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Marianne and Connell, with Connell’s quote: “I’m not a religious person, but I do sometimes think God made you for me.” |Source: facebook.com/normalpeoplebbc
Marianne and Connell, with Connell’s quote: “I’m not a religious person, but I do sometimes think God made you for me.” |Source: facebook.com/normalpeoplebbc

30 ‘Normal People’ Quotes: Marianne, Connell and the Beauty of Young Love

Dayna Remus
Jun 15, 2023
11:30 A.M.
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Discover the mesmerizing world of "Normal People" through a collection of 30 insightful quotes that capture the intertwining lives of Marianne and Connell in this acclaimed series.

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Welcome to the captivating universe of "Normal People," a compelling series adapted from Sally Rooney's best-selling novel. Set in a small Irish town, we follow the enthralling journey of Marianne and Connell, two individuals from different backgrounds whose lives converge in a spellbinding exploration of love, friendship, and personal growth.

First aired in April 2020 as a co-production between BBC Three and Hulu, "Normal People" swiftly captivated audiences with its raw and authentic portrayal of young love and the intricacies of human connections. Viewers were eagerly drawn into the lives of Marianne and Connell, eagerly awaiting each new episode to witness the highs and lows of their complex romance.

As we immerse ourselves in the profound emotions and dilemmas of these unforgettable characters, it's important to note that while fans have expressed hopes for a second season, the focus has shifted to adapting Sally Rooney's debut novel, "Conversations with Friends," for television.

For now, let's cherish the moments we shared with Marianne and Connell and delve into a collection of 30 quotes that encapsulate the heartache, joy, and transformative power that made "Normal People" a sensation.

Marianne, with her quote: “I think I'm just a fundamentally cold, unfeeling person.” | Source: facebook.com/normalpeoplebbc

Marianne, with her quote: “I think I'm just a fundamentally cold, unfeeling person.” | Source: facebook.com/normalpeoplebbc

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Marianne’s Quotes

“Didn't have to play any games with you. It was just real.” — Marianne

"It's not like this with other people." — Marianne

"We could be in a room full of people, and my eyes would always meet his, just to find that he had already been looking." — Marianne

"I reckon I could have told you that." — Marianne

“Don't know why I can't make people love me.” — Marianne

Marianne, with her quote: "I would lie down here, and you could do anything you wanted to me." | Source: facebook.com/normalpeoplebbc

Marianne, with her quote: "I would lie down here, and you could do anything you wanted to me." | Source: facebook.com/normalpeoplebbc

"And I'll stay. And we'll be ok.” — Marianne

"I wasn't aware that my eye line fell under the jurisdiction of school rules." — Marianne

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“I’m never lonely when I’m with you.” — Marianne

“I think I'm just a fundamentally cold, unfeeling person.” — Marianne

"I would lie down here, and you could do anything you wanted to me." — Marianne

Connell, with Marianne’s quote: “I’m never lonely when I’m with you.” | Source: facebook.com/normalpeoplebbc

Connell, with Marianne’s quote: “I’m never lonely when I’m with you.” | Source: facebook.com/normalpeoplebbc

"I would never pretend to not know you, Connell." — Marianne

“I know you probably hate me. But you're the only person who actually talks to me.” Marianne

Connell’s Quotes

"I know, but I like you a lot more than other people.” — Connell

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"They literally show up to discuss a book they haven't even read, and then they just bang on about it with complete confidence." — Connell

"I really love you, Marianne and uh..." — Connell

Marianne and another character with Connell’s quote: "You just always know what you think. I'm not like that." | Source: facebook.com/normalpeoplebbc

Marianne and another character with Connell’s quote: "You just always know what you think. I'm not like that." | Source: facebook.com/normalpeoplebbc

"You know I love you." — Connell

"I can't connect this life and that life. It just doesn't fit." — Connell

“I would miss you, if you didn't want to see me anymore.” — Connell

“I’m not a religious person, but I do sometimes think God made you for me.” — Connell

"You just always know what you think. I'm not like that." — Connell

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Connell, with his quote: “I would miss you, if you didn't want to see me anymore.” |Source: facebook.com/normalpeoplebbc

Connell, with his quote: “I would miss you, if you didn't want to see me anymore.” |Source: facebook.com/normalpeoplebbc

Sally Rooney’s Quotes from Her Novel ‘Normal People'

“If people appeared to behave pointlessly in grief, it was only because human life was pointless, and this was the truth that grief revealed.” ― Sally Rooney, "Normal People"

“Generally, I find men are a lot more concerned with limiting the freedoms of women than exercising personal freedom for themselves.” Sally Rooney, "Normal People"

“All these years, they’ve been like two little plants sharing the same plot of soil, growing around one another, contorting to make room, taking certain unlikely positions.” Sally Rooney, "Normal People"

“Marianne had the sense that her real life was happening somewhere very far away, happening without her, and she didn't know if she would ever find out where it was or become part of it.” Sally Rooney, "Normal People"

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“Life is the thing you bring with you inside your own head.” ― Sally Rooney, “Normal People”

Marianne and Connell,  with Sally Rooney’s quote from her novel, “Normal People”: “Life offers up these moments of joy despite everything.” | Source: AmoDays

Marianne and Connell, with Sally Rooney’s quote from her novel, “Normal People”: “Life offers up these moments of joy despite everything.” | Source: AmoDays

“The outside world touches against her outside skin, but not the other part of herself, inside.” ― Sally Rooney, “Normal People”

“Life offers up these moments of joy despite everything.” — Sally Rooney, “Normal People”

“Most people go through their whole lives, without ever really feeling that close with anyone.” Sally Rooney, "Normal People"

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“Not for the first time Marianne thinks cruelty does not only hurt the victim, but the perpetrator also, and maybe more deeply and more permanently.” ― Sally Rooney, "Normal People"

Marianne, with Sally Rooney’s quote from her novel, “Normal People”: “Life is the thing you bring with you inside your own head.” |Source: AmoDays

Marianne, with Sally Rooney’s quote from her novel, “Normal People”: “Life is the thing you bring with you inside your own head.” |Source: AmoDays

Marianne is played by Daisy Edgar-Jones, while Paul Mescal plays Connell. Other cast members include Sarah Greene, India Mullen, Fionn O'Shea, Eanna Hardwicke, Sebastian de Souza, Frank Blake, and Meadhbh Maxwell.

Over the years, series and movies based on books have become more common, with the most recent season of "Bridgerton" currently taking center stage. Some notable actresses from this series include Phoebe Dynevor, Jonathan Bailey, India Ria Amarteifio, Regé-Jean Page, and Simone Ashley.

To find out what all the fuss is about, read 45 'Bridgerton' quotes from season 2 for a taste of steamy Regency romance.

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