This post is a list of quotes from the book - Verity by Colleen Hoover. Verity is a standalone romantic thriller about a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin who accepts a job offer of a lifetime.

Verity Quotes

Here in Manhattan, a pedestrian struck by a vehicle happens so often, it’s not much more than an inconvenience. A delay in traffic for some, a ruined wardrobe for others. This probably happens so often, it won’t even end up in print.

People like me belong in overpopulated cities. The state of my life is irrelevant in a place this size. There are far more people here with stories much more pitiful than mine. Here, I’m invisible. Unimportant. Manhattan is too crowded to give a shit about me, and I love her for it.

Most people come to New York to be discovered. The rest of us come here to hide.

A Wi-Fi connection and a credit card make it easy to live life completely indoors in Manhattan. Anything and everything a person could possibly need can be delivered. Funny how one of the most populated cities in the world can double as a paradise for agoraphobics.

Some families are lucky enough to never experience a single tragedy. But then there are those families that seem to have tragedies waiting on the back burner. What can go wrong, goes wrong. And then gets worse.

When I started writing, it wasn’t my goal to become famous. I dreamt of a life where enough people would buy my books and I could pay my bills and never be propelled into a life of riches and fame. Very few authors reach that level of success, so it was never a concern that it would happen to me.

The thing I abhor most about autobiographies are the counterfeit thoughts draped over every sentence. A writer should never have the audacity to write about themselves unless they’re willing to separate every layer of protection between the author’s soul and their book. The words should come directly from the center of the gut, tearing through flesh and bone as they break free. Ugly and honest and bloody and a little bit terrifying, but completely exposed. An autobiography encouraging the reader to like the author is not a true autobiography. No one is likable from the inside out. One should only walk away from an autobiography with, at best, an uncomfortable distaste for its author.

Poor people don’t show up to charity events unless they’re serving the rich.

The good thing about sins is they don’t have to be atoned for immediately.

I stretch truths where I see fit. I’m a writer.

It isn’t really love at first sight until you’ve been with the person long enough for it to become love at first sight.

Sometimes a look between two people can last so long, it shakes you. Forces you to look away.

A woman knows if she wants to keep a man forever, she has to act like she could get over him in a day.

Your writing is going to make you famous. Your mind is incredible. If I could fuck it, I would.

I learned very early on that a human is not merely comprised of only one thing. We are two parts that make up the whole. We have our conscious, which includes our mind, our soul, and all the intangible parts. And we have our physical being, which is the machine that our conscious relies on for survival. If you fuck with the machine, you will die. If you neglect the machine, you will die. If you assume your conscious can outlive the machine, you will die shortly after learning you were wrong.

Caring for your body is no different from caring for a child. Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it sucks, sometimes you just want to give in, but if you do, you’ll pay for the consequences eighteen years down the road.

The things lurking around inside the mind can be just as dangerous as tangible threats.

A terrible sex life is like a virus. Your marriage can be healthy in all other aspects, but once the sex dies out, it starts to infect all the other parts of your relationship.

Was this what it felt like to be a mother? To love something so much, the thought of it being ripped away from you causes physical pain?

If an attraction is present between two people, those two people can only be one of two things. Involved or not involved. There is no in-between.

I was good at spewing bullshit. It’s why I became a writer.

People get married assuming they’ll live long, happy lives together. What happens when one of those is cut short, but the other is expected to live out those vows for the rest of their life? It doesn’t seem fair.

I can’t explain the mind of a writer to you. Especially the mind of a writer who has been through more devastation than most writers combined. We’re able to separate our reality from fiction in such a way that it feels as if we live in both worlds, but never both worlds at once.