This post is a list of quotes from the book - The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller. The Paper Palace is a masterful novel that brilliantly illuminates the tensions between desire and safety; the legacy of tragedy, and the crimes and misdemeanours of families.

The Paper Palace Quotes

There are two things in life you never regret—a baby and a swim.

My husband is a handsome man. Not beautiful, but handsome in an old-fashioned movie star way. Tall. Elegant. British. A respected journalist. The kind of man who looks sexy in a suit. An Atticus. Patient, but formidable when angered. He can keep a secret. He rarely misses a beat.

There’s nothing better than bacon and eggs for a hangover. Actually, there’s nothing better than bacon. Food of the gods.

Love is blind, thank god. Or at least my wife is. That’s the secret to my happiness.

We are not a family of cowards. You have to face your fears head on. Otherwise you’ve lost the battle before it’s begun.

Nice is the enemy of interesting.

All teenagers are a nightmare. And girls are worse.

I love the way trees grow up and down at the same time. I wish we could do that.

I love the way library books smell: more important than regular books, a grand olden-days smell, like the steps of a marble palace, or a senator.

That’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.

Brits always insist on acting as if weather doesn’t exist. It starts pouring rain and they just turn their collars up.

Knowledge can be power, but it can also be poison.

Manhattan and beach are two of the greatest things on earth. But put them together and all you have is mediocrity.

Fat thighs are like a phantom limb. Years after you lose them, you can still feel them rubbing together.

Every single time I see the ocean, even if I’ve been there in the morning, it feels like a new miracle—its power, its blueness always just as overwhelming. Like falling in love.

We drag our past behind us like a weight, still shackled, but far enough back that we never have to see, never have to openly acknowledge who we once were.

I just don’t believe in psychiatry. As far as I can tell, the only thing it’s good for is making children blame their parents for everything that’s ever gone wrong in their lives.

I have two choices. One I can’t have. One I don’t deserve to have.

Does letting go mean losing everything you have, or does it mean gaining everything you never had?

Men fall asleep immediately after orgasm. Women wake up. It’s curious, that off-rhythm. Perhaps, after the exhaustion of trying to impregnate us, they need their rest.

There are some swims you do regret. The problem is, you never know until you take them.