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Quotes

Find the perfect quote to float your boat. Shmoop breaks down key quotations from The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Language and Communication Quotes

Blount paid no attention to anyone in the palace except the mute. They were both looking at each other. The mute's eyes were cold and gentle as a cat's and all his body seemed to listen. The drunk...

Life, Consciousness, and Existence Quotes

"There are those who know and those who don't know. And for every ten thousand who don't know there's only one who knows. That's the miracle of all time – the fact that these millions know so muc...

Isolation Quotes

But if she wasn't nursing or trying to keep up with the bigger ones, she was by herself. (1.2.35)

Identity Quotes

Being around that woman always made him different from his real self. It made him tough and small and common as she was. (1.2.15)

Love Quotes

"Your heart going to beat hard enough to kill you because you don't love and don't have peace." (1.3.120)

Dissatisfaction Quotes

That was one thing her Dad could never get off his mind – ways he could have made money and didn't. (1.3.85)

Sexuality and Sexual Identity Quotes

The kid Mick picked at the front of her blouse to keep the cloth from rubbing the new, tender nipples beginning to come out on her breast. (1.2.125)

Race Quotes

The picture hurt the big Greek's feelings and he refused to be reconciled until Singer had made his face very young and handsome and his hair bright yellow and his eyes china blue. (1.1.14).

Violence Quotes

The town seemed more lonesome than any place he had ever known. [...] When he had been drunk the place had seemed violent and riotous. And now it was as though everything had come to a sudden halt....

Visions of America: The South Quotes

Another picture was called "Boiler Busts in Factory," and men were jumping out of windows and running while a knot of kids in overalls stood scrouged together, holding the buckets of dinner they ha...
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