October 13, 2016

Harlan Coben Quotes

“… She looks really happy.” “Everyone looks happy on Facebook.” “I know, right? What’s up with that?”

“…”better to have loved and lost” bullshit. Don’t show me paradise and then burn it down. “

“…desperation can toy with you and if you give desperation any wiggle room, it will find alternative answers “

“A trial is two narratives competing for your attention. “

“A voice flat enough to fit under a door crack.”

“Amazing what we can self-rationalize when we really want something.”

“Ambition is natural when you don’t have anything. You know what you’re driving for. “

“An hour before his world exploded like a ripe tomato under a stiletto heel, Myron bit into a fresh pastry that tasted suspiciously like urinal cake. “

“Another weird thing about funerals: Wear black but kill something as colorful as flowers to decorate. “

“Being this handsome. It is not easy, you realize.’ ‘And yet you suffer without complaint. “

“but every home is its own island with its own secrets.”

“Did tragedy cause fissures, open them wider–or did tragedy merely turn on the light so you could see the fissure that had always been there? “

“Dreams never die. Sometimes you think they are dead, but they are just hibernating lie some old bear. And, if the dream has been hibernating for a long time, that bear is going to wake up grumpy and hungry “

“Getting into a fight with a popular senior. Pissing off a school teacher and the local chief of police. Hanging with two major-league losers.” She slapped my back. “Welcome to high school. “

“God, she loved this kid. Wendy had one of those waves, the ones that sneak up on parents and crush them and make them just want to wrap their arms around their kid and never let him go. “

“He tried to read, but the words swam in front of his eyes in meaningless waves. He put on the television. Nick at Nite, the cultural equivalent of aerosol cheese.”

“He truly believed that no one could love him, and no matter who you are, that hurts. It made you insecure. It made you want to hide and build fences “

“Hope could be a wonderful thing. But hope could crush you anew every single day. Hope could be the cruelest thing in the world. “

“Hope is cruel. Hope reminds me of what almost was. Hope makes the physical ache return. “

“I don’t regret the things I’ve done. I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.”

“I have learned that human beings are all about incentives”

“I kept hearing that “better to have loved and lost” bullshit. Another falsehood. Trust me, it is not better. Don’t show me paradise and then burn it down”

“I look at her, then at Tasha, and I feel the wondrous blend of bliss and fear. They–bliss and fear–are constant companions. Rarely does one venture out without the other. “

“I said everyone looks happy. That was kinda my point. If you judge the world by Facebook, you wonder why so many people take Prozac. “

“I’m paraphrasing, but basically Sherlock warned that you should never theorize before you have the facts because then you twist the facts to suit the theory instead of twisting the theory to suit the facts. “

“I’d rather read than relax. I’d rather keep the mind engaged. “

“If you give desperation any wiggle room, it will toy with you. “

“it be nicer to think your parents, who worked hard, gave you those presents instead of some creepy stranger? “

“It was more about understanding that you could give it your all, give yourself the best chances, but control is an illusion. “

“It was obvious and a bit of cliché, but we don’t really age in a straight line. We age in a circle, curving back to childhood, but in all the wrong ways. “

“It was true what they said: The older you become, the more you are like your parents. Soon he’d be telling a kid not to stick his elbow out the car window or he’d lose it. “

“Its funny how you can let yourself forget for seconds, how even in the heat of the horrible, you can have moments when you fool yourself into thinking it might all be okay “

“Kids don’t come with instructions. We all mess up. Raising a child is pure impromptu. “

“Manhattan scene—you are surrounded and yet you find solace; you find isolation in the tornado of people.”

“Maybe the answer isn’t in another job, Wendy said. Maybe the answer is in finding new ways to define manhood.”

“Memories, you see, hurt. The good ones most of all. “

“My love for you is like diarrhea, Sunglasses said. I just can’t hold it in. “

“No, I don’t live in heartache. I don’t cry myself to sleep or any of that. I am, I tell myself, over it. But I do feel a void, icky as that sounds. And—like it or not—I still think about her every single day.”

“Oh, you’ve made plenty of short stories long. But never, ever, have you made a long story short. “

“Painful memories didn’t just ease back in-they shoved the door open hard, all of them and all at once “

“Replicas never have the ghosts. They’re bodies without souls.”

