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There is a reason you don't know all the things I know. -Marcus Eaton -- Veronica Roth
Inquisitiveness is self-serving, Johanna. -Marcus Eaton -- Veronica Roth
There are men with guns up there. When they see me, they will kill me, if they can," I
tell my father quietly. I search his eyes. "Should I let them?"
He stares at me for a few seconds.
"Go," he says, "and God help you. -- Veronica Roth
Instead I take the lead, Tobias silent at my side, and though he does not touch me, he steadies me. -- Veronica Roth
We can be mended. -- Veronica Roth
What combats powerlessness? Power. -- Veronica Roth
I take a deep breath. I'm not sure where that swell of desperation came from, but know that I've acknowledge it, it's impossible to ignore, like a living thing has awakened from a long sleep inside me. It writhes in my stomach and throat. I need to leave. I need the truth. -- Veronica Roth
Fighting for survival in a shattered world ... the truth is her only hope. -- Veronica Roth
the stairwell and into the room where I will decide the rest of my life. The room is arranged in concentric circles. On the edges stand the sixteen-year-olds -- Veronica Roth
I'm Dauntless. I'm a good shot. And I provide much-needed eye candy -- Veronica Roth
Is this scaring you, Tris?"
"No," I croak. I clear my throat. "Not really. I'm only ... afraid of what I want."
"What do you want?" Then his face tightens. "Me?" Slowly I nod. He nods too, and takes my hands in his gently. -- Veronica Roth
Did you just make a joke, Tris? We should have you on painkillers more often if your going to start cracking jokes. -- Veronica Roth
Intelligence must be used for the benefit, and not to the detriment, of society. Those who use intelligence for their own personal gain or to the detriment of others have not properly borne the responsibility of their gift, and are not welcome in our faction. -- Veronica Roth
I get up, because I'm supposed to, but if it were up to me, I'd stay in my seat for the rest of time. -- Veronica Roth
I don't know how to feel about those deaths. Guilty, maybe, for not seeing the pain myself. Sad, that some people can't find another way to escape. -- Veronica Roth
In the midst of meeting new people and making plans, I forgot that my plan is to walk straight into a battle that could claim my life. Right after I realized that my life was worth living. -- Veronica Roth
I could never hurt him enough to make his betrayal stop hurting. And it hurts, in every part of my body. -- Veronica Roth
I do trust you, is what I want to say. But it isn't true
I didn't trust him to love me despite the terrible things I had done. I don't trust anyone to do that, but that isn't his problem; it's mine. -- Veronica Roth
You chose us. Now we have to choose you. -- Veronica Roth
Think we cry to release the animal parts of us without losing our humanity. Because inside me is a beast that snarls and growls, and strains toward freedom. -- Veronica Roth
Can I ask why you're throwing knives at cheese?'
'Caleb came by to discuss something,' Tobias says, leaning his head against the wall as he looks at me. 'And knife-throwing just came up somehow.'
'As it so often does,' I say, a small smile inching across my face. -- Veronica Roth
We walk together to the kitchen. On these mornings when my brother makes breakfast, and my father's hand skims my hair as he reads the newspaper, and my mother hums as she clears the table - it is on these mornings that I feel guiltiest for wanting to leave them. -- Veronica Roth
God only knows what I'd be without you. -- Veronica Roth
I am going to shoot a muffin of Marlean's head. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
I'LL FIGHT THE BAD DREAMS OFF IF THEY COME TO GET YOU -- Veronica Roth
By the time we leave, I have red lips and curled eyelashes, and I'm wearing a bright red dress. And there's a knife strapped to the inside of my knee. This all makes perfect sense. -- Veronica Roth
Shame the rest of you is so plain. My heart pounds. -- Veronica Roth
Feel my heart beat. Can you feel it?"
"Feel how steady it is?"
"Yes, well, that has nothing to do with the box. -- Veronica Roth
I am selfish. I am brave. -- Veronica Roth
And the transfer initiates with forgiving parents will be able to see them again too. I suspect mine will not be among them. Not after my father's cry of outrage at the ceremony. Not after both their children left them. -- Veronica Roth
I really like the group tour better than going it alone. First of all, it kind of takes the pressure off a little. I'm not a naturally extroverted person. But I also like it because it brings in new fans. For example, someone who really loves Aprilynne Pike's books might pick up mine and vice versa. -- Veronica Roth
Tell him I didn't want to leave him -- Veronica Roth
Oh for god's sake. I'll just carry you. -- Veronica Roth
My father used to say that sometimes, the best way to help someone is just to be near them. I feel good when I do something I know he would be proud of, like it makes up for all the things I've done that he wouldn't be proud of. -- Veronica Roth
I open the door to the fear landscape room and flip open the small black box that was in my back pocket to see the syringes inside. This is the box I have always used, padded around the needles; it is a sign of something sick inside me, or something brave. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
We are creatures of loss; we have left everything behind. I have no home, no path, and no certainty. I am no longer Tris, the selfless, or Tris, the brave. I suppose now, I must become more than either. -- Veronica Roth
Panic and terror aren't the only kinds of fear. There are deeper kinds, more terrible kinds. Apprehension and heavy, heavy dread. -- Veronica Roth
I find my anger ebbing away, and I'm lost in muffled grief again, this time not just for Tris, but for Uriah, whose smile is burned into my memory. My friend's brother, and then my friend, too, though not for long enough to let his humor work its way into me, not for long enough. -- Veronica Roth
I traded cowardice for cruelty; I traded weakness for ferocity. -- Veronica Roth
pack from me, his fingers brushing mine, and holds it against my head himself. I put my hand down, too eager to relax my arm to object. Four stands up. I stare at the hem of his T-shirt. Sometimes I see him as just -- Veronica Roth
So how can I hold Tobias's desperation against him, like I'm better than him, like I've never let my own brokenness blind me? -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
The tiles in the Merciless Mart are always black and white, and here they are in a checkered pattern. If I unfocus my eyes, I see exactly what the Candor don't believe in - gray. -- Veronica Roth
I'm going to shoot a muffin off Marlene's head. -- Veronica Roth
I imagine hurtling into the air in a car with wings, the energy of the engine and the rush of wind through all the spaces in the walls and the possibility, however slight, that something will fail and I will plummet to my death.
