Veronica Quotes

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We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I might be in love with you." He smiles a little. "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren't all that different.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Peter would probably throw a party if I stopped breathing.' 'Well,' he says, 'I would only go if there was cake.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I am selfish. I am brave.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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Then I realize what it is. It's him. Something about him makes me feel like I am about to fall. Or turn to liquid. Or burst into flames.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I suppose a fire that burns that bright is not meant to last.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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Politeness is deception in pretty packaging.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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It must require bravery to be honest all the time.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Sometimes, the best way to help someone is just to be near them.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I feel like someone breathed new air into my lungs. I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Can you be a girl for a few seconds?" "I'm always a girl" I frown. "You know what I mean. Like a silly, annoying girl" I twirl my hair around my finger. "Kay.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Sleep,” he says. β€œI'll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.” β€œWith what?” β€œMy bare hands, obviously.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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Got that gun?” Peter says to Tobias. β€œNo,” says Tobias, β€œI figured I would shoot the bullets out of my nostrils, so I left it upstairs.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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Who cares about pretty? I'm going for noticeable.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I fell in love with him. But I don't just stay with him by default as if there's no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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It reminds me why I chose Dauntless in the first place: not because they are perfect, but because they are alive. Because they are free.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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...there is power in self-sacrifice.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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I wonder if fears ever really go away, or if they just lose their power over us.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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I have something I need to tell you," he says. I run my fingers along the tendons in his hands and look back at him. "I might be in love with you." He smiles a little. "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though." "That's sensible of you," I say, smiling too. "We should find some paper so you can make a list or a chart or something." I feel his laughter against my side, his nose sliding along my jaw, his lips pressing my ear. "Maybe I'm already sure," he says, "and I just don't want to frighten you." I laugh a little. "Then you should know better." "Fine," he says. "Then I love you.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I feel his heartbeat against my cheek,as fast as my own. "Are you afraid of me, too, Tobias?" "Terrified," he replies with a smile.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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You know, most boys would enjoy being trapped in close quarters with a girl." I roll my eyes. "Not claustrophobic people, Tris.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Human beings as a whole cannot be good for long before the bad creeps back in and poisons us again.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Knowledge is power. Power to do evil...or power to do good. Power itself is not evil. So knowledge itself is not evil.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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Moths," repeats Will. "You're afraid of moths?" "Not just a cloud of moths," she says, "like...a swarm of them. Everywhere. All those wings and legs and..." She shudders and shakes her head. "Terrifying," Will says with mock seriousness. "That's my girl. Tough as cotton balls." "Oh, Shut up.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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One Choice One Choice, decided your friends. One Choice, defines your beliefs. One Choice, determines your loyalties - Forever. ONCE CHOICE CAN TRANSFORM YOU
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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People tend to overestimate my character," I say quietly. "They think that because I'm small, or a girl, or a Stiff, I can't possibly be cruel. But they're wrong.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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You think giving you a hug would give away too much?" he says. "You know," I say. "I really don't care." I stand on my tiptoes and press my lips to his. It is the best moment of my life.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I’m not important. Everyone will do just fine without me,” I say. β€œWho cares about everyone? What about me?
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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Four flips the gun in this hand, presses the barrel to Peter's forehead, and clicks a bullet into place. Peter freezes with his lips parted, the yawn dead in his mouth. "Wake. Up," Four snaps. "You are holding a loaded gun, you idiot. Act like it.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Since I was young, I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other
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Veronica Roth
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Human reason can excuse any evil; that is why it's so important that we don't rely on it.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I am his, and he is mine, and it has been that way all along.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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I'll say it one last time: Be brave.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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Lies require commitment.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me--they, and the love and loyaty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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I pout my lower lip for a second, but then I grin as the pieces come together. "That's why you like me!" I exclaim. "Because you're not very nice either! It makes so much more sense now.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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What did you do, memorize a map of the city for fun?” says Christina. β€œYes,” says Will, looking puzzled. β€œDidn’t you?
