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A collection of thoughts and quotations by Nick Hornby on music, soul, sad, films, books, identity, problems, wants, depression and death.

76 Notable Quotes By Nick Hornby, The Author Of High Fidelity

Quick Facts

Famous As: Author & Editor

Born On: April 17, 1957

Born In: Redhill

Founder / Co Founder: Ministry of Stories

Nicholas Peter John Hornby, popularly known as Nick Hornby, is a British essayist, novelist and movie screenplay writer. He has established himself as one of the most popular British authors, in a career that has spanned more than two decades. Hornby studied 
English at Jesus College, University of Cambridge and his first published work was ‘Contemporary American Fiction’ in 1992. However, he hit the big time with his next book titled ‘Fever Pitch’; which was an autobiographical account of his experiences as a fan of ‘Arsenal Football Club’. In 1997, the book was turned into a film starring Colin Firth. His other noted works include the novels ‘About a Boy’ and ‘High Fidelity’; both of which were turned into movies. Some of Hornby’s other renowned works include ‘How to be Good’, ‘Slam’, ‘Funny Girl’ and ‘A Long Way Down’ among others. Hornby has also been a regular contributor of columns to publications like ‘New Yorker’, ‘Time Out’ and ‘Sunday Times’. Hornby is without doubt one of the most influential British authors of his generation. His writings cover several subjects and viewpoints. Here is a collection of thoughts, quotation and sayings by Nick Hornby on sport, music, heartbreak, relationships and individuality. These quotes have been excerpted from Nick Hornby’s novels, stories and writings.
 
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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

The plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone; you don't need to be a heroin addict or a performance poet to experience extremity. You just have to love someone.

Nick Hornby

What came first – the music or the misery? Did I listen to the music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to the music? Do all those records turn you into a melancholy person?

Nick Hornby

Sarcasm and compassion are two of the qualities that make life on Earth tolerable.

Nick Hornby

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

It's brilliant, being depressed; you can behave as badly as you like.

Nick Hornby

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

Everyone knows how to talk, and no one knows what to say.

Nick Hornby

I've committed to nothing...and that's just suicide...by tiny, tiny increments.

Nick Hornby

I'm very good at the past. It's the present I can't understand.

Nick Hornby

I read the fuck out of every book I can get my hands on.

Nick Hornby

It seems to me now that the plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone; you don't need to be a heroin addict or a performance poet to experience extremity. You just have to love someone.

Nick Hornby

If you really wanted to mess me up, you should have got to me earlier.

Nick Hornby

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

We spent all those years talking about stuff we had in common, and the last few months noticing all the ways we were different and it broke both of our hearts.

Nick Hornby

…I've had a bad week." What's happened?" Nothing's happened. I've had a bad week in my head, is all.

Nick Hornby

I've been thinking with my guts since I was fourteen years old, and frankly speaking, between you and me, I have come to the conclusion that my guts have shit for brains.

Nick Hornby

I lost the plot for a while then. And I lost the subplot, the script, the soundtrack, the intermission, my popcorn, the credits, and the exit sign.

Nick Hornby

Even bad times have good things in them to make you feel alive.

Nick Hornby

When you're unhappy, I guess everything in the world - reading, eating, sleeping - has something buried somewhere inside it that just makes you unhappier.

Nick Hornby

Love, it turns out, is as undemocratic as money, so it accumulates around people who have plenty of it already: the sane, the healthy, the lovable.

Nick Hornby

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

It's not what you like but what you are like that's important.

Nick Hornby

There had been times when he knew, somewhere in him, that he would get used to it, whatever it was, because he had learnt that some hard things became softer after a very little while.

Nick Hornby

For alarmingly large chunks of an average day, I am a moron.

Nick Hornby

One could argue that most of the trouble in the world is caused by introspection.

Nick Hornby

Most people have a rope that ties them to someone, and that rope can be short or it can be long. (Be long. Belong. Get it?) You don't know how long, though. It's not your choice.

Nick Hornby

It's no wonder we're all such a mess, is it? We're like Tom Hanks in Big. Little boys and girls trapped in adult bodies and forced to get on with it.

Nick Hornby

I'm a good person. In most ways. But I'm beginning to think that being a good person in most ways doesn't count for anything very much, if you're a bad person in one way.

