My favorite quotes from «The Bridges of Madison County», written by
Robert James Waller. A book I really love, a book that tells me more
than words can ever say. These quotes are the reason why I love the book
so much more than the movie, even though it’s such a wonderful movie too
「You make me forget my story.
So many feelings, so much truth. And so much soul for soulmates.
Richard 告诉 Francesca：I just want to say, I know you had your own
dreams, I am sorry I can not give them to you, I love you so much.
Robert 说： I’ll only say this once
I’ve never said it before
But this kind of certainty comes just once in a lifetime
「I had thoughts about him…I hardly knew what to do with. And he read
every one. Whatever I felt, whatever I wanted, he gave himself up to.
And in that moment, everything I knew to be true about myself, was gone.
I was acting like another woman, yet I was more myself than ever
Joasone, these quotes are for you, and for all the Ones able to
2.都说男的比女的心劲，但四天罗Bert就表露了 That kind of certainty comes
but just once in a lifetime.
「I don’t know if I can do this. Try to cram in a whole lifetime between
now and Friday.」
And if you haven’t read the book already, you should! In English, of
Francesca: Robert, please. You don’t understand, no-one does. When a
woman makes the choice to marry, to have children; in one way her life
begins but in another way it stops. You build a life of details. You
become a mother, a wife and you stop and stay steady so that your
children can move. And when they leave they take your life of details
with them. And then you’re expected move again only you don’t remember
what moves you because no-one has asked in so long. Not even yourself.
You never in your life think that love like this can happen to you.
「If I’ve done anything to make you think that what we have between us
is nothing new for me, is just some routine, then I do apologize.」
-The old dreams were good dreams; they didn’t work out, but glad I had
-I don’t want to need u, cuz I can’t have u.
-Francesca: I had thoughts about him I hardly knew what to do with, and
he read every one. Whatever I wanted, he gave himself up to, and in that
moment everything I knew to be true about myself was gone. I was acting
like another woman, yet I was more myself than ever before.
「When I think of why I make pictures, the only reason I can come up
with…It just seems that I’ve been making my way here. Seems right now,
that all I’ve done in my life, was making my way here to you. And if I
think about leaving here tomorrow without you…」
«When I think of why I make pictures, the reason that I can come up with
just seems that I’ve been making my way here. It seems right now that
all I’ve ever done in my life is making my way here to you.» (Robert)
-Robert: If you want me to stop, tell me now.
Francesca: No one’s asking you to.
「No matter how much distance we put between ourselves and this house, I
carry it with me. I feel it every minute we’re together. And I will
start to blame loving you for how much it hurts. And then, even these
four beautiful days will seem just like something sordid and a
-F: Robert pls. U don’t understand, no-one does. When a woman makes the
choice to marry, to have children; in one way her life begins but in
another way it stops. U build a life of details. U become a mother, a
wife and you stop and stay steady so that your children can move. And
when they leave they take your life of details with them. And then
you’re expected to move again only u don’t remember what moves you
because no-one has asked in so long. Not even urself. U never in ur life
think that love like this can happen to u.
R: But now that you have it…
F: I want to keep it forever. I want to love u the way I do now for the
rest of my life. Don’t u understand… we’ll lose it if we leave. I
can’t make an entire life disappear to start a new one. All I can do is
try to hold onto both. Help me. Help me not lose loving u.
「Do you think that what happened with us just happens to anyone? What
we feel for each other? We’re hardly two separate people now. Some
people search all their life and never find this. Others don’t even
think it exists.」
«The leopard swept over her, again and again and yet again, like a long
prairie wind, and rolling beneath him, she rode on that wind like some
temple virgin towards the sweet, compliant fires marking the soft curve
-R: When I think of why I make pictures, the reason that I can come up
with just seems that I’ve been making my way here. It seems right now
that all I’ve ever done in my life is making my way here to u.
「Nobody understands when a woman makes a choice to marry and have
children, in one way, her life begins, but in another way, it stops. You
bulid a life of details, and you just stop and stay steady, so that your
children can move. And when they leave, they take your life of details
with them. You’re expected to move on, but you don’t remember what’s
that moved you, because no one’s asked you in so long, not even
yourself. But you never think love like this will happen to you.」
-F: But love won’t obey our expectations. Its mystery is pure and
absolute. What 罗Bert and I had, could not continue if we were together.
What Richard and I shared would vanish if we were apart. But how I
wanted to share this. How would our lives have changed if I had? Could
anyone else have seen the beauty of it? 那句十分小懂前面，
「Now I want to keep it forever. I want to love you the way I do for the
rest of my life. But if we leave, we lose it. And I can’t make an entire
life disappear to start a new one. All I can do is try to hold on to us,
somewhere inside of me.」
«So here I am walking around with another person inside of me. Though I
think I put it better the day we parted when I said there is a third
person we have created from the two of us. And I am stalked now by that
other entity.» (Robert)
「I’ll only say this once. I’ve never said it before. But this kind of
certainty comes just once in a lifetime.」
「For a moment, I didn’t know where I was. And for a split second, A
thought crossed my mind that he really didn’t want me. That it was easy
to walk away」
«Don’t you see, I love you so much that I cannot think of restraining
you for a moment» (Francesca)
「The words were inside of me. “I was wrong, Robert, to stay, but I
can’t go. Let me tell you again why I can’t go. Tell me again why I
should go.” I heard his voice coming back to me: “This kind of certainty
comes once in a lifetime.”」
「I know you had your own dreams. I’m sorry I couldn’t give them to you.
I love you so very much.」
«I dont want to need you, ’cause I can’t have you.» (Robert)
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods…
There is a rapture on the lonely shore…
There is society where none intrudes…
By the deep sea and music in its roar…
I love not man the less, but Nature more…
From these our interviews, in which I steal…
From all I may be, or have been before.
To mingle with the Universe and feel…
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal. —Byron」
「There has not been a day since that I have not thought of him. When he
said that we were no longer two people, he was right. We were bound
together as tightly as two people can be. If it hadn’t been for him, I
don’t think I could’ve lasted on the farm all those years.」
«In a way he was not of this earth, that’s about as clear as I can say
it. I’ve always thought of him as a leopard like creature who rode in on
the tail of a comet.» (Francesca)
「I gave my life to my family, I wish to give Robert what is left of
«And in that moment, everything I knew to be true about myself up until
then was gone. I was acting like another woman, yet I was more myself
than ever before.» (Francesca)
«God or the universe or whatever one chooses to label the great system
of balance and order does not recognize Earth-time. To the universe,
four days is no different than four billion light years. I try to keep
that in mind.» (Robert in a letter to Francesca)
«It’s clear to me now that I have been moving towards you and you
towards me for a long time. Though neither of us was aware of the other
before we met, there was a kind of mindless certainty humming blithely
along beneath our ignorance that ensured we would come together. Like
two solitary birds flying the great prairies by celestial reckoning, all
of these years and lifetimes we have been moving towards one another.»
(Robert in his first letter to Francesca)
And she heard his voice coming back down the highway. «In a universe of
ambiguity, this kind of certainty comes only once, and never again, no
matter how many lifetimes you live.»
And one bonus quote, because it’s so true – in so many ways:
«We are the choises we make.» (Francesca)
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