Veronica Roth 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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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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Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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The truth has a way of changing people's plans.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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Change, like healing, takes time.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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And sometimes, if you want the truth, you have to demand it.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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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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You chose us. Now we have to choose you.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Leaving us with Eric is like hiring a babysitter who spends his time sharpening knives.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I do know who you are. I just needed to be reminded.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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Part of me wonders if this is a suicide mission disguised as a game.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Take a person’s memories, and you change who they are.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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Be careful, though." "Aren't I always?" "No, I think the word for how you usually are is 'reckless.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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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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And is it selfish of me to crave victory, or is it brave?
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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But please, when you see an opportunity…” He presses his hand to my cheek, cold and strong, and tilts my head up so I have to look at him. His eyes glint. They almost look predatory. β€œRuin them.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent. And I can’t be controlled.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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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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I think you're still the only person sharp enough to sharpen someone like me.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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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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It's what you deserve to hear," I say firmly, my eyes going cloudy with tears. "That you're whole, that you're worth loving, that you're the best person I've ever known.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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The Candor sing the praises of the truth, but they never tell you how much it costs.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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I have done bad things. I can't take them back, and they are part of who I am. Most of the time, they seem like the only thing I am.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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Looks like someone had a mood swing.” She rolls her eyes. β€œLike you don’t want to know what his fears are. He acts so tough that he’s probably afraid of marshmallows and really bright sunrises or something.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I'm going to shoot a muffin off Marlene's head.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Pride is what killed Al, and it is the flaw in every Dauntless heart. It is in mine.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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I can’t leave now. I like her too much. There, I said it. But I won’t say it again.
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Veronica Roth (Free Four: Tobias Tells the Divergent Knife-Throwing Scene (Divergent, #1.5))
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We are not people who touch each other carelessly; every point of contact between us feels important, a rush of energy and relief.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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Sometimes I still forget to look for the gentler parts of her. For so long all I saw was the strength, standing out like the wiry muscles in her arms or the black ink marking her collarbone with flight.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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I have your back. I didn't mean only when it's easy. All the time.
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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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She has been to the compound before. She remembered this hallway. She knows about the initiation process. My mother was Dauntless.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Caleb," I say, "I love you." His eyes gleam with tear as he says, "I love you, too, Beatrice.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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And I'm the kind of person who does not let inconsequential things like boys and near death experiences stop her.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I think we cry to release the animal parts of us without losing our humanity.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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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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I wish we were alone,” he says. β€œI almost always wish that,” I say.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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But I will find new habits, new thoughts, new rules. I will become something else.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Sometimes I see him as just another person, and sometimes I feel the sight of him in my gut, like a deep ache.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Let me get this straight. So you left the Dauntless compound to get ready for war... and took your makeup bag with you?" "Yep. Figured it would be harder for anyone to shoot me if they saw how devastatingly attractive I was...
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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Do the elevators work?" I ask Uriah, as quietly as I can. "Sure they do." says Zeke, rolling his eyes, "You think I'm stupid enough not to come here early and turn on the emergency generator?" "Yeah," says Uriah. "I kinda do.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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There is a difference between admitting and confessing. Admitting involves softening, making excuses for things that cannot be excused; confessing just names the crimes at its full severity.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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May the peace of God be with you,” she says, her voice low, β€œeven in the midst of trouble.” β€œWhy would it?” I say softly, so no one else can hear. β€œAfter all I’ve done...” β€œIt isn’t about you,” she says. β€œIt is a gift. You cannot earn it, or it ceases to be a gift.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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Looking at her is like waking up.
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Veronica Roth (Free Four: Tobias Tells the Divergent Knife-Throwing Scene (Divergent, #1.5))
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I like to think I'm helping them by hating them. I'm reminding them that they aren't God's gift to humankind.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I feel bare. I didn't realize I wore my secrets as armor until they were gone and now everyone sees me as I really am.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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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))
β€œ
My name is Four,” I say. β€œCall me β€˜Stiff’ again and you and I will have a problem.
