Ten Quotes To Go With Your Wine

Of grief, wistfulness, and love (as it always is). I hope you enjoy these ten wonderful passages from my favorite stories. Listen to Alexandre Desplat’s The Imitation Game score while you’re at it. Don’t forget to pour yourself a glass of red wine. You’ll thank me later.

  1. “Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I’m gazing at a distant star. It’s dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago. Maybe the star doesn’t even exist anymore. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.” — Haruki Murakami (South of the Border, West of the Sun)
  1. “Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a blanket, books had no real existence in our world. Like seeds in the beak of a bird waiting to fall to earth, or the notes of a song laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring their music into being. They lie dormant hoping for the chance to emerge. They want us to give them life.” — John Connolly (The Book of Lost Things)
  1. “Isn’t it also that on some fundamental level we find it difficult to understand that other people are human beings in the same way that we are? We idealize them as gods or dismiss them as animals.” — John Green (Paper Towns)
  1. “Every day you play with the light of the universe.” — Pablo Neruda (Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair)
  1. “I woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when I didn’t know who I was – I was far away from home, haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room I’d never seen, hearing the hiss of steam outside, and the creak of the old wood of the hotel, and footsteps upstairs, and all the sad sounds, and I looked at the cracked high ceiling and really didn’t know who I was for about fifteen strange seconds. I wasn’t scared; I was just somebody else, some stranger, and my whole life was a haunted life, the life of a ghost.” — Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
  1. “When you drop a glass or a plate to the ground, it makes a crashing sound. When a window shatters, a table breaks, or a picture fall off the wall, it makes noise. But as for your heart, when that breaks, it’s completely silent… and you almost wish there was a noise to distract you from the pain.” — Cecelia Ahern (If You Could See Me Now)
  1. “What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.” — Suzanne Collins (Mockingjay)
  1. “And then the room went very dark and somehow, despite the chaos that followed, Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel’s hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let it go.” — John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas)
  1. “Somewhere out in the darkness, a phoenix was singing in a way Harry had never heard before: a stricken lament of terrible beauty. And Harry felt, as he had felt about a phoenix song before, that the music was inside him. It was his own grief turned magically into song.” ― J.K. Rowling, (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
  1. “I was always hungry for love. Just once, I wanted to know what it was like to get my fill of it — to be fed so much love I couldn’t take any more. Just once. ” — Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood)


    1. Justine! How do you like it so far? Have you had the chance to read Norwegian Wood? You should put on Across the Universe album while you read it. It’ll be the perfect afternoon. 🙂


      1. Norwegian Wood is actually one of my favorite books of all time! Second is Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki. I tried IQ84 but couldn’t get past it for some reason. Too weird? Haha.


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