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Probably? So you're asking me to trust my life to steel wool and peanut butter?"
"Poisoned peanut butter."
"Cal, I don't care if it's nuclear peanut butter. -- Scott Westerfeld
She was a soldier, not some girl twisting her skirts at a village dance. -- Scott Westerfeld
He squeezed her hand. "Then I'll come get you, wherever you are when it happens. We'll be okay."
"But what about everybody else?"
He stared out across the river, nodding slowly. "My guess is, everybody else is in big trouble. -- Scott Westerfeld
The Internet is global and seemingly omniscient, while iPods and phones are all microscopic workings encased in plastic blobjects. Compare that to a steam engine, where you can watch the pistons move and feel the heat of its boilers. I think we miss that visceral appeal of the machine. -- Scott Westerfeld
And a special thanks for not burning up the whole ship. Including yourself, you daft bum-rag. -- Scott Westerfeld
Hi guys the book Im reading right this moment is called Uglies -- Scott Westerfeld
Suddenly a pair of searchlights lanced out from the frigate. They swept across the dark expanse - bright knives slicing the night into pieces. -- Scott Westerfeld
Bubbly is bogus. -- Scott Westerfeld
I knew what she was asking, of course. I'd been asking it myself a moment before. But I wasn't sure how you went from dreams to reality without the magic leaking out - or becoming too wild and powerful. -- Scott Westerfeld
Have a little faith in me, Volger." "I have great faith, tempered with vast annoyance. -- Scott Westerfeld
Luckily for writers - and unluckily for history - every scientific idea creates human conflict. -- Scott Westerfeld
One of the most common questions writers are asked is "Where do you get your ideas?" But the sad truth is, we don't know. Ideas can come at any time and from any direction: in the shower, waiting for an elevator, or while bouncing across Wikipedia pages. -- Scott Westerfeld
Her only way home was to betray her friend. -- Scott Westerfeld
And what can we conclude from this lesson, Your Highness?"
Alek glared at the man. "We can conclude, Count Volger, that discussing politics while fencing is idiotic. -- Scott Westerfeld
Make a list of all the varieties of aliens you can come up with. (And if it's less than 3,000, then THE PEARS ARE LAUGHING AT YOU, MY FRIEND.) -Scott Westerfeld from NaNoWriMo Pep Talk. -- Scott Westerfeld
I'm here to learn. And what you have taught me is to avoid love as long as possible. -- Scott Westerfeld
Maybe that is the price of loving someone: you lose your grasp of where they ended and you began. -- Scott Westerfeld
Some mornings when I wake up, it takes a long time to remember who I am. Like, it takes a while for everything that's happened in last month to download into my brain. It's nice, not knowing. Even if it's just for five minutes. -- Scott Westerfeld
Shay sometimes talked in a mysterious way, like she was quoting the lyrics of some band no one else listened to. -- Scott Westerfeld
The opening chapter was the book's unique selling point, the singular idea that had carried Darcy through last November, and Coleman had just come up with it off the top of his head. -- Scott Westerfeld
What did a happy ending even mean in real life, anyway? In stories you simply said, 'They lived happily ever after,' and that was it. But in real life people had to keep on living, day after day, year after year. -- Scott Westerfeld
Plot idea: 97% of the world's scientists contrive an environmental crisis, but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires & oil companies. -- Scott Westerfeld
You and David could both be right. Maybe human beings are programmed ... to help one another, even to fall in love. But just because it's human nature doesn't make it bad, Tally. Besides, we had a whole city of pretties to choose from, and we chose each other.-Zane -- Scott Westerfeld
Alek said, "Do you think I'm being a fool?"
"I think you're trying to do something good. But doing good is rarely easy, and no weapon has ever stopped a war. -- Scott Westerfeld
The human heart is a strange vessel. Love and hatred can exist side by side. -- Scott Westerfeld
I moved to New York when I was 21 or 22 as a graduate fellow. -- Scott Westerfeld
Maybe he really could see past her ugly face. Maybe what was inside her did matter to him more than anything else. Tally -- Scott Westerfeld
Your public-spiritedness is appreciated, I assure you. -- Scott Westerfeld
Is it not good to make society full of beautiful people? - Yang Yuan, quoted in the New York Times -- Scott Westerfeld
Controlling someone by changing their brain is like trying to stop a hovercar by digging a ditch. If they think hard enough, they can fly right over. -- Scott Westerfeld
Her parents didn't understand that braille meant big clunky books that marked you as different, while audiobooks live invisibly on your phone and text-to-speech gave you the whole damn internet. -- Scott Westerfeld
(T)he real world worked differently than stories. In a novel you always knew the moment when something Happened, when someone Changed. But real life was full of gradual, piecemeal, continuous transformation. It was full of accidents and undefinables, and things that just happened on their own. -- Scott Westerfeld
They'll be fine," Wickersham said. "Practice makes perfect."
I had to ask. "You practice running away?"
"We knew we'd make enemies. Other organizations have fire drills; we have oh-shit-someone-found-our-ass drills. -- Scott Westerfeld
Growing up like rewriting is simply admitting how clueless you were not so long ago. -- Scott Westerfeld
Don't. Shoot. The air is full of hydrogen! -- Scott Westerfeld
He chuckled, shaking his head. "Man, you hunters. I break a pencil and there's hell to pay."
"I can see how that's deeply unfair, Chip. Especially if that pencil should try to kill you with it teeth and claws, or launch its brood of a thousand deadly paper clips against you. -- Scott Westerfeld
The Rusty Ruins were the remains of an old city, a hulking reminder of back when there'd been way too many people, and everyone was incredibly stupid. And ugly. -- Scott Westerfeld
When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty, There arises the recognition of ugliness. When they all know the good as good, There arises the recognition of evil. - Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching -- Scott Westerfeld
I swallowed my screams whole. They went down my throat as sharp-cornered and cold as ice cubes. -- Scott Westerfeld
If they were meant to really be together, why had they been born a prince and a commoner? And if they weren't, why did she feel this way inside? -- Scott Westerfeld
I want those perfect eyes and lips, and for everyone to look at me and gasp. And for everyone who sees me to think Who's that? and want to get to know me, and listen to what I say."
