B.J. Novak Quotes

“If you love something, let it go.
If you don’t love something, definitely let it go.
Basically, just drop everything, who cares.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“…slow and steady wins the race, till truth and talent claim their place.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“It’s not always enough to be brave, I realized years later. You have to be brave and contribute something positive, too. Brave on its own is just a party trick.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“Regret is just perfectionism plus time.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“I was sad that summer was over. But I was happy that it was over for my enemies, too.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“You want to meet someone who likes the same things you do, and who likes you most when you’re most being yourself, so that when you are in a relationship, the person will truly be compatible with the real you.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“People who knew me and sympathized with me were determined to set me up with the other people they sympathized with and were always surprised when I would turn down their offer of what they thought of as romantic charity. “What’s the harm?” they would ask me, truly surprised. The harm, besides those hours that actually do matter when you barely have one night off every couple of weeks, is the little mark you get on you every time you open up a door to a hope and then close it fast in disappointment. It leaves a nick, or a dent, and those nicks and dents are not invisible. I used to see them all the time.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“It is an inside joke of history that all its most exciting adventures inevitably end their careers as homework. Beheadings, rebellions, thousand-year wars, incest on the royal throne, electricity, art, opera, dogs in outer space.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“In my opinion, there are two types of perfect. The first is the type that seems so obvious and intuitive to you and everyone else that in a perfect world it would simply be considered standard; but, in reality, in our flawed world, what should be considered standard is actually so rare that it has to be elevated to the level of “perfect.” This is the type of perfect that makes you and most other people think, “Why isn’t everything like this? Why is it so hard to find …” a black V-neck cotton sweater, or a casual non-chain restaurant with comfortable booths, etc.—“that is just exactly the way everyone knows something like this should be?” “Perfect,” we all say with relief when we finally find something like this that is exactly as it should be. “Perfect. Why was this so hard to find?”
The other type of perfect is the type you never could have expected and then could never replicate.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“Love always won in the end. No matter how it happened, no matter what it took, no matter what it meant. Fair or not, true or not, love won.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“If people are well paid for reality television and cotton candy and dunking a basketball, why can’t they be well paid for changing young minds?”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“You have infinite time here, and there are infinite things to do, but you still don’t end up doing much of it. You do what you love most, over and over.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“I think it’s better to not know certain things. It gives the world an extra bit of mystery, which is important to us as human beings.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“All eyes are beautiful, I said, which is why it’s such an easy compliment.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“There’s always going to be one more thing. Because that’s what infinite feels like. And the difference between love and everything else is that it’s infinite, it’s built out of something infinite, or it feels like it is, anyway, which is the same thing to us.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“Do you think why not is ultimately a better question than why? Why or why not?”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“I could imagine being his mom and loving him a lot, if that makes sense.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“Being young was her thing, and she was the best at it. But every year, more and more girls came out of nowhere and tried to steal her thing.

One of these days I’m gong to have to get a new thing, she thought to herself–but as quietly as she could, because she knew that if anyone caught her thinking this thought, her thing would be right over right then.
”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“Mindy Kaling gets her own line in the acknowledgments, as previously negotiated by her representatives. Thanks, Mindy. I love you and you’re the best.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“I can’t even handle love, there’s no way I can handle it being taken away. I won’t survive it. Please. Please. Please!”

I said that I had something to say to her, which made her listen in a way that she didn’t when I simply said things without the preface. Even though the preface meant nothing, it calmed her, just as it calmed real people, for the same no-reason.

I told her what people tell people. That this was what it felt like when love was taken away—but that it wasn’t the truth, it was just a feeling. It would pass. It would take time.
She would recharge.

She didn’t believe me.