"Yes," I say. -- Veronica Roth
I can't tell him I need him. I can't need him, period
or really, we can't need each other, because who knows how long either of us will last in this war? -- Veronica Roth
It's over, I say, wincing- she punches harder than she realizes. I ignore the pain and run a hand over her hair, because I'm stupid, and inappropriate, and stupid ... -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
A Dauntless Ferris wheel wouldn't have cars. You would just hang on tight with your hands, and good luck to you. -- Veronica Roth
But I know that for every good thing that comes along, there is always a cost. -- Veronica Roth
The most ridiculous part is, in any other faction it would be brave of us to tell someone what happened. But here ... in Dauntless ... bravery won't do us any good. -- Veronica Roth
There is a kind of inevitability in it, like it has always been waiting for me, maybe because I relish height while others fear it, or maybe because once you have seen the things that I have seen, there is only one frontier left to explore, and it is above. -- Veronica Roth
I tell myself, as sternly as possible, that is how things work here. We do dangerous things and people die. People die, and we move on to the next dangerous thing. The sooner that lesson sinks in, the better chance I have at surviving initiation. -- Veronica Roth
We are the Allegiant," the voice replies. "And we are many, yet we are no one. . . . -- Veronica Roth
You know I'm getting a little tired of waiting for you to catch on. -- Veronica Roth
Soft hearts make the universe worth living in. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
About when to let others sacrifice themselves for you, even if its selfish. They say that if the sacrifice is the ultimate way for that person to show you that they love you, let them do it. -- Veronica Roth
Everything - our houses, our clothes, our hairstyles - is meant to help us forget ourselves and to protect us from vanity, greed and envy, which are just forms of selfishness. If we have little, and want for little, and we are all equal, we envy no one. -- Veronica Roth
Resisting is worth doing. -- Veronica Roth
Leaders must not be chosen based on charisma, popularity, or ease of communication, all of which are misleading and have little to do with the efficacy of a political leader. -- Veronica Roth
He still smiles all the time, but now his smiles look like they're made out of water, about to drip down his face. -- Veronica Roth
If I don't survive," I say, "tell Tobias I didn't want to leave him. -- Veronica Roth
I guess I always knew there was something wrong with me, but I thought it was because of my father, or my mother, and the pain they bequeathed to me like a family heirloom, handed down from generation to generation.
- Tobias Eaton -- Veronica Roth
I thought that when I spilled one secret, the rest would come tumbling after, but openness is a habit you form over time, and not a switch you flip whenever you want to, I'm finding. -- Veronica Roth
Johanna's face contorts, and I mimic her, to see what it feels like to have my face that way. It doesn't feel very good. I'm not sure why she did it to begin with. -- Veronica Roth
Ignore them. They don't know what it is to make a difficult decision."
"You wouldn't have done it, I bet."
"That is only because I have been taught to be cautious when I don't know all the information, and you have been taught that risks can produce great rewards. -- Veronica Roth
I still want to be angry, but I have to let my anger go. -- Veronica Roth
And who really cares if you flash people your underwear, as long as you're kicking the crap out of them? -- Veronica Roth
You should have hit the target at least once by now, even by accident. -- Veronica Roth
I came here so that no one else would die. I came here to protect as many people as I could. And I care more about Tobias's safety than anyone else's. So why am I here, if he's here? What's the point? -- Veronica Roth
Sometimes creativity seems wasteful, illogical . . . unless it's done for a greater purpose. -- Veronica Roth
Chaos and destruction do tend to take away a person's dating possibilities. -- Veronica Roth
I never used to understand why people bothered to hold hands as they walked, but then he runs one of his fingertips down my palm, and I shiver and understand it completely -- Veronica Roth
Winter will be here soon. -- Veronica Roth
Because there might come a day when there is no flashlight, there is no gun, there is no guiding hand. And I want to be ready for it. (divergent pg.138) -- Veronica Roth
I brought you the truth about our city and the reason we are in it. If you aren't thanking me for it, you should at least do something about it instead of sitting here on this mess you made, pretending it's a throne! -- Veronica Roth
So I'm going to stay here." "Like a coward," says Christina, her lip curled in disgust. "Let everyone else clean up the mess for you." "Yep!" he says with a kind of malicious cheer. He claps his hands. "Have fun dying. -- Veronica Roth
I wish I could tell him that we're going through the same thing. I wish I could speak to him like I want to instead of like I'm supposed to. But the idea of admitting that I need help is too much to bear, so I turn away. -- Veronica Roth
I realize that the decision might be simple. It will require a great act of selflessness to choose Abnegation, or a great act of courage to choose Dauntless, and maybe just choosing one over the other will prove that I belong. -- Veronica Roth
But now I'm wondering if I need it anymore, if we ever really need these words, "Dauntless," "Erudite," "Divergent," "Allegiant," or if we can just be friends or lovers or siblings, defined instead by the choices we make and the love and loyalty that binds us. -- Veronica Roth
Drink this," she says.
