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Quotes of the day: Helen Fielding

Published Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 2:41 AM EST
Feb 19 2016

Helen Fielding (b. February 19, 1958) is an English novelist and screenwriter, best known as the creator of the fictional character Bridget Jones, and a sequence of novels and films beginning with the life of a thirtysomething singleton in London trying to make sense of life and love. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


But the thing about having kids is: you can't go to pieces; you just have to keep going.

Don't regret anything. Remember there wasn't anything else that could have happened, given who you were and the state of the world at that moment. The only thing you can change is the present, so learn from the past.

Exes should never, never go out with or marry other people but should remain celibate to the end of their days in order to provide you with a mental fallback position.

Homosexuals and single women in their thirties have natural bonding: both being accustomed to disappointing their parents and being treated as freaks by society.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.

It is horrid to smirk.

It is proved by surveys that happiness does not come from love, wealth, or power but the pursuit of attainable goals.

It's always so nice to meet someone more badly behaved than oneself.

Most of the wars in the world are caused by people who think they have god on their side. Always stick with people who know they are flawed and ridiculous.

Never change haircut or color before an important event.

No one is thinking about you. They're thinking about themselves, just like you.

Nothing is either as bad or good as it seems.

Singletons should not have to explain themselves all the time but should have an accepted status- like geisha girls do.

Sink into morbid, cynical reflection on how much romantic heartbreak is to do with ego and miffed pride rather than actual loss.

The corruption of the good by the belief in their own infallible goodness is the most bloody dangerous pitfall in the human spectrum.

Trust your instincts, not your overactive imagination.

We cannot avoid pain, we cannot avoid loss. Contentment comes from the ease and flexibility with which we move through change.

Why does turning on a TV these days require three remotes with ninety buttons? Why?

Women today are bombarded with so many messages, like we should have Naomi Campbell's body and Madeleine Albright's career.

You can't be ironic about dead people.

You'll never get a boyfriend if you look like you wandered out of Auschwitz.


(February 19 is also the birthday of André Breton and Carson McCullers.)

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