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One Day Quotes By David Nicholls

Here are all my favorite quotes by David Nicholls from one of his best selling novel, One Day. This book has genuinely touched my heart and I don't find myself getting over it ever. His writing is magic and the way he has expressed the love-friendship bond between the two, Emma and Dexter is beyond amazing. Read all of these breathtaking pieces of writing from his book and decide it for yourself. I am sure you will too fall in love with his words.


  1. “He put one hand lightly on the back of her neck and simultaneously she placed one hand lightly on his hip, and they kissed in the street as all around them people hurried home in the summer light, and it was the sweetest kiss that either of them would ever know. This is where it all begins. Everything starts here, today. And then it was over.” 
  2. “He wanted to live life in such a way that if a photograph were taken at random, it would be a cool photograph. Things should look right. Fun; there should be a lot of fun and no more sadness than absolutely necessary.” 
  3. “Independence is the luxury of all those people who are too confident, and busy, and popular, and attractive to be just plain old lonely. And make no mistake, lonely is absolutely the worst thing to be. Tell someone that you've got a drink problem, or an eating disorder, or your dad died when you were a kid even, and you can almost see their eyes light up with the sheer fascinating drama and pathos of it all, because you've got an issue, something for them to get involved in, to talk about and analyse and discuss and maybe even cure. But tell someone you’re lonely and of course they’ll seem sympathetic, but look very carefully and you'll see one hand snaking behind their back, groping for the door handle, ready to make a run for it, as if loneliness itself were contagious. Because being lonely is just so banal, so shaming, so plain and dull and ugly.” 
  4. “People change, no use getting sentimental about it. Move on, find someone else."
  5. “I love him, she thought. I'm just not in love with him and also I don't love him. I've tried, I've strained to love him but I can't. I am building a life with a man I don't love, and I don't know what to do about it.”
  6. “She made you decent, and in return you made her so happy.” 
  7. “And it was at moments like this that she had to remind herself that she was in love with him, or had once been in love with him, a long time ago.” 
  8. “He's a better person when she's around, and isn't that what friends are for, to raise you up and keep you at your best?” 
  9. “You know what I can't understand? You have all these people telling you all the time how great you are, smart and funny and talented and all that, I mean endlessly, I've been telling you for years. So why don't you believe it? why do you think people say that stuff, Em? Do you think it's a conspiracy, people secretly ganging up to be nice about you?”
  10. “If you have to keep a secret it's because you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.” 
  11. “I'm not the consolation prize, Dex. I'm not something you resort to. I happen to think I'm worth more than that.”
  12. “This is me.’" He handed her the precious scrap of paper. ‘Call me or I’ll call you, but one of us will call, yes? What I mean is it’s not a competition. You don’t lose if you phone first.” 
  13. “You feel a little bit lost right now about what to do with your life, a bit rudderless and oarless and aimless but that’s okay… That’s alright because we’re all meant to be like that at twenty-four.” 
  14. “Oh you know me. I have no emotions. I'm a robot. Or a nun. A robot nun.” 
  15. “In eight years not a day has gone by when she hasn’t thought of him. She misses him and she wants him back. I want my best friend back, she thinks, because without him nothing is good and nothing is right.” 
  16. “Occasionally, very occasionally, say at four o’clock in the afternoon on a wet Sunday, she feels panic-stricken and almost breathless with loneliness. Once or twice she has been known to pick up the phone to check that it isn’t broken. Sometimes she thinks how nice it would be to be woken by a call in the night: ‘get in a taxi now’ or ‘I need to see you, we need to talk’. But at the best of times she feels like a character in a Muriel Spark novel – independent, bookish, sharp-minded, secretly romantic.” 
  17. “And of course there is always joy in witnessing the joy of others.” 
