Quotes from Running with Scissors

Augusten Burroughs ·  304 pages

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“I know exactly how that is. To love somebody who doesn’t deserve it. Because they are all you have. Because any attention is better than no attention. For exactly the same reason, it is sometimes satisfying to cut yourself and bleed. On those gray days where eight in the morning looks no different from noon and nothing has happened and nothing is going to happen and you are washing a glass in the sink and it breaks-accidentally-and punctures your skin. And then there is this shocking red, the brightest thing in the day, so vibrant it buzzes, this blood of yours. That is okay sometimes because at least you know you’re alive.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“It’s a wonder I’m even alive. Sometimes I think that. I think that I can’t believe I haven’t killed myself. But there’s something in me that just keeps going on. I think it has something to do with tomorrow, that there is always one, and that everything can change when it comes.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“You deserve to need me, not to have me.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“My mother began to go crazy. Not in a 'Let's paint the kitchen red!' sort of way. But crazy in a 'gas oven, toothpaste sandwhich, I am God' sort of way.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“I told myself, 'All I want is a normal life'. But was that true? I wasn't so sure. Because there was a part of me that enjoyed hating school, and the drama of not going, the potential consequences whatever they were. I was intrigued by the unknown. I was even slightly thrilled that my mother was such a mess. Had I become addicted to crisis? I traced my finger along the windowsill. 'Want something normal, want something normal, want something normal', I told myself.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“Doctor, if being a bitch is healthy, then I am the healthiest damn woman on the face of the earth”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“The line between normal and crazy seemed impossibly thin. A person would have to be an expert tightrope walker in order not to fall.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“I will please shut the hell up the day you please drop the hell dead”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“I just look at her and she creeps me out. She looks like she would eat a baby. Not that she's fat. She just looks hungry in some dangerous way that can't be explained. She's always so nice and friendly. Exactly the disposition of a baby killer.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“We were young. We were bored. And the old electroshock therapy machine was just under the stairs in a box next to the Hoover.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“I felt deeply tricked. Stunned. And furious. I also felt my default emotion: numbness.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“Turn off the light," she says as she walks away, creating a small woosh that smells sweet and chemical. It makes me sad because it's the smell she makes when she's leaving.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“Our lives are one endless stretch of misery punctuated by processed fast foods and the occasional crisis or amusing curiosity.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“But she did love him. I believe it. I know exactly how that is. To love somebody who doesn't deserve it. Because they are all you have. Because any attention is better than no attention.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“I missed him so much that I had physical sensations of loss, all over my body. Like one minute I was missing an arm, the next my spleen. It was making me feel sick, like throwing up.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“In the opening to the Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary's in the supermarket, hurrying through the aisles. She pauses at the meat case, picks up a steak and checks the price. Then rolls her eyes, shrugs and tosses it in the cart. That's kind of how I feel. Sure I would have liked things to be different. But, 'roll of eyes' what can you do? 'shrug' I threw the meat in my cart and moved on.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“The problem with not having anybody to tell you what to do, I understood, is that there was nobody to tell you what not to do.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“I was learning that if I lived slightly in the future-what will happen next-I didn't have to feel so much about what was going on in the present.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“Other people sound flat to my ear; their words just hang in the air. But when my mother says something, the ends curl.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“Now I can add prostitute to my list of life's accomplishments.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“I couldn't help but think, This car is taking me to a mental hospital and my mother is treating it like open-mic night at a Greenwich Village café.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“What nobody understood then is this: The only way that you achieve what you want and fulfill your dreams and become great is by demanding that sort of attention. You have to make it happen.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“Smoking had become my favorite thing in the world to do. It was like having instant comfort, no matter where or when.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“You know what we need? We need to get jobs, get the fuck out of that crazy house,' Natalie said, dipping a McNugget into her sauce.

Yeah, right. Jobs doing what? Our only skills are oral sex and restraining agitated psychotics.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“Life would be fabric-softener, tuna-salad-on-white, PTA-meeting normal.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“I did not consider him to be any kind of a genius. I considered him deeply lacking in the area that mattered most in life. Star quality.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“He was raised without a proper diagnosis.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“Maybe it was a Patty Hearst thing. Stockholm syndrome or whatever it's called when you're being held against your will but then you become sucked in and fall in love. Or if not exactly love, you fall into something you can't see out of. 'I can't shoot a machine gun' becomes 'Hey, this hardly has any kick-back!”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“It turned out I had always been a smoker. I just hadn't had any cigarettes.”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


“My mother is from Cairo, Georgia. This makes everything she says sound like it went through a curling iron. ”
― Augusten Burroughs, quote from Running with Scissors


About the author

Augusten Burroughs
Born place: in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The United States
Born date October 23, 1965
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