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


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  • Why is failure the first thing I think of when I find myself in this sort of situation? Why can't I just enjoy myself? But if you have to ask the question, then you know you're lost: self-consciousness is a man's worst enemy. Already I'm wondering whether she's as aware of my erection as I am...
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • Do I want to be like him? Not really, I don't think. But I find myself worrying away at that stuff about pop music again, whether I like it because I'm unhappy, or whether I'm unhappy because I like.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • Most days, for the last dozen or so years, I attributed to Charlie, or at least to our breakup, most things that have gone wrong for me. Like: I wouldn't have packed in college; I wouldn't have gone to work in Record and Tape; I wouldn't have had an unsatisfactory personal life. This is the woman who broke my heart, who ruined my life, this woman is single-handedly responsible for my poverty and directionlessness and failure, the woman I dreamed about regularly for a good five years.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • Women who disapprove of men - and there's plenty to disapprove of - should remember how we started out, and how far we had to travel.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • 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, "High Fidelity")


  • People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands - literally thousands - of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • You just have to smile and take it, otherwise it would drive you mad.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • I guess I should have forgotten about it ages ago, but forgetting isn't something I'm very good at.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • 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, "High Fidelity")

  • You spend Christmas at somebody's house, you worry about their operations, you give them hugs and kisses and flowers, you see them in their dressing gown...and then bang, that's it. Gone forever. And sooner or later there will be another mum, another Christmas, more varicose veins. They're all the same. Only the addresses, and the colors of the dressing gown, change.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • I had to nurture those doubts as if they were tiny, sickly kittens, until eventually they became sturdy, healthy grievances, with their own cat doors, which allowed them to wander in and out of our conversation at will.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • 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, "High Fidelity")

  • 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, "High Fidelity")

  • 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, "High Fidelity")

  • I used to think--and given the way we ended up, maybe I still do--that all relationships need the kind of violent shove that a crush brings, just to get you started and to push you over the humps. And then, when the energy from that shove has gone and you come to something approaching a halt, you have to look around and see what you've got. It could be something completely different, it could be something roughly the same, but gentler and calmer, or it could be nothing at all.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")


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