Paula McLain Quotes

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1. “It gave me a sharp kind of sadness to think that no matter how much I loved him and tried to put him back together again, he might stay broken forever.”

Tags : Brokenness
Author : Paula McLain
Source : The Paris Wife

2. “He was a humorist, and everyone knew the funny writers were the most serious sort under their skins.”

Tags : Comedy Humor Writing
Author : Paula McLain
Source : The Paris Wife

3. “My life was my life; I would have to stare it down, somehow, and make it work for me.”

Tags : Life Resilience Toughness
Author : Paula McLain

4. “Books could be an incredible adventure. I stayed under my blanket and barely moved, and no one would have guessed how my mind raced and my heart soared with stories.”

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Author : Paula McLain
Source : The Paris Wife

5. “Sometimes I wish we could rub out all of our mistakes and start fresh, from the beginning,' I said. 'And sometimes I think there isn't anything to us but our mistakes.”

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Author : Paula McLain
Source : The Paris Wife

6. “They love me like a pack of wolves.Ernest”

Tags : Ernest Hemingway Paris Wolves
Author : Paula McLain
Source : The Paris Wife

7. “Not everyone believed in marriage then. To marry was to say you believed in the future and in the past, too - that history and tradition and hope could stay knit together to hold you up.”

Tags : History Marriage Tradition
Author : Paula McLain
Source : The Paris Wife

8. “Why is it every other person you meet says they're an artist? A real artist doesn't need to gas on about it, he doesn't have time. He does his work and sweats it out in silence, and no one can help him at all.”

Tags : Artists Life
Author : Paula McLain
Source : The Paris Wife

9. “I had come alive here...this was my home, and though one day it would all trickle through my fingers like so much red dust, for as long as childhood lasted it was a heaven fitted exactly to me. A place I knew by heart. The one place in the world I'd been made for.”

Tags : Africa Belonging Contentment Home
Author : Paula McLain
Source : Circling the Sun

10. “Sometimes when you're hurting, it helps to throw yourself at something that will take your weight.”

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Author : Paula McLain
Source : Circling the Sun

11. “We can only go to the limits of ourselves. Anything more and we give too much away. Then we're not good for anyone.”

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Author : Paula McLain
Source : Circling the Sun

12. “Denys had a way of seeing everything as if he knew it would never be there exactly the same again. He understood how nothing ever holds still for us, or should. The trick is learning to take things as they come and fully, too, with no resistence or fear, not trying to grip them too tightly or make them bend.”

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Author : Paula McLain
Source : Circling the Sun

13. “I preferred to look at the sea, which said nothing and never made you feel alone.”

Tags : Hadley Richardson Loneliness Sadness Sea
Author : Paula McLain
Source : The Paris Wife

14. “We knew what we had and what it meant, and though so much had happened since for both of us, there was nothing like those years in Paris, after the war. Life was painfully pure and simple and good, and I believed Ernest was his best self then. I got the very best of him. We got the best of each other.”

Tags : Hemingway Life Loss Love
Author : Paula McLain
Source : The Paris Wife

15. “In Paris, you couldn’t really turn around without seeing the result of lovers’ bad decisions. An artist given to sexual excess was almost a cliché, but no one seemed to mind. As long as you were making something good or interesting or sensational, you could have as many lovers as you wanted and ruin them all.”

Tags : Paris
Author : Paula McLain
Source : The Paris Wife

16. “When he craved contact, he stopped in to visit the Cézannes and Monets at the Musée du Luxembourg, believing they had already done what he was striving for—distilling places and people and objects to their essential qualities.”

Tags : Art Hemingway Paris
Author : Paula McLain
Source : The Paris Wife

17. “It was august. for years it was august … . there was heat like wet gauze and a high, white sky and music coming from everywhere at once.”

Tags : Amazing
Author : Paula McLain
Source : A Ticket to Ride

18. “You are everything good and straight and fine and true—and I see that so clearly now, in the way you’ve carried yourself and listened to your own heart. You’ve changed me more than you know, and will always be a part of everything I am. That’s one thing I’ve learned from this. No one you love is ever truly lost.”

Tags : Ernest Hemingway Hadley Richardson
Author : Paula McLain
Source : The Paris Wife

19. “You have to digest life. You have to chew it up and love it all through.”

Tags : Hemingway Life Writing
Author : Paula McLain
Source : The Paris Wife