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

Famous As: Author & Editor
Born On: April 17, 1957
Born In: Redhill
Founder / Co Founder: Ministry of Stories
Age: 65 Years
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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

…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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Nick Hornby
What went wrong? Nothing and everything.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Nick Hornby
So now what? What happens when words fail us?

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.

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

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.

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.

[...] 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.

...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.

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.

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.

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