Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Quotes.

1. "Why is the measure of love loss?"
- Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

2. "I had no one to help me, but the T. S. Eliot helped me. So when people say that poetry is a luxury, or an option, or for the educated middle classes, or that it shouldn’t be read at school because it is irrelevant, or any of the strange stupid things that are said about poetry and its place in our lives, I suspect that the people doing the saying have had things pretty easy. A tough life needs a tough language – and that is what poetry is. That is what literature offers – a language powerful enough to say how it is. It isn’t a hiding place. It is a finding place."
- Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

3. "There are times when it will go so wrong that you will barely be alive, and times when you realise that being barely alive, on your own terms, is better than living a bloated half-life on someone else's terms."
- Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

4. "I've always tried to make a home for myself, but I have not felt at home in myself. I've worked hard at being the hero of my own life. But every time I checked the register of displaced persons, I was still on it. I didn't know how to belong. Longing? Yes. Belonging? No."
- Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

5. "Books, for me, are a home. Books don’t make a home – they are one, in the sense that just as you do with a door, you open a book, and you go inside. Inside there is a different kind of time and a different kind of space."
- Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

6. "That is what literature offers—a language powerful enough to say how it is. It isn't a hiding place. It is a finding place."
- Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

7. "We bury things so deep we no longer remember there was anything to bury. Our bodies remember. Our neurotic states remember. But we don't."
- Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

8. "I know now, after fifty years, that the finding/losing, forgetting/remembering, leaving/returning, never stops. The whole of life is about another chance, and while we are alive, till the very end, there is always another chance."
- Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

9. "To tell someone not to be emotional is to tell them to be dead."
- Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

10. "She was a monster, but she was my monster."
- Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

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