  18. “Em, we've known each other five or six years now, but two years properly, as, you know, 'friends', which isn't that long but I think I know a bit about you and I think I know what your problem is. Here it is. I think you're scared of being happy, Emma. I think you think that the natural way of things is for your life to be grim and grey and dour and to hate your job, hate where you live, not to have success or money or God forbid a boyfriend. In fact, I think I'll go further and say that I think you actually get a kick out of being disappointed and under-achieving, because it's easier, isn't it? Failure and unhappiness is easier because you can make a joke out of it.”
  19. “Maybe we've grown out of each other.”
  20. “Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it” 
  21. “You can't throw away years of your life because it makes a funny anecdote.”
  22. “Once you decide not to worry about that stuff anymore, dating and relationships and love and all that, it's like you're free to get on with real life.” 
  23. “Don’t keep fighting battles that are already lost.” 
  24. “I'm just not prepared to be treated like this anymore.''Treated like what?' She sighed, and it was a moment before she spoke. 'Like you always want to be somewhere else, with someone else.”
  25. “She glanced at the other diners, all of them going into their act, and thought is this what it all boils down to? Romantic love, is this all it is, a talent show?” 
  26. “Sorry' he said. 'No, I'm sorry.' 'What are you sorry for?' 'Rattling on like a mad old cow. I'm sorry, I'm tired, bad day, and I'm sorry for being so...boring.' 'You're not that boring.' 'I am, Dex. God, I swear I bore myself.' 'Well, you don't bore me.' He took her hand in his. 'You could never bore me. You're one in a million, Em.” 
  27. “For his thirtieth birthday he had filled a whole night-club off Regent Street; people had been queuing on the pavement to get in. The SIM card of his mobile phone in his pocket was overflowing with telephone numbers of all the hundreds of people he had met in the last ten years, and yet the only person he had ever wanted to talk to in all that time was standing now in the very next room.” 
  28. “All young people worry about things, it's a natural and inevitable part of growing up, and at the age of sixteen my greatest anxiety in life was that I'd never again achieve anything as good, or pure, or noble, or true, as my O-level results.” 
  29. “The sad fact is that I love Dickens and Donne and Keats and Eliot and Forster and Conrad and Fitzgerald and Kafka and Wilde and Orwell and Waugh and Marvell and Greene and Sterne and Shakespeare and Webster and Swift and Yeats and Joyce and Hardy, really, really love them. It’s just that they don’t love me back.” 
  30. “What must that be like? To be admired before you’ve even said a word, to be desired two or three hundred times a day by people who have absolutely no idea what you’re like?” 
  31. “So they were pen pals now, Emma composing long, intense letters crammed with jokes and underlining, forced banter and barely concealed longing; two-thousand-word acts of love on air-mail paper. Letters, like compilation tapes, were really vehicles for unexpressed emotions and she was clearly putting far too much time and energy into them. In return, Dexter sent her postcards with insufficient postage: ‘Amsterdam is MAD’, ‘Barcelona INSANE’, ‘Dublin ROCKS. Sick as DOG this morning.’ As a travel writer, he was no Bruce Chatwin, but still she would slip the postcards in the pocket of a heavy coat on long soulful walks on Ilkley Moor, searching for some hidden meaning in ‘VENICE COMPLETELY FLOODED!!!!” 
  32. “The future rose up ahead of her, a succession of empty days, each more daunting and unknowable than the one before her.” 
  33. “As a matter of fact, I think there are more things important in life than "relationships.” 
  34. “As new dawns go, this one is depressingly like the old dawn.” 
