19 Quotes from The Silent Patient book by Alex Michaelides


Hello friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the New York Times bestseller book - The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.

The Silent Patient has been described as a shocking psychological thriller of a woman's act of violence against her husband - and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.

Quotes

Once you name something, it stops you seeing the whole of it, or why it matters. You focus on the word, which is just the tiniest part, really, the tip of an iceberg. - The Silent Patient

Innocent people, tended to proclaim their innocence loudly - and often. Alicia not only remained silent, but she showed no visible signs of remorse. - The Silent Patient, Part 1, Chapter 2

Somehow grasping at vanishing snowflakes is like grasping at happiness: an act of possession that instantly gives way to nothing. - The Silent Patient, Part 1, Chapter 3

At the time I didn't understand. But that’s how therapy works. A patient delegates his unacceptable feelings to his therapist; and she holds everything he is afraid to feel, and she feels it for him. Then, ever so slowly, she feeds his feelings back to him. - The Silent Patient, Part 1, Chapter 3

It's odd how quickly one adapts to the strange new world of a psychiatric unit. You become increasingly comfortable with madness - and not just the madness of others, but your own. We're all crazy, I believe, just in different ways. - The Silent Patient, Part 1, Chapter 3

Psychotherapists tend to view smoking as an unresolved addiction - one that any decent therapist should have worked through and overcome. - The Silent Patient, Part 1, Chapter 4

I find music to be a most effective therapeutic tool. Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast. - The Silent Patient, Part 1, Chapter 6

We are made up of different parts, some good, some bad, and that a healthy mind can tolerate this ambivalence and juggle both good and bad at the same time. Mental illness is precisely about a lack of this kind of integration - we end up losing contact with the unacceptable parts of ourselves. - The Silent Patient, Part 1, Chapter 7

Murderous rage, homicidal rage, is not born in the present. It originates in the land before memory, in the world of early childhood, with abuse and mistreatment, which builds up a charge over the years, until it explodes - often at the wrong target. - The Silent Patient, Part 1, Chapter 8

Sometimes it takes courage, you know, and a long time, to be honest. - The Silent Patient, Part 1, Chapter 9

I could feel myself thawing in the heat, softening around the edges, like a tortoise emerging into the sun after a long winter's sleep, blinking and waking up. Kathy did that for me - she was my invitation to life, one I grasped with both hands. - The Silent Patient, Part 1, Chapter 10

Snow is a very powerful imaginative symbol, don't you think? Wipes everything clean. - The Silent Patient, Part 2, Chapter 3

The nurses' station is always the hub of a psychiatric unit, its heart: staff flow to and from it, and it is where the ward is run from day to day; at least where all the practical decisions are made. - The Silent Patient, Part 2, Chapter 3

In order to be a good therapist, you must be receptive to your patients' feelings - but you must not hold on to them - they are not yours - they do not belong to you. - The Silent Patient, Part 2, Chapter 4

Choosing a lover is a lot like choosing a therapist. We need to ask ourselves, is this someone who will be honest with me, listen to criticism, admit making mistakes, and not promise the impossible? - The Silent Patient, Part 2, Chapter 9

About how we often mistake love for fireworks - for drama and dysfunction. But real love is very quiet, very still. It's boring, if seen from the perspective of high drama. Love is deep and calm - and constant. - The Silent Patient, Part 2, Chapter 9

Love that doesn't include honesty doesn't deserve to be called love. - The Silent Patient, Part 2, Chapter 9

Geographical distance counts for little in the world of the psyche. Some things are not so easily left behind. - The Silent Patient, Part 4, Chapter 9

When someone wants to die, despite your best efforts to protect them, it's often impossible to prevent it. - The Silent Patient, Part 4, Chapter 18