Quotes from The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair – Joël Dicker

I am still working on the review for this book, in the meantime here are some things I highlighted while reading. Some were selected because they’re true bordering on cliché, others for their irony and yet others because I simply like them.

Share your selected quotes from this book and your thoughts on my selection in the comments.

 “You have not yet grasped the importance of knowing how to fall.”

  “Learn to love your failures, Marcus, because it is your failures that will make you who you are. It is your failures that will give meaning to your victories.”

 “Love, love, always love! But what is love? It doesn’t mean anything! Love is just a trick invented by men so they don’t have to do their own laundry!”

 “You are only Marcus Goldman. And if every writer had to limit his writing to his own experiences, literature would be impoverished and would lose all its meaning. We’re allowed to write about anything that affects us. And no-one can judge us for that. We’re writers because we do one thing differently, one thing that everyone around us knows how to do: write.“

 “Facebook users are just people wearing sandwich boards for free. It would be stupid not to use them.”

Do you like them or hate them? Share your thoughts and quotes in the comments.

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5 thoughts on “Quotes from The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair – Joël Dicker

  1. I love them, I found one funny. But I love this one more: “Learn to love your failures, Marcus, because it is your failures that will make you who you are. It is your failures that will give meaning to your victories.”
    It’s so true, and I also think it depends on the type of person you are, for the above quote to resonate or make sense. If you’re the type of person that let’s everything drag you down then your failures won’t give meaning to your victories. Failure will simply be failure, something that defines you. Something you are ashamed of.

    Anyhoo, I love it because for me failure does not only give meaning to your victories, it grounds you and makes you take a step back to see things more clearly.

    Nice blog post, and thanks for the follow. 🙂

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    1. I agree with you that failures are lessons of sorts, but it depends how we approach them. Initially it’s never pleasant to fail, but then once we learn and overcome it victory is sweet 🙂
      Thanks for your comment!

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  3. stephen hardwick

    This book was a bland ,very average . I think the people who like this sort of stuff don`t like anything that`s a bit challenging. It was compared by some to the human stain by Phillip Roth;
    I`m sorry but if people who can`t tell the difference between the two need to go back to school !

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    1. Thanks for your comment! Discussion is always welcome. I mentioned it’s similar to The Human Stain in some things, probably as intended by Dicker. Is it superficial similarity? Sure. The caliber is totally different. some books you read to challenge you, some as entertainment. I think it was good entertainment.
      Going back to school.. No, I don’t think so. But maybe you want to challenge me, what was the best challenging book you read recently?

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