22 Favorite Quotes From Best Selling Books To Keep Your Heart Warm (Part II)






Check the part I here: 
22 Quotes That Touched Me From Books (Part I)


“I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.”

― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Because they speak of us best, books can make us feel way better when life gets tough. It feels like home to be understood and some great books feel like home.

Below are some quotes from best-selling books, I loved most:




1- “There are days I feel as though the interesting part of my life has happened to me. The curtain has come down, the guests have gone home, and I am here alone, waiting for a ride. This life, the one I made for myself through varying amounts of design and chance, seems to have started and stopped between twenty-five and thirty-five.”


― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love



2- “This is a big moment. A man I love is asking to marry me, and it seems as though everything stops for a moment while my life flashes by. I am sitting on high rock, and everyone I have known is scattered below me like figures in a wax museum. They are all smiling. Where am I going from here? I want to ask them, but I can’t speak."


― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love



3- “Nothing is ever as it seems. We hide our reality from the outside world from each other. We float along the process… what will we have for dinner? Did you call your mother? What time do you think you’ll be home? Phone calls and kisses and thank-you notes. You can lose a whole life on that.”

― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love



4- “I can’t stop thinking about a future I can’t plan. We are in the second our of a horror movie. The calm quite to lull you before the last fright. It appears peaceful, but you look at your watch and you know something bad is coming up because the movie is only half over. That’s how I feel this year.”

― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love



5- “How can I have loved someone that much in such a short time? And all these things I think about the two of us – did we actually feel what I remember? The further we get from it, the more those six months just seems like this weird … dream.” 


– After you- Jojo Moyes



6- “How could I explain to this girl what Will and I had been to each other, the way I felt that no person in the world had ever understood me like he did or ever would again? How could she understand that losing him was like having a hole shot straight through me, a painful, constant reminder, an absence I could never fill?”


- Jojo Moyes– After you



7- “You’re just another teacher, man, so what are gonna do? Stare down the whole class? Fail the whole class? Get with it, baby. They don’t care about your mood, your headache, your troubles. They have their own problems, and you are one of them.” 


- Frank McCourt - Teacher Man



8- “We could talk around it, we could lose ourselves in brief moments, but love ultimately meant more pain. More damage – to me or, worse, to him. Who was strong enough for that?” 


- Jojo Moyes– After you



9- “You can’t undo something that’s happened; you can’t take back a word that’s already been said out loud. You’ll think about me and wish that you had been able to talk me out of this. You’ll try to figure out what would have been the one right thing to say, to do. I guess I should tell you, Don’t blame yourself; this isn’t your fault, but that would be a lie. We both know that I didn’t get here by myself.” 


- Jodi Picoult- Nineteen Minutes



10- “I had never considered that you might miss a job like you missed a limb – a constant, reflexive thing. I hadn’t thought that as well as the obvious fears about money, and your future, losing your job would make you feel inadequate, and a bit useless. That it would be harder to get up in the morning than when you were rudely shocked into consciousness by the alarm. That you might miss the people you worked with, no matter how little you had in common with them. Or even that you might find yourself searching for familiar faces as you walked the high street.” 


- Jojo Moyes – Me Before You



11-“There are normal hours, and then there are invalid hours, where time stalls and slips, where life – real life – seems to exist at one remove.”

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You



12- “They’ll have a ridiculous wedding, pop out an ankle biter or two, as you put it, buy a place in the country, and he’ll be shagging his secretary within five years… And she will be a little bit cross with him all the time without really knowing why and bitch about him at really awful dinner parties to the embarrassment of their friends, and he won’t want to leave because he’ll be scared of all the alimony… And they will have sex once every six weeks and he will adore his children while doing bugger all to actually help look after them. And she will have perfect hair but get this kind of pinched face –’ I narrowed my mouth ‘– through never saying what she actually means, and start an insane Pilates habit or maybe buy a dog or a horse and develop a crush on her riding instructor. And he will take up jogging when he hits forty, and maybe buy a Harley-Davidson, which she will despise, and every day he will go to work and look at all the young men in his office and listen in bars to who they pulled at the weekend or where they went on a jolly and feel like somehow – and he will never be quite sure how – he got suckered.”

