50+ Best Malibu Rising Quotes + Page Numbers

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Last updated on May 21st, 2024

In this post, you’ll find a collection of the best quotes from Malibu Rising with their page numbers for easy reference.

If you’re familiar with this author’s work, you’ll know she is famous for including many thoughtful and inspiring quotes. Malibu Rising, packed with family drama and deep emotions, certainly follows suit.

Here are the best quotes from the internationally bestselling author, Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Quotes About Family

  • They had taught her that family is found, that whether it be blood or circumstance or choice, what binds us does not matter. All that matters is that we are bound. (page 319)
  • Maybe our parents’ lives are imprinted within us, maybe the only fate there is is the temptation of reliving their mistakes. Maybe, try as we might, we will never be able to outrun the blood that runs through our veins. Or. Or maybe we are free the moment we’re born. Maybe everything we’ve ever done is by our own hands. (page 191)

When there is only you, you do not get to choose which jobs you want, you do not get to decide you are incapable of anything. There is no room for distaste or weakness. You must do it all. All of the ugliness, the sadness, the things most people can’t stand to even think about, all must live inside of you. You must be capable of everything. ~ (page 147)

  • Our family histories are simply stories. They are myths we create about the people who came before us, in order to make sense of ourselves. (page 31)
  • Our parents live inside us, whether they stick around or not, Hud thought. They express themselves through us in the way we hold a pen or shrug our shoulders, in the way we raise our eyebrow. Our heritage lingers in our blood. (page 130)
  • What broken family—no matter how shattered or tattered or bruised beyond recognition— does not ache to be reunited? What child, no matter how lost or abandoned, does not ache to be loved? (page 280)

Quotes About Fire

  • But she would understand that it was one fire, in a long line of fires in Malibu since the dawn of time. It had brought destruction. It would also bring renewal, rising from the ashes. The story of fire. (page 365)

Because, just as it is in Malibu’s nature to burn, so was it in one particular person’s nature to set fire and walk away. ~ (page 5)

  • Malibu catches fire. It is simply what Malibu does from time to time. Tornadoes take the flatlands of the Midwest. Floods rise in the American South. Hurricanes rage against the Gulf of Mexico. And California burns. (page 3)
  • There was finally enough air within her for a fire to ignite. (page 273)

Quotes About Love

  • The story of June and Mick Riva seemed like a tragedy to their oldest child, Nina. It felt like a comedy of errors to their first son, Jay. It was an origin story for their second son, Hud. And a mystery to the baby of the family, Kit. To Mick himself, it was just a chapter of his memoir. But to June, it was, always and forever, a romance. (page 31)
  • It is discernible when two people feel complete comfort with each other’s skin. It is plain for anyone to see if they are looking. And that’s exactly what they had – an electric sort of peace between them. (page 211)

And so, in a way, you could say that this is when Mick fell in love with June, if falling in love is a choice. He chose her. But for her, it wasn’t a choice at all, it was free fall. ~ (page 41)

  • They both were under the same spell, that delicious delusion that they were the two most important souls to meet. (page 105)
  • Men don’t give women as many orgasms as they think they do. (page 67)
  • They will not know what the future holds or if their paths will ever cross again. But they will feel that—for one night at least— someone has seen them as they have always wanted to be seen. And that will be enough. (page 224)

Nina was in it with all of her heart now, as only those who have been hurt and learned to trust again truly can be. It is as if once your heart has been broken you learn of the deepest reserves it carries. And she had given up her reserves as well this time. ~ (page 110)

  • But somehow, in this moment, he didn’t feel foolish for at least trying. And he briefly considered that maybe that had been the problem all along: that he spent so much time feeling foolish instead of just letting go and risk looking like a fool. (page 223)
  • But they were in love, the kind of love that hurts. They hit highs so high neither of them could quite stand it, and lows so low they weren’t sure they’d survive them. (page 100)

Quotes About Life

  • Children who grow up with money have no idea it exists. But children who don’t understand that it powers everything. (page 120)
  • Fate trips up sometimes. That’s the conclusion Hud had come to. It’s how he made sense of a lot of things that had happened in his life. Whatever hand was guiding him—guiding everyone—toward a certain future…there’s no way it could work without error. (page 24)

Alcoholism is a disease with many faces, and some of them look beautiful. ~ (page 133)

  • Because waves that beautiful are rare. That is the thing about the water, it is not yours to control. You are at the mercy of nature. That’s what makes surfing feel like more than sport: It requires destiny to be on your side, the ocean must favor you. (page 112)
  • It was inevitable, wasn’t it? The small mistakes and heartbreaks of guiding a life? (page 350)
  • What a gift it was to know so clearly what you were not, who you did not want to be. (page 161)

But a good life is knowing people care about you, knowing you can take care of the people that count on you. ~ (page 53)

