A.M. Homes quotes

  • If you don’t write the book you have to write, everything breaks.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Book #Writing #Break

  • Books tell you more about their owners than the owners do.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Book #Owners

  • I once jokingly told someone that every book is like a relationship. They're four or five years long - that's not so bad. They're serious. They demand a lot of attention. But I remember thinking that I wanted to have one with someone who's not so crazy and peculiar and demanding.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Crazy #Book #Thinking

  • I think fiction can help us find everything. You know, I think that in fiction you can say things and in a way be truer than you can be in real life and truer than you can be in non-fiction. There's an accuracy to fiction that people don't really talk about - an emotional accuracy.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Real #Emotional #Thinking

  • A lot of people get flipped out if you're quiet. They say stuff like, What are you thinking? And if they don't start interrogating you, they start talking, going on and on about stuff that's totally irrelevant, and the silence gets so big and loud that it's scary.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Thinking #Talking #People

  • It annoys the hell out of me when people say, This is the kitchen, and this is the bathroom. What am I, Helen Keller? I mean, it's pretty obvious when you're in a kitchen and when you're not.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Mean #People #Kitchen

  • It's my policy not to review funerals.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Funeral #Reviews #Policy

  • I am very interested in loyalty, even if the person to whom one is loyal is flawed, criminal, or otherwise in the wrong.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Loyalty #Criminals #Flawed

  • Was this the big one or was this the small tremor, the warning? Does it get better - does the sensation of being in a dream underwater go away?
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Dream #Get Better #Going Away

  • My mind leaps to my theory about presidents - that there are two kinds, ones who have a lot of sex and the others who start wars. In short - and don't quote me, because this is an incomplete expression of a more complex premise - I believe blow jobs prevent war.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Jobs #Sex #War

  • Sometimes you can do things for others that you can't do for yourself.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Sometimes

  • Every family has a story that it tells itself, that it passes on to the children and grandchildren. The story grows over the years, mutates, some parts are sharpened, others dropped, and there is often debate about what really happened. But even with these different sides of the same story, there is still agreement that this is the family story. And in the absence of other narratives, it becomes the flagpole that the family hangs its identity from.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Family #Children #Agreement

  • I'm feeling how profoundly my family disappointed me and in the end how I retreated, how I became nothing, because that was much less risky than attempting to be something, to be anything in the face of such contempt.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Feelings #Faces #My Family

  • I'm nothing you can catch now. I am black powder, I am singe, I am the bomb that bursts the night.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Night #Black #Bombs

  • People should pay more attention. Everyone wants attention, but no one wants to give attention.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #People #Giving #Want

  • I liked the fact she understood how we all have little secret habits that seem normal enough to us, but which we know better than to mention out loud.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Secret #Littles #Facts

  • I think about how truly interesting and odd it is that when a woman marries, traditionally she loses her name, becoming absorbed by the husband's family name - she is in effect lost, evaporated from all records under her maiden name. I finally understand the anger behind feminism - the idea that as a woman you are property to be conveyed between your father and your husband, but never an individual who exists independently. And on the flip side, it is also one of the few ways one can legitimately get lost - no one questions it.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Husband #Father #Thinking

  • The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable,
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Eerie #World #Unforgettable