Colm Tóibín’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Colm Tóibín Quotes 

Colm Tóibín, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Colm Tóibín quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find Colm Tóibín’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Colm Tóibín made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favourites: 

Popular Quotes

“Dreams belong to each of us alone, just as pain does.”
― Colm Tóibín, The Testament of Mary

 “She has gone back to Brooklyn,’ her mother would say. And, as the train rolled past Macmire Bridge on its way towards Wexford, Eilis imagined the years already when these words would come to mean less and less to the man who heard them and would come to mean more and more to herself. She almost smiled at the thought of it, then closed her eyes and tried to imagine nothing more.”
― Colm Toibín, Brooklyn

“As I settled down to sleep in that new bed in the dark city, I saw that it was too late now, too late for everything. I would not be given a second chance. In the hours when I woke, I have to tell you that this struck me almost with relief.”
― Colm Tóibín

 “..Some of our loves and attachments are elemental and beyond our choosing, and for that very reason they come spiced with pain and regret and need and hollowness and a feeling as close to anger as I will ever be able to imagine. ”
― Colm Tóibín

 “For the first time in years, he felt the deep sadness of exile, knowing that he was alone here, an outsider, and too alert to the ironies, the niceties, the manners, and indeed, the morals to be able to participate.”
― Colm Tóibín, The Master

 “She felt almost guilty that she had handed some of her grief to him, and then she felt close to him for his willingness to take it and hold it, in all its rawness, all its dark confusion.”
― Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn

“In the morning, she was not sure that she had slept as much as lived a set of vivid dreams, letting them linger so that she would not have to open her eyes and see the room.”
― Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn

 “Some people are nice and if you talk to them properly, they can be even nicer.” -Rose”
― Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn

“Ending a novel is almost like putting a child to sleep—it can’t be done abruptly.”
― Colm Tóibín

“in skies of deepening blue
the moon, heaven’s queen
was now afloat”
― Colm Tóibín

10 Famous Quotes by Author Colm Tóibín

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10 Colm Tóibín quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best Colm Tóibín quote below and sharing our favourite authors so we can look them up, read some of their works and give you the best quotes we can find. We hope you enjoyed our top 10 quotes by Colm Tóibín. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable Colm Tóibín quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Colm Tóibín Quote 

“She was nobody here. It was not just that she had no friends and family; it was rather that she was a ghost in this room, in the streets on the way to work, on the shop floor. Nothing meant anything. The rooms in the house on Friary Street belonged to her, she thought; when she moved in them she was really there. In the town, if she walked to the shop or to the Vocational School, the air, the light, the ground, it was all solid and part of her, even if she met no one familiar. Nothing here was part of her. It was false, empty, she thought. She closed her eyes and tried to think, as she had done so many times in her life, of something she was looking forward to, but there was nothing. Not the slightest thing. Not even Sunday. Nothing maybe except sleep, and she was not even certain she was looking forward to sleep. In any case, she could not sleep yet, since it was not yet nine o’clock. There was nothing she could do. It was as though she had been locked away.”
― Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn

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Dave Peterson Passion for adventure and sharing his life long journey with as many others as possible. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." HENRY S. HASKINS

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