The Hours

The Hours quotes

51 total quotes (ID: 280)

Clarissa Vaughan
Laura Brown
Multiple Characters
Richard Brown
Virginia Woolf


Obviously, you feel unworthy. Gives you feelings of unworthiness. You survive and they don't.


There are times when you don't belong and you think you're going to kill yourself. Once I went to a hotel. Later that night I made a plan. The plan was I would leave my family when my second child was born. And that's what I did. I got up one morning, made breakfast, went to the bus stop, got on a bus. I'd left a note. I got a job in a library in Canada. It would be wonderful to say you regretted it. It would be easy. But what does it mean? What does it mean to regret when you have no choice? It's what you can bear. There it is. No-one's going to forgive me. It was death. I chose life.

Sally, I think I'll buy the flowers myself.

That is what we do. That is what people do. They stay alive for each other.

Why is everything wrong?

When I'm with him I feel... Yes, I am living. And when I'm not with him... Yes, everything does seem sort of silly.

I remember one morning getting up at dawn, there was such a sense of possibility. You know, that feeling? And I remember thinking to myself this is the beginning of happiness. This is where it starts. And of course there will always be more. It never occurred to me it wasn't the beginning. It was happiness. It was the moment. Right then.

Oh, Mrs. Dalloway... Always giving parties to cover the silence.

I wanted to be a writer, that's all. I wanted to write about it all. Everything that happens in a moment. The way the flowers looked when you carried them in your arms. This towel, how it smells, how it feels, this thread. All our feelings, yours and mine. The history of it, who we once were. Everything in the world. Everything all mixed up, like it's all mixed up now. And I failed. I failed. No matter what you start with it ends up being so much less. Sheer ****ing pride and stupidity.

Would you be angry if I died?

Just wait till I die. Then you'll have to think of yourself. How are you going to like that?

I had this fantastic notion. I took the Xanax and the Ritalin together. It had never occurred to me!

I've stayed alive for you. But now you have to let me go.

I don't think two people could have been happier than we've been.

Leonard: Do you think it's possible that bad writing actually attracts a higher incidence of error?