"What is it?" my throat feels swollen.
I swallow hard. "What's going to happen?"
"Can't tell you that. Just trust me."
I press air from my lungs and tip the contents of the vial into my mouth. My eyes close. -- Veronica Roth
There are people who are so smart they know how to manipulate you. -- Veronica Roth
Maybe now he thinks I'm stupid, or strange. Maybe it was worth it. I -- Veronica Roth
Eric walks toward me, and I back away by instinct. I try not to be afraid of him, but I know how smart he is and that if I'm not careful he'll notice that I keep staring at her, and that will be my undoing. -- Veronica Roth
I pause a second. He doesn't look at me the way Will, Christina, and Al sometimes do - like I am too small and too weak to be of any use, and they pity me for it. -- Veronica Roth
It's been so long since someone said my name that way, like it was a revelation and not a threat. -- Veronica Roth
He holds my face in both hands and kisses me back. I press into the distance between us until it is gone, crushing the secrets we have kept and the suspicions we have harbored-for good, I hope. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
Maybe we're strangers no matter where we go. Or maybe we'll make a home somewhere inside ourselves, to carry with us wherever we go. -- Veronica Roth
Lynn smacks Uriah hard in the back of the head, Christina says, "Hey Tris!" and Uriah cries, "Ow! How on earth do you make a pillow hurt, Lynn?"
"My exceptional strength," she says. -- Veronica Roth
A chasm reminds us that there is a fine line between bravery and idiocy. -- Veronica Roth
No wonder you left."
Yeah," i say, rolling my eyes. " It was just because of the food. -- Veronica Roth
Eyes open, then, I say, tapping the skin between my eyebrows. I don't really need her eyes to be on mine, but I feel better when they are. -- Veronica Roth
I understand why she did all those things, but that doesn't mean we aren't still broken. -- Veronica Roth
He's one of the last friends I have," she says, her voice breaking. "I don't know if I'll ever be able to look at you the same way again. -- Veronica Roth
The steps were crowded with bodies then. Now they are clean and cool, like nothing ever happened here. -- Veronica Roth
My Tris should look pale and small
she is pale and small, after all
but instead the room is full of her. -- Veronica Roth
Or maybe we'll make a home somewhere inside ourselves, to carry with us wherever we go- which is the way I carry my mother now. -- Veronica Roth
Caleb," I say, "I love you."
His eyes gleam with tear as he says, "I love you, too, Beatrice. -- Veronica Roth
It's not about Al," I snap. "It's about everyone watching! Everyone who now sees
hurling themselves into the chasm as a viable option. I mean, why not do it if everyone
calls you a hero afterward? Why not do it if everyone will remember your name? It's ... I
can't ... -- Veronica Roth
Any idiot can stand in front of a target. It doesn't prove anything except that you're bullying him. Which, as I recall, is a sign of cowardice. -- Veronica Roth
I guess I grew suspicious of both. Power and knowledge," I say. "To the Abnegation, power should only be given to people who don't want it." - Tris -- Veronica Roth
I grin at the fierce burn in my legs, in my chest.Using pain to relieve pain. It doesn't make much sense. -- Veronica Roth
And what this is, I realize, is life. I don't want it. I want my parents and I have for weeks. I've been trying to claw my way back to them, and now I am so close and he is telling me not to. -- Veronica Roth
Who cares about pretty? I'm going for noticeable. -- Veronica Roth
I should have known, then, that he would gladly trade thousands of GD memories-lives-for control of the experiments. That he would trade them without even thinking of alternatives-without feeling that he needed to bother to save them.
They're damaged, after all. -- Veronica Roth
I'm not abnegation, I'm not dauntless, I am Divergent -- Veronica Roth
Relax Beatrice, I've driven a car before.' MARCUS
'I've done a lot of things before, but that doesn't mean I'm any good at them!' TRIS -- Veronica Roth
One thing I know: For helping me forget how awful the world is, I prefer her to alcohol. -- Veronica Roth
Every tattoo I got with them is a mark of their friendship, and almost every time I have laughed in this dark place was because of them. I don't want to lose them. But I feel like I have already. -- Veronica Roth
It's wrong," he says. "It doesn't matter if your parents are in a better place, they aren't here with you, and that's wrong, Tris. It shouldn't have happened. It shouldn't have happened to you. And anyone who tells you it's okay is a liar. -- Veronica Roth
We don't know what's happened out there since they put us in here, or how many generations have lived and died since they did.We could be the last people left. -- Veronica Roth
My parents ... They died today ... They died for me. -Tris
They loved you ... To them there was no better way to show you. -Four -- Veronica Roth
What did you do?" I scream.
