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I stuck the tines of my fork in my bulbous egg yolk and swirled it, smearing the sun.
While Detective Rhonda Boneyards holds my hand. It’s like being clutched by a cold bird claw.
His kiss disgusts me; it’s nibbly and hesitant, like a fish. He nibbles again, wet cold lips.
"The worst feeling: when you just have to wait and prepare yourself for the lie."
"You drink a little too much and try a little too hard. And you go home to a cold bed and think, That was fine. And your life is a long line of fine."
"People say children from broken homes have it hard, but the children of charmed marriages have their own particular challenges."
"We weren’t ourselves when we fell in love, and when we became ourselves – surprise! – we were poison. We complete each other in the nastiest, ugliest possible way."
"Because isn’t that the point of every relationship: to be known by someone else, to be understood? He gets me. She gets me. Isn’t that the simple magic phrase?"
"It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters."
"There's a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her."
"There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold."
"Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. "
I often don’t say things out loud, even when I should. I contain and compartmentalize to a disturbing degree: In my belly-basement are hundred of bottles of rage, despair, fear, but you’d never guess from looking at me.
And you drink a little too much and try a little too hard. And you go home to a cold bed and think, That was fine. And your life is a long line of fine.
I am something to be tossed into a junkyard, thrown into the river, if necessary. I don’t feel real anymore. I feel like I could disappear.
“Love makes you want to be a better man—right, right. But maybe love, real love, also gives you permission to just be the man you are.”
“Tampon commercial, detergent commercial, maxi pad commercial, windex commercial - you'd think all women do is clean and bleed.”
“There's a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her.”
“There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.”
"Like a child, I picture opening her skull, unspooling her brain and sifting through it, trying to catch and pin down her thoughts. What are you thinking, Amy?"
I was told love should be unconditional. That's the rule, everyone says so. But if love has no boundaries, no limits, no conditions, why should anyone try to do the right thing ever? If I know I am loved no matter what, where is the challenge? I am supposed to love Nick despite his shortcomings. And Nick is supposed to love me despite my quirks. But clearly, nether of us does. It makes me think that everyone is very wrong, that love should have many conditions. Love should require both partners to be their very best at all times. Unconditional love is an undisciplined love, and as we have all seen, undisciplined love is disastrous. -- Amy Elliott Dunne
"When I think of my wife, I always think of her head."