No one ever believes it, I said. That’s part of what the feeling is.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“Everything helped a little bit, at first; but nothing really helped.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“You think a million billion more things will come your way, a million billion more versions of everything. But no, everything that actually causes that infinite feeling, the circumstances of every infinite feeling, is so, so finite.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“And anyone will tell you that’s the whole point. You want to meet someone who likes the same things you do, and who likes you most when you’re most being yourself.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

 

“But nobody remembers how long anything takes; they only remember how good it was in the end.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“We talked for four hours. I don’t remember most of it, but often a little moment in an unrelated conversation or alone on the street will trigger a memory of it I didn’t know I had. So I know it’s all there somewhere.”
― B.J. Novak

 

 

“I know this sounds crazy to say after one encounter but I kind of fell for you pretty hard & it has been forever since I’ve connected to anyone like this & my heart is kind of broken in a million pieces.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“In the aftermath of an athletic humiliation on an unprecedented scale—a loss to a tortoise in a footrace so staggering that, his tormenters teased, it would not only live on in the record books, but would transcend sport itself, and be taught to children around the world in textbooks and bedtime stories for centuries; that hundreds of years from now, children who had never heard of a “tortoise” would learn that it was basically a fancy type of turtle from hearing about this very race—the hare retreated, understandably, into a substantial period of depression and self-doubt.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“CHILD: “Why does carrot cake have the best icing?” MOTHER: “Because it needs the best icing.” Quantum Nonlocality and the Death of Elvis Presley You may remember”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“I opened up a bit and explained that I have a type I’m drawn to naturally, but that I’ve found that the women I’ve ended up loving the most have never been what I’ve thought of as my type, maybe because part of love is being helpless, being out of control of your own emotions.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“You meet a finite number of people in your life. It feels to you like it’s infinite, but it’s not. I think it’s the biggest thing I can see that you can’t.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“If you love something, let it go.
If you don’t love something, definitely let it go.
Basically, just drop everything, who cares.”― B.J. Novak

 

“Josh Funk and Hunter Fraser: we haven’t been in touch in years, but you made me feel like the funniest kid in the world. I would stay up late on school nights to write things to try to make you laugh the next day in class, and you inspired the one piece of advice on writing that I’ve ever felt qualified to give: write for the kid sitting next to you.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“slow and steady wins the race, till truth and talent claim their place.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“And good luck to you, tortoise,” whispered the hare, leaning in close. “And just so you know—nobody knows this, and if you tell anyone I said it, I’ll deny it—but I’m not really a hare. I’m a rabbit.” This wasn’t true—the hare just said it to fuck with him.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

 

“Do you think Johnny Depp should have driven his motorcycle off the mountain highway to his death? Why or why not?”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“Discussion question: Do you think Julie should fuck the warlord? Why or why not?”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“What needed to stop was the succession of dates with these relatively impressive, relatively interesting people, when I could tell from the first minute that everyone here was going to end as a runner-up in a long race to nowhere in particular, broken-down, exhausted, no one wearing a medal.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“If you love something, let it go. If you don’t love something, definitely let it go. Basically, just drop everything, who cares.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“Didn’t they realize how much interesting shit there was to see and do in this world if you just woke up at a normal fucking time like a normal fucking person?”― B.J. Novak

 

 

 

“We talked for four hours.

I don’t remember most of it, but often a little moment in an unrelated conversation or alone on the street will trigger a memory of it that I didn’t know I had. So I know it’s all there somewhere.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“It feels like the world is made of music, and you are the world.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“John Grisham exhaled, feeling his breath leave his body as he did, like his wife’s yoga instructor had taught him to do that one time. He never went back to that yoga instructor, but he still thought about that session sometimes.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“…the difference between love and everything else is that it’s infinite, it’s built out of something infinite, or it feels like it is, anyway, which is the same thing to us.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“he seemed to be blazing outside the lines of his own body, as if he were drawn in crayon by an excited five-year-old;”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“YO SOY SAUCE! CÓMPRAME!”― B.J. Novak

 

 

 

“The harm, besides those hours that actually do matter when you barely have one night off every couple of weeks, is the little mark you get on you every time you open up a door to a hope and then close it fast in disappointment. It leaves a nick, or a dent, and those nicks and dents are not invisible. I used to see them all the time.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“Do you think discussion questions can be unfairly leading sometimes? Why? • Who are we supposed to be discussing these questions with? • Do you normally have discussions in response to a question that was posed by a person not participating in the discussion? Why or why not?”― B.J. Novak

 

 

“ Kindness Among Cakes CHILD: “Why does carrot cake have the best icing?” MOTHER: “Because it needs the best icing.”― B.J. Novak

 

“CHILD: “Why does carrot cake have the best icing?” MOTHER: “Because it needs the best icing.”― B.J. Novak

 

 

 

“pay him back, we really would have to do something”― B.J. Novak

 

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