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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train Quotes

 

The Girl on the Train

 

by Paul Hawkins

 

I apologize for my absence over the last few weeks. Apparently having a baby is a lot of work! Why didn’t anybody tell me?! I would like to say we’re back on track, but, well, we’ll see…

I read this book last year. My wife flew through it in a weekend and I quickly picked it up after her. It was a perfect suspense read between other more thought-provoking books. Let me say- female authors are crushing the psychological thriller genre. Gillian Flynn. Lauren Beukes. Now Paula Hawkins. I’m sure there are a slew of others I haven’t gotten to yet. These ladies know how to keep me on the edge of my seat. (Who am I missing friends?) This book has stuck with me since I read it last year.

 

“It’s possible to miss what you’ve never had, to mourn for it.”

 

“I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.”

 

“Hollowness: that I understand. I’m starting to believe that there isn’t anything you can do to fix it. That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps”

 

“There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.”

 

“I’m playing at real life instead of actually living it.”

 

“But I did become sadder, and sadness gets boring after a while, for the sad person and for everyone around them.”

 

“I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head.”

 

“There’s nothing so painful, so corrosive, as suspicion.”

 

“And I’ve just got to let myself feel the pain, because if I don’t, if I keep numbing it, it’ll never really go away.”

 

“I have to find a way of making myself happy, I have to stop looking for happiness elsewhere.”

 

 

Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.

 

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“Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman!” by Richard P. Feynman

Richard Feynman

 

“Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman!”

Adventures of a Curious Character

 

by Richard P. Feynman

 
 

I know I told you that we would be focusing all of April on books that focus solely on quotes, but…well, I lied. I didn’t intentionally lie, so I guess it’s not a lie per se. I just changed my mind I guess. (How dare this Buri guy do that! I was hoping to see Cheryl Strayed’s “Brave Enough” on this next next. Where is “Brave Enough” Buri?!?! Argh! Stupid free blog with great free articles.)

Sorry about that. Security, can you remove that gentleman from the room. Give him a free Nothing Any Good hat on his way out for his troubles.

The point is, we’re don’t doing any more books of quotes, at least not right now. Our next Sticky Book is one that is by my second favorite contemporary scientist (after Albert Einstein of course) and should be required reading for any science lover. It is funny and captivating and awe-inspiring.

 

 

“All the time you’re saying to yourself, ‘I could do that, but I won’t,’ — which is just another way of saying that you can’t.”

 

“You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.”

 

“Of course, you only live one life, and you make all your mistakes, and learn what not to do, and that’s the end of you.”

 

“Learn what the rest of the world is like. The variety is worthwhile.”

 

“That’s the trouble with not being in your own field: You don’t take it seriously.”

 

“Anything can happen, in spite of what you’re pretty sure should happen.”

 

“I don’t know what’s the matter with people: they don’t learn by understanding; they learn by some other way—by rote, or something. Their knowledge is so fragile!”

 

“The individual member of the social community often receives his information via visual, symbolic channels.” I went back and forth over it [trying to understand it], and translated. You know what it means? “People read.”

 

“There were lot of fools at the conference – pompous fools – and pompous fools drive me up the wall. Ordinary fools are alright; you can talk to them and try to help them out. But pompous fools – guys who are fools and covering it all over and impressing people as to how wonderful they are with all this hocus pocus – THAT, I CANNOT STAND! An ordinary fool isn’t a faker; an honest fool is alright. But a dishonest fool is terrible!”

 

“So I have just one wish for you – the good luck to be somewhere where you are free to maintain the kind of integrity I have described, and where you do not feel forced by a need to maintain your position in the organization, or financial support, or so on, to lose your integrity. May you have that freedom.”

 

“Professor Feynman?” “Hey! Why are you bothering me at this time in the morning?” “I thought you’d like to know that you’ve won the Nobel Prize.” “Yeah, but I’m sleeping! It would have been better if you had called me in the morning.”—and I hung up.”

 

“How much do you value life?” “Sixty-four.”

 

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Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.

They Call Me Coach by John Wooden

They Call Me CoachThey Call Me Coach

by John Wooden

 

I am a basketball lover through and through. I grew up with a father that was an NAIA All-American and who coached high school basketball for nearly 20 years. As one of five boys (and one girl) that ate, breathed, and slept basketball, basketball was religion for us, (outside of, you know, religion). And the Christmas of that religion is March Madness. In honor of the month of March, we’re going to be looking at some of my favorite basketball books over the next few weeks.

John Wooden is arguably the greatest basketball coach ever, and his book “They Call Me Coach” has life lessons aplenty.

When I am interviewed as an author, one out of every three or four interviews asks me if I have a favorite quote. I either answer a quote from Brothers Karamazov or one of the first two quotes here from John Wooden. Enjoy the wisdom the John Wooden. R.I.P. Coach.

 

“Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.”

 

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

 

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ”

 

“Five years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read.”

 

“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”

 

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?”

 

“The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”

 

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”

 

“Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.”

 

“Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating…too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.”

 

“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”

 

“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”

 

“Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.”

 

“Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.”

 

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”

 

“‎”Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.”

 

“Don’t mistake activity with achievement.”

 

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”

 

“Happiness begins where selfishness ends.”

 

“It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.”

 

“Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.”

 

“Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be. Success is the by-product of that preparation.”

 

“Listen if you want to be heard”

 

“Players with fight never lose a game, they just run out of time”

 

 

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Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.

 

Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh

Recommended reading

Peace Is Every Step: 

The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

by Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”

 

“Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.”

 

“If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.”

 

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”

 

“When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight.”

 

“From time to time, sit close to the one you love, hold his or her hand, and ask, ‘Darling, do I understand you enough? Or am I making you suffer? Please tell me so that I can learn to love you properly. I don’t want to make you suffer, and if I do so because of my ignorance, please tell me so that I can love you better, so that you can be happy.'”

 

“We will not just say, “I love him very much,” but instead, “I will do something so that he will suffer less.” The mind of compassion is truly present when it is effective in removing another person’s suffering.”

 

“Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice… No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.”

 

“Know that life can only be found in the present moment.”

 

Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.

 

 

Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.

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