Quotes from Holding Up the Universe

Jennifer Niven ·  391 pages

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“We're all weird and damaged in our own way. You're not the only one.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“Dear friend, You are not a freak. You are wanted. You are necessary. You are the only you there is. Don’t be afraid to leave the castle. It’s a great big world out there. Love, a fellow reader”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“People are shitty for a lot of reasons. Sometimes they're just shitty people. Sometimes people have been shitty to them and, even though they don't realize it, they take that shitty upbringing and go out into the world and treat others the same way. Sometimes they're shitty because they're afraid. Sometimes they choose to be shitty to others before others can be shitty to them. So it's like self-defensive shittiness.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“It's about the important things, like the way their face lights up when they laugh, or the way they move as they're walking towards you, or the way their freckles create a map of the stars.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“We don't ever leave that old world behind. We just create a new one.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe



“This is what I know about loss. It doesn't get better. You just get (somewhat) used to it.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“It's my experience that the people who are most afraid are the ones who hide behind mean and threatening words.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“You might not want to burn your bridges when you're standing on an island.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“We can't fight another person's battle, no matter how much we want to.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“I want you to know I'm rooting for you.' Sometimes we need to hear that, even from a stranger.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe



“Everyone in my life is a stranger, and that includes me.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“I’ve always thought you should be able to freeze time. This way you could hit the Pause button at a really good point in your life so that nothing changes”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“If you're not careful, you're going to run into someone angrier than you.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“This is what I know about loss:

- It doesn't get better. You just (somewhat) get used to it.
- You never stop missing the people who go away.
- For something that isn't there anymore, it weighs a ton.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“It's the suddenness of life changing in an instant that makes me anxious when I sleep and makes me tell myself to breathe when I'm awake.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe



“I think what an amazing world this would be if we all danced everywhere we went.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“How can something so final happen in an instant? No preparation. No warning. No chance to do all the things you planned to do. No chance to say goodbye.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“We never know how long we have. We're never guaranteed tomorrow. I could die right now, right here.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“Sometimes all I did all day was just wander around in my mind.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“It is 3:38 a.m., and the time of night when my mind starts running around all wild and out of control, like my cat, George, when he was a kitten.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe



“It's not moving on, Libbs. It's moving differently. That's all it is. Different life. Different world. Different rules. We don't ever leave that old world behind. We just create a new one.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“Too much of my life feels like this already- trying to recycle something old into something new and better, disguising someone else's trash as some fresh, shiny thing.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“Everyone has a moment in history which belongs particularly to him.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“I want you to remember that you can’t feel responsible for everything. We’re your parents, and we will figure us out. All you need to do— any of you”— she looks at my brothers—” is be a kid for now and let us be there for you.”“All of us?” Dusty says. “Even those of us without neurological disorders?” “All of you.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“One of the worst things a pretty girl can say to a fat girl is You look really pretty.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe



“I say, "I love you."

She says, "I love you too." And then she laughs. "It's kind of crazy. I mean you."

"I know. What the hell?"

She covers her mouth with one hand, but her eyes are shining. I'm thinking about a field of grass on a summer day. I'm thinking about the sun and being warmed from the inside and warmed from the outside.

I take her hand under the gray-blue sky and I'm home.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“I think of something my mom used to say, about how as scary as it is to go after dreams, it's even scarier not to.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“If you walk away, don't come back. You don't get to do that and come back.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


“So what makes you angry?`
`Stupid people. Fake people. Mean people. Death. I worry about dying all the time. Like, all the time.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from Holding Up the Universe


About the author

Jennifer Niven
Born place: The United States
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