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Gillian Flynn

Datum narození: 24. únor 1971

Gillian Schieber Flynn je americká spisovatelka, scenáristka a bývalá televizní kritička pro Entertainment Weekly. Mezi její nejznámější novely patří Ostré předměty, Temné kouty a Zmizelá.


„Moje matka vždycky svým dětem říkávala: když se chystáte něco udělat a nevíte, jestli je to dobrý nebo špatný nápad, představte si ho vytištěný v novinách, kde si ho celý svět může přečíst.“ Zmizelá

„Láska je nekonečná schopnost světa všechno měnit, jsou do ní vetkány lži, nenávist, dokonce i vražda, nevyhnutelně v ní kvetou její protiklady, je skvostnou růží, která slabě voní krví.“ Zmizelá


„Často neříkám věci nahlas, i když bych měl. Dokážu všechno držet v sobě a rozškatulkovat si to, až už je to někdy k nevydržení: moje nitro je někdy jako sklep, ve kterém jsou uloženy stovky lahví vzteku, zoufalství a strachu, ale nikdo to na mně pouhým pohledem nepozná.“ Zmizelá

„"Propána, Nicku, proč se ke mně tak fantasticky chováš?"
Správná odpověď měla znít: Protože si to zasloužíš. Miluju tě.
Jenže on řekl: "Protože je mi tě líto."
"Proč?"
"Protože se musíš každé ráno probudit a být sebou."“

„Spánek je jako kočka: přijde za tebou jen když ho ignoruješ.“ Zmizelá

„Je rozdíl, jestli někoho opravdu miluješ, nebo jestli miluješ jen představu, kterou o něm máš.“ Zmizelá

„Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.

Men actually think this girl exists. Maybe they’re fooled because so many women are willing to pretend to be this girl. For a long time Cool Girl offended me. I used to see men – friends, coworkers, strangers – giddy over these awful pretender women, and I’d want to sit these men down and calmly say: You are not dating a woman, you are dating a woman who has watched too many movies written by socially awkward men who’d like to believe that this kind of woman exists and might kiss them. I’d want to grab the poor guy by his lapels or messenger bag and say: The bitch doesn’t really love chili dogs that much – no one loves chili dogs that much! And the Cool Girls are even more pathetic: They’re not even pretending to be the woman they want to be, they’re pretending to be the woman a man wants them to be. Oh, and if you’re not a Cool Girl, I beg you not to believe that your man doesn’t want the Cool Girl. It may be a slightly different version – maybe he’s a vegetarian, so Cool Girl loves seitan and is great with dogs; or maybe he’s a hipster artist, so Cool Girl is a tattooed, bespectacled nerd who loves comics. There are variations to the window dressing, but believe me, he wants Cool Girl, who is basically the girl who likes every fucking thing he likes and doesn’t ever complain. (How do you know you’re not Cool Girl? Because he says things like: “I like strong women.” If he says that to you, he will at some point fuck someone else. Because “I like strong women” is code for “I hate strong women.”)“
Gone Girl

„There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.“ Gone Girl


„There's a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her.“ Gone Girl

„Tampon commercial, detergent commercial, maxi pad commercial, windex commercial - you'd think all women do is clean and bleed.“ Gone Girl

„Love makes you want to be a better man—right, right. But maybe love, real love, also gives you permission to just be the man you are.“ Gone Girl

„It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters.“ Gone Girl


„The face you give the world tells the world how to treat you.“ Sharp Objects

„A lot of people lacked that gift: knowing when to fuck off.“ Gone Girl

„Sleep is like a cat: It only comes to you if you ignore it.“ Gone Girl

„The ones who are not soul-mated – the ones who have settled – are even more dismissive of my singleness: It’s not that hard to find someone to marry, they say. No relationship is perfect, they say – they, who make do with dutiful sex and gassy bedtime rituals, who settle for TV as conversation, who believe that husbandly capitulation – yes, honey, okay, honey – is the same as concord., I think..

Give me a man with a little fight in him, a man who calls me on my bullshit. (But who also kind of likes my bullshit.) And yet: Don’t land me in one of those relationships where we’re always pecking at each other, disguising insults as jokes, rolling our eyes and ‘playfully’ scrapping in front of our friends, hoping to lure them to our side of an argument they could not care less about. Those awfulrelationships:and you sense thelist is a lot longer than either of them realizes.

So I know I am right not to settle, but it doesn’t make me feel better as my friends pair off and I stay home on Friday night with a bottle of wine and make myself an extravagant meal and tell myself,, as if I’m the one dating me. As I go to endless rounds of parties and bar nights, perfumed and sprayed and hopeful, rotating myself around the room like some dubious dessert. I go on dates with men who are nice and good-looking and smart – perfect-on-paper men who make me feel like I’m in a foreign land, trying to explain myself, trying to make myself known. Because isn’t that the point of every relationship: to be known by someone else, to be understood? Heme. Sheme. Isn’t that the simple magic phrase?

So you suffer through the night with the perfect-on-paper man – the stutter of jokes misunderstood, the witty remarks lobbed and missed. Or maybe he understands that you’ve made a witty remark but, unsure of what to do with it, he holds it in his hand like some bit of conversational phlegm he will wipe away later. You spend another hour trying to find each other, to recognise each other, and you drink a little too much and try a little too hard. And you go home to a cold bed and think,. And your life is a long line of fine.“
Gone Girl

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