Quotes by Jonathan Safran Foer

You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

There were things I wanted to tell him. But I knew they would hurt him. So I buried them, and let them hurt me.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

I was more alone than if I had been alone.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

One day you will do things for me that you hate. That is what it means to be family.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

You can’t love anything more than something you miss.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

I regret that it takes a life to learn how to live.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

It’s hard to say goodbye to the place you’ve lived. It can be as hard as saying goodbye to a person.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

I hope you never think about anything as much as I think about you.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

The secret was a hole in the middle of me that every happy thing fell into.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

I hated myself for going, why couldn’t I be the kind of person who stays?
– Jonathan Safran Foer

I missed you even when I was with you. That’s been my problem. I miss what I already have, and I surround myself with things that are missing.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

I can forgive you for leaving, but not for coming back.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

The only thing worse than being sad is for others to know you are sad.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

If nothing matters, there’s nothing to save.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

The only way to overcome sadness is to consume it.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

The end of suffering does not justify the suffering, and so there is no end to suffering.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

The mistakes I’ve made are dead to me. But I can’t take back the things I never did.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

I never confused what I had with what I was.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

We had everything to say to each other, but no ways to say it.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

I’m so afraid of losing something I love that I refuse to love anything.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

 

This is love, she thought, isn’t it? When you notice someone’s absence and hate that absence more than anything? More, even, than you love his presence?
– Jonathan Safran Foer

 

Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on.
I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

I hope that one day you will have the experience of doing something you do not understand for someone you love.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

 

It was one of the best days of my life, a day during which I lived my life and didn’t think about my life at all.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

It’s a shame that we have to live, but it’s a tragedy that we get to live only one life.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

There’s nothing wrong with not understanding yourself.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

I did not need to know if he could love me.I needed to know if he could need me.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

 

It has shown me that everything is illuminated in the light of the past. It is always along the side of us…on the inside, looking out.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

I wanted to touch him, to tell him that even if everyone left everyone, I would never leave him, he talked and talked, his words fell through him, trying to find the floor to his sadness.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

 

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