"You die, I die too. -- Veronica Roth
I'll be your family now." ~ Tobis 'Four -- Veronica Roth
They're damaged, after all. -- Veronica Roth
Some of my anger has faded, but it isn't hard to call back. All I have to do is think about how cold the air was and how loud the laughter was. Look at her. She's a child. -- Veronica Roth
One choice can transform you. One choice can destroy you. Once choice will define you. -- Veronica Roth
I laugh, and it's laughter, not light, that casts out the darkness building within me, that reminds me I am still alive, even in this strange place where everything I've ever known is coming apart. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
But then he stops at the door frame and says, It's 9:24. Telling me the time is a small act of betrayal-and therefore an ordinary act of bravery. It is maybe the first time I've seen Peter be truly Dauntless. -- Veronica Roth
I confessed to Tobias, soon after that, that I had lost my entire family.
And he assured me that he was my family now. -Tris Prior -- Veronica Roth
Why is your heart racing Tris? -- Veronica Roth
Tris," he says. "What did they do to you? You're acting like a lunatic."
"That's not very nice of you to say," I say. "They put me in a good mood, that's all. And now I really want to kiss you, so if you could just relax- -- Veronica Roth
I'm going to stop a revolution,' I say. I turn right, and Peter follows me. -- Veronica Roth
Sometimes I forget that I can hurt you. That you are capable of being hurt -- Veronica Roth
Because even a sliver of distance between us is infuriating. -- Veronica Roth
You know, most boys enjoy being trapped in close quarters with a girl. -- Veronica Roth
I reach out and take his hand. His fingers slide between mine. I can't breathe. -- Veronica Roth
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 -- Veronica Roth
So this is where you grew up. Did you like it here? I guess you couldn't have, if you wanted to leave.' CHRISTINA
'I liked some things and hated some things. And there were some things I didn't know I had until I lost them.' TRIS -- Veronica Roth
A weight settles on my shoulders. I knew, of course, that Uriah might never wake up. But the hope that kept the grief at bay is dwindling, slipping away with each word she speaks. -- Veronica Roth
Can I be forgiven for all I've done to get here?
I want to be.
I believe it. -- Veronica Roth
He looks at me like I am the only thing in the room worth looking at. -Tris (Divergent) -- Veronica Roth
I am no longer Tris, the selfless, or Tris, the brave.
I suppose that now, I must become more than either. -- Veronica Roth
We have to go," Tris says, and I know she's not talking about leaving Michigan Avenue or taking Edward to the hospital; she's talking about the city. "We have to go," I repeat. -- Veronica Roth
We believe that preparation eradicates cowardice, which we define as the failure to act in the midst of fear. -- Veronica Roth
I glance at Tris. She grins at me, then leans in to whisper something to Christina.
"Are you here to help or what, Stiff?" I say. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
Aren't you going to ask me if I'm all right?" I say.
"No, I'm pretty sure you're not all right."
He shakes his head. "I'm going to ask you not to make any decisions until we've talked
about it. -- Veronica Roth
You have a nice voice,' I say.
'Tris,' he says, 'please be quiet. -- Veronica Roth
It's getting more difficult to be wise," he says, laughing into my ear.
I smile at him. "I think that's how it's
supposed to be. -- Veronica Roth
My parents did love each other. Enough to forsake plans and factions. Enough to defy "faction before blood." Blood before faction
no, love before faction, always. - Tris Prior -- Veronica Roth
Not like Tobias, who is almost shy when he smiles, like he is surprised you bothered to look at him in the first place. -- Veronica Roth
Oh, so it's not enough that I told you; it has to be in the right setting?" I raise my eyebrows. "Next time should I brew some tea and make sure the lighting is right too? -- Veronica Roth
He wraps his arms around me and holds me tight for a few seconds. His
breaths tickle my ear, and I close my eyes, letting myself finally relax. He
smells like wind and sweat and soap, like Tobias and like safety. -- Veronica Roth
Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
I throw my arms out to the side and imagine that I am flying ... my heart beats fast, I can't scream and I can't breathe. I also feel everything, buzzing as if I am charged with electricity. I AM PURE ADRENALINE - TRIS -- Veronica Roth
I wonder if this is how it is with all evil men, that to someone, they look just like good men, talk like good men, are just as likable as good men. "Tris. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
Death could not erase her, she is permanent. -- Veronica Roth
With four? Doing a little ... Addition? Multiplication? -- Veronica Roth
You always look like someone's sucked the life right out of you when something fascinates you. -Tris -- Veronica Roth
Faction before blood, yeah? -- Veronica Roth
Maybe time would not feel as heavy if I didn't have this guilt - the guilt of knowing the truth and stuffing it down where no one can see it. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
You promised you wouldn't tell her," she says, pointing at me. "What happened to protecting her?"
"I changed my mind," I say.
Tris laughs, harshly,"That's what you told him, that he would be protecting me? That's a pretty skillful manipulation. Well done. -- Veronica Roth
Pretty sure we can't call you 'Stiff' anymore, Tris. -- Veronica Roth
Are you asking me to undress, Tris?'
A nervous laugh gurgles from my throat. 'Only ... partially -- Veronica Roth
He pus his lips next to my ear and says, You look good, Tris. -- Veronica Roth
I love you" I say.
"I love you, too" he says. "I'll see you soon. -- Veronica Roth
And then the screaming begins. -- Veronica Roth
be him." "How would you know?" "It's just a prediction." I -- Veronica Roth
In that moment I'm able to accept the inevitability of how I feel, though not with joy. I need to talk to someone. I need to trust someone. And for whatever reason, I know, I know it's her. -- Veronica Roth
Sometimes I feel like we are the same, but sometimes, like right now, I feel the separation between our personalities like I've just run into a wall. -- Veronica Roth
me. I try to remember the shot they -- Veronica Roth
Um ... how's your nose?"
