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76 Top Michael Chabon Quotes That Give Insight Into Life

Famous As: Writer, Essayist, Screenwriter, Novelist, Columnist, Science fiction writer
Born On: May 24, 1963
Born In: Washington, D.C.
Age: 59 Years
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Michael Chabon
Man makes plans . . . and God laughs.

Man makes plans . . . and God laughs.

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

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.

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

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Michael Chabon
A hope fulfilled is already half a disappointment.

A hope fulfilled is already half a disappointment.

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

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.

... 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.

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.

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.

Michael Chabon
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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

. . .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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

... 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Childhood is a branch of cartography.

Michael Chabon
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.

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.

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

Michael Chabon
See you in the funny papers,

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.

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.

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.

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

Michael Chabon
Do what you gotta do and stay fly

Do what you gotta do and stay fly

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Chabon
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[…]

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.

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