26+ quotes from The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor

Quotes from The Girl Who Came Home

Hazel Gaynor ·  384 pages

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“Life is fragile Grace – it is no more than a petal of cherry blossom; thriving and in full bloom one minute and blown to the ground by a sudden gust of wind the next. We shouldn’t take our life for granted and we should do whatever we can to make ourselves happy.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“Now you look here. All your father ever dreamed of for you was to do something you loved in life. He didn't care about fancy qualifications or fancy clothes or cars, just that you were both happy and fulfilled. He was so excited about your dreams for a career.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“Never leave yourself open to regret Grace. We can only make a decision when we know the choices we are faced with. If we shy away, turn our backs and hide, we will simply never know. And that is when you end up old and wondering and regretting. Live a life of hope. Don’t live a life of regret.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“you can always find a reason to begin again, whatever life has in store for you.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“Good news comes in large packages”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“The girl who had left Ireland was gone to the bottom of the ocean with the rest of them.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“I suppose people move on, history moves on, and there will, sadly, always be something more terrible waiting around the corner.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“On an unknown path, every foot is slow.’ Take your time,”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“Life is fragile, she heard Maggie saying, we never know what’s waiting around the corner.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“On an unknown path, every foot is slow.’ Take your time, Grace. Take one step at a time.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“here now; that it was this almost insignificant old lady who, as”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“And as the smart ship grew In stature, grace, and hue In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too. —THOMAS HARDY, FROM “THE CONVERGENCE OF THE TWAIN”(LINES ON THE LOSS OF TITANIC), 1912”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“On an unknown path, every foot is slow.’ Take your time, Grace. Take one step”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“As the spring months gave way to summer and then the first leaves of autumn started to fall from the trees by the lakeside, Séamus resolved to sell his da’s house and their small plot of land and travel to England with the money to work in the cotton mills. At least there he would have no reminders of the love he had known and lost. At least there he might stand a chance of putting Maggie Murphy and the horrors of Titanic from his mind. Fate had decided his path in life, and he now had to walk that path, wherever it might lead him.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“merrymaking. Yes, Katie would enjoy America, Frances thought as she put on her coat and her hat; in fact, America would enjoy Katie. She left her apartment block and, crossing the road, walked the short distance to the Ninth Avenue Elevated line at South Ferry. Although the elevated line took longer, she preferred not to take the subway system, being slightly claustrophobic. The idea of speeding along in a small underground train made her feel dizzy, so she preferred to travel aboveground by the El for her day of work as a domestic at the Walker-Browns’ residence. As she took her familiar journey north that morning, along Greenwich Street and Battery Place to Gansevoort Street in lower Manhattan and on to Ninth Avenue”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“spend the day cleaning the houses of those businessmen,”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“Grace loved the wildness of the wind, the way it whispered through the barley fields and sent ripples rushing along the rivers and lakes, and the clouds hurtling across the sky. To a girl who had spent her childhood outdoors, the wind brought a feeling of reckless freedom, reminding her that she was alive, feeding her soul with a new energy.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“On an unknown path, every foot is slow.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“Never leave yourself open to regret, Grace. We can only make a decision when we know the choices we are faced with. If we shy away, turn our backs and hide, we will simply never know. And that is when you end up old and wondering and regretting. Live a life of hope. Don’t live a life of regret.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“Life is fragile, Grace—it is no more than a petal of cherry blossom: thriving and in full bloom one minute and blown to the ground by a sudden gust of wind the next. We shouldn’t take our life for granted, and we should do whatever we can to make ourselves happy.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“Her father had once told her that water has a memory; that every rock, every stone, every grain of muddy sediment leaves something of a fingerprint in the water that flows over it. Grace liked this idea, imagining the water of the great lakes and oceans of the world to echo with the memories of the places, people, and events it had passed on its journey.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“We shouldn’t take our life for granted, and we should do whatever we can to make ourselves happy.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“Life is fragile Grace – it is no more than a petal of cherry blossom; thriving and in full bloom one minute and blown to the ground by a sudden gust of wind the next. We shouldn’t take our life for granted and we should do whatever we can to make ourselves happy.’ She”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“way through the crowd that had gathered on”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“If something’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing properly, even if it is only offering a biscuit with a cup of tea.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


“It wasn’t worth agonizing over or wishing for things to be different or declaring that life was cruel in its playing out; that was just how it was, and how it would always be.”
― Hazel Gaynor, quote from The Girl Who Came Home


About the author

Hazel Gaynor
Born place: in The United Kingdom
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