Nick Hornby

The truth will set you free. Either that or it'll get you a punch in the nose.

Nick Hornby

And another way of explaining it is to say that shit happens, and there's no space too small, too dark and airless and fucking hopeless, for people to crawl into.

Nick Hornby

I don't believe in Heaven or anything. But I want to be the kind of person that qualifies for entry anyway.

Nick Hornby

My friends don't seem to be friends at all but people whose phone numbers I haven't lost.

Nick Hornby

When your sad--like really sad--you only want to be with other people who are sad.

Nick Hornby

Human beings are millions of things in one day.

Nick Hornby

I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women: suddenly, inexplicably, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain or disruption it would bring with it.

Nick Hornby

That’s why; he’s worried about how his life is turning out, and he’s lonely, and lonely people are the bitterest of them all

Nick Hornby

This thing about looking for someone less different... It only really worked, he realized, if you were convinced that being you wasn't so bad in the first place.

Nick Hornby

One day, maybe not in the next few weeks, but certainly in the conceivable future, someone will be able to refer to me without using the word 'arse' somewhere in the sentence.

Nick Hornby

In other words, it's one of those books you thrust on your partner with an incredulous cry of "This is me!

Nick Hornby

For the best part of 40 years she had genuinely believed that not doing things would somehow prevent regret, when, of course, the exact opposite was true.

Nick Hornby

The truth about life was that nothing ever ended until you died, and even then you just left a whole bunch of unresolved narratives behind you.

Nick Hornby

You know that things aren't going well for you when you can't even tell people the simplest fact about your life, just because they'll presume you're asking them to feel sorry for you.

Nick Hornby

I miss him like one might miss a scar, or wooden leg, something disfiguring but characteristic.

Nick Hornby

I don't even feel as if I'm the center of my own world, so how am I supposed to feel as though I'm the center of anyone else's?

Nick Hornby

I hate time. It never does what you want it to.

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

He's at the chocolate teapot end of the competency scale.

Nick Hornby

I'm human. That's how humans spend their time, doing shitty things.

Nick Hornby

So it's not about what you do. It can't be, can it? It has to be about how you are, how you love, how you treat yourself and those around you, and that's where I get eaten up.

Nick Hornby

She thought I was...soulful, by which I think she means that I don't say much and I always look vaguely pissed off.

Nick Hornby

The point is you keep going. You want to. So all the things that make you want to are the point.

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

It's just that none of us had the wit or talent to make them into songs. We made them into life, which much messier, and more time consuming, and leaves nothing for anybody to whistle.

Nick Hornby

There's nothing you can't fuck up if you try hard enough.

Nick Hornby

I would like my personal reading map to resemble a map of the British Empire circa 1900.

Nick Hornby

We get together with people because they're the same or because they're different, and in the end we split with them for exactly the same reasons.

Nick Hornby

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

One has so many more opinions about what has gone wrong than about what is perfect.

Nick Hornby

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

The outward manifestations of an inner combustion are never very directed.

Nick Hornby

Books are, let's face it, better than everything else.

Nick Hornby

What went wrong? Nothing and everything.

Nick Hornby

It struck him that how you spent Christmas was a message to the world about where you were in life, some indication of how deep a hole you had managed to burrow for yourself

Nick Hornby

You wouldn't believe that so much could change just because a relationship ended.

Nick Hornby

To me, making a tape is like writing a letter – there's a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again, and I wanted it to be a good one.

Nick Hornby

What really matters is what you like, not what you are like

Nick Hornby

So now what? What happens when words fail us?

Nick Hornby

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

It's just that romance, with its dips and turns and glooms and highs, its swoops and swoons and blues, is a natural metaphor for music itself

Nick Hornby

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

Nick Hornby

[...] falling in love with someone beautiful and intelligent and the rest of it, then feeling like a blank twit put you at something of a disadvantage.

Nick Hornby

...I feel as though I made a face and the wind changed, and now I have to go through life grimacing in this horrible way.

Nick Hornby

But then, that was the trouble with relationships generally. They had their own temperature and there was no thermostat.

Nick Hornby

Barry, you're over thirty years old. You owe it to your mum and dad not to sing in a group called Sonic Death Monkey.

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