"It's fine," he says. "I think the bruise really brings out my eyes, don't you? -- Veronica Roth
One Choice, decided your friends.
One Choice, defines your beliefs.
One Choice, determines your loyalties - Forever.
ONCE CHOICE CAN TRANSFORM YOU -- Veronica Roth
Something important is lost if this man has been forced to deny his own nature. -- Veronica Roth
Pride is what killed Al, and it is the flaw in every Dauntless heart. It is in mine. -- Veronica Roth
She also helped this other guy too . . . George Wu. -- Veronica Roth
Maybe just as skin on a hand grows tougher after pain in repetition, a person does too. -- Veronica Roth
Looks like someone had a mood swing." She rolls her eyes. "Like 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. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
Can you tell me where to find Tobias'? I ask. When I imagine his face, affection for him bubbles up inside of me and all I want to do is kiss him. 'Four, I mean. He's so handsome, isn't he? I don't really understand why he likes me so much. I'm not very nice, am I?'
-Tris -- Veronica Roth
Intelligence is a gift, not a right. It must be wielded not as a weapon but as a tool for the betterment of others. -- Veronica Roth
I look up at Eric,sniffing "I tried to...and..."I shake my head.
"You tired to what?" asks Eric
"Kiss me," says Tobias. "And I rejected her,and she went running off like a five-year-old. there's really nothing to blame her for but stupidity. -- Veronica Roth
Caleb frowns at him. "How old are you, anyway?"
"And you don't think you're too old to be with my little sister?"
Tobias lets out a short laugh. "She isn't your little anything. -- Veronica Roth
The official strategy is defensive pessimism, always. -- Veronica Roth
You don't have to tell me everything right away, but I have to tell you everything right away? Can't you see how stupid that is? -- Veronica Roth
There is a right way to do things. -- Veronica Roth
Five more seconds of weakness and then I get up. One, two. Three, four. Five. -- Veronica Roth
I have to get out. -- Veronica Roth
I laugh, mirthless, a mad laugh. I savor the scowl on her face, the hate in her eyes. She was like a machine; she was cold and emotionless, bound by logic alone. And I broke her. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
Shut up, Four! she says, and I want to yell back that I'm as frustrated as she is, with an
Erudite vulture analyzing my every move, searching for my weak points so he can hit them as hard
as he can. -- Veronica Roth
Sometimes, stopping yourself from falling is essential. -- Veronica Roth
We have to edge them out of the rankings. That will damage their futures. Permanently. -- Veronica Roth
That night we push our cots just a little closer together, and look into each other's eyes in the moments before we fall asleep. When he finally drifts off, our fingers are twisted together in the space between the beds.
I smile a little, and let myself go. -- Veronica Roth
I thought you were supposed to be at home, waiting for your boyfriend to come back a hero."
"As you may have gathered," I say, walking up a step, "that was never going to happen. -- Veronica Roth
Candor does not provide us with protection, sustenance, or technological innovation. Therefore you are expendable to us. -- Veronica Roth
We should think of our family. But. We must also think of ourselves. -- Veronica Roth
Which means that in order to defeat her, I have to think of a way to defeat myself. And how can I be a better fighter than myself, if she knows the same strategies I know, and is exactly as resourceful and clever as I am? -- Veronica Roth
You're from Chicago?" Rafi says to me. I -- Veronica Roth
I find myself lacing my fingers together and bowing my head. Sometimes my father did this in the morning before sitting down at the breakfast table, but I never asked him what he was doing. Still, I would like to feel like I belong to my father again before I . . . well, before it's over. -- Veronica Roth
In some parts of the ancient world, the hawk symbolized the sun. Back when I got this, I figured if I always had the sun on me, I wouldn't be afraid of the dark -- Veronica Roth
The responsibility to conduct the -- Veronica Roth
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, -- Veronica Roth
Life's something we already understand. Death is a mystery. -- Veronica Roth
Before I exit the room, I unbutton my ripped long-sleeved shirt and let it fall on the ground. The gray T-shirt I am wearing beneath it is still oversized, but it's darker, blends in better with the black Dauntless clothes. -- Veronica Roth
I am wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans, black shoes
new clothes, but beneath them, my Dauntless tattoos. It is impossible to erase my choices. Especially these. -- Veronica Roth
A dark-skinned boy who beckons cheers from his friends with his hands. "Go, Zeke!" one of the girls shouts. -- Veronica Roth
How did you do it?" I say. "I don't know," he says. "I just heard your voice. -- Veronica Roth
I want to cry because something terrible happened, and I saw it, and I could not see a way to mend it. -- Veronica Roth
I don't know, if they want to watch me scratch my butt or eat dinner, I feel like that says more about them than about me." I laugh. "How often are you scratching your butt, exactly? -- Veronica Roth
If I smile enough, maybe I can make them forget their jealousy, or hurt, or whatever is brewing behind Christina's eyes. -- Veronica Roth
Here, I've learned to defend myself,
I've learned to be stronger,
but one thing I haven't learned, won't let myself learn, is how to enjoy causing someone else pain. If I'm going to become Dauntless, I'm going to do it on my terms, even if that means that a part of me will always be a Stiff. -- Veronica Roth
If you actually succeed in creating a utopia, you've created a world without conflict, in which everything is perfect. And if there's no conflict, there are no stories worth telling - or reading! -- Veronica Roth
Why do you say vague things if you don't want to be asked about them? -- Veronica Roth
Part of me wonders if this is a suicide mission disguised as a game. -- Veronica Roth
You all have functional brains, last time I checked," I say. "You can think like the Erudite, too."
