Quotes from Summer and the City

Candace Bushnell ·  409 pages

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“sometimes the best thing to do is to
pretend it didn't happen”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“Just because something doesn't last forever, it doesn't mean it wasn't meaningful while it did last. It doesn't mean it wasn't important.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“I'm not ashamed of anything I've done.
Shame is a useless emotion.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“maybe he's falling in love with the idea of falling in love with me. Maybe he wants to be in love with someone and I've ended up in the right place at the right time.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“The heart wants what the heart wants”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City



“All men are a disappointment. No matter what anyone says.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“I'm certainly not going to put my life on hold for him.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“Should, is the worst word
in the English language. People always think things "should" be a certain way, and when they're
not, they're disappointed.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“It's hard to be careful, though, when you feel indestructible.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“I'm looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't-live-without-each-other love.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City



“You choose the end of the summer to fall in love with this guy
because secretly, you don’t want it to last.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“Always look like you know where you're going, even when you don't”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“Why do magazines do this to women? It's
all about creating insecurity. Trying to make women feel like they're not good enough. And when women don't feel like they're good enough, guess what? Men win. That's how they keep us down.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“Like me, he has a searing belief that books are sacred. They might not be to other people, but when you have a passion, you hold on to it. You defend it. You dont pretend it isn't important at the risk of offending others." -Carrie.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“I don't consider my work a job. I consider it a career. And you
don't quit a career.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City



“The heart wants what the heart wants," she says, somewhat cryptically. I purse my lips in disapproval. "You'd think the heart would know better.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“Have I ever been in love? Really in love? And why is it that with each new guy I think I'm more in love with him than the last?”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“Why do I keep evading my work? Is it because I’m afraid of being confronted by my lack of abilities?”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“Everything I need is in my head, and no one can take that away.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“If a man doesn’t ask you to marry him -- or at least live with him -- after two years, he never will. It means he’s only interested in having a good time.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City



“Why do magazines do this to women?” Miranda complains now, glaring at Vogue. “It’s all about creating insecurity. Trying to make women feel like they’re not good enough. And when women don’t feel like they’re good enough, guess what?”
“What?” I ask, picking up the grocery bag.
“Men win. That’s how they keep us down,” she concludes.
“Except the problem with women’s magazines is that they’re written by women,” I point out.
“That only shows you how deep this thing goes. Men have made women coconspirators in their own oppression. I mean, if you spend all your time worrying about leg hair, how can you possibly have time to take over the world?”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“Should," I suddenly recal myself saying to Samantha and Miranda, "is the worst word in the English language. People always thing thing 'should' be a certain way, and when they're not, they're disappointed.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“I’ve never understood sexy lingerie. I mean, what’s the point? The guy’s only going to take it off.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“No matter what you think you can be, when you’re forced to stop and look at where you actually are, it’s pretty depressing.
Sometimes, there is no escaping the truth”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“Have I become the girl who waits by the phone, hoping it will ring, who asks a friend to dial her number to make sure the phone is working?”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City



“Sex. It’s the biggest sham of all. I mean, your whole life, all you ever hear is how you’re supposed to save yourself for marriage. And how it’s so special. And then you finally do it. And you’re like, that’s it? This is what everyone’s been raving about?”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“Maybe you can’t have it both ways. His life and your life. How do you put two lives together, anyway?”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“Don’t you think it’s weird when someone has photographs of themselves all over the place? It’s like they’re trying to prove they exist.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


“I take his hand in mine, running my fingers over the palm. His hands are lovely and lean, and I can't help thinking about those hands on my body. The sexiest part of a man is his hands.”
― Candace Bushnell, quote from Summer and the City


About the author

Candace Bushnell
Born place: Glastonbury, Connecticut, The United States
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