30+ quotes from Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Quotes from Pretty Girls

Karin Slaughter ·  688 pages

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“It's the truth. I'm sorry to be blunt about it, but girls don't like guys who are doormats. Especially pretty girls, because there's no novelty in it. Guys are hitting on them all of the time. They can't walk down the street or order a coffee or stand on a corner without some idiot making a comment about how attractive they are. And the women smile because it's easier than telling them to go fuck themselves. And less dangerous, because if a man rejects a woman, she goes home and cries for a few days. If a woman rejects a man, he can rape and kill her.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“Because I said so." She paused again. "Sweetheart, I know you're an adult, but adults are like vampires. The older ones are much more powerful.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“Your mother and I had always been secretly pleased that you were so headstrong and passionate about your causes. Once you were gone, we understood that these were the qualities that painted young men as smart and ambitious and young women as trouble.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“Optimism is a sliver of glass in your heart.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“You couldn't turn on the TV without hearing about the missing teenage girl. Sixteen years old. White. Middle class. Very pretty. No one ever seemed quite as outraged when an ugly woman went missing.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“Her father always said that the price for hearing gossip was having someone else gossip about you.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“There is kindness in so many unexpected places”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“I want you to know that this is what happens when you meet the person you are supposed to spend the rest of your life with: that restless feeling dissolves like butter.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“Having a teenager is like having a really, really shitty roommate. They eat all your food and steal your clothes and take money out of your purse and borrow your car without asking.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“Anybody could be smart. It took a special somebody to be clever.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“People did not change their basic, core personalities. Their values tended to stay the same.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“She took him for granted sometimes. That was the luxury of a long marriage. But she knew that she loved him. She needed him. He was the anchor that kept her from drifting away.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“I loved him. I know you don’t want to believe that, but I really, truly, giddy, heart-breaking, longing, achingly loved him.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“In her defense, her helicoptering tended to revolve around making sure that Dee could take care of herself. LEARN HOW TO TAKE OUT THE TRASH OR I WILL KILL YOU. LOVE MOM.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“He said that children always have different parents, even in the same family.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“Sweetheart, I know you’re an adult, but adults are like vampires. The older ones are much more powerful.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“Maybe that's why Claire had perfected the art of invisibility. It was a form of self-preservation. You couldn't resent what you could not see. She was so quiet, but she noticed everything. Her eyes tracked the world like it was a book written in a language that she could not understand. There was nothing timorous about her, but you got the feeling that she always had one foot out the door. If the situation got too hard, or too intense, she would simply disappear.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“Marriage. That’s what he called it, though men like Paul do not marry women. They own them. They control them. They are voracious gluttons who devour every part of a woman, then clean their teeth with the bones.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“Lydia supposed his headstone had been ordered. Something large and garish made of the finest marble and phallic shaped because being dead didn't stop you from being a dick.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“[...]"but instead of apologizing, I said, 'It's your own fault for playing tennis.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“because if a man rejects a woman, she goes home and cries for a few days. If a woman rejects a man, he can rape and kill her.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“That doesn’t sound invisible to me.” “I’m saying it wrong, then.” Lydia searched for a better way to explain. “She was always holding herself back. She was cocaptain, not captain. She could’ve dated the quarterback, but she dated his brother instead. She could’ve been top in her class, but she’d purposefully turn in a paper late or miss an assignment so she’d fall closer to the middle. She would know about Mauna Kea, but she would say Everest because winning would bring too much attention.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“Clair watched the young man pour Paul's Scotch with a previously unseen professionalism. Her wedding ring, her gentle brush-offs, and her outright rejection had been minor obstacles compared to the big no of another man kissing her cheek.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“He had always told her that winners only competed with themselves.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“Dyadic completion,” Paul would’ve told Claire. “The human brain tends to assume that, if there’s a victim, there has to be a villain.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“Rick shuffled through the cards again. “Where is the tallest mountain on earth?” Lydia put her hand over her eyes so she could concentrate. “You said tallest, not highest elevation, so it can’t be Everest.” She made some thinking noises that caused the dogs to stir. The cat started making biscuits on her stomach. She could hear the clock ticking in the kitchen. Finally, Rick said, “Think ukulele.” She peeked through her fingers. “Hawaii?” “Mauna Kea.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“children always have different parents, even in the same family.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“She was so quiet, but she noticed everything. Her eyes tracked the world like it was a book written in a language she could not understand”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“Then again, Paul had once told her that there was no such thing as coincidence. “The Law of Truly Large Numbers provides that given a large enough sample size, any outrageous thing can happen.”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


“Claire hates you now. She believes me. She will never, ever take you back.
We are never ever ever getting back together. Taylor Swift. How many times had Dee played that song after she caught Heath Carmichael cheating”
― Karin Slaughter, quote from Pretty Girls


About the author

Karin Slaughter
Born place: in The United States
Born date January 6, 2018
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