I applied for the University of Life. Didn't get the grades.

David Nicholls

David Nicholls

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: British

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I have always been well liked, I think, always well regarded and respected, but having few enemies is not the same as having many friends, and there was no denying that I was, if not "lonely", more solitary than I'd hoped to be at that time.

Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it.

Sometimes, when it's going badly, she wonders if what she believes to be a love of the written word is really just a fetish for stationery. The true writer, the born writer, will scribble words on scraps of litter, the back of a bus tickets, on the wall of a cell .Emma is lost on anything less than 120gsm.

She made you decent. And in return you made her so, so happy.

Anyway, that's why you do it. Not to be famous, just to be good. To do good work. Find the thing you really love doing, and do it to the best of your ability.

You start out wanting to change the world through language, and end up thinking it's enough to tell a few good jokes.

And is that what love looks like - all wet mouth sand your skirt rucked up?

We can just hang out and walk and read and talk and stuff.

Then they kiss again, and she goes to work, and he goes to work, and so the days go by, faster than ever.

Faint-hearted as usual, she had left it too late. In the future, I'll be braver, she told herself. In the future, I will always speak my mind, eloquently, passionately.

If you're my friend I should be able to talk to you but I can't, and if I can't talk to you, well, what is the point of you? Of us?

Their friendship was like a wilted bunch of flowers that she insisted on topping up with water. Why not let it die instead? It was unrealistic to expect a friendship to last forever...

You can live your whole life not realizing that what you're looking for is right in front of you.

No more sleepovers, no more writing poetry, no more wasting time. Time to tidy up your life. Time to start again.