  • “It’s easy to be gracious when you’re winning. So you have no excuse not to be.”……..“And if you lose?” Nina asked. Brandon shook his head. “You just work harder to make sure you win on the next one. And then you haven’t lost anything at all.” (page 185)
  • For a moment, Jay considered the idea that he would rather die being great than live being ordinary. He wasn’t sure he could bear the stain of obscurity. (page 253)
  • Every day of your life feels like you’re climbing up the mountain. And then you get there and you stay for a bit. And it’s nice at the top. But then you start sliding down the other side. (page 260)

Quotes About Grief

  • She felt a wave of despair coming toward her, ready to take her under. This had been happening on and off since she lost them. Casey had learned that the best thing to do was to brace herself for every rush of grief. She would let the sadness and sorrow wash over her, smother her. She held on tight, knowing all she could do was feel the pain until it passed. (page 274)

She knew that she could not sustain her life fueled only by the memories of those she once loved. Loss would not propel her forward. She had to go out and live. She had to find new people. ~ (page 319)

  • She was not crying out of stress or frustration or fear, although she had so much of those still in her bones. She was crying because she missed her mother. She missed her perfume, her meatloaf, missed the way she made impossible things happen. Nina missed lying in her mother’s arms on the sofa, watching television late at night, missed the way her mother would always tell her everything would be OK, the way her mother could make everything OK. She mourned the things that would never happen. The weddings her mother would never attend, the meals her mother would never make, the sunsets her mother would never see. (page 169)

Nina Riva Quotes

  • “Must be nice. To be able to be weak. I wouldn’t know.” (page 341)
  • Nina understood, maybe for the first time, that letting people love you and care for you is part of how you love and care for them. (page 362)
  • Nina, her entire life, had been programmed to accept. Accept that your father left. Accept that your mother is gone. Accept that you must take care of your siblings. Accept that the world wants to lust after you. Accept accept accept. For so long, Nina had believed it was her greatest strength—that she could withstand, that she could endure, that she would accept it all and keep going. It was so foreign to her, the idea of declaring that something was unacceptable. (page 271)

It was as if June had given her a box—as if every parent gives their children a box—full of the things they carried. June had given her children this box packed to the brim with her own experiences, her own treasures and heartbreaks. Her own guilts and pleasures, triumphs and losses, values and biases, duties and sorrows. And Nina had been carrying around this box her whole life, feeling the full weight of it. But it was not, Nina saw just then, her job to carry the full box. Her job was to sort through the box. To decide what to keep, and to put the rest down. She had to choose what, of the things she inherited from the people who came before her, she wanted to bring forward. And what, of the past, she wanted to leave behind. ~ (page 357)

  • And I’ve been really sad,” Nina added. “That I…that I meant so little to someone who had made me believe I meant so much.” (page 276)
  • “There’s no room for you in my life anymore. And I don’t owe it to you to make any space.” (page 341)
  • “Capable is a question I never had the luxury of asking. Because my family needed me. And unlike you, I understand how important that is.” (page 340)
  • It hurt to leave, but Nina knew that most good things come with a pinch or an ache. (page 363)

Kit Riva Quotes

  • How were you supposed to change—in ways both big and small—when your family was always there to remind you of exactly the person you apparently signed an ironclad contract to be? (page 74)

Too much self-sufficiency was sort of mean to the people who loved you, Kit thought. You robbed them of how good it feels to give, of their sense of value. ~ (page 165)

  • This is what she had always wanted to avoid: being forced to pretend men were interesting. (page 233)
  • Kit, particularly, grieved the way some people drink, which is to say: rarely but always alone and to excess. (page 314)

June Riva Quotes

  • She thought of her children like the magic grow capsules you got at gift shops at the science museum. These tiny little nothings that you drop into water and then watch as they slowly reveal what they were always destined to be. (page 125)
  • “You are everything,” he said. “Yeah, well,” June deadpanned. “You’re a whole lot of nothing.” (page 104)

She missed the parents who had never truly understood her, missed the man who had never truly loved her, missed the future she thought she had been building for herself, missed the young girl she used to be. ~ (page 134)

  • She told them sometimes wild circumstances help fate unfold. (page 119)
  • She was a woman, after all. Living in a world created by men. And she had long known that assholes protect their own. They are faithful to no one but surprisingly protective of each other. (page 80)
  • June ended up in the exact place she had hoped Mick Riva would save her from. (page 116)

Mick Riva Quotes

  • He was getting so sick of all the people around him all the time. And yet, he didn’t want to find out what his soul had to say when he was by himself. (page 102)

Mick didn’t want to go through the world alone. He had one of those hearts that stick to things. And he wanted to stick to her. She seemed like such a good one to stick to. ~ (page 41)

  • “I’m just saying…I don’t come from any money at all. But I don’t think what you’re born into says anything about where you’re headed.” (page 38)
  • “If I exist on this earth, someone loves you.” (page 344)


So there you have it! The top Malibu Rising quotes to help you relive the family saga of the Riva siblings.

Let me know in the comments below which ones were your favorite.

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