"I'd rather have something to say. -- Scott Westerfeld
I have no formal training as a writer at all, not even a single English class in college. -- Scott Westerfeld
Blurbs don't work anymore!" was another. "You should make sure that the quotable lines of dialogue in your book never exceed a hundred and forty characters!" seemed at best debatable. -- Scott Westerfeld
Most men's awareness doesn't extend past their dinner plates. -- Scott Westerfeld
You can't blame a match for a house made of straw, Alek. -- Scott Westerfeld
We needed to become world-famous soon, while there was still that kind of world to be famous in ... -- Scott Westerfeld
It's not called the Rusty Ruins because some guy called Rusty found them. -- Scott Westerfeld
So, there was this beautiful princess.
She was locked in a high tower( ... )She was stuck up there( ... )So the only thing was to jump. -- Scott Westerfeld
People only worry about the uncanny for about a week; that's the end of their attention span. After that, suspicions turn into shtick. -- Scott Westerfeld
Peeps cant turn into anything smaller than what they are. where would the extra mass go -- Scott Westerfeld
"No sh*it, Sherlock. -- Scott Westerfeld
It's amazing how quickly nature consumes human places after we turn our backs on them. Life is a hungry thing. -- Scott Westerfeld
Lace: "Are you saying that your fat-ass cat has turned me into a vampire?"
Cal: "Um, maybe? -- Scott Westerfeld
I love my virginity to the apocalypse. -- Scott Westerfeld
You know,' I called, 'you're the one that's going to have to explain to Max how you got your blender back.'
I'll tell him I astral-projected. Butt-head. -- Scott Westerfeld
As Melissa got closer, the taste of school began to foul her mouth. -- Scott Westerfeld
I guess sometimes you have to lie to find the truth. -- Scott Westerfeld
Alek coughed politely, "If I promise to avoid funny business, could you perhaps remove this knife from my throat? -- Scott Westerfeld
Tally turned away. Five minutes was suddenly too long to stand here, eyes burning, unable to cry. -- Scott Westerfeld
No one owns the sunset, -- Scott Westerfeld
Junkies might be easy to knock down, but they're never fragile. They have souls like old leather shoes studded with steel, and they're about as much good as friends. -- Scott Westerfeld
And you know, these things don't last forever.'
I know, Mandy. Nothing does.'
That's the spirit. -- Scott Westerfeld
She imagines herself as the long-dead Descartes, staring into his fireplace and building a world in his own mind. -- Scott Westerfeld
And the worst thing was, there were no mirrors out there in the wild, so the princess was left wondering whether she in fact was still beautiful ... or if the fall had changed the story completely. -- Scott Westerfeld
I expect that you must receive top marks at school, young lady."
Madeleine smiled as she stirred her tea. "There are always rewards for those who state the obvious frequently and with conviction. -- Scott Westerfeld
As one does a bear riding a bicycle. One sees it so rarely.
(Spoken by Volger, on Deryn) -- Scott Westerfeld
Sometimes you have to delete characters from a scene just to keep from overcrowding the image. -- Scott Westerfeld
humanity is a cancer on the body of the world -- Scott Westerfeld
Even bloody and bruised, he had an odd sort of swagger, as if he crash-landed in giant air ships every day. -- Scott Westerfeld
your not alone, Tally. Don't pretend you are -- Scott Westerfeld
Left alone, human beings are a plague. They multiply relentlessly, consuming every resource, destroying everything they touch. -- Scott Westerfeld
But I'll do anything in my power to stop them from taking you away."
She took a shuddering breath, then let her eyes fall closed. "Promise?"
"Anything. As you said in Tokyo, we're meant to be together. -- Scott Westerfeld
Maybe the trick was not to panic. In life, as in the bewildering business of writing stories and flinging them out into the world, you had to focus on the page in front of you. -- Scott Westerfeld
With everything so perfect, reality seemed somehow fragile, as if the slightest interruption could imperil her pretty future ... all of it felt as tenuous as a soap bubble, shivering and empty. -- Scott Westerfeld
If Chizara was agreeing with Ethan, things were bad. -- Scott Westerfeld
I love you all. But it's time to say good-bye, for now.
be careful with the world, or the next time we meet, it might get ugly.
-Tally Youngblood -- Scott Westerfeld
No matter how far from the war we run, it always catches up with us. -- Scott Westerfeld
Do you love him?"
Deryn swallowed, then pointed at the screen. "He makes me feel like that. Like flying. -- Scott Westerfeld
Oh, this beast? It's ... perspicacious loris. 'Perspicacious' meaning 'wise or canny'."
"Get stuffed," Bovril said, then giggled.
"And it insults people," Telsa said. "How peculiar. -- Scott Westerfeld
This is the power of the Goliath, that no one on earth, Clanker or Darwinist, can escape. So we all must learn to share the globe, or perish together! -- Scott Westerfeld
You young things are too easily persuaded by the touch of lips. -- Scott Westerfeld
What if destiny doesn't care? -- Scott Westerfeld
And here in America rival newspapermen attack each other on sight? -- Scott Westerfeld
Did you really think I was too fragile to know what Deryn was?"
"Fragile?" Volger looked about. "I hadn't thought so, but now I find you brooding in a bathroom. This doesn't speak well of your sturdiness. -- Scott Westerfeld
Emperors are vain and useless things. -- Scott Westerfeld
He thinks Goliath can end the war," Alek managed at last. "The man wants peace!"
"As do we all," Count Volger said. "But there are many ways to end a war. Some are more peaceful than others. -- Scott Westerfeld
You're insane!" she shouted.
"Pretty cool, huh?"
"No!"Tally yelled. "Why didn't you tell me it was broken?"
Shay shrugged. "More fun that way?"
"More fun?" Her heart beating fast,her vision strangely clear. She was full of anger and relief and ... joy.
