Quotes from Without Merit

Colleen Hoover ·  385 pages

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“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“Don’t make your presence known. Make your absence felt.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“It annoys me when people try to convince other people that their anger or stress isn’t warranted if someone else in the world is worse off than them. It’s bullshit. Your emotions and reactions are valid, Merit. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. You’re the only one who feels them.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


Tuqburni is used to describe the all-encompassing feeling of not being able to live without someone. Which is why the literal translation is, ‘You bury me.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“You don’t get to decide what your life means to anyone else.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit



“We’re all a degree of fucked-up.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“I think we all just got to a point where we were waiting for someone else to initiate it, but no one ever did. Maybe that’s the root of a lot of family issues. It isn’t actually the issues people are hung up about for so long. It’s that no one has the courage to take the first step in talking about the issues.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“If silence were a river, your tongue would be the boat.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“I like you enough to kiss you. Believe me. But I just wish you could like yourself as much as I like you.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“Having depression is no more out of your control than Sagan’s intolerance to milk, or Utah’s pale skin, or Honor’s bad vision. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. But it’s not something you can ignore or correct on your own. And it doesn’t make you abnormal. It makes you just as normal as these idiots,” he says, waving toward everyone else.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit



“Stares shouldn’t have weight, but knowing his eyes are on me makes my steps feel heavier.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“So many people dream of living in a house with a white picket fence. Little do they know, there's no such thing as a perfect family, no matter how white the picket fence is.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“I used to feel like i was on the top of the world. Then one day, i noticed that it felt like i was no longer on the top of the world. I was just floating around inside of it. And then eventually, it felt like the world was on top of me.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“The same two things could happen to two people, but that doesn't mean they would experience the exact same stress over it. We all have different levels of stress that we're accustomed to. You probably felt the same amount of stress over your family situation as I sometimes do about mine, even though they're completely on different levels. But that doesn't make you weaker. It doesn't make you an asshole. We're just two different people with two different experiences.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“Maybe that’s the root of a lot of family issues. It isn’t actually the issues people are hung up about for so long. It’s that no one has the courage to take the first step in talking about the issues.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit



“A person can't help their attraction to another person, but a person can help their actions toward another person.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“You can’t hum while holding your nose closed.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“Jesus Christ is dressed to reflect the appropriate holiday. Which is why the eight-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ is currently covered in a white bedsheet. He's dressed as a ghost”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“He takes a step closer to me and it suddenly feels like I’ve swallowed his heart because I have all these extra beats in my chest”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“But I just wish you could like yourself as much as I like you.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit



“No matter how hard you try, things don't always turn out the way you wish they could.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“My favorite book is God-Shaped Hole. It’s not a classic. It’s better than a classic. It’s a modern-day tragedy. I’ve never read Moby-Dick but I can almost bet it doesn’t leave you feeling like you have less skin than before you opened the book.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“Forget about time, Merit. Look at him and tell me you haven’t fallen in love with him.”
I sigh. Fallen is an understatement. It was more like collapsed. Plummeted. Crumpled at his feet. Anything but fallen”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“Your emotions and reactions are valid, Merit. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. You’re the only one who feels them.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“Out of all the places we could be, we're right here. At the same time.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit



“I take in what he just said and the fact that he said those words to me right before he kissed me that day. I love that he said that, but hate that he didn't know he was saying it to me. At the time, he thought he was saying those words to Honor. And even though he admits he was attracted to her that day because it was actually, it doesn't explain why he didn't just explain it to me right after it happened.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“I can't think of a single instance where I've ever been looked at like he's looking at me right now.”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


“It feels like my heart is swollen when I finally look at him”
― Colleen Hoover, quote from Without Merit


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