Quotes from Landline

Rainbow Rowell ·  310 pages

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“I love you more than I hate everything else.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“Nobody's lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It's something you make happen - because you love each other.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“Neal didn't take Georgie's breath away. Maybe the opposite. But that was okay--that was really good, actually, to be near someone who filled your lungs with air.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“You don't know when you're twenty-three.
You don't know what it really means to crawl into someone else's life and stay there. You can't see all the ways you're going to get tangled, how you're going to bond skin to skin. How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten - in fifteen. When Georgie thought about divorce now, she imagined lying side by side with Neal on two operating tables while a team of doctors tried to unthread their vascular systems.
She didn't know at twenty-three.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“It's more like you meet someone, and you fall in love, and you hope that that person is the one—and then at some point, you have to put down your chips. You just have to make a commitment and hope that you're right.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline



“Wasn't that the point of life? To find someone to share it with?

And if you got that part right, how far wrong could you go? If you were standing next to the person you loved more than everything else, wasn't everything else just scenery?”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“I think I can live without you, but it won't be any kind of life.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“Georgie. You cannot be jealous of Dawn--that's like the sun being jealous of a lightbulb.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“He didn't laugh when he thought something was funny--he laughed when he was happy.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“(Even if your heart is broken and attacking you, you're still not better off without it.)”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline



How could she ever doubt that he loved her? When loving her was what he did better than all the things he did beautifully?
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“We're not broken up."
"I know, but we're still broken.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“How does anyone ever know whether love is enough? It's an idiotic question. Like, if you fall in love, if you're that lucky, who are you to even ask whether it's enough to make you happy?”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“She thought of ... the way he never made made her feel crazy, even when she was acting crazy, and never made her feel like a failure, even when she was failing.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“That's what love is, Georgie. Accidental damage protection.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline



“He kissed her like he was drawing a perfectly straight line. He kissed her in India ink.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“Having kids sent a tornado through your marriage, then made you happy for the devastation. Even if you could rebuild everything just the way it was before, you’d never want to.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“When were you smiling? No one in your family smiles. You're a dynasty of wasted dimples.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“How'd you know he was the one?"

"I didn't know. I don't think either of us knew."

Heather rolled her eyes. "Neal knew — he proposed to you."

"It's not like that," Georgie said. "You'll see. It's more like you meet someone, and you fall in love, and you hope that that person is the one — and then at some point, you have to put down your chips. You just have to make a commitment and hope that you're right.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“What's the point of making a nice guy like me?" Georgie said. "Nice guys like everybody."
"You shouldn't have to make anybody like you, Georgie. You should want to be with somebody who can't help but like you.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline



“I take for granted that you’ll be there when I’m done doing whatever it is I’m doing. I take for granted that you’ll love me no matter what.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“You can't make me do anything. I'm an adult. And I'm much stronger than you."

"Upper body strength isn't everything; I have wiles."

"Not really."

"Yes, I do. I'm a woman. Women have wiles."

"Some women. It's not like every woman is born wily."

"If I don't have wiles, she said, "how come I can get you to do most anything I want?"

"You don't get me to do anything. I just do things. Because I love you."

"Oh."

"Christ, Georgie, don't sound so disappointed.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“Neal, I want to ruin you for everyone.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“The future was going to happen, even if he wasn’t ready for it. Even if he was never ready for it. At least he could make sure he was with the right person. Wasn’t that the point of life? To find someone to share it with? And if you got that part right, how far wrong could you go? If you were standing next to the person you loved more than everything else, wasn’t everything else just scenery?”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“God, she'd never even been able to imagine this much cold before.
How could people live someplace that so obviously didn't want them? All that romance about snow and seasons… You shouldn't have to make a special effort not to die every time you left your house.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline



“Fitting together is something you work at. It’s something you make happen—because you love each other.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“Neal loved her, Georgie knew that. He couldn't keep his hands off her--he couldn't keep his ink off her; he was always doodling on her stomach or her thigh or her shoulder. He kept a set of Prismacolor markers by his bed, and when Georgie took a shower, the water rain rainbows.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“You never know when it's going to be the last time you see somebody and don't want to miss your chance to say good-bye.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


“Marry me,” he kept saying. “I will,” she kept answering. “I think I can live without you,” he said, like it was something he’d spent twenty-seven hours thinking about, “but it won’t be any kind of life.”
― Rainbow Rowell, quote from Landline


About the author

Rainbow Rowell
Born place: Omaha, Nebraska, The United States
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