"Well, kind of. But you suck! -- Scott Westerfeld
Without lesions making everyone agreeable, society was left roiling in a constant battle of words, images, and ideas. All around her Tally felt the city seething, all those unfettered minds bouncing their opinions off each other, like something ready to explode. -- Scott Westerfeld
Once we turn, it's new pretty, middle pretty, late pretty." Shay dropped her arms, and her board stopped drifting. "Then dead pretty. -- Scott Westerfeld
He took his own saber by the blade and handed it to Alek, pommel first, as if offering it to a victor. -- Scott Westerfeld
Hoverboarding looks so fun, like being a bird. But actually doing it is hard work."
Shay shrugged. "Being a bird's probably hard work too. Flapping your wings all day, you know? -- Scott Westerfeld
Your personality - the real you inside - was the price of beauty. -- Scott Westerfeld
The difference between being a part-time writer and a full-time writer is like the difference between dating someone and living with them. Some of the romance is gone, but you learn things you'd never know just by dating. -- Scott Westerfeld
I like my first lines short and declarative. No complicated sentences. Of course, that's not really a Scott thing. It's pretty classic grab-the-reader technique. -- Scott Westerfeld
The guy walking past was wearing a shit five sizes too big (innovated by gangbangers to hide guns in their waistbands), shorts down below his knees (innovated by surfers to keep their thighs from getting sunburned), and oversized shoes (innovated by skaters to save their feet from injury). -- Scott Westerfeld
Nice concept. But is it a trilogy or a tweet?" "I can't tell any more. -- Scott Westerfeld
Didn't any of these brainless wonders ever notice that TV shows were called programs? the same word that meant a bunch of numbers stuck into a computer to make it dance for its masters? -- Scott Westerfeld
High school wasn't a trial by fire or some ordeal that had to be survived. It was all a big joke. You just had to provide the laugh track. -- Scott Westerfeld
Sometimes the thoughts in my head get so bored they go out for a stroll through my mouth. This is rarely a good thing. -- Scott Westerfeld
Writing fairies can get grumpy in a new house," Johari said. "Like cats. Mine pissed on the pillows every night for a week after I moved up to New York. -- Scott Westerfeld
There are probably a dozen perfect happy endings you could write. And a thousand bittersweet ones, and at least a million that are gloriously tragic. Alas, you only get to pick one. -- Scott Westerfeld
And hidden within the agony the strange clarity came again, as if the world had ordered itself into something that made perfect sense. -- Scott Westerfeld
The lie took form as she spoke, pulling on as many strands of truth as it could reach. -- Scott Westerfeld
What about a hoverboard?"
"It's waiting on the roof, of course." Dr. Cable snorted. "What is it about you miscreants and those things? -- Scott Westerfeld
Darcy closed her eyes. Their lips met, and she breathed in the scent of the sun-heated tar beneath them and the salt of Imogen's skin. She felt the rumble of the traffic below traveling up through the building and into her spine, her fingertips, her tongue. -- Scott Westerfeld
The night went on like this, a mix of serious talk, utter bullshit, self-promotion, and slumber-party giddiness. -- Scott Westerfeld
Why are you still wearing ... ?" Aya began. "Oh, that's not smart plastic? You're really an ugly?"
David rolled his eyes and Shay said quietly, "David's never had any surge at all. But I wouldn't use the word ugly ... Tally might eat you. -- Scott Westerfeld
If a meteor falls in the forest and no one realizes it, does it end the war? -- Scott Westerfeld
I've learned a lot about stage-managing for illustration. Sometimes you have to delete characters from a scene just to keep from overcrowding the image. I've also learned to making big-scale design decisions early. -- Scott Westerfeld
Once there was a girl named Riley, the story began. Her heart was a secret garden, its stone walls cracked and weathered. And it was hungry. p160 -- Scott Westerfeld
You don't look very happy."
Tally tried to smile. David had shared his biggest secret with her; she should tell him hers. But she wasn't brave enough to say the words. "It's been a long night. That's all."
He smiled back. "Don't worry, it won't last forever. -- Scott Westerfeld
Nate liked money. It was a sleek and clever invention, beautiful in the way it lubricated power and focused people's attention. But it had a clumsy, brutal side, too. Money bludgeoned people without it into silence, shut them away in neighborhoods like this. -- Scott Westerfeld
Tally, do you ever suffer from sudden flashes of anger or euphoria, countersocial impulses, or feelings of superiority? -- Scott Westerfeld
The Germans were still hunting Alek, trying to finish the job they'd started on his parents. Someone had to be on his side.
And, as Deryn had gradually admitted to herself these last few days, she didn't mind if that someone wound up being her. -- Scott Westerfeld
When she awoke, the world was on fire. -- Scott Westerfeld
The very idea of making shoes by hand boggled her mind. -- Scott Westerfeld
Just remember, the things we write, they aren't always really us. -- Scott Westerfeld
Maybe she still was a pretty-head, making up irrational stories about the empty forest. The longer she stayed alone out here, the more Tally understood why the Rusties and their predecessors had believed in invisible beings, praying to placate spirits as they trashed the natural world around them. -- Scott Westerfeld
Moxie's wifi network is You_Suck_at_Writing, with underscores. The password's 'DearGenius,' no space. You found the note on her desk, right? -- Scott Westerfeld
And over all those sleepy weeks, the dream always ended the same way, with the dragon coming for the princess saying the same words every time ...
Face it, Tally-wa, you're Special. -- Scott Westerfeld
...but loving had left her skinless. -- Scott Westerfeld
He turned to face her again, his late-pretty composure crumbling. "But you're ... "
"Pretty? Think again." She smiled. "I'm Tally Youngbood. My mind is very ugly. And I'm taking your car. -- Scott Westerfeld
Dr. Barlow, it is, of course, customary to check with the caption before, uh, giving away his ship.
