'Big Little Lies' Quotes That Will Make You Want To Read The Novel ASAP

by Sydney Rappis

If you haven't been living under a rock for the last month, you probably heard that the Big Little Lies series premiered on HBO. Based on the book by the same name by Liane Moriarty, the show stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley as three mothers of first graders in an affluent beachside neighborhood whose seemingly perfect lives unravel, dramatically. It's not too late to start watching if you haven't already — the seventh and final episode airs on April 2nd, and hopefully, every single question will be answered.

As fantastically addicting as the show is, the book is infinitely more complex and engaging. Whether you have watched the show or not, Liane Moriarty's novel is a fascinating examination of life surrounding Pirriwee Public School. As fun as it is to see Reese Witherspoon in her "glittery" outfits, the book is written in such witty and accessible tone that you will not be able to put it down — even if you already know how it ends. If you are still not convinced that the book is more than worth your time, these quotes will convince you to pick up Big Little Lies as soon as possible.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, $13, Amazon


“They say it's good to let your grudges go, but I don't know, I'm quite fond of my grudge. I tend it like a little pet.”


“Overtired five-year-olds needed to be handled like explosive devices.”


“All conflict can be traced back to someone’s feelings getting hurt, don’t you think?”


“Every day I think, ‘Gosh, you look a bit tired today,’ and it’s just recently occurred to me that it’s not that I’m tired, it’s that this is the way I look now.”


“Reading a novel was like returning to a once-beloved holiday destination.”


“Champagne is never a mistake.”


7. “Those we love don’t go away, they sit beside us every day.”


“It’s because a woman’s entire self-worth rests on her looks,” said Jane. “That’s why. It’s because we live in a beauty-obsessed society where the most important thing a woman can do is make herself attractive to men.”


“It had never crossed her mind that sending your child to school would be like going back to school yourself.”


“When someone you loved was depending on your lie, it was perfectly easy.”


“Did anyone really know their child? Your child was a little stranger, constantly changing, disappearing and reintroducing himself to you. New personality traits could appear overnight.”


“Stick with the nice boys... bad boys don't bring you coffee in bed, I'll tell you that for free.”


“Children did this. They sensed when there was something controversial or sensitive and they pushed and pushed like tiny prosecutors.”


“It was interesting how you could say things when you were walking that you might not otherwise have said with the pressure of eye contact across a table.”


“Did she love him as much as she hated him? Did she hate him as much as she loved him?”


"It was just so very surprising that the good-looking, worried man who had just offered her a cup of tea, and was right now working at his computer down the hallway, and who would come running if she called him, and who loved her with all of his strange heart, would in all probability one day kill her.”