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A collection of sayings and quotations by Michael Chabon on life, dark, futility, apology, writing, nostalgia, fatherhood, abandonment, books and divorce.

76 Top Michael Chabon Quotes That Give Insight Into Life

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Famous As: Writer, Essayist, Screenwriter, Novelist, Columnist, Science fiction writer

Born On: May 24, 1963

Born In: Washington, D.C.

Michael Chabon is an author, novelist and short story writer from the U.S, who has become one of the most prominent authors of the 20th century. His perceptive novels and short story collections that have captivated readers all over the world. He studied arts at the University of Pittsburgh and then acquired a post graduate master’s degree in creative writing from the University of California and embarked on a career as a writer. His debut novel, ‘The Mysteries of Pittsburgh’, published in 1988 was an instant hit that made him a literary star and he has not looked back since. Chabon’s work is well-known for using recurring themes in addition to nostalgia, familial issues, estrangement, usage and metaphors and most notably a thrust towards the understanding of Jewish identity. This distinctive style has made him one of the noted authors of the modern era. Some of his other popular works include ‘Wonder Boys’, ‘Telegraph Avenue’ and ‘The Yiddish Policeman’s Union’ among others. In 2001, he won the ‘Pulitzer Prize for Fiction’ for his novel ‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay’, which has been considered as his greatest work. His writings cover several subjects and viewpoints that contain his popular sayings and quotes. Here is a collection of thoughts, quotation and sayings by Michael Chabon which have been scanned from the vast sea of his writings, thoughts, sayings, books and interviews.
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There's nothing more embarrassing than to have earned the disfavor of a perceptive animal.

Michael Chabon

Drunk, Jane spoke as though she were Nancy Drew. I was a fool for a girl with a dainty lexicon.

Michael Chabon

In the immemorial style of young men under pressure, they decided to lie down for a while and waste time.

Michael Chabon

The true magic of this broken world lay in the ability of the things it contained to vanish, to become so thoroughly lost, that they might never have existed in the first place.

Michael Chabon

The whole house seemed to exhale a melancholy breath of emptiness

Michael Chabon

It's always been hard for me to tell the difference between denial and what used to be known as hope.

Michael Chabon

Never say love is "like" anything... It isn't.

Michael Chabon

Man makes plans . . . and God laughs.

Michael Chabon

It is always so simple, and so complicating, to accept an apology.

Michael Chabon

Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to.

Michael Chabon

They lay there for a few seconds, in the dark, in the future, listening to the fabulous clockwork of their hearts and lungs, and loving each other

Michael Chabon

We have the idea that our hearts, once broken, scar over with an indestructible tissue that prevents their ever breaking again in quite the same place...

Michael Chabon

Every generation loses the Messiah it has failed to deserve.

Michael Chabon

I don’t mean to make a big deal out of sobriety, by the way. Of all the modes of human consciousness available to the modern consumer I consider it to be the most overrated.

Michael Chabon

Undressing her was an act of recklessness, a kind of vandalism, like releasing a zoo full of animals, or blowing up a dam.

Michael Chabon

Nothing is boring exept to people who aren't really paying attention.

Michael Chabon

The fundamental truth: a baseball game is nothing but a great slow contraption for getting you to pay attention to the cadence of a summer day.

Michael Chabon

Poor little librarians of the world, those girls, secretly lovely, their looks marred forever by the cruelty of a pair of big dark eyeglasses!

Michael Chabon

No; he could be ruined again and again by hope, but he would never be capable of belief.

Michael Chabon

All novels are sequels; influence is bliss.

Michael Chabon

As long as she was falling in love with me, I might as well start making her promises I didn't intend to keep.

Michael Chabon

He was a fugitive, lurking soul, James Leer. He didn't belong anywhere, but things went much better for him in places where nobody belonged.

Michael Chabon

I said, “I need to hear something that’s going to save my life.” Re: Selecting songs from a jukebox.

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Some things that are invisible and untouchable can nevertheless be seen and felt.

Michael Chabon

He looked so profoundly disappointed in me that I wondered for a moment if he was someone I knew.

Michael Chabon

It's simply the case that as I get older, I seem every day to give a little bit less of a fuck what people think of or say about me.

Michael Chabon

Entertainment is a sacred pursuit when done well. When done well, it raises the quality of human life.

Michael Chabon

But the first lie in the series is the one you make with the greatest trepidation and the heaviest heart.

Michael Chabon

My Saturday Night. My Saturday night is like a microwave burrito. Very tough to ruin something that starts out so bad to begin with.

Michael Chabon

It was nice standing out in the darkness, in the damp grass, with spring coming on and a feeling in my heart of imminent disaster.

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The truth of some promises is not as important as whether or not you can believe in them, with all your heart.

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A hope fulfilled is already half a disappointment.

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Every golden age is as much a matter of disregard as of felicity.

Michael Chabon

... But he believed that every great love was in some measure a terrible mistake.