  35. “I want to be able to listen to recording of piano sonatas and know who's playing. I want to go to classical concerts and know when you're meant to clap. I want to be able to 'get' modern jazz without it all sounding like this terrible mistake, and I want to know who the Velvet Underground are exactly. I want to be fully engaged in the World of Ideas, I want to understand complex economics, and what people see in Bob Dylan. I want to possess radical but humane and well-informed political ideals, and I want to hold passionate but reasoned debates round wooden kitchen tables, saying things like 'define your terms!' and 'your premise is patently specious!' and then suddenly to discover that the sun's come up and we've been talking all night. I want to use words like 'eponymous' and 'solipsistic' and 'utilitarian' with confidence. I want to learn to appreciate fine wines, and exotic liquers, and fine single malts, and learn how to drink them without turning into a complete div, and to eat strange and exotic foods, plovers' eggs and lobster thermidor, things that sound barely edible, or that I can't pronounce...Most of all I want to read books; books thick as brick, leather-bound books with incredibly thin paper and those purple ribbons to mark where you left off; cheap, dusty, second-hand books of collected verse, incredibly expensive, imported books of incomprehensible essays from foreign universities. At some point I'd like to have an original idea...And all of these are the things that a university education's going to give me.” 
  36. “She shouldn't speak her thoughts; nothing good ever came of speaking your thoughts.”
  37. “These days grief seems like walking on a frozen river; most of the time he feels safe enough, but there is always that danger that he will plunge through.” 
  38. “What are you going to do with your life?" In one way or another it seemed that people had been asking her this forever; teachers, her parents, friends at three in the morning, but the question had never seemed this pressing and still she was no nearer an answer... "Live each day as if it's your last', that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn't practical. Better by far to be good and courageous and bold and to make difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.” 
  39. “She drinks pints of coffee and writes little observations and ideas for stories with her best fountain pen on the linen-white pages of expensive notebooks. Sometimes, when it's going badly, she wonders if what she believes to be a love of the written word is really just a fetish for stationery. The true writer, the born writer, will scribble words on scraps of litter, the back of a bus tickets, on the wall of a cell .Emma is lost on anything less than 120gsm.” 
  40. “Call me sentimental, but there's no-one in the world that I'd like to see get dysentery more than you.” 
  41. “It would be inappropriate, undignified, at 38, to conduct friendships or love affairs with the ardor or intensity of a 22 year old. Falling in love like that? Writing poetry? Crying at pop songs? Dragging people into photobooths? Taking a whole day to make a compilation tape? Asking people if they wanted to share your bed, just for company? If you quoted Bob Dylan or TS Eliot or, god forbid, Brecht at someone these days they would smile politely and step quietly backwards, and who would blame them? Ridiculous, at 38, to expect a song or book or film to change your life.”
  42. “And they did have fun, though it was of different kind now. All that yearning and passion had been replaced by a steady pulse of pleasure and satisfaction and occasional irritation, and this seemed to be a happy exchange; if there had been moments in her life when she had been more elated, there had never been a time when things had been more constant.” 
  43. “The problem with all these fiercely individualistic girls was that they were all exactly the same.” 
  44. “No, this, she felt, was real life and if she wasn’t as curious or passionate as she had once been, that was only to be expected. It would be inappropriate, undignified, at thirty-eight, to conduct friendships or love affairs with the ardour and intensity of a twenty-two-year-old. Falling in love like that? Writing poetry, crying at pop songs? Dragging people into photo-booths, taking a whole day to make a compilation tape, asking people if they wanted to share your bed, just for company? If you quoted Bob Dylan or T.S. Eliot or, God forbid, Brecht at someone these days they would smile politely and step quietly backwards, and who would blame them? Ridiculous, at thirty-eight, to expect a song or book or film to change your life. No, everything had evened out and settled down and life was lived against a general background hum of comfort, satisfaction and familiarity. There would be no more of these nerve-jangling highs and lows. The friends they had now would be the friends they had in five, ten, twenty years’ time. They expected to get neither dramatically richer or poorer; they expected to stay healthy for a little while yet. Caught in the middle; middle class, middle-aged; happy in that they were not overly happy.  Finally, she loved someone and felt fairly confident that she was loved in return. If someone asked Emma, as they sometimes did at parties, how she and her husband had met, she told them: ‘We grew up together.” 
  45. “As the possibility of a relationship had faded, Emma had endeavored to harden herself to Dexter's indifference and these days a remark like this caused no more pain than, say, a tennis ball thrown sharply at the back of her head.” 