-Deryn Sharp -- Scott Westerfeld
You'd think that in a fight, NOT MOVING would be a bad habit! -- Scott Westerfeld
More lies, but maybe lies were better than the truth. -- Scott Westerfeld
Lilt pulled away. "I saw what he was doing, so I cleared a path for him. I helped him do it ... " She shook her head, tears tracking the dust off her face, and turned to stare at the fallen tower. "Have we all gone mad to want this? -- Scott Westerfeld
Being fathomed was even better than being flattered, it turned out. -- Scott Westerfeld
Fun fact: there are also 3,000 varieties of pears. That's right. Even PEARS are more complicated than you thought! -- Scott Westerfeld
Gravity was something you could beat; all it took was hydrogen, hot air, or even a bit of rope. But being a girl was a miserable, never-ending struggle. -- Scott Westerfeld
Nature was tough, it could be dangerous, but unlike Dr. Cable or shay, or peris-unlike people in general-it made sense. The problems it threw at you could be solved rationally. -- Scott Westerfeld
Ignorance doesn't lead to salvation, nor does knowledge pave the way to sin. - Cinda Williams Chima -- Scott Westerfeld
It's exciting. But you can't keep fighting the way things are forever. -- Scott Westerfeld
Over his years of helping runaways to find the Smoke, David had encountered wild animals, forest fires, and bio-engineered poisonous plants. But nothing was more dangerous than a city afraid of change. -- Scott Westerfeld
She thought of the orchids spreading across the plains below, choking the life out of other plants, out of the soil itself, selfish and unstoppable. Tally Youngblood was a weed. And, unlike the orchids, she wasn't even a pretty one. -- Scott Westerfeld
Looking for a thousand years is worth it, if in the end you find what you need. -- Scott Westerfeld
Maybe the natural world wasn't so jaw-droppingly horrible, appaling, nasty, vile. Sometimes nature could be quite sweet, really, as delicate as a confused and horny butterfly. -- Scott Westerfeld
The sight of Ethan - of Scam, since this was a mission - sent a trickle of annoyance down Crash's spine. Not like all the little itches of tech, just the ever-present need to punch him in the face. -- Scott Westerfeld
It's just the way things are." she shrugged. "It's no one's fault."
"Or everyone's. -- Scott Westerfeld
You're still yourself on the inside, Shay. But when you're pretty, people pay more attention." "Not everyone thinks that way. -- Scott Westerfeld
It's not the traveling that takes courage Tally. I've done much longer trips on my own. It's leaving home. -- Scott Westerfeld
It's not always about writing more words or drinking more coffee. Sometimes getting to the end of a novel simply takes remembering that the world is more complicated than we know, and then sticking some of those complications into the story. -- Scott Westerfeld
The world rests upon a turtle, which itself stands on the back of an elephant!"
Alek tried not to laugh. "Then what does the elephant stand on, madam?"
"Don't try to be clever, young man." She narrowed her eyes. "It's elephants all the way down! -- Scott Westerfeld
That's the worst thing they do to you, to any of you. Whatever those brain lesions are all about, the worst damage is done before they even pick up the knife: You're all brainwashed into believing you're ugly. -- Scott Westerfeld
Makes perfect sense. In a problematic way. But life is problematic, so novels must be too. -- Scott Westerfeld
The flowers were so beautiful, so delicate and unthreatening, but they choked everything around them. -- Scott Westerfeld
Real life doesn't have many happy endings. Why shouldn't books make up the difference? -- Scott Westerfeld
First love is amazing and wonderful, but a kind of panic underlies it, a sense of not knowing what you're doing. -- Scott Westerfeld
But you know what? It's not my behavior I'm worried about anymore. It's yours. -- Scott Westerfeld
Adulation is like rain. You can only get so wet. -- Scott Westerfeld
Maybe that was the point of truth
you could erase it all you wanted, and it was there to be discovered again -- Scott Westerfeld
Let me get this stright, Aya-Chan. You want me, a person who can't lie, to lie about the fact that I can't lie?
-Frizz mizuno -- Scott Westerfeld
Money's the same, whoever gives it to you. That was the point of money, after all: crisp and clean or wrinkled or disintegrated into quarters - a dollar was always worth a hundred cents. -- Scott Westerfeld
Hard work's a good distraction. -- Scott Westerfeld
But I feel more real when I'm around her. Like I'm not fading. -- Scott Westerfeld
As the serpentine expanse of glass drew open, the city seemed to wrap around them: rooftop gardens with stunted trees in pots, water towers like chunky flying saucers, the spires of distant skyscrapers. -- Scott Westerfeld
Happy endings are popular. Do you not watch movies?"
"Yeah, but that's movies," Darcy groaned. "Books are above all that! -- Scott Westerfeld
There was a beautiful princess with a prince kissing her lips only the prince was totally ugly -- Scott Westerfeld
I wouldn't say design has become strictly functional. A lot of cars these days look downright comic book to me, and the info-gadgets with which late industrial people spend the most time - phones, music players, etc. - are blobjects. -- Scott Westerfeld
And I kind of love it that you want to know everything. -- Scott Westerfeld
You're a bum-rag covered in clart! -- Scott Westerfeld
Run and hide. We're on our way. -- Scott Westerfeld
That's how things were out here in the wild, she was learning. Dangerous or beautiful. Or both. -- Scott Westerfeld
Never bored on a hoverboard. -- Scott Westerfeld
But doesn't real love work the other way round?" Kiralee asked. "You start by thinking someone's fabulous, and by the end of the piece you realize he's a monster! -- Scott Westerfeld
You'd best ask the lady boffin, sir," Newkirk said. "Midshipmen aren't allowed to have opinions. -- Scott Westerfeld
She would find her answers in the words she wrote, in the stories she told, not by asking for permission. -- Scott Westerfeld
Nature didn't need an operation to be beautiful. It just was. -- Scott Westerfeld
You don't think happy endings are stupid anymore?"
