Everyone asks about how I'll feel about the tattoos and scars in thirty years. I always say: "I'll like them." I've always loved damaged monuments, in architecture and in humans.

— Emma Forrest

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I envied women with signature hair-dos, signature perfumes, signature sign-offs.

Novelists who tell Vogue Magazine: “I can’t live without my Smythson notebook, Pomegranate Noir cologne by Jo Malone and Frette sheets”. In the grip of madness, materialism begins to look like an admirable belief system.

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Time heals all wounds. And if it doesn't, you name them something other than wounds and agree to let them stay.

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He was addicted to me and now he has gone cold turkey.

He used to send me fifty texts a day. And now he is ignoring me. It's like I was once his Barack Obama. And now I am John McCain, conceding defeat like a sad-face sock puppet, knowing I have sold the best of myself. He, my electorate, not only does not want me, he actively feels pity.

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But I saw the pain and sadness in everything, and swirled it round my mouth like a fine wine.

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It's all in her walk, a cartoon swagger.

Part Jayne Mansfield, part Muhammad Ali. Men never know if it's an invitation upstairs or an invitation outside.

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He was only twenty-five.He was young enough to miss his youth just as it was slipping away. The worst kind of loss-the one that is happening as you feel it.

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My thoughts are messy, my emotions are messy, my body goes in and out at will.

The raised white scars on my arms and legs are the only aspect of my being that comes close to minimalism. They came from chaos, but it is hard to carve frustration and unease into the flesh. Only straight lines.

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Let me tell you something: when you dance, you are the greatest dancer who has ever lived. And when you sing, you will have the courage to raise your voice to the heavens, knowing that you may never get an answer.

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At least you know where you are with blood. At least other people can see it.

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A lot of the time in my recurring dreams, before I was diagnosed, iconic people would either be good or evil figures. I remember dreaming really basic stuff like trying to navigate the London underground, but then Paul Newman would be the only one who would direct me to the right trains. And I'm trying to remember who would direct me to the wrong ones.

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The truth is I have had, for whatever reason, several movie-star boyfriends.

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I do think everything that happens in American pop culture sort of prescribes for England and does end up happening there six months later, maybe a year.

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About Emma Forrest

Quotes 62 sayings
Profession Journalist
Birthday December 26, 1976

I don't see what's so good about being genuine.

Clog dancing is genuine. Isn't being fake more of an achievement? At least it takes some inspiration. Like, sherbet dips, they're a special food. Think of all the additives and coloring and grinding that it takes to create a sherbet dip. But carrots? They're just out there, shrieking, "Hi, we're some carrots! Love us for it!" They never have to prove themselves.

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I still believe that you truly find yourself not in travel, but in other human souls.

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In other words, it was a struggle with himself.

And the product of that struggle: anger, bitterness, resentment, envy or transformation, aspiration, hope, decency..the product of that struggle is the quality of your life and the nature of your soul.

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I enjoy films where two characters are coming of age, just different ages.

That's why I love 'Paper Moon' so much.

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When he kisses me, I cry. I explain it's not because I wish he were someone else, it's because it's such a shock to the system to be desired after feeling so completely abandoned.

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What people don't understand when you've already been a suicide and pulled through is that after the sadness comes fear: Where is my mind going with this? I don't want to die. I do not want to die. When you don't have so much control over your own thoughts, over the myriad voices in your head, you don't know where they could go.

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Your own love story? Your paramour may have had lovers before you.

But no one has ever loved him the way you do. No one has ever heard music. Not the way you hear it. The songs are beautiful vampires, asleep in your iPod, coming alive at night, aglow. You can have them on your hours, yours to conduct. Music shapes us and we shape it.

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Every fear, every night terror, every hour I cried for Liev, every fight with Sebastian is registered as a neat white scar.

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I like the cuts - they comfort me - I can't lie.

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I finally accept that not only do I not understand the death of my relationship, but I do not need to. These men were good and kind to me, they loved me and I loved them back and the shock at the finish holds no wisdom. The revelation is not that I lost them, but that I had them.

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People don't know. We don't know ourselves so we tell ourselves what we really know is other people. We could say the depth of pain we feel for the lovers who've left us is because we knew them so well.