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Why do people want to pretend that death is sleep? It isn't. It isn't.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Change, like healing, takes time.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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The truth has a way of changing people's plans.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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She taught me all about real sacrifice. That it should be done from love... That it should be done from necessity, not without exhausting all other options. That it should be done for people who need your strength because they don't have enough of their own.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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Two things you should know about me; The first is that I am deeply suspicious of people in general. It is my nature to expect the worst of them. And the second is that I am unexpectedly good with computers.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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We're all right, you know,' he says quietly. 'You and me. Okay?' My chest aches, and I nod. 'Nothing else is all right.' His whisper tickles my cheek. 'But we are.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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You die, I die too.” Tobias looks over his shoulder at me. β€œI asked you not to do this. You made your decision. These are the repercussions.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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Can I be forgiven for all I've done to get here? I want to be. I can. I believe it.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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The person you became with her is worth being.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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Insurgent, he says. Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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For a few minutes we kiss, deep in the chasm, with the roar of water all around us. And we rise, hand in hand, I realize that if we had both chosen differently, we might have ended up doing the same thing, in a safer place, in gray clothes instead of black ones.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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You don’t believe things because they make your life better, you believe them because they’re true.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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I could never hurt him enough to make his betrayal stop hurting. And it hurts, in every part of my body.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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You're not very nice," I say, grinning. "You're one to talk." "Hey, I could be nice if I tried." "Hmm." He taps his chin. "Say something nice, then." "You're very good-looking." He smiles, his teeth a flash in this dark. "I like this 'nice' thing.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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Somewhere inside me is a merciful, forgiving person. Somewhere there is a girl who tries to understand what people are going through, who accepts that people do evil things and that desperation leads them to darker places than they ever imagined. I swear she exists, and she hurts for the repentant boy I see in front of me. But if I saw her, I wouldn't recognize her.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Shh,” I say. β€œArms around me.” Obediently, he slips both arms around my waist. I smile at the wall. I am not enjoying this. I am not, not even a little bit, no.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Sometimes,” he says, sliding his arm across my shoulders, β€œpeople just want to be happy, even if it’s not real.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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If I don't survive," I say, "tell Tobias I didn't want to leave him.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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He told me once to be brave, and though I have stood still while knives spun toward my face and jumped off a roof, I never thought I would need bravery in the small moments of my life. I do.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Maybe there's more we all could have done, but we just have to let the guilt remind us to do better next time.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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The first step to loving someone else is to recognize the evil in ourselves, so we can forgive them.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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If Eric thinks I did something right, I must have done it wrong.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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A chasm reminds us that there is a fine line between bravery and idiocy.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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You nearly died today,' he says. 'I almost shot you. Why didn't you shoot me, Tris?' 'I couldn't do that,' I say. 'It would have been like shooting myself.' He looks pained and leans closer to me, so his lips brush mine when he speaks.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Do remember, though, that sometimes the people you oppress become mightier than you would like.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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You look older.” β€œYes, well. The passage of time tends to do that to a person.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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Learning how to think in the midst of fear is a lesson that everyone needs to learn.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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But when I do feel all the strength go out of me, and I fall to my knees beside the table and I think I cry, then, or at least I want to, and everything inside me screams for just one more kiss, one more word, one more glance, one more.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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Killing you is not the worst thing they can do to you," I say. "Controlling you is.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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She looked up. β€œA world of nevers under a never sky.” She fit in well then, he thought. A girl who never shut up.
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Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1))
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Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up. I've seen it. It's fascinating." He releases me but doesn't pull away, his hand grazing my jaw, my neck. "Sometimes I just...want to see it again. Want to see you awake.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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You think my first instinct is to protect you. Because you're small, or a girl, or a Stiff. But you're wrong." He leans his face close to mine and wraps his fingers around my chin. His hand smells like metal. When was the last time he held a gun, or a knife? My skin tingles at the point of contact, like he's transmitting electricity through his skin. "My first instinct is to push you until you break, just to see how hard I have to press." he says, his fingers squeezing at the word break. My body tenses at the edge in his voice, so I am coiled as tight as a spring, and I forget to breathe. His dark eyes lifting to mine, he adds, "But I resist it." "Why..." I swallow hard. "Why is that your first instinct?" "Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up. I've seen it. It's fascinating." He releases me but doesn't pull away, his hand grazing my jaw, my neck. "Sometimes I just want to see it again. Want to see you awake.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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People can be cruelest to those they love.
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Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1))
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We could visit him," suggests Will. "But what would we say? 'I didn't know you that well, but I'm sorry you got stabbed in the eye'?
