Quotes from The Sky Is Everywhere

Jandy Nelson ·  288 pages

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“The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“grief is a house
where the chairs
have forgotten how to hold us
the mirrors how to reflect us
the walls how to contain us

grief is a house that disappears
each time someone knocks at the door
or rings the bell
a house that blows into the air
at the slightest gust
that buries itself deep in the ground
while everyone is sleeping

grief is a house where no one can protect you
where the younger sister
will grow older than the older one
where the doors
no longer let you in
or out”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“Each time someone dies, a library burns.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“I wish my shadow would get up and walk beside me.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“There were once two sisters
who were not afriad of the dark
because the dark was full of the other's voice
across the room,
because even when the night was thick
and starless
they walked home together from the river
seeing who could last the longest
without turning on her flashlight,
not afraid
because sometimes in the pitch of night
they'd lie on their backs
in the middle of the path
and look up until the stars came back
and when they did,
they'd reach their arms up to touch them
and did.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere



“... if you're someone who knows the worst thing can happen at any time, aren't you also someone who knows the best thing can happen at any time too?”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“When he plays
all the flowers swap colors
and years and decades and centuries
of rain pour back into the sky”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“Remember how it was when we kissed? Armfuls and armfuls of light thrown right at us. A rope dropping down from the sky. How can the word love and the word life even fit in the mouth?”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“That's a misconception, Lennie. The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“All her knowledge is gone now. Everything she ever learned, or heard, or saw. Her particular way of looking at Hamlet or daisies or thinking about love, all her private intricate thoughts, her inconsequential secret musings – they’re gone too. I heard this expression once: Each time someone dies, a library burns. I’m watching it burn right to the ground.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere



“How will I survive this missing? How do others do it? People die all the time. Every day. Every hour. There are families all over the world staring at beds that are no longer slept in, shoes that are no longer worn. Families that no longer have to buy a particular cereal, a kind of shampoo. There are people everywhere standing in line at the movies, buying curtains, walking dogs, while inside, their hearts are ripping to shreds. For years. For their whole lives. I don't believe time heals. I don't want it to. If I heal, doesn't that mean I've accepted the world without her?”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“Grief is forever. It doesn't go away; it becomes part of you, step for step, breath for breath.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“Oh, God,’ he whispers, reaching his hand behind my neck and bringing my lips to his. ‘Let’s let the whole fucking world explode this time.’
And we do.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“And then he smiles, and in all the places around the globe where it's night, day breaks.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“I know the expression love bloomed is metaphorical, but in my heart in this moment, there is one badass flower, captured in time-lapse photography, going from bud to wild radiant blossom in ten seconds flat.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere



“Our tongues have fallen madly in love and gotten married and moved to Paris.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“That's exactly it—I am crazy sad, and somewhere deep inside, all I want is to fly.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“Life's a freaking mess. In fact, I'm going to tell Sarah we need to start a new philosophical movement: messessentialism instead of existentialism: For those who revel in the essential mess that is life. Because Gram's right, there's not one truth ever, just a bunch of stories, all going on at once, in our heads, in our hearts, all getting in the way of each other. It's all a beautiful calamitous mess. It's like the day Mr. James took us into the woods and cried triumphantly, "That's it! That's it!" to the dizzying cacophony of soloing instruments trying to make music together. That is it.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“This is our story to tell. You’d think for all the reading I do, I would have thought about this before, but I haven’t. I’ve never once thought about the interpretative, the story telling aspect of life, of my life. I always felt like I was in a story, yes, but not like I was the author of it, or like I had any say in its telling whatsoever.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“Music: what life, what living itself sounds like.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere



“I always imagined music trapped inside my clarinet, not trapped inside of me. But what if music is what escapes when a heart breaks?”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“He murmers into my hair, "Forget what I said earlier, let's stick with this, I might not survive anything more." I laugh. Then he jumps up, finds my wrists, and pins them over my head. "Yeah, right. Totally joking, I want to do everything with you, whenever you're ready, I'm the one, promise?" He's above me, batting and grinning like a total hooplehead.
"I promise," I say.
"Good. Glad that's decided." He raises an eyebrow. "I'm going to deflower you, John Lennon.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“Dreams change, yes, that makes sense, but I didn't know dreams could hide inside a person.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“Grief and love are conjoined, you don't get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere


“I’ve never once thought about the interpretative, the storytelling aspect of life, of my life. I always felt like I was in a story, yes, but not like I was the author of it, or like I had any say in its telling whatsoever. You can tell your story any way you damn well please. It’s your solo.”
― Jandy Nelson, quote from The Sky Is Everywhere



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