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Veronica Roth (The Transfer (Divergent, #0.1))
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Then everyone can call you Six.” β€œFour and Six,” I say.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
β€œ
Sometimes people just want to be happy, even if it's not real.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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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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He kisses me again, more insistent this time, his hands squeezing my waist. His breaths, his body, my body, we are so close there is no difference.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
β€œ
You die, I die too.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
β€œ
Human reason can excuse any evil.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
β€œ
Can I ask why you’re throwing knives at cheese?’ β€˜Caleb came by to discuss something,’ Tobias says, leaning his head against the wall as he looks at me. β€˜And knife-throwing just came up somehow.’ β€˜As it so often does,’ I say, a small smile inching across my face.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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He pus his lips next to my ear and says, β€œYou look good, Tris.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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It reminds me that no embrace will ever feel the same again, because no one will ever be like her again, because she's gone. She's gone, and crying feels so useless, so stupid, but it's all I can do.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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But that wasnΒ΄t the first time I ever saw her. I saw her in the hallways at school, and at my mother’s false funeral, and walking the sidewalks in the Abnegation sector. I saw her, but I didn’t see her; no one saw her the way she truly was until she jumped. 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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People talk about the pain of grief, but I don't know what they mean. To me, grief is a devastating numbness, every sensation dulled.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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If you are really one of us, it won't matter to you that you might fail. And if it does, you are a coward.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Some things are hard to let go of.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
β€œ
Hearing him talk about his mother, about his intact family, makes my chest hurt for a second, like someone pierced it with a needle.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
β€œ
Evil depends on where you're standing.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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It's not often real that you encounter the real person behind a good-natured mask, the darkest part of someone. It's not comfortable what you do.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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His absence will haunt their hallways, and he will be a space they can't fill. And then time will pass, and the hole will be gone, like when an organ is removed and the body's fluids flow into the space it leaves. Humans can't tolerate emptiness for long.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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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))
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I'll be your family now," he says. "I love you," I say. (....) He stares at me. I wait with my hands clutching his arms for stability as he considers his response. He frowns at me. "Say it again." "Tobias," I say, "I love you.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
β€œ
We believe in bravery. We believe in taking action. We believe in freedom from fear and in acquiring the skills to force the bad out of our world so that the good can prosper and thrive. If you also believe in those things, we welcome you.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
β€œ
Scrubbing the floor when no one else wanted to was something that my mother would have done. If I can't be with her, the least I can do is act like her sometimes.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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It is more important for you to be safe than right, for the time being. Understand? (...) But please, when you see an opportunity...ruin them
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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Are you asking me to undress, Tris?' A nervous laugh gurgles from my throat. 'Only ... partially
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Veronica Roth
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I am collecting the lessons each faction has to teach me, and storing them in my mind like a guidebook for moving through the world. There is always somthing to learn, always somthing that is important to understand
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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I keep finding myself stifled by the company of others and then crippled by loneliness when I leave them. I am terrified and I don't even know of what, because I have lost everything already.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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One choice can transform you. One choice can destroy you. Once choice will define you.
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Veronica Roth
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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.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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I wish I could say I felt guilty for what I did. I don't.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I didn't realize until that moment that Dauntless initiation had taught me an important lesson: how to keep going.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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I don’t know how long it takes for me to realize that isn’t going to happen, that she is gone. But when I do I 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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My heart beats so hard it hurts, and I can't scream and I can't breathe, but I also feel everything, every vein and every fiber, every bone and every nerve, all awake and buzzing in my body as if charged with electricity. I am pure adrenaline.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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What did you do?" I scream. "You die, I die too.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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It isn't just brave that she died for me; it is brave that she did it without announcing it, without hesitation, and without appearing to consider another option.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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It was him or me. I chose me. But I feel dead too.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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But now, I am also learning this: WE can be mended. We mend each other.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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It must be because you're so approachable,' I say flatly. 'You know. Like a bed of nails.' He stares at me, and I don't look away. He isn't a dog but the same rules apply. Looking away is submissive. Looking him in the eye is a challenge. It's my choice. Heat rushes into my cheeks. What will happen when this tension breaks? But he just says, 'Careful, Tris.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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His fingers slide into my hair, and I hold on to his arms to stay steady as we press together like two blades at a stalemate. He is stronger than anyone I know, and warmer than anyone else realizes; he is a secret that I have kept, and will keep for the rest of my life.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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Dead people can be our heroes because they cant disappoint us later; they only improve over time, as we forget more and more about them.