"Your question is irrelevant," Imogen said. "This isn't the end. -- Scott Westerfeld
Because that's what people need after traumas, apparently - lots of long conversations about the effects of trauma. -- Scott Westerfeld
Fifteen!" Dess's distant cry reached him. "Where the hell are you, Rex? Ten. You're-an-idiot-nine, get-back-here-eight, you-dimwit-seven ... -- Scott Westerfeld
Your book is smart and beautiful. I want to have its sequels. -- Scott Westerfeld
Maybe they didn't want you to realize that every civilization has its weakness. There's always one thing we depend on. And if someone takes it away all that's left is some story in a history class. -- Scott Westerfeld
Perhaps it's worth saying again: One reader's discomfort should never stand in the way of another reader's survival. -- Scott Westerfeld
We're too busy being special. -- Scott Westerfeld
That's where the money is in publishing - people who don't read. -- Scott Westerfeld
Two weeks of killer sunburn is worth a lifetime of being gorgeous -- Scott Westerfeld
A rousing tale of techno-geek rebellion, as necessary and dangerous as file sharing, free speech, and bottled water on a plane. -- Scott Westerfeld
I'm not the one going for a biology degree. I'm just a philosophy major who eats people. -- Scott Westerfeld
And barking famous, these friends are -- Scott Westerfeld
What happens when perfection isn't good enough? -- Scott Westerfeld
Hiding from the truth was worse than being lied to. -- Scott Westerfeld
There was something magic in their large perfect eyes, something that made you pay attention -- Scott Westerfeld
Humanity is a disease, a cancer on the body of the world. -- Scott Westerfeld
That Shay was in possesion of hand grenades was a comforting thought showed what kind of night this had become. -- Scott Westerfeld
The word "happy" had started to sound wrong in Darcy's head, like a random collection of Scrabble letters. "What about -- Scott Westerfeld
I can't imagine anything worse than being required to have fun. -- Scott Westerfeld
I've always thought that science and fiction writing have a lot in common because they're both about modeling reality. -- Scott Westerfeld
Around the outskirts of the city, cut off from town by the black oval of the river, everything was in darkness. Everyone ugly was in bed by now. -- Scott Westerfeld
Never give us what we really want. Cut the dream into pieces and scatter them like ashes. Dole out the empty promises. Package our aspirations and sell them to us, cheaply made enough to fall apart. -- Scott Westerfeld
The best way to know a city is to eat it. -- Scott Westerfeld
so pRetty i hAd to Eat hiM -- Scott Westerfeld
Mindy had explained that a lot of things had ghosts, not just people. Animals, machines, even things as vast as a paved-over forest or as humble as the smell of good cooking could leave traces of themselves behind. The world was haunted by the past. -- Scott Westerfeld
Or maybe when they do the operation- when they grind and stretch your bones to the right shape, peel off your face and rub all your skin away, and stick in plastic cheekbones so you look like everybody else- maybe after going through all that you just aren't very interesting anymore. -Shay, Uglies -- Scott Westerfeld
What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful. -- Scott Westerfeld
When Tally glanced out at the glowing horizon, her eyes opened wide. She'd never seen dawn from outside the city before. Like most uglies, she was rarely up early enough, and in any case the horizon was always hidden behind the skyline of New Pretty Town. The sight of a real sunrise amazed her. A -- Scott Westerfeld
Now,young lady,I suppose you're here for a work assignment."
Work?" Tally said.
They both looked down at her puzzled expression, and Shay burst into laughter. -- Scott Westerfeld
To everyone who loves a long-secret romance, revealed at last. -- Scott Westerfeld
Boys had something else ... a sort of swagger about them. -- Scott Westerfeld
The stitches in my forehead itched, loud noises made me jump, and I'd been wearing the same socks for three days in a row. Everyone -- Scott Westerfeld
There was a species of middle pretty who smiled at everything: happy smile, disappointed smile, you're-in-trouble smile. -- Scott Westerfeld
We're not freaks, Tally. We're normal. We may not be gorgeous, but at least we're not hyped-up Barbie dolls. -- Scott Westerfeld
she wasn't so much a writer as a thief. -- Scott Westerfeld
When I finish a first draft, I often look back at first chapters I wrote and laugh at them. They're like pictures of yourself in middle school. You're embarrassed to see them. -- Scott Westerfeld
Typographical laziness was slowly destroying our culture, according to Lexa and her pals. Inexactitude was death. -- Scott Westerfeld
But I wanted to finish your book. -- Scott Westerfeld
Weird, even for one of us. Or maybe she's worse."
"Normal. -- Scott Westerfeld
Everyone in the world was programmed by the place they were born, hemmed in by their beliefs, but you had to at least try to grow your own brain. -- Scott Westerfeld
But you weren't born expecting that kind of beauty in everyone, all the time. You just got programmed into thinking anything else is ugly. -- Scott Westerfeld
Maybe human beings are programmed ... to help one another, even to fall in love. But just because it's human nature doesn't make it bad ... -- Scott Westerfeld
I have no problem with commenters stating strong opinions, except for my usual annoyance with people who don't agree with me. -- Scott Westerfeld
Ninety percent of the research comes first. I mostly blunder around reading stuff and talking to smart people until an idea batters or oozes its way through to my narrative brain. -- Scott Westerfeld
But we lost so much in the Prettytime - all the foundations were gone. So we're stuck making it up as we go along!"
Tally laughed. "So what else is new, Frizz? Life doesn't come with an instruction manual. So don't tell me that humanity being logic-missing is my fault. -- Scott Westerfeld
The universe is math on fire. -- Scott Westerfeld
And it was pretty clear that no prince was showing up, or at least that he was really late. -- Scott Westerfeld
Having a brain hurt so much sometimes. -- Scott Westerfeld
Their bodies fit perfectly like this, two continents pulled eons ago but now rejoined. -- Scott Westerfeld
You are so... 11:59 -- Scott Westerfeld
Once you told yourself a story enough times, it was so easy to keep on believing it. -- Scott Westerfeld
However stupid the choice seemed, Shay had made it with her eyes open, and had respected Tally's choice to stay. -- Scott Westerfeld
I feel like sometimes my best friend is not my best friend but my mortal enemy -- Scott Westerfeld
I'm not against thinking; I'm only against thinking that thinking on its own will get you out of a hole. Shovel also needed. -- Scott Westerfeld
Warning stickers on books would be a nightmare. -- Scott Westerfeld
We all steal," Standerson said. "The trick is to steal from regular people, not other novelists. -- Scott Westerfeld
It's just been a long week, that's all." "It's monday night, Jess." "My point exactly. -- Scott Westerfeld
Sometimes it felt like her life was a series of falls from ever-greater heights. -- Scott Westerfeld
Frighteningly Beautiful, Dangerously Strong, Breathtakingly Fast.