  46. “She wondered if she was doomed to be one of those people who spend their lives trying things.” 
  47. “These days the nights and mornings have a tendency to bleed into one another.” 
  48. “And you stupid, stupid woman, stupid for caring, stupid for thinking that he cared.” 
  49. “We're not ourselves, are we? I'm certainly not myself, not anymore. And you're not either. You don't seem yourself. Not as I remember you.” 
  50. “In the future, I'll be braver, she told herself. In the future, I will always speak my mind, eloquently, passionately.” 
  51. “A moment passed, perhaps half a second when their faces said what they felt, and then Emma was smiling, laughing, her arms around his neck.” 
  52. “You can live your whole life not realising that what you're looking for is right in front of you.” 
  53. “From an evolutionary point of view, most emotions - fear, desire, anger - serve some practical purpose, but nostalgia is a useless, futile thing because it is a longing for something that is permanently lost .” 
  54. “So do you think it's true what they say? About girls liking bastards?' 'He's not a bastard. He's an idiot.' 'Do girls like idiots then?” 
  55. “and once again Dexter is struck by how easy conversation can be when no-one is in their right mind”
  56. “For some time now she has had the conviction that life is about to change if only because it must.” 
  57. “Today. This bright new day that awaits us.” 
  58. “If you're my friend I should be able to talk to you but I can't, and if I can't talk to you, well, what is the point of you? Of us?” 
  59. “Their friendship was like a wilted bunch of flowers that she insisted on topping up with water. Why not let it die instead? It was unrealistic to expect a friendship to last forever…”
  60. “Better by far to be good and courageous and bold and to make difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you.” 
  61. “And then she frowned, and shook her head, then put her arms around him once more, pressing her face into his shoulder, making a noise that sounded almost like rage. 'What's up?' he asked. 'Nothing. Oh, nothing. Just...' She looked up at him. 'I thought I'd finally got rid of you.' 'I don't think you can.' he said”
  62. “Dexter, I love you so much. So, so much, and I probably always will. I just don't like you anymore. I'm sorry.” 
  63. “And then some days you wake up and everything's perfect.” 
  64. “So - whatever happened to you?' 'Life. Life happened.”
  65. “Just kidding' was exactly what people wrote when they meant every word.” 
  66. “You can live your whole life not realizing that what you're looking for is right in front of you.” 
  67. “You're gorgeous, you old hag, and if I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life it would be this. Confidence. It would be the gift of confidence. Either that or a scented candle” 
  68. “You start out wanting to change the world through language, and end up thinking it's enough to tell a few good jokes.” 
  69. “I love you is an interesting phrase, in that apparently small alterations–taking away the I, adding a word like lots or loads–render it meaningless.” 
  70. “The city had defeated her, just like they said it would. Like some overcrowded party, no one had noticed her arrival, and would notice if she left.” 
  71. “Cuddling was for great aunts and teddy bears. Cuddling gave him cramp.” 
  72. “I'm aware that couples tend to embellish 'how we met' folklore with all kinds of detail and significance. We shape and sentimentalize these first encounters into creation myths to reassure ourselves and our offspring that it was somehow 'meant to be'.” \
  73. “She sometimes wondered what her twenty-two-year-old self would think of today's Emma Mayhew. Would she consider her self-centered? Compromised? A bourgeois sell-out, with her appetite for home ownership and foreign travel, clothes from Paris and expensive haircuts? Would she find her conventional, with her new surname and hopes for a family life? Maybe, but then the twenty-two-year-old Emma Morley wasn't such a paragon either: pretentious, petulant, lazy, speechifying, judgmental. Self-pitying, self-righteous, self-important, all of the selfs except self-confident, the quality that she always needed most.” 
  74. “She had reached a turning point. She no longer believed that a situation could be made better by writing a poem about it.” 
  75. “I'm trying to be inspiring! I'm trying to lift your grubby soul for the great adventure that lies ahead of you!” 
