Fredrik Backman Quotes

Death is a strange thing. People live their whole lives as if it does not exist, and yet it's often one of the great motivations for the living. Some of us, in time, become so conscious of it that we live harder, more obstinately, with more fury. Some need its constant presence to even be aware of its antithesis. Others become so preoccupied with it that they go into the waiting room long before it has announced its arrival. We fear it, yet most of us fear more than anything that it may take someone other than ourselves. For the greatest fear of death is always that it will pass us by. And leave us there alone.

- Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

# Death

Having a grandmother is like having an army. This is a grandchild's ultimate privilege: knowing that someone is on your side, always, whatever the details. Even when you are wrong. Especially then, in fact. A grandmother is both a sword and a shield.

- Fredrik Backman, My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

To love someone is like moving into a house. At first you fall in love with all the new things, amazed every morning that all this belongs to you, as if fearing that someone would suddenly come rushing in through the door to explain that a terrible mistake had been made, you weren't actually supposed to live in a wonderful place like this. Then over the years the walls become weathered, the wood splinters here and there, and you start to love that house not so much because of its perfection, but rather for its imperfections. You get to know all the nooks and crannies. How to avoid getting the key caught in the lock when it's cold outside. When of the floorboards flex slightly when one steps on them or exactly how to open the wardrobe doors without them creaking. These are the little secrets that make it your home.

- Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

# Love

Soccer forces life to move on. There’s always a new match. A new season. There’s always a dream that everything can get better. It’s a game of wonders.

- Fredrik Backman, Britt-Marie Was Here

A human being may not choose her circumstances, but she does choose her actions.

- Fredrik Backman, Britt-Marie Was Here

# Inspirational

One of the most painful moments in a person's life probably comes with the insight that an age has been reached when there is more to look back on than ahead.

- Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

Only different people change the world. No one normal has ever changed a crapping thing.

- Fredrik Backman, My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

There’s something special about a grandmother’s house. You never forget how it smells.

- Fredrik Backman, My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

A few years turned into more years, and more years turned into all years. Years have a habit of behaving like that.

- Fredrik Backman, Britt-Marie Was Here

# Time

For the perpetrator, rape lasts just a matter of minutes. For the victim, it never stops.

- Fredrik Backman, Beartown

It's difficult to know when love blooms; suddenly one day you wake up and it's in full flower. It works the same way when it wilts - one day it is just too late.

- Fredrik Backman, Britt-Marie Was Here

# Love

Religion is something between you and other people; it’s full of interpretations and theories and opinions. But faith, that’s just between you and God.

- Fredrik Backman, Beartown

# Religion