Face it Tally-wa you're special ... -- Scott Westerfeld
If you see everything through hovercams and feed stories, you wind up blind to what's right in front of you. -- Scott Westerfeld
Not everything made you stronger. It was possible to survive, yet still be crippled for your trouble. Sometimes it was okay to run away, to skip the test, to chicken out. Or at least to get some help. -- Scott Westerfeld
Would the hydrogen catch fire? Alek grasped the edge of the window, hardly feeling the broken glass against his palms.
"Deryn" he sobbed. Anything but this. -- Scott Westerfeld
Maybe Flicker's power made her think differently than most people. She saw the world from so many perspectives, and seeing was half of enlightenment. -- Scott Westerfeld
MOST THINGS DON'T HAPPEN -- Scott Westerfeld
It didn't matter what you looked like. It was how you carried yourself, how you saw yourself. -- Scott Westerfeld
Battered by the mind noise, huddled in the back with eyes closed and fists clenched, the old Melissa had understood pep rallies about as well as a bird sucked through a jet engine comprehended aircraft design. -- Scott Westerfeld
You dont see me, now you do, but only if i want you to -- Scott Westerfeld
The parties are no fun until everyone gets drunk -- Scott Westerfeld
A milli-Helen is enough beauty to launch exactly one ship -- Scott Westerfeld
For me, writing's the only thing that's always real. I've never regretted a day I wrote a good scene, whatever else I screwed up that day. That's what's fucking real. -- Scott Westerfeld
I sent Shay, Peris, and everyone else the same message ... -- Scott Westerfeld
You have a bad habit of listing anything that can go wrong, Volger."
"I have always considered that a good habit -- Scott Westerfeld
It's just . . . it feels like someone's going to ask me for ID. Like, writer ID. The -- Scott Westerfeld
The world needed more fireworks- especially now that there was going to be a shortage of beautiful, useless things. -- Scott Westerfeld
You should make sure that the quotable lines of dialogue in your book never exceed a hundred and forty characters! seemed -- Scott Westerfeld
It didn't matter where, really. What mattered was the connection, the space formed between the two of the, a slice cut from the universe and made private and inviolable. -- Scott Westerfeld
Surely no one would ever use such a weapon against a city."
"There are no limits in war," Volger said, still staring out the window. -- Scott Westerfeld
She was nothing in particular. But at least she had a purpose. -- Scott Westerfeld
My protag likes to play with matches. Then she finds out she doesn't need the matches.'
"I would totally totally TBR that," Sagan said. -- Scott Westerfeld
All that glitters is not hovery. -- Scott Westerfeld
Yeah, exactly. But, actually, boards prefer iron. All that glitters is not hovery. -- Scott Westerfeld
My name is tally youngblood and my mind is very ugly -- Scott Westerfeld
In the blue time, math kicked ass.
-Dess -- Scott Westerfeld
Sometimes Tally felt she could almost accept brain damage if it meant a life without reconstituted noodles. -- Scott Westerfeld
My compliments," Alek said slowly and evenly. "Your contempt was most convincing."
"I am your servant. -- Scott Westerfeld
Haven't you ever known someone rejected by a lover, who, consumed by rage and jealousy, never lets go? They look on from a distance, unseen but boiling inside. The emotion never seems to tire, this hatred mixed with intense obsession, even with a kind of twisted love. -- Scott Westerfeld
Maybe they're not as mindless as we thought, or so dedicated to turning every last human into one of them. Like Kalyn says, they were just bored, waiting for something better to happen.
And that better thing is us. -- Scott Westerfeld
We writers always get our revenge on paper -- Scott Westerfeld
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion. - Francis Bacon, Essays, Civil and Moral, Of Beauty -- Scott Westerfeld
Do you promise?" He demanded again.
"I can't let you go, Alek." She said softly.
"You...what? -- Scott Westerfeld
So what are those balloons for? In case you fall off your hoverboard?'
Tally to Peris -- Scott Westerfeld
Irony is always the best weapon against facism. -- Scott Westerfeld
Miss Rogers waved a hand. "But Mr. Hearst just wants a dramatic story. If the rebels destroy us, he'll get no story at all!"
"Aye, but has anyone explained that to the barking rebels?"
"These are civilized rebels, young man. They have movie deals!"
"That's no guarantee of sanity! -- Scott Westerfeld
Maybe that was why she was helping Madeleine. She was a manipulative bitch, but Dess couldn't imagine living in any other reality than the one those manipulations had created. In a way, Dess owed the old mindcaster something.
Like her life, such as it was. -- Scott Westerfeld
You don't know what it's like, when your best friend disappears. -- Scott Westerfeld
We don't have to look like everyone else...and act like everyone else. We've got a choice. We can grow up any way we want...It's about becoming what I want to become, not what some surgical committee thinks I should. -- Scott Westerfeld
The scent of a faraway place lay on my skin. -- Scott Westerfeld
Be careful with the world , or the next time we meet, it might get ugly. -- Scott Westerfeld
Being pretty-minded is simply the natural state for most people. They want to be vapid and lazy and vain ... and selfish. It only takes a twist to lock in that part of their personalities. -- Scott Westerfeld
Maybe this was how you stayed sane in wartime: a handful of noble deeds amid the chaos. -- Scott Westerfeld
The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit. -- Scott Westerfeld
Jen's an impact player, a spoiled brat, a royal pain-in-the-ass, and she rewires me like nothing else. -- Scott Westerfeld
Turns out if you never lie, there's always someone mad at you. -- Scott Westerfeld
The man was allergic to sleep. -- Scott Westerfeld
Barking spiders! -- Scott Westerfeld
Novelists are evil psychopomps, basically. We treat a few characters as real, but the rest of them are cannon fodder. -- Scott Westerfeld
But it's always taking a risk, when you ... kiss someone new. -- Scott Westerfeld
At least one thing was consistent about her life: It just kept on getting more complicated. -- Scott Westerfeld
That was what kept the world interesting ... reality had no gears, and you never knew what surprises would come spinning out of its chaos. -- Scott Westerfeld
But it won't be much of a battle, will it?" Alek asked. "What can an airship do to a pair of ironclads?"