"But we don't have special Divergent brains!" says Marlene. She touches her fingertips to my scalp and squeezes lightly. "Come on, do your magic. -- Veronica Roth
But maybe what I saw as fearless was actually fear under control. -- Veronica Roth
Tricking someone into grief is one of the cruelest tricks a person can play, -- Veronica Roth
When someone wrongs you, you both share the burden of that wrongdoing - the pain of it weighs on both of you. Forgiveness, then, means choosing to bear the full weight all by yourself. -- Veronica Roth
I am not Tobias Eaton, not anymore, never again. I am Dauntless. -- Veronica Roth
And I stand in the hallway, alone, grinning like an idiot. -- Veronica Roth
Take away someone's fear, or low intelligence, or dishonesty ... and you take away their compassion. Take away someone's aggression and you take away their motivation, or their ability to assert themselves. Take away their selfishness and you take away their sense of self-preservation. -- Veronica Roth
In that moment, he liked all the things she didn't say more than the things she did."
pg 457 -- Veronica Roth
You're the bravest person I've ever met. Stay here. Let yourself mend. -- Veronica Roth
Candor values honesty, but our faction, Abnegation, values selflessness. -- Veronica Roth
For me, it feels like driving from truth into a lie, from adulthood to childhoold. I watch the land of pavement and glass and metal turn into an empty field. The snow is falling softly now, and I can faintly see the city's skyline up ahead, the buildings just a shade darker than the clouds. -- Veronica Roth
Never in my life did I expect to hold a gun, let alone fire one. It feels dangerous to me, as if just by touching it, I could hurt someone. -- Veronica Roth
I still want to smack him. Or remind him that the last transfer we had from Abnegation, who is sitting right next to him, managed to knock out some of his teeth, so who knows what this next one will do. -- Veronica Roth
I was also beginning to learn about social psychology and the Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures, which made me think about how malleable our supposedly strict moral codes become in the right conditions. Something that DIVERGENT grapples with. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
When he touches me, I feel like everywhere his skin meets mine is changed by the connection. It sends a thrill through my stomach. Not just fear. Something else, too. A wanting. -- Veronica Roth
She must love me, to worry about me. She must still be capable of love. -- Veronica Roth
You don't believe things because they make your life better, you believe them because they're true. -- Veronica Roth
You okay there, Stiff?" he says. "You look like you're about to cry. I might go easy on you if you cry. -- Veronica Roth
Yes," I say. "Three of these flying birds."
I touch my collarbone, marking the path of their flight - toward my heart. One for each member of the family I left behind. -- Veronica Roth
And now that you are out? How does the world seem to you?" he says.
"Mostly the same," I say. "People are just divided by different things, fighting different wars. -- Veronica Roth
I was still afraid of him, I knew, but in a different way - I was no longer a child, afraid of the threat my terrifying father posed to my safety. I was a man, afraid of the threat he posed to my character, to my future, to my identity. -- Veronica Roth
I stare into my own eyes for a moment. Today is the day of the aptitude test that will show me which of the five factions I belong in. And tomorrow, at the Choosing Ceremony, I will decide on a faction; I will decide the rest of my life; I will decide to stay with my family or abandon them. -- Veronica Roth
To continue to love someone so far beyond help, beyond redemption, was madness -- Veronica Roth
I am. selfish. I am brave. I am
Divergent. -- Veronica Roth
A Stiff, the first to jump? Unheard of." "There's a reason why she left them, Lauren," he says. His voice is deep, and it rumbles. -- Veronica Roth
He looks at me, not like he's waiting for an explanation, but like I am the only thing in the room worth looking at. -- Veronica Roth
I respect you more than anyone. But right now I'm wondering what bothers you more, that I made a stupid decision or that I didn't make your decision. -- Veronica Roth
Caleb runs up to me and folds me carefully in his arms. I breathe a sigh of relief. I thought I had gotten to the point where I didn't need my brother anymore, but I don't think such a point actually exists. -- Veronica Roth
You're one to talk," she says. "You're always moping. We should start calling you Beatrice Prior, Queen of Tragedy. -- Veronica Roth
we are all parts of one organism, -- Veronica Roth
The only reason I haven't shot you yet is because he's the one who should get to do it," I say. "Stay away from him or I'll decide I no longer care. -- Veronica Roth
I saw, for the first time, how thin the line was between fear and love, between reverence and adoration. -- Veronica Roth
He doesn't scowl, but his mouth is so tense that I know he's angry with me. 'Don't be an idiot,' he says.
'An idiot?' Is he talking about the blanket?
