Our list of the best quotes from HBO’s fantasy romantic drama TV series, The Time Traveler’s Wife, based on the novel of the same name by Audrey Niffenegger. The story follows the marriage of Clare and Henry (Rose Leslie and Theo James), which is complicated by time travel.
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1. Episode One'You have two things to do with your time on this Earth. One, find the love of your life. Two, die as slowly as possible.' - Henry DeTamble (The Time Traveler's Wife) Click To Tweet
Clare Abshire: Why is love intensified by absence?
Henry DeTamble: How does it feel? How does it feel? Normal. You know. Like nothing. Like your attention wandered for a moment, and suddenly the book you’re reading is gone, your coffee’s gone, the room is gone, and you’re ankle-deep in a ditch. Or in the middle of a highway. Or in a field full of cows. And of course, you’re naked. Back in time, and naked.
'The future is what you're going to make. Sometimes, you can see the future in a bowl of slop. Other times, you remember that the future is just what shows up when you're looking for something else.' - Clare Abshire Click To Tweet
Clare Abshire: The bedsheets will go slack. Or the shower will keep running. Or the bacon will keep frying. Or you’ll hear a coffee cup smash on the floor, and you realize, he’s gone. It’s happened again. He’s just a pile of clothes. And then it starts. The waiting.
Henry DeTamble: Time travel. It’s not a super power. It’s a disability. It’s what’s wrong with me. I can’t keep hold of the current moment. I just slide off. And I fall back in time.
'Two people trying to be the person the other one already thinks they are. Love, basically.' - Henry DeTamble (The Time Traveler's Wife) Click To Tweet
Clare Abshire: When he’s gone, I wait, and I worry. I wonder where he is, when he is. If he’s in danger.
Henry DeTamble: Sometimes you ping straight back to where you were. You know, to your book, to your coffee, and it’s fine. It’s nothing. Five minutes, a nap. Sometimes it’s days, weeks, months, and you have to survive. Now, three things I got good at. Running, fighting, and stealing. You have to be good at those, when wherever you go, you’re naked.'You know what's even worse, than being terrified all the time? The future. The future is the scariest thing in the world. Because suddenly, you are all in. No choice. Anyone can stand any kind of torture, except hope.' Click To Tweet