"My guess is, we'll stay absolutely still for an hour. Just so we don't fall into any bad habits. -- Scott Westerfeld
There was a long pause. "Um, I'm afraid I don't know the word in English."
"The word for what?"
"I just said I don't *know* it! -- Scott Westerfeld
She smiled, turning toward Alek. You don't know what a friend you have in Dylan. -- Scott Westerfeld
Alek: "Am I that obvious?"
Deryn: "No. Im just dead clever. -- Scott Westerfeld
Tally snorted. "I don't think it's exactly boring, Shay." "Doing what you're supposed to do is always boring. I can't imagine anything worse than being required to have fun." "I can," Tally said quietly. "Never having any. -- Scott Westerfeld
The world always had more details than you could remember, more than you could even see, and a thousand times more than you could ever write down. You were always deleting and forgetting far more than you could express in words. -- Scott Westerfeld
Deryn put her own arms around herself, but it didn't feel the same.
"Barking spiders," she muttered softly, -- Scott Westerfeld
I kissed him once," she whispered.
"Well done. What did he do?"
"Um ... " Deryn sighed. "He woke up. -- Scott Westerfeld
Deryn was quite astounding, really, and entirely worth throwing away an empire for. -- Scott Westerfeld
I go where the lizards tell me. -- Scott Westerfeld
That was the trick- to keep punching, no matter what. -- Scott Westerfeld
From now on, no one rewires my mind but me. -- Scott Westerfeld
Let others wage war. You, lucky Austria, shall marry. -- Scott Westerfeld
A rat called Possible New Strain was sitting under a spaghetti strainer held down with a pile of journalism textbooks, saying rude things in rat-speak. -- Scott Westerfeld
Barking hard work, being a boy. -- Scott Westerfeld
Apparently textbooks were an endangered species here in Bixby, Oklahoma. -- Scott Westerfeld
It must be horrible to see an ugly face when your surrounded by such beautiful people all the time . In my opinion , it does happens sometimes . -- Scott Westerfeld
At fist he didn't say anything more, and we had a little staring contest there in the darkness. but I liked staring at him, and I won. -- Scott Westerfeld
The war will end one day. Wars always do. -- Scott Westerfeld
I don't want to hurt you but I will if I have too - Tally Youngblood -- Scott Westerfeld
She couldn't disappoint the whole village. There were no wallscreens here, no newsfeeds or satellites bands, and touring soccer teams were no doubt few and far between. ( ... ), that made stories a valuable commodity, and it probably wasn't very often that a stranger dropped in from the sky. -- Scott Westerfeld
Aya, that's the barking strangest thing about battle - that it's real -- Scott Westerfeld
Good books make you ask questions. Bad readers want everything answered. -- Scott Westerfeld
A little drama wins more friends than boring. -- Scott Westerfeld
I'm Tally Youngblood. Make me pretty. -Tally Youngblood -- Scott Westerfeld
We don't always get to choose what we love. -- Scott Westerfeld
You're infamous, Tally. Everyone's terrified of you. The new system may have made the other cities nervous, but they seem to think my little gang of psychotic sixteen-year-olds is worse - Cable to Tally -- Scott Westerfeld
I found a great book called 'Slang Through the Ages' by Jonathon Green. It's basically a thesaurus of historical slang, and had lots of great old uses. -- Scott Westerfeld
Yeah, you should have seen your face. Actually, I should have seen your face. Stupid sneak suits. -- Scott Westerfeld
Cure for writer's block: blow something up(in the story) -- Scott Westerfeld
That was the whole point of being special: You existed to make sure everyone else behaved, but that didn't mean YOU had to. -- Scott Westerfeld
She'd never have to cut herself again. She carries a knife inside herself now, one that was always cutting her. She could feel it every time she swallowed, every time her thoughts strayed. -- Scott Westerfeld
She had changed the arc of her own story, merely by typing a couple of thousand words each day for thirty days. -- Scott Westerfeld
This is life. Right here in this room, with you, is life. -- Scott Westerfeld
Dying is one of those things that can't be fixed. Not by talking about it, not with all the brain surge in the world. -- Scott Westerfeld
You just took on five million years of evolution again -- Scott Westerfeld
Tally smiled. At least she was causing trouble to the end. "I'm Tally Youngblood," she said. "make me pretty. -- Scott Westerfeld
Fuzzy Tally is no more. -- Scott Westerfeld
They walked with a pedatory grace ... one of them ripped off their hood and said, "my name is Tally Youngblood and is a special circumstance" ... -- Scott Westerfeld
And even though her journal was just random sentences, she did spin stories in my head. The sound of her voice made dreams happen. -- Scott Westerfeld
I think any List of Best X creates arguments and people saying 'You listed that rubbish?' That's what lists like this are for. -- Scott Westerfeld
You don't believe all that crap, do you - that there's one way to look, and everyone is programmed to agree on it? -- Scott Westerfeld
You fiddle lucker!' she cried. -- Scott Westerfeld
Fate didn't care a squick about what anybody was meant to do. -- Scott Westerfeld
When the term 'machine gun' enters common parlance, the word 'machine' becomes much more sinister. -- Scott Westerfeld
Even mocking people helped their face stats. In the reputation economy, the only real way to hurt anyone was to ignore them completely. And it was pretty hard to ignore someone who made your blood boil. -- Scott Westerfeld
You see, freedom has a way of destroying things. -- Scott Westerfeld
The sky was the color of cat vomit. -- Scott Westerfeld
Sometimes you can't choose what you love. -- Scott Westerfeld
Where did you get that idea for a nose?
