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  • 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")

  • The difference between these people and me is that they finished college and I didn't; as a consequence, they have smart jobs and I have a scruffy job, they are rich and I am poor, they are self confident and I am incontinent... they have opinions and I have lists.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • I'm simply pointing out that what happens to us isn't the whole story. That I continue to exist even when we're not together.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")


  • The unhappiest people I know, romantically speaking, are the ones who like pop music the most; and I don't know whether pop music has caused this unhappiness, but I do know that they've been listening to the sad songs longer than they've been living the unhappy lives.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • I'm very good at the past. It's the present I can't understand.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • These things are going to eat away at me... I rewrite the script in my head until it's 100-proof poison, and none of it helps at all.
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • 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, "High Fidelity")

  • This is the second Simply Red song on this tape. One's unforgivable. Two's a war crime. Can I fast-forward?
    (Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity")

  • 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")


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