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    We can't be as good as we'd want to, so the question then becomes, how do we cope with our own badness?
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: questions 
     
    Even bad times have good things in them to make you feel alive.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: time  bad 
     
    ...self-consciousness is a man's worst enemy.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: enemies  enemy 
     
    You had to live in your own bubble. You couldn't force your way into someone else's, because then it wouldn't be a bubble any more.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: live 
     
    There isn't so much to be afraid of, out there. I can remember thinking it was funny to find that out, on the last night of my life; I'd spent the rest of it being afraid of everything.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: funny  night  thinking  afraid 
     
    One could argue that most of the trouble in the world is caused by introspection.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: world 
     
    I couldn't bear to think about the proper future, so I just tried to make things better for the next twenty minutes or so, over and over again.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: future 
     
    It's brilliant, being depressed; you can behave as badly as you like.
    — Nick Hornby
    It's no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn't even speak to each other if they met at a party.
    — Nick Hornby
    You don't ask people with knives in their stomachs what would make them happy; happiness is no longer the point. It's all about survival; it's all about whether you pull the knife out and bleed to death or keep it in...
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: death  happiness  people 
     
    An official statement from Liverpool raised the spectre of a future where 'a club's rival can bring about a significant ban for a top player without anything beyond an accusation'. But on hearing this, many Manchester United fans would have been asking for a definition of the word 'rival'.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: future  definition 
     
    Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: book 
     
    But the internet had changed everything: nobody was forgotten anymore.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: internet 
     
    It's a mystery of human chemistry and I don't understand it, some people, as far as their senses are concerned, just feel like home.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: people  mystery  human 
     
    Sentimental music has this great way of taking you back somewhere at the same time that it takes you forward, so you feel nostagic and hopeful all at the same time.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: time  music 
     
    Record stores can't save your life. But they can give you a better one.
    — Nick Hornby
    I suddenly had a little epiphany: all the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: self  book  read 
     
    All the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal. ... But with each passing year, and with each whimsical purchase, our libraries become more and more able to articulate who we are, whether we read the books or not.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: self  book  read  library  year 
     
    Telling me I can do anything I want is like pulling the plug out of the bath and then telling the water it can go anywhere it wants. Try it, and see what happens.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: water 
     
    We are never allowed to forget that some books are badly written; we should remember that sometimes they're badly read, too.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: book  read 
     
    Just because it's a relationship, and it's based on soppy stuff, it doesn't mean you can't make intellectual decisions about it. Sometimes you just have to, otherwise you'll never get anywhere. That's where I've been going wrong. I've been letting the weather and my stomach muscles and a great chord change in a Pretenders single make up my mind for me, and I want to do it for myself.
    — Nick Hornby
    I never really recovered from the shock of discovering that women do what we do; they save their best pairs for the nights when they are going to sleep with somebody. When you live with a woman, these faded, shrunken tatty scraps suddenly appear on radiators all over the house; your lascivious schoolboy dreams of adulthood as a time when you are surrounded by exotic lingerie for ever and ever amen...those dreams crumble to dust.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: time  women  live  sleep  night  dreams 
     
    I have learned things from the game. Much of my knowledge of locations in Britain and Europe comes not from school, but from away games or the sports pages, and hooliganism has given me both a taste for sociology and a degree of fieldwork experience. I have learned the value of investing time and emotion in things I cannot control, and of belonging to a community whose aspirations I share completely and uncritically.
    — Nick Hornby
    There were about seventy-nine squillion people in the world, and if you were very lucky, you would end up being loved by fifteen or twenty of them.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: people  world 
     
    I'm still not a very good white wine, but I'm drinkable - you could put me in a punch, anyway.
    — Nick Hornby
    When you get older, it feels like happy memories and sad memories are pretty much the same thing. It is all just emotion in the end. And any of it can make you weep.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: memory  sad  emotion 
     
    A man who wants to die feels angry and full of life and desperate and bored and exhausted, all at the same time; he wants to fight everyone, and he wants to curl up in a ball and hide in a cupboard somewhere. He wants to say sorry to everyone, and he wants everyone to know just how badly they've all let him down.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: men  fight  die  sorry 
     
    People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands - literally thousands - of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss.
    — Nick Hornby
    Sarcasm and compassion are two of the qualities that make life on Earth tolerable.
    — Nick Hornby
    For alarmingly large chunks of an average day, I am a moron.
    — Nick Hornby
    I can see that now. I can see everything once it's already happened - I'm very good at the past. It's the present I can't understand.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: past  present 
     
    The plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: human 
     
    And it isn't that I'm so unhappy I don't want to live anymore. That's not what it feels like. It feels more like I'm tired and bored and the party's gone on too long and I want to go home. I feel flat and there doesn't seem to be anything to look forward to, so I'd rather call it a day.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: live  gone 
     
    I love the detail about the workings of the human heart and mind that only fiction can provide - film can't get in close enough.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: heart  human  film  mind  fiction 
     
    Not for the first time in my life, and certainly not for the last, a self-righteous gloom had edged out all semblance of logic.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: time  logic 
     
    We have one of those conversations where every thing clicks, meshes, corresponds, locks, where even our pauses, even our punctuation marks, seem to be nodding in agreement.
    — Nick Hornby
    Life isn't, and has never been, a 2-0 home victory after a fish and chip lunch.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: victory 
     
    The outward manifestations of an inner combustion are never very directed.
    — Nick Hornby
    There are many differences between a baby and an I-Pod. And one of the biggest is, no ones going to mug you for your baby.
    — Nick Hornby
    It's often the way that people who take their work seriously laugh at stupid jokes; it's as if they are under-humored and, as a consequence, suffer from premature laugh-ejaculation.
    — Nick Hornby
    tags: people  work  consequence 
     
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