My Favorite Quotes From… A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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Originally Published on April 27, 2012

“People don’t have useful things anymore. People just have shit.”

“Ove’s wife sometimes jokes that the three worst words Ove knows in this life are ‘Batteries not included.’ People usually laugh when she says that. But Ove does not usually laugh.”

“He was a man of black and white. And she was color. All the color he had.”

“She believed in destiny. That all the roads you walked in life, in one way or another, ‘lead to what has been predetermined for what has been predetermined for you.’

“Maybe to her destiny was ‘something’; that was none of his business. But to him, destiny was ‘someone.’

“When people don’t talk so much they don’t dish out the crap either.”

“Men are what they are because of what they do. Not what they say.”

“Nowadays people changed their stuff so often that any expertise and how to make things last was becoming superfluous.”

“He’d discovered that he liked houses. Maybe mostly because they were understandable. They could be calculated and drawn on paper. They did not leak if they were made watertight; they did not collapse if they were properly supported. Houses were fair, they gave you what you deserved. Which, unfortunately, was more than one could say about people.

“He knew very well that some people thought he was nothing but a grumpy old sod without any faith in people. But, to put it bluntly, that was because people had never given him reason to see it another way.

“Because a time comes in every man’s life when he decides what sort of man he’s going to be: the kind who lets other people walk all over him, or not.”

“And then one morning he saw her. She had brown hair and blue eyes and red shoes and a big yellow clasp in her hair. And then there was no more peace and quiet for Ove.”

“And Ove realized that he wanted to hear her talking about the things she loved for the rest of his life.”

“Ove had never been asked how he lived before he met her. But if anyone had asked him, he would have answered that he didn’t.”

I just wanted to know what it felt like to be someone you look at.

“If one didn’t have anything to  say, one had to find something to ask. If there was one thing that made people forget to dislike one, it was when they were given the opportunity to talk about themselves.”

“But sorrow is unreliable in that way. When people don’t share it there’s a good chance that it will drive them apart instead.”

“Don’t worry so much about others, you have enough problems of your own.”

“We always think there’s enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like ‘if.’

“For the greatest fear of death is always that it will pass us by. And leave us there alone.”

From the Author’s Acknowledgments:
“My father. Because I hope I am unlike you in the smallest possible number of ways.”


Synopsis: “A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.” (via Goodreads)

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Humor

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.35/5 stars

11 thoughts on “My Favorite Quotes From… A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

  1. This book was one of my favourite books I’ve ever read! I actually have a review of this book on my website if you would like to read it. I loved the quote “We always think there’s enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like ‘if.’” Great post! 🙂

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