“Right now, even though he’d been dead for years, she wanted to collapse in her father’s big arms and hear him tell her that everything would be all right. Do we ever outgrow that need?”

“Rumors always hardened to facts. Accusations are convictions in the public mind. You are guilty until proven innocent.”

“Sad songs are a safe hurt. It’s a diversion. It’s controlled. And maybe it helps you imagine that real pain will be like that. But it’s not. You can’t prepare for real pain. You just have to let it rip you apart. “

“She made everything around us crackle with surprise”

“She said that if you hold on to hate, you lose your grip on so much more. “

“Sitting for an hour without reading material meant he had to think. “

“So basically your plan is to flail about helplessly. “

“So basically, that entire theory is blown to hell.”Not basically,” Win corrected. Entirely. “

“Some men carry torches for old loves, and then some guys—not many, but some—get completely consumed by the torch’s flames. It makes them nothing but long-term trouble for the follow-ups. “

“Some people, no matter how easy the path they are given on the walk of life, will find a way to mess it all up. Ray Levine was one of those people.”

“Someone is always worse off than you. That never seemed like much comfort.”

“Sometimes the loudest cries for help are silent. “

“Survival is the thing. The mind will twist to survive. Anything can become normal.”

“That’s the problem with falling in love. It makes you start talking like a bad country song “

“the cardinal rule: You never have to take back words you don’t say. “

“The first sip of beer on a hot day is like that first finger-dip when you open a new jar of peanut butter.”

“The hunchback sees the hump of others—never his own. “

“The rule of thumb in student files seemed to be, “If you have nothing negative to say, don’t say anything at all. “

“The sun was now in its death throes, bruising the sky a coiling purple and orange. “

“The truth may be better than lies… But it doesn’t always set you free. “

“The ugliest truth, in the end, was still better than the prettiest of lies. “

“The world doesn’t give even the slightest damn about us or our petty problems. “

“The world doesn’t give even the slightest damn about us or our petty problems. We never quite get that, do we? Our lives have been shattered—shouldn’t the rest of us take notice? But no.”

“There are few times that I feel more at peace, more in tune, more Zen, if you will, than when I force myself to unplug. “

“There is a certain fate to the universe and a certain randomness. “

“There is silence, and then there is rural silence, silence you could feel and reach out and touch, silence with texture and distance. “

“There is the old catch-22 line that a mentally unstable person can’t know, as per their illness, that they are unstable. But that was wrong. You can and do have the insight to see your own crazy. “

“They – bliss and fear – are constant companions. Rarely does one venture out without the other.”

“They say possesions own you. Not so. Loved ones own you. You are forever held hostage once you care so much. “

“They watched a repeat of Frasier on Channel 11. The show was starting to grow on them both. “

“This was a place where tattoos outnumbered teeth. “

“Those who had easy answers, be they on the right or the left, were always wrong. The world is complex. It is never one-size-fits-all. “

“Trust is like that. You can break it for a good reason. But it still remains broken.”

“Watch out for people who belong in your past. Don’t let ’em back in your life. “

“We all play God every day. When a woman buys a new pair of expensive shoes, she could have spent that same money feeding someone who was starving. In a sense, those shoes mean more to her than a life. We all kill to make our lives more comfortable. We don’t put it in those terms. But we do. “

“We know that everything in our lives is complex and gray. “

“What we so admire and call “single minded dedication” was really “obsessive self-involvement”. What in that exactly is admirable? “

“When I looked into her eyes, I could see forever “

“When you hit thirty-five or forty, you know on one level that you are no longer the physical specimen you once were. “

“Why do humans never really learn the lessons we are supposed to? What is in our makeup, in fact, that draws us to that which should sicken us?”

“With everyone else, you put up this facade so you can hide the crud and make them like you. But with real friends, you show them the crud-and that makes them care. When we get rid of the facade, we connect more.”

“Years fly by, but the heart stays in the same place. “

“You bring your own weather to the picnic. “

“You can only be strong for so long. “

“You don’t worry about happiness and fulfilment when you’re starving.”

“You have heart disease, people understand. When the brain gets sick, well, it’s almost impossible to comprehend. “

“You want this so badly—this second chance, this chance at real redemption—that you can’t see the truth. What”