Quotes from The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins ·  323 pages

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“Hollowness: that I understand. I'm starting to believe that there isn't anything you can do to fix it. That's what I've taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“it’s possible to miss what you’ve never had, to mourn for it.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“Life is not a paragraph, and death is no parenthesis.

(This is a reference to an E.E. Cummings poem within the author's work)”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“When did you become so weak?” I don’t know. I don’t know where that strength went, I don’t remember losing it. I think that over time it got chipped away, bit by bit, by life, by the living of it.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“There’s nothing so painful, so corrosive, as suspicion.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“I can’t do this, I can’t just be a wife. I don’t understand how anyone does it—there is literally nothing to do but wait. Wait for a man to come home and love you. Either that or look around for something to distract you.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“I want to drag knives over my skin, just to feel something other than shame, but I'm not even brave enough for that”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“But I did become sadder, and sadness gets boring after a while, for the sad person and for everyone around them.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“let’s be honest: women are still only really valued for two things—their looks and their role as mothers.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“I’m playing at real life instead of actually living it.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“And I’ve just got to let myself feel the pain, because if I don’t, if I keep numbing it, it’ll never really go away.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“I am not the girl I used to be. I am no longer desirable, I’m off-putting in some way. It’s not just that I’ve put on weight, or that my face is puffy from the drinking and the lack of sleep; it’s as if people can see the damage written all over me, can see it in my face, the way I hold myself, the way I move.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“A tiding of magpies: One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts. Who was it said that following your heart is a good thing? It is pure egotism, a selfishness to conquer all.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“It's impossible to resist the kindness of strangers.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“But then I think, this happens sometimes, doesn’t it? People you have a history with, they won’t let you go, and as hard as you might try, you can’t disentangle yourself, can’t set yourself free. Maybe after a while you just stop trying.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“Sometimes I catch myself trying to remember the last time I had meaningful physical contact with another person, just a hug or a heartfelt squeeze of my hand, and my heart twitches.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“Beautiful sunshine, cloudless skies, no one to play with, nothing to do. Living like this, the way I’m living at the moment, is harder in the summer when there is so much daylight, so little cover of darkness, when everyone is out and about, being flagrantly, aggressively happy. It’s exhausting, and it makes you feel bad if you’re not joining in.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“I have to find a way of making myself happy, I have to stop looking for happiness elsewhere. It’s true,”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“He’s a master at it, making me feel as though everything is my fault, making me feel worthless.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“It’s ridiculous, when I think about it. How did I find myself here? I wonder where it started, my decline; I wonder at what point I could have halted it. Where did I take the wrong turn?”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“It’s impossible to resist the kindness of strangers. Someone who looks at you, who doesn’t know you, who tells you it’s OK, whatever you did, whatever you’ve done: you suffered, you hurt, you deserve forgiveness.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl . . . Three for a girl. I’m stuck on three, I just can’t get any further. My head is thick with sounds, my mouth thick with blood. Three for a girl. I can hear the magpies—they’re laughing, mocking me, a raucous cackling. A tiding. Bad tidings. I can see them now, black against the sun. Not the birds, something else. Someone’s coming. Someone is speaking to me. Now look. Now look what you made me do.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“it’s as if people can see the damage written all over me, can see it in my face, the way I hold myself, the way I move.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“They’re what I lost, they’re everything I want to be.”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


“Who's to say that once I run, I'll find that isn't enough? Who's to say I won't end up feeling exactly the way I do right now-not safe, but stifled? Maybe I'll want to run again, and again, and eventually I'll end up back on those old tracks, because there's nowhere left to go. Maybe. Maybe not. You have to take the risk, don't you”
― Paula Hawkins, quote from The Girl on the Train


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Paula Hawkins
Born place: Zimbabwe
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