice, and usually you practice by yourself. The fact that you spend time alone- you shouldn’t feel like it’s strange.” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep



20- “It’s all just words, words, words –that fundamentally, they make no difference… Our relationship, for as long as things were good, and in that moment when they could have been good again, was about the irrelevance of words. You feel what you feel, you act as you act; who in the history of the world has ever been convinced by a well-reasoned argument.” – Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep














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