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You




13- “It’s just that the thing you never understand about being a mother, until you are one, is that it is not the grown man – the galumphing, unshaven, stinking, opinionated offspring – you see before you, with his parking tickets and unpolished shoes and complicated love life. You see all the people he has ever been all rolled up into one. I looked at Will and I saw the baby I held in my arms, dewily besotted, unable to believe that I had created another human being. I saw the toddler, reaching for my hand, the schoolboy weeping tears of fury after being bullied by some other child. I saw the vulnerabilities, the love the history. That’s what he was asking me to extinguish – the small child as well as the man – all that love, all that history.

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You





14- “This book – which was actually surprisingly readable – was all about a kind of battle for survival. It claimed that women didn’t pick men because they loved them at all. It said that the female of the species would always go for the strongest male, in order to give her offspring the best chance. She couldn’t help herself. It was just the way nature was.”

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You




15- “The worst thing about working as a carer is not what you might think. It’s not the lifting and cleaning, the medicines and wipes and the distant but somehow always perceptible smell of disinfectant. It’s not even the fact that most people assume you’re only doing it because you really aren’t smart enough to do anything else. It’s the fact that when you spend all day in really close proximity to someone, there is no escape from their moods. Or your own.”

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You



16- “When you are five, you know your age down to the month. Even in your twenties, you know how old you are. I'm twenty-three you say, or maybe twenty-seven. But then in your thirties, something strange starts to happen. It is a mere hiccup at first, an instant of hesitation. How old are you? Oh, I'm--you start confidently, but then you stop. You were going to say thirty-three, but you are not. You're thirty-five. And then you're bothered, because you wonder if this is the beginning of the end. It is, of course, but it's decades before you admit it.”

― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants




17- “My platitudes don't hold their interest and I can hardly blame them for that. My real stories are all out of date. So what if I can speak firsthand about the Spanish flu, the advent of the automobile, world wars, cold wars, guerrilla wars, and Sputnik — that's all ancient history now. But what else do I have to offer? Nothing happens to me anymore. That's the reality of getting old, and I guess that's really the crux of the matter. I'm not ready to be old yet.”

― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants





18- “‘I worked out what would make me happy, and I worked out what I wanted to do, and I trained myself to do the job that would make those two things happen.’

‘You make it sound so simple.’

‘It is simple,’ he said. ‘The thing is, it’s also a lot of hard work. And people don’t want to put in a lot of work.’"

- Jojo Moyes – Me Before You




19- “Although there are times I'd give anything to have her back, I'm glad she went first. Losing her was like being cleft down the middle. It was the moment it all ended for me, and I wouldn't have wanted her to go through that.”

― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants




20- “What else do I have to offer? Nothing happens to me anymore. That’s the reality of getting old, and I guess that’s really the crux of the matter. I’m not ready to be old yet.”

― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants



21- “I took his right hand in mine, and I brought it up close to my chest. ‘I know we can do this. I know it’s not how you would have chosen it, but I know I can make you happy. And all I can say is that you make me … you make me into someone I couldn’t even imagine. You make me happy, even when you’re awful. I would rather be with you – even the you that you seem to think is diminished – than with anyone else in the world.’”

- Jojo Moyes – Me Before You



22- “I realized I was afraid of living without him. How is it you have the right to destroy my life, I wanted to demand of him, but I’m not allowed a say in yours?”

- Jojo Moyes – Me Before You




Books featured in this post:


1- Carole Radziwill, What Remains




2- Jojo Moyes- After you




3- Frank McCourt - Teacher Man






4- Jodi Picoult- Nineteen Minutes






5- Jojo Moyes – Me Before You




6- Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants







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