'You were lying. -- Veronica Roth
Everything has changed and it won't stop changing anytime soon. -- Veronica Roth
Besides,' she says, 'not every friendship turns into a romance. I haven't tried to kiss you yet. -- Veronica Roth
One Choice, Breaks free of his past
One Choice, Embraces his future
One Choice, Exposes the dangers
One Choice, Changes him- forever
One Choice will free him -- Veronica Roth
It's not about being fearless, it's about acting in spite of fear -- Veronica Roth
Leaving us with Eric is like hiring a babysitter who spends his time sharpening knives. -- Veronica Roth
Tired, not just of living, but of existing. -- Veronica Roth
All I want is to become someone new. In this case, Tobias Johnson, son of Evelyn Johnson. Tobias Johnson may have lived a dull and empty life, but he is at least a whole person, not this fragment of a person that I am, too damaged by pain to become anything useful. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
Hearing him talk about his mother, about his intact family, makes my chest hurt for a second, like someone pierced it with a needle. -- Veronica Roth
I used to think about giving my life up for things, but I didn't understand what 'giving your life' really was until it was right there, about to be taken from me -- Veronica Roth
Formed with good intentions, with the right ideals and the right goals. -- Veronica Roth
Suddenly I'm aware of my own heartbeat. This is what my father said would happen. He told me that they would ask me if I was aware during the simulation, and he told me what to say when they did. "No," I say. "If I was, do you think I would have chewed through my lip?" Tori studies me -- Veronica Roth
He smells safe, too, like sunlit walks in the orchard and silent breakfasts
in the dining hall. And in the moments before I drift off to sleep, I almost forget about our war-torn city and all the conflict that will
come to find us soon, if we don't find it first. -- Veronica Roth
Oh, good," I say, a sour taste in my mouth. "Heroism is what I was focused on. Not, you know, trying not to die. -- Veronica Roth
Taken to extremes even the best human qualities would go sour. -- Veronica Roth
But Christina and I are not people who cry together; we're people who fight together. SO I hold my tears in. -- Veronica Roth
You die, I die too." Tobias looks over his shoulder at me. "I asked you not to do this. You made your decision. These are the repercussions. -- Veronica Roth
Soon I will honor my parents by dying as they died. and if all they believed about death was true, soon I will join them in whatever comes next. -- Veronica Roth
God, Four!" I snap. "You don't want to have to tell me everything right away, but I have to tell you everything right away? Can't you see how stupid that is?"
"First of all, don't use that name like a weapon against me," he says, pointing at me. -- Veronica Roth
My father was a difficult man. But he was also a good one. -- Veronica Roth
Sometimes, all it takes to save people from a terrible fate is one person willing to do something about it. Even if that "something" is a fake bathroom break. -- Veronica Roth
I love 'Harry Potter.' I'm a huge nerd - I would dress up if I could. -- Veronica Roth
I wonder if this is how is is with all evil men, that to someone, they look just like good men, talk like good men, are just as likable as good men. -- Veronica Roth
So you're her brother?" says Lynn. "I guess we know who got the good genes."
I laugh at the expression on Caleb's face, his mouth drawn into a slight pucker and his eyes wide. -- Veronica Roth
Fine." He leans his face closer to mine, his eyes focusing on my chin, and my lips, and my nose. "I watched you because I like you." He says it plainly, boldly, and his eyes flick up to mine. "And don't call me 'Four,' okay? It's nice to hear my name again. -- Veronica Roth
( ... ) a man encased in ice, his eyes hard and his voice like a frosty exhale. -- Veronica Roth
Only boys who have been handsome from a young age have that arrogance in their smile. -- Veronica Roth
I always appreciate people's opinions, but sometimes I have to take a step back and remember why I'm writing and what I want to do with it. Shutting out the voices is difficult but it's been good for me. -- Veronica Roth
But a person can only keep reality - and anger - at bay for so long before the truth comes back again. -- Veronica Roth
The knife will only hurt for a moment. Then your choice will be made, and it will all be over. -- Veronica Roth
I have a message for the Divergent" I am Divergent. "This is not a negotiation" No, it is not. "It is a warning" I understand. "Every two days until one of you delivers yourself to Erudite headquarters ... " I will. " ... this will happen again" It will never happen again. -- Veronica Roth
We live in a dangerous world, and I am not so attached to life that I will do anything to survive. I can't reassure him. He checks his watch. "They'll be here any minute." I get up, and see Evelyn and Edward standing next to the tracks. They run before the train passes them, and jump in with almost -- Veronica Roth
I don't really control the story. I just let it go where it wants to go. I have no idea what's going to happen in the end or who's going to live, so it's kind of like me saying, "I don't know, guys! Just wait." That's what I'm doing! -- Veronica Roth
That's why you like me!' I exclaim. 'Because you're not nice either! It makes so much more sense now.'
'Come on,' he says. 'We're going to see Johanna.'
'I like you, too.'