Michael Chabon

Only love could pick a nested pair of steel Bramah locks.

Michael Chabon

Not only would I never want to belong to any club that would have me for a member--if elected I would wear street shoes onto the squash court and set fire to the ballroom curtains.

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Jesus Fucking Christ,” she says with that flawless hardpan accent of hers. It is an expression that always strikes Landsman as curious, or at least as something that he would pay money to see.

Michael Chabon

He had no idea of how long his life would one day seem to have gone on; how daily present the absence of love would come to feel. “Just watch me,” he said.

Michael Chabon

Love is like falconry," he said. "Don't you think that's true, Cleveland?" "Never say love is like anything." said Cleveland. "It isn't.

Michael Chabon

Take care-there is no force more powerful than that of an unbridled imagination.

Michael Chabon

His dreams had always been Houdiniesque: they were the dreams of a pupa struggling in its blind cocoon, mad for a taste of light and air.

Michael Chabon

When some drunken fool asked if she was a lesbian, she would say, 'In everything but sexual preference.

Michael Chabon

I thought, I fanced, that in a moment, I would be standing on nothing at all, and for the first time in my life, I needed the wings none of us has.

Michael Chabon

My heart was simultaneously broken and filled with lust, I was exhausted, and I loved every minute of it. It was strange and elating to find myself for once the weaker.

Michael Chabon

And then the man reminded Max, with a serious but suave and practiced air, that freedom was a debt that could be repaid only by purchasing the freedom of others.

Michael Chabon

. . .I really ought to have recognized it for what it was and, perhaps, to have stopped right there - for it was nostalgia, and what inspires nostalgia has been dead a long time

Michael Chabon

Every Messiah fails, the moment he tries to redeem himself.

Michael Chabon

I took comfort, as a kid, in knowing that things had always been as awful and as wonderful as they were now, that the world was always on the edge of total destruction.

Michael Chabon

With patience and calm, persistence and stoicism, good handwriting and careful labeling, they would meet persecution, indignity, and hardship head-on.

Michael Chabon

Most science fiction seemed to be written for people who already liked science fiction; I wanted to write stories for anyone, anywhere, living at any time in the history of the world.

Michael Chabon

When he walked outside again, the sky was shining like a nickel and the air was filled with the smell of sugared nuts.

Michael Chabon

I can imagine anything except having no imagination.

Michael Chabon

And that was when you realized the fire was inside you all the time. And that was the miracle. Just that.

Michael Chabon

Long life wore away everything that was not essential.

Michael Chabon

... and because it was a drunken perception, it was perfect, entire, and lasted about half a second.

Michael Chabon

The handy thing about being a father is that the historic standard is so pitifully low.

Michael Chabon

He didn't want to be what he wasn't, he didn't know how to be what he was.

Michael Chabon

Eight solid light-years of lead...is the thickness of that metal in which you would need to encase yourself if you wanted to keep from being touched by neutrinos. I guess the little fuckers are everywhere.

Michael Chabon

Although it wasn't raining anymore, the air was still heavy with water, and rain gutters were ringing all over Point Breeze.

Michael Chabon

Childhood is a branch of cartography.

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It really is a shame that through our sad neglect of wonders, hopefulness, and trust we allowed so much clutter and debris to build up in the space that once connected us to Diamond Green.

Michael Chabon

I anticipate a coming season of dilated time and of women all in disarray.

Michael Chabon

See you in the funny papers," he said. Jaunty, he reminded himself; always jaunty. In my panache is their hope for salvation.

Michael Chabon

That's the best thing about writing, when you're in that zone, you're porous, ready to absorb the solution.

Michael Chabon

It was not what he expected from a foulmouthed flower of bohemia, but he had a feeling there was both more and less to her than that.

Michael Chabon

Success, however, does nothing to diminish the knowledge that failure stalks everything you do.

Michael Chabon

Do what you gotta do and stay fly

Michael Chabon

The exaltation of understanding; then understanding's bottomless regret.

Michael Chabon

He allowed the world to wind him in the final set of chains, and climbed, once and for all, into the cabinet of mysteries that was the life of an ordinary man.

Michael Chabon

You could almost see the idea elbowing its way around the inside of his mind, like Athena in the cranium of Zeus.

Michael Chabon

She had long since lost the sense of her dresses and skirts and blouses; they were rote phrases of rayon and cotton that she daily intoned.

Michael Chabon

The natural fragrance of her body was a spicy, angry smell like that of fresh pencil shavings.

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Walter broke off a piece of a smile and tucked it into his left cheek as if reserving it for future use.

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The evening laid its cool palm against his weary brow as if feeling for a temperature.

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It holds my essential stuff, including a book—for true contentment, one must carry a book at all times, and great books so rarely fit, my friends, into one's pocket[…]

Michael Chabon

For me the act of marriage has proven, like most of the other disastrous acts of my life, little more than a hedge against any future lack of good material.

Michael Chabon