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Nick Hornby’s “High Fidelity” Quotes (39 Quotes)


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  • It's brilliant, being depressed; you can behave as badly as you like.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • Tuesday night I reorganized my record collection. I often do this at periods of emotional stress. There are some people who would find this a pretty dull way to spend an evening, but I'm not one of them. This is my life, and it's nice to be able to wade in it, immerse your arms in it, touch it.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • It's easier to have parents if you've got a girlfriend.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • We have one of those conversations where every thing clicks, meshes, corresponds, locks, where even our pauses, even our punctuation marks, seem to be nodding in agreement.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • 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, "High Fidelity")


  • We were little animals, which is not to imply that by the end of the week we were tearing our tank tops off; just that, metaphorically speaking, we had begun to sniff each other's bottoms, and we did not find the odor entirely repellent.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • 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, "High Fidelity")

  • What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?"- Rob
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • A while back, when Dick and Barry and I agreed that what really matters is what you like, not what you are like, Barry proposed the idea of a questionnaire for prospective partners.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • 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, "High Fidelity")

  • What really matters is what you like, not what you are like
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • 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, "High Fidelity")

  • I've committed to nothing...and that's just suicide...by tiny, tiny increments.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • What was in it for me? I wasn't asking for any sort of reciprocation, after all. Why didn't she want her erogenous zones stimulated? I have no idea. All I know is that you could, if you wanted to, find the answers to all sorts of difficult questions buried in that terrible war-torn interregnum between the first pubic hair and the first soiled Trojan.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • But I want to see Clara, Charlie's friend, who's right up my street. I want to see her because I don't know where my street is; I don't even know which part of town it's in, which city, which country, so maybe she'll enable me to get my bearings.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")


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