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It took a long time, but my heart now feels full when I think of him.

When you fall in love again—which I have—it's funny the other things that come back in with that open-ness. You have this ghost chorus of the lovers who came before, but they're benign now, they're good spirits.

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You can have this kind of love. You can have it. You just grab it. Of course the problem with having that love is that you can lose it, too.

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Write a page every single day, even if what you put on the page that day is no good - it's the only way to get better.

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I want you to stay. I never want there to be a time when we don't share space.

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This boy has negative charisma. He walks into a room and the oxygen starts to evaporate. I guess that's why girls sleep with him. They find his awfulness transfixing. He's like a lousy 1970's disaster movie that they can't bring themselves to turn off, even though it is making their life worse every minute they leave it on.

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I didn't know there was something really wrong, because everyone was crazy.

It's just that everyone else was still functional. I didn't realize that I was any worse off.

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I wouldn't say that my emotions are extreme.

I'd say they are committed. My moods are the equivalent of Madonna's dancing: inappropriate but all-out. If I'm going to be sad, I might as well be the saddest a girl can get. And if I'm happy, I want to be the happiest. The trouble is, I feel highs so ecstatic that just being normal feels like a thousand-mile drop and being unhappy is excruciating.

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No one ever loved you like him. And no one ever took it away so completely. But it's here. Look around.

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Are you mine?” Yes. “Are you mine?” Yes. “Are you mine?” No. “No?” No. I loved being yours. But now I’m mine, which is all I ever was, in the end.

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Thank God the Internet didn't exist when I was 15, 16.

I knew people were tearing me apart, but my God, if there had been a net and commenters and I would have been reading them - it was bad enough as it was. To grow up in the media eye, I'm glad it happened, but that was definitely not healthy being around adults all the time.

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Well. There is a psychiatric occurrence we see in men-not often women-where they put all their hopes and dreams onto one person, so intensely that at some point it trips a wire in the brain circuitry, and that causes them to go, in a minute, 180 degrees the other way.

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Jeff Bridges says that the reason he's one of the few stars in Hollywood whose made his marriage last for decades is that every time they think there's no more doors left to walk through in the room, they just keep looking and keep looking until they find one.

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You want to know, but are afraid to ask, whether or not I found someone.

If there could be anyone to fill that hole in my heart after I lost him. I did. "Life is futile," says my new therapist, Michaela, "and no one gets out of it alive. There is only love.

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When I was younger I loved Betty Blue, and at the moment I'm completely besotted with Angelina Jolie. But sometimes I'm unnerved by the idea of men liking her. Because I think that there is a side to every man that really wants to watch a woman fall apart.

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I think it's sort of the hypothetical point where communism and fascism meet.

They love tragedy, and they love surface beauty. You just watch it play out over and over in the media. It was the English edition of Glamour who were looking for stories of Iraqi war widows, but specified that they had to be attractive.

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If you don't know who you are, madness gives you something to believe in.

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It's as if he can no longer acknowledge the love he felt or the pain I am in.

I have been dismissed. I don't think I was smarter or as beautiful as the other girls he did this to. It's just that I was me. It was all I had.

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Cyndi Lauper was hilarious and generous, someone I'd loved from childhood who didn't disappoint.

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From such a young age, I was raised and have raised myself on film to such an extent, that it has sometimes bled into my reality. There are times I've felt very Mulholland Drive, where people's dream worlds overlap with each other.

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I think a neurotic learns from their mistakes. A psychotic does not.

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My radar, after all these years of sanity, is still off when it comes to what people do or don't mean.

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There's so much guilt there attached to having a perfectly good life.

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I'm not crazy or dangerous, just a bit eccentric and lonely.

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You’re like Marilyn Monroe,’ Ken tells me, which I take as a compliment and say a nervous “Thank You”. Interrupting, he adds, ‘You’re all velvet and Velcro. Men want you because you’re sexy and broken and when it gets too rough they can say “Hey! This toy is broken!” and toss you aside without feeling bad.

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Now that he's gone, I feel like I'm a senior citizen who gave away her life savings over the phone. And this is the crux: I never in my life believed in someone as much as I believed in him. The shame is overwhelming.

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I would say at the moment the only person who could have played me this past year would have to be Angelina Jolie.

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