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Veronica Roth (Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent, #0.1-0.4))
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He slides his hand over my cheek, one finger anchored behind my ear. Then he tilts his head down and kisses me, sending a warm ache through my body. I wrap my hands around his arm, holding him there as long as I can. When he touches me, the hollowed-out feeling in my chest and stomach is not as noticeable.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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I think it would be easier to fight in a dress,” says Marlene, tapping her chin. β€œIt would give your legs freer movement. And who really cares if you flash people your underwear, as long as you’re kicking the crap out of them?” Lynn goes silent, like she recognizes that as a spark of brilliance but can’t bring herself to admit it. β€œWhat’s this about flashing underwear?” says Uriah, sidestepping a bunk. β€œWhatever it is, I’m in.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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I regret..." Tobias tilts his head, and sighs. "I regret my choice." "What Choice?" "Dauntless," he says. "I was born Abnegation. I was planning on leaving Dauntless, and becoming factionless. But I met her, and... I felt like maybe I could make something more of my decision." Her.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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Whoa there, Tobias," says the man to my left. "Weren't you raised a Stiff? I thought the most you people did was... graze hands or something." "Then how do you explain all the Abnegation children?" Tobias raises his eyebrows. "They are brought into being by sheer force of will," the woman on the arm of the chair interjects. "Didn't you know that, Tobias?" "No, I wasn't aware." He grins. "My apologies.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
β€œ
I have never had parents who set good examples, parents whose expectations were worth living up to, but she did. I can see them within her, the courage and the beauty they pressed into her like a handprint.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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Lynn, she saved half our faction from this stuff," says Marlene, tapping the bandage on her arm from where the Dauntless traitors shot her. "Well, half of half of our faction." "In some circles they call that a quarter, Mar," Lynn says.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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she’s not pretty, that word is too small. She is not like the girls I used to stare at, all bend and curve and softness. She is small but strong, and her bright eyes demand attention. Looking at her is like waking up.
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Veronica Roth (Free Four: Tobias Tells the Divergent Knife-Throwing Scene (Divergent, #1.5))
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So, the thing we’re all not talking about,” he says. He gestures to me. β€œYou almost died, a sadistic pansycake saved you, and now we’re all waging some serious war with the factionless as allies.” β€œPansycake?” says Christina. β€œDauntless slang.” Lynn smirks. β€œSupposed to be a huge insult, only no one uses it anymore.” β€œBecause it’s so offensive,” says Uriah, nodding. β€œNo. Because it’s so stupid no Dauntless with any sense would speak it, let alone think it. Pansycake. What are you, twelve?” β€œAnd a half,” he says.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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There's a reason why she left them, Lauren," he says. His voice is deep, and it rumbles. "What's your name?" "Um..." I don't know why I hesitate. But "Beatrice" just doesn't sound right anymore. "Think about it," he says, a faint smile curling his lips. " You don't get to pick again." A new place, a new name. I can be remade here. "Tris," I say firmly.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
β€œ
I don't belong to Abnegation, or Dauntless, or even the Divergent. I don't belong to the Bureau or the experiment or the fringe. I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me-they, and the love and loyalty 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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I hear my heartbeat. I have been looking at him too long, but then, he has been looking back, and I feel like we are both trying to say something the other can't hear, though I could be imagining it. Too long - and now even longer, my heart even louder, his tranquil eyes swallowing me whole.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