  76. “Everything was fine, and she had the rare, new sensation of being exactly where she wanted to be.” 
  77. “Was it the happiest day of our lives? Probably not, if only because the truly happy days tend not to involve so much organisation, are rarely so public or so expensive. The happy ones sneak up, unexpected.” 
  78. “Of course, after nearly a quarter of a century, the questions about our distant pasts have all been posed and we’re left with ‘how was your day?’ and ‘when will you be home?’ and ‘have you put the bins out?’ Our biographies involve each other so intrinsically now that we’re both on nearly every page. We know the answers because we were there, and so curiosity becomes hard to maintain; replaced, I suppose, by nostalgia.” 
  79. “…and you smile back and try not to think about the fact that you have nothing, absolutely nothing, to say to each other.” 
  80. “Being a decent human being will require effort and energy…” 
  81. “No, friends were like clothes: fine while they lasted but eventually they wore thin or you grew out of them.” 
  82. “…and Emma felt another small portion of her soul fall away.” 
  83. “As soon as she'd met him at the arrivals gate on his return from Thailand, lithe and brown and shaven-headed, she knew that there was no chance of a relationship between them. Too much had happened to him, too little had happened to her.” 
  84. “He could feel her laughter against his chest, and at that moment he thought that there was no better feeling than making Emma Morley laugh.” 
  85. “…she was discovering once again that reading and writing were not the same — you couldn't just soak it up then squeeze it out again.” 
  86. “At some point you’ll have to get serious about life.” 
  87. “Why can't you just love me? Why can't you just be in love with me? You were once, weren't you? In the beginning?”
  88. “You've got to stop letting women slip drugs into your mouth, Dex, it's unhygienic. And dangerous. One day it'll be a cyanide capsule.” 
  89. “He has found himself more and more reliant on her at exactly the point that she has become less available to him.” 
  90. “Letters, like compilation tapes, were really vehicles for unexpressed emotions and she was clearly putting far too much time and energy into them.” 
  91. “All his words and actions would now be fit for his daughter’s ears and eyes. Life would be lived as if under [her] constant scrutiny. He would never do anything that might cause her pain or anxiety or embarrassment and there would be nothing, absolutely nothing in his life to be ashamed of anymore.” 
  92. “Other people’s sex lives are a little like other people’s holidays: you’re glad that they had fun but you weren’t there and don’t necessarily want to see the photos.” 
  93. “I think you're scared of being happy, Emma. I think you think that the natural way of things is for your life to be grim and grey and dour and to hate your job, hate where you live, not to have success or money or God forbid a boyfriend (an a quick discersion here - that whole self deprecating thing about being unattractive is getting pretty boring I can tell you.) In fact I'll go further and say that I think you actually get a kick out of being disappointed and under-achieving, because it's easier, isn't it? Failure and unhappiness is easier because you can make a joke out of it.” 
  94. “You must do what you enjoy.” 
  95. “She glanced across to where Tilly and her brand new husband were posing for photographs, Tilly fluttering a fan coquettishly in front of her face. 'Unfortunately I didn't realize there was a French Revolutionary theme.' 'The Marie-Antoinette thing?' said Dexter. 'Well at least we know there'll be cake.”
  96. “But you're happy?' 'Yeah? I think I am. Are you?' 'Happier. Happy-ish.' 'Happy-ish. Well, happy-ish isn't so bad.' 'It's the most we can hope for.”
  97. “Imagine staying awake all night not because you're worried about the future but because it's FUN” 
  98. “She made a firm resolution, one of the resolutions she was making almost daily these days. No more sleepovers, no more writing poetry, no more wasting time. Time to tidy up your life. Time to start again.” 
  99. “She had never been a proficient flirt. Her spasms of kittenish behavior were graceless and inept, like normal conversation on roller skates. but the combination of the retsina and sun made Emma feel sentimental and light-headed. She reached for her roller skates.” 
  100. “I think reality is over-rated.” 

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