- Frizz Mizuno -- Scott Westerfeld
The thought of publishing - of the whole world reading Afterworlds - had always made Darcy feel naked and exposed, but loving had left her skinless. -- Scott Westerfeld
Fine. Seer knows best, even if he is nuts. Maybe I can stand to wait a few more ... whoa. What the hell happened to my car?
-Melissa -- Scott Westerfeld
I took a rant-sized breath. -- Scott Westerfeld
Keep challenging the gods -- Scott Westerfeld
Instead, she rose a little onto her toes and they kissed again. -- Scott Westerfeld
Assisted him? Dylan made the repairs. I only fell and hit my head, from what I can recall. Yes, I make excellent deadweight. -- Scott Westerfeld
Life doesn't come with an instruction manual. -- Scott Westerfeld
History would indicate that the majority of people have always been sheep. -- Scott Westerfeld
I'd watched too many schoolmates graduate into mental institutions, into group homes and jails, and I knew that locking people up was paranormal - against normal, not beside it. Locks didn't cure; they strangled. -- Scott Westerfeld
Ah. So he's forgotten the most important rule of warfare.
Which is ...
That nothing ever goes to plan. -- Scott Westerfeld
Sooner or later usually means too late -- Scott Westerfeld
You look beautiful - David -- Scott Westerfeld
Maybe when you look at your face 50 times its really not that interesting anymore -- Scott Westerfeld
Nature can blow me. -- Scott Westerfeld
But they're already singing our praises!"
"They are Americans. They toot their horns for anything. -- Scott Westerfeld
Listen, you bubblehead-up-until-five-minutes-ago ... -- Scott Westerfeld
Wisdom tells me I'm nothing. But love tells me I'm everything. -- Scott Westerfeld
The whole idea that he could take what he wanted without affecting anyone was bull****. -- Scott Westerfeld
What a waste, using her talents this way. Like a brain surgeon clubbing seals for a living. -- Scott Westerfeld
Perhaps Clankers and Darwinists would always be at war, if only in their hearts. -- Scott Westerfeld
Out here, you find out that the city fools you about how things really work. -- Scott Westerfeld
How come you forget English when you swear? -- Scott Westerfeld
I spilled more times than a glass of milk on a roller coaster. -- Scott Westerfeld
She wasn't here to gawk. She was an infiltrator, a sneak, an ugly. And she had a mission. -- Scott Westerfeld
Wow," came a familiar voice, "Hypochondriac killed the cat."
-Dess -- Scott Westerfeld
Perhaps the logical conclusion of everyone looking the same is everyone thinking the same. -- Scott Westerfeld
It helps to be with people who remember you, and who still think about you. -- Scott Westerfeld
But books don't happen by accident. -- Scott Westerfeld
and kisses are a better fate than wisdom - e. e. cummings, "since feeling is first -- Scott Westerfeld
Writers can live everywhere. It's our superpower. -- Scott Westerfeld
That was one problem with dramatic exits: Sometimes they wound up making you look like a bubblehead. -- Scott Westerfeld
It doesn't take much convincing to make someone believe they're better than everyone else. -- Scott Westerfeld
Making ourselves feel ugly is not fun."
"We are ugly. -- Scott Westerfeld
Becoming pretty doesn't just change the way you look," she said. "No," David said. "It changes the way you think. -- Scott Westerfeld
Rex lost his specs. -- Scott Westerfeld
Tally wondered if you could talk somebody out of their brain damage. -- Scott Westerfeld
Sometimes the facts in my head get bored and decide to take a walk in my mouth. Frequently this is a bad thing. -- Scott Westerfeld
We're all made stories. -- Scott Westerfeld
When you get your author's photo taken, be sure not to touch your face." "Why would I do that?" "It's a mystery, but quite common. You must have seen this one." Oscar struck a brooding pose, his fist beneath his chin. "For the author whose brain is too heavy to stay up on its own. -- Scott Westerfeld
She carried a knife inside of herself now, one that was always cutting her. She could feel it every time she swallowed, every time her thoughts strayed from the splendor of the wild. -- Scott Westerfeld
Wisdom tells me i'm nothing, love tells me I'm everything. -- Scott Westerfeld
Face it, Tally-wa, you're special -- Scott Westerfeld
Sleep is a little slice of death. -- Scott Westerfeld
Come on, it's almost midnight. Let's go watch them cut the cake. -- Scott Westerfeld
In a world of extreme beauty, anyone normal is ugly. -- Scott Westerfeld
Okay... That's still blind-making. -- Scott Westerfeld
Which was worse: a friend with brain damage, or one who despised you? -- Scott Westerfeld
Being an author sucks, doesn't it? It's like telling a joke and nobody laughs for two years. -- Scott Westerfeld
I make it a policy never to appear surprised - Dr Barlow -- Scott Westerfeld
It's just programming" "No. It's because I love him -- Scott Westerfeld
Sometimes, the hardest thing was doing
nothing. -- Scott Westerfeld
He and I have this ... personality conflict. Namely, I think he should get a new one. -- Scott Westerfeld
Their reasons don't mean anything unless I have a choice. -- Scott Westerfeld
Yeah, I can read", he said. "Didn't mean to shock you. Maybe you thought I ran around in a little wheel all day? -- Scott Westerfeld
A country with two kings will always falter. -- Scott Westerfeld
She laughed and broke into a run, racing out to grab handfuls of raindrops from the air, all alone in a world of diamonds. -- Scott Westerfeld
Maybe kissing is sort of like nature's coffee.
-Jonathan -- Scott Westerfeld
You have to prove to New York that you really want to live here. -- Scott Westerfeld
Dare to ask, "Where is my novel too simple?" -- Scott Westerfeld