β€œ
What do you think they're going to do to us when they find us guilty?" she says after a few minutes of silence have passed. "Honestly?" "Does now seem like the time for honesty?" I look at her from the corner of my eye. "I think they're going to force us to eat lots of cake and then take an unreasonably long nap.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
β€œ
Eric called Al's suicide brave, and he was wrong. My mother's death was brave. I remember how calm she was, how determined. It isn't just brave that she died for me; it is brave that she did it without announcing it, without hesitation, and without appearing to consider another option.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
β€œ
His hands skim my bare arms. β€œJust bounce a little when you walk,” he says, kissing my forehead, β€œand pretend you’re afraid of their guns” β€”another kiss between my eyebrowsβ€” β€œand act like the shrinking violet you could never be ”—a kiss on my cheekβ€” β€œand you’ll be fine.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
β€œ
I was so afraid that we would just keep colliding over and over again if we stayed together, and that eventually the impact would break me. But now I know I am like the blade and he is like the whetstoneβ€” I am too strong to break so easily, and I become better, sharper, every time I touch him.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
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Are you conceding?' he says, his mouth falling open with mock surprise. 'Seems like that serum did you some good after all...' I shove him as hard as I can. 'Take that back. Take it back now.' 'Okay, okay!' He puts up his hands. 'It's just... I'm not very nice either, you know. That's why I like you so- ' 'Out!' I shout, pointing at the door.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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Just as I have insisted on his worth, he has always insisted on my strength, insisted that my capacity is greater than I believe. And I know, without being told, that's what love does, when it's right-it makes you more than you were, more than you thought you could be. This is right.
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
β€œ
Tris," Tobias says, crouching next to me. His face is pale, almost yellow. There is too much I want to say. The first thing that comes out is, "Beatrice." He laughs weakly. "Beatrice," he amends, and touches his lips to mine. I curl my fingers into his shirt.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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If we stay together, I'll have to forgive you over and over again, and if you're still in this, you'll have to forgive me over and over again too. So forgiveness isn't the point. What I really should have been trying to figure out is whether we were still good for each other or not
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Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
β€œ
THE SERUM WEARS off five hours later, when the sun is just beginning to set. Tobias shut me in my room for the rest of the day, checking on me every hour. This time when he comes in, I am sitting on the bed, glaring at the wall. β€œThank God,” he says, pressing his forehead to the door. β€œI was beginning to think it would never wear off and I would have to leave you here to … smell flowers, or whatever you wanted to do while you were on that stuff.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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He gives me a conflicted look and touches his lips to my forehead, right between my eyebrows. I close my eyes. I don't understand this, whatever it is. But I don't want to ruin it, so I say nothing. He doesn't move; he just stays there with his mouth pressed to my skin, and I stay there with my hands on his waist, for a long time.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
β€œ
Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it's not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can't be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can't be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I think he came to die with me," I say. I clamp my hand over my mouth to stifle a sob. If I can keep breathing, I can stop crying. I didn't need or want him to die with me. I wanted to keep him safe. What an idiot, I think, but my heart isn't in it. "That's ridiculous," he says. "That doesn't make any sense. He's eighteen; he'll find another girlfriend once you're dead. And he's stupid if he doesn't know that." Tears run down my cheeks, hot at first and then cold. I close my eyes. "If you think that's what it's about..." I swallow another sob. "...you're the stupid one.