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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When her body first hit the net, all I registered was a gray blur. I pulled her across it and her hand was small, but warm, and then she stood before me, short and thin and plain and in all ways unremarkable- except that she had jumped first. The stiff had jumped first. Even I didn't jump first. Her eyes were so stern, so insistent. Beautiful.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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I love you" I say. "I love you, too" he says. "I'll see you soon.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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I didn't know that idiocy caused people to just start spontaneously bleeding from the nose.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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You know I'm getting a little tired of waiting for you to catch on.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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It isn’t right to wish pain on other people just because they hurt me first.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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We kiss again and this time, it feels familiar. I know exactly how we fit together, his arm around my waist, my hands on his chest, the pressure of his lips on mine. We have each other memorized.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Yeah, sometimes life really sucks," she says. "But you know what I'm holding on for?" I raise my eyebrows. She raises hers, too, mimicking me. "The moments that don't suck," she says. "The trick is to notice them when they come around.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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Okay. Then...I can talk. Ask me something." "Okay." He laughs shakily in my ear. "Why is your heart racing Tris?" I cringe and say, "Well, I...I barely know you. I barely know you and I'm crammed up against you in a box, Four, what do you think?"... "Maybe you were cut out for Candor," he says, "because you're a terrible liar.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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We've all started to put down the virtues of the other factions in the process of bolstering our own. I don't want to do that. I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and kind, and honest." He clears his throat. "I continually struggle with kindness.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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What is it with you today?” says Christina on the way to breakfast. Her eyes are still swollen from sleep and her tangled hair forms a fuzzy halo around her face. β€œOh, you know,” I say. β€œSun shining. Birds chirping.” She raises an eyebrow at me, as if reminding me that we are in an underground tunnel.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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He turns toward me. I want to touch him, but I’m afraid of his bareness; afraid that he will make me bare too. β€˜Is this scaring you, Tris?’ β€˜No,’ I croak. I clear my throat. β€˜Not really. I’m only…afraid of what I want.’ β€˜What do you want?’ Then his face tightens. β€˜Me?’ Slowly I nod.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Okay, okay.” I set my hand on top of his and guide it to my chest, so it’s right over my heart. β€œFeel my heartbeat. Can you feel it?” β€œYes.” β€œFeel how steady it is?” β€œIt’s fast.” β€œYes, well, that has nothing to do with the box.” I wince as soon as I’m done speaking. I just admitted to something. Hopefully he doesn’t realize that.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I read somewhere, one, that crying defies scientific explanation. Tears are only meant to lubricate the eyes. There is no real reason for tear glands to overproduce tears at the behest of emotion. I think we cry to release the animal parts of us without losing our humanity. Because inside of me is a beast that snarls, and growls, and strains toward freedom, toward Tobias, and, above all, towards life. And as hard as I try, I cannot kill it.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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Who is he when he isn't Dauntless, isn't an instructor, isn't Four, isn't anything in particular? Whoever he is, I like him. It's easier to admit that to myself now, in the dark, after all that just happened. He is not sweet or gentle or particularly kind. But he is smart and brave, and even though he saved me, he treated me like I was strong. That is all I need to know.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Yeah, well," I say, "I left Abnegation because I wasn't selfless enough, no matter how hard I tried to be." "That's not entirely true." He smiles at me. "That girl who let someone throw knives at her to spare a friend, who hit my dad with a belt to protect me-that selfless girl, that's not you?"... "You've been paying close attention, haven't you?" "I like to observe people/" "Maybe you were cut out for Candor, Four, because you're a terrible liar.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I’ll be your family now,” he says. β€œI love you,” I say. I said that once, before I went to Erudite headquarters, but he was asleep then. I don’t know why I didn’t say it when he could hear it. Maybe I was afraid to trust him with something so personal as my devotion. Or afraid that I did not know what it was to love someone. But now I think the scary thing was not saying it before it was almost too late. Not saying it before it was almost too late for me. I am his, and he is mine, and it has been that way all along. He stares at me. I wait with my hands clutching his arms for stability as he considers his response. He frowns at me. β€œSay it again.” β€œTobias,” I say, β€œI love you.” His skin is slippery with water and he smells like sweat and my shirt sticks to his arms when he slides them around me. He presses his face to my neck and kisses me right above the collarbone, kisses my cheek, kisses my lips. β€œI love you, too,” he says.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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I love Tris the Divergent, who makes decisions apart from faction loyalty, who isn’t some faction archetype. But the Tris who’s trying as hard as she can to destroy herself … I can’t love her.” I want to scream. But not because I’m angry, because I’m afraid he’s right. My hands shake and I grab the hem of my shirt to steady them. He touches his forehead to mine and closes his eyes. β€œI believe you’re still in there,” he says against my mouth. β€œCome back.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))