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Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))
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Wait a second," Four says. I turn toward him, wondering which version of Four I'll see now-the one who scolds me, or the one who climbs Ferris wheels with me. He smiles a little, but the smile doesn't spread to his eyes, which look less tense and worried. "You belong here, you know that?" he says. "You belong with us. It'll be over soon, so just hold on, okay?" He scratches behind his ear and looks away, like he's embarrassed by what he said. I stare at him. I feel my heartbeat everywhere, even in my toes. I feel like doing something bold, but I could just as easily walk away. I am not sure which option is smarter, or better. I am not sure that I care. I reach out and take his hand. His fingers slide between mine. I can't breathe. I stare up at him, and he stares down at me. For a long moment, we stay that way. Then I pull my hand away and run after Uriah and Lynn and Marlene. Maybe now he thinks I'm stupid, or strange. Maybe it was worth it.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
β€œ
Simulation Tobias kisses my neck. I try to think. I have to face the fear. I have to take control of the situation and find a way to make it less frightening. I look Simulation Tobias in the eye and say sternly, β€œI am not going to sleep with you in a hallucination. Okay?” Then I grab him by his shoulders and turn us around, pushing him against the bedpost. I feel something other than fearβ€”a prickle in my stomach, a bubble of laughter. I press against him and kiss him, my hands wrapping around his arms. He feels strong. He feels…good. And he’s gone. I laugh into my hand until my face gets hot. I must be the only initiate with this fear.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
β€œ
And everyone saw me. Tobias saw me. I hear footsteps. Tobias marches toward me and wrenches me to my feet. "What the hell was that, Stiff?" "I..." My breath comes in a hiccup. "I didn't-" "Get yourself together! This is pathetic." Something within me snaps. My tears stop. Heat races through my body, driving the weakness out of me, and I smack him so hard my knuckles burn with the impact. He stares at me, one side of his face bright with blush-blood, and I stare back. "Shut up," I say. I yank my arm from his grasp and walk out of the room.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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What did you do?” I mumble. He is just a few feet away from me now, but not close enough to hear me. As he passes me he stretches out his hand. He wraps it around my palm and squeezes. Squeezes, then lets go. His eyes are bloodshot; he is pale. β€œWhat did you do?” This time the question tears from my throat like a growl. I throw myself toward him, struggling against Peter’s grip, though his hands chafe. β€œWhat did you do?” I scream. β€œYou 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
β€œ
I am your instructor", he says."My name is Four". Christina asks, "Four? Like the number?" "Yes", Four says. "Is there a problem?" "No." "Good. We're about to go into the Pit, which you will someday learn to love. It-" Christina snickers. "The Pit? Clever name." Four walks up to Christina and leans his face close to hers. His eyes narrow, and for a second he just stares at her. "What's your name?" he asks quietly. "Christina", she squeaks. "Well, Christina, if I wanted to put up with Candor smart-mouths, I would have joined their faction", he hisses. "The first lesson you will learn from me is to keep your mouth shut.Got that?
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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I pull my foot back again, but Four's hands clamp around my arms, and he pulls me away from her with irresistible force. I breathe through gritted teeth, staring at Molly's blood-covered face, the color deep and rich and beautiful, in a way. She groans, and I hear a gurgling in her throat, watch blood trickle from her lips. "You won," Four mutters. "Stop." I wipe the sweat from my forehead. He stares at me. His eyes too wide; they look alarmed. "I think you should leave," he says. "Take a walk." I'm fine," I say. "I'm fine now," I say again, this time for myself. I wish I could say I felt guilty for what I did. I don't.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
β€œ
You will be the first test subject, Tobias. Beatrice, however...." She smiles. "You are too injured to be of much use to me, so your execution will occur at the conclusion of this meeting." I try to hide the shudder that goes through me at the word "execution," my shoulder screaming with pain, and look up at Tobias. It's hard to blink tears back when I see the terror in Tobias's wide, dark eyes. "No," says Tobias. His voice trembles, but his look stern as he shakes his head. "I would rather die." "I'm afraid you don't have much of a choice in that matter," replies Jeanine lightly. Tobias takes my face in this hands roughly and kisses me, the pressure of his lips pushing mine apart. I forget my pain and the terror of approaching death and for a moment, I am grateful that the memory of that kiss will be fresh in my mind as I meet my end.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))