'That's encouraging,' he replies flatly. 'Come on. Oh for God's sake. I'll just carry you. -- Veronica Roth
I try to think of something helpful to say. I'm not going to die
but I don't know that. We live in a dangerous world, and I am not so attached to life that I will do anything to survive. I can't reassure him. -- Veronica Roth
That said, in the two weeks before I leave for the Dark Days tour, I am going radio silent, which means I will be avoiding the Internet at all costs in order to revise, revise, revise. I will miss you. Tris says hi, though. -- Veronica Roth
You sadistic pansycake. -- Veronica Roth
You may have succeeded in shutting down the attack simulation, girl, but it was by luck alone, not skill. I would die of shock if you managed to do anything useful again for a long time
This is the Marcus that Tobias knows. The one who knows right where to hit to cause the most damage. -- Veronica Roth
Even though I am still injured, I had to fight again today.Luckily this time,I was paired against Myra,who couldn't throw a good punch if someone was controlling her arm for her. -- Veronica Roth
Before I chose Dauntless ... I felt assured of my long lifespan, if nothing else. Now there are no reassurances except that where I go, I go because I choose to. -- Veronica Roth
I think it's important to protect people. To stand up for people [ ... ] That's what courage is. Not ... hurting people for no reason. - Al -- Veronica Roth
She knows that whoever holds the guns holds the power. -- Veronica Roth
You know, the kind of person who gets this tattoo is probably the kind that should keep it very quiet," she says, looking at me from the corner of her eye. "Or else someone will start thinking they're Divergent. -- Veronica Roth
Maybe just as skin on a hand grows together after pain in repetition, a person does too. But I don't want to become a calloused man. -- Veronica Roth
I used to think that when people fell in love, they just landed where they landed, and they had no choice in the matter afterward. And maybe that's true of beginnings, but it's not true of this, now. -- Veronica Roth
...simplicity is comforting. -- Veronica Roth
Our friendship has held up under an incredible weight, the weight of me shooting someone she loved, the weight of so many losses. Other bonds would have broken. For some reason, this one hasn't. -- Veronica Roth
I can't imagine it's easy to like someone, hate them, and then lose them before any of those feelings are resolved. -- Veronica Roth
I like to hurt people too. I can make the cruelest choice. The difference is, sometimes I don't, and you always do, and that makes you evil. -- Veronica Roth
If I let a little of the emotion out, all of it will come out, and it will never end. -- Veronica Roth
Fine," he says. "Then I love you. -- Veronica Roth
When people fell in love, they just landed where they landed, and they had no choice in the matter afterward. -- Veronica Roth
I slowly realized that perfectionism just not that important. What's more important is to try to love the people around you. Whatever that means at a particular time is the best you can do. -- Veronica Roth
I'll have to keep looking for more of them, more brief moments of freedom in a world that refuses to allow it. -- Veronica Roth
Jeanine can be extraordinarily persuasive to those who aren't naturally suspicious. -- Veronica Roth
I thought Jeanine attacked the Abnegation to seize power, but -- Veronica Roth
I tell myself I will count to three , and when I'm done , I will move on. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
toward a table. He starts toward our table and drops into the -- Veronica Roth
It is impossible to erase my choices. -- Veronica Roth
We believe that peace is hard-won,
That sometimes it is necessary to fight for peace.
But more than that, we believe that
Justice is more important than peace. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
What irritates me most about him is his natural goodness, his inborn selflessness. -- Veronica Roth
His fingers leave streaks of cold on my skin, invisible to the eye, and I think about wrapping his shirt around my fist and pulling him in to kiss me; I think about pressing myself against him, but I can't, because all our secrets would keep a space between us. -- Veronica Roth
WE DO NOT BELIEVE
that learning to master violence encourages unnecessary violence -- Veronica Roth
I like to think I'm helping them by hating them. I'm reminding them that they aren't God's gift to humankind. -- Veronica Roth
Its imposible to have real friendship when no one feels like they can accept help or even talk about themselves. -- Veronica Roth
But you should know that about Dauntless- girl, guy, whatever, it doesn't matter here. What matters is what you've got in your gut. -- Veronica Roth
I press the memory away as if stuffing it into a drawer that is too small for it. "I'm sorry," I say. I don't know if I really mean it or if I'm just saying it so she still thinks I'm on her side. Then I add tentatively, "Why didn't you -- Veronica Roth
Abnegation say you should only let someone sacrifice himself for you if it's the ultimate way for them to show they love you. -- Veronica Roth
I also see you," she says fiercely, her hand closing around my arm. "And I know who you are. -- Veronica Roth
A call for revolution wrapped in the clothing of rationality. -- Veronica Roth
the main Erudite building would be a library. -- Veronica Roth
wonder if fears ever really go away, or if they just lose their power over us. She -- Veronica Roth
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. I -- Veronica Roth
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 whetstone
I am too strong to break so easily, and I become better, sharper, every time I touch him. -- Veronica Roth
Genes aren't everything," Amar says. "People, even genetically damaged people, make choices. That's what matters. -- Veronica Roth
I am not a desperate, unsteady child who throws his trust around. I am not damaged. -- Veronica Roth
Human nature is complex, ... all our genes are different, but neither damaged nor pure. -- Veronica Roth
I'm a fairly religious person, so I believe in some things that sound a little crazy I'm sure, depending on where you're standing. I believe in leaving room for things that you can't explain in the universe, and you don't have to be religious to leave room for those things. -- Veronica Roth
They're disgusting. Those papery wings and their stupid bug bodies ... -- Veronica Roth
That we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
I think I might be in love with you. -- Veronica Roth
I say vague things because that's as close as I can get to stopping myself from saying anything, my mind addled by the feeling of her body through her shirt. -- Veronica Roth
The scars on her face said something different about her, too-that she, like Cyra, knew what she was risking when she risked her life."
pg 337 -- Veronica Roth
I frown at him. How does he know all this information? And why, after two years of avoiding becoming a Dauntless leader at all costs, is he suddenly acting like one? -- Veronica Roth
There is evil in everyone and the first step to loving someone is to recognize that evil in ourselves -- Veronica Roth
But I think that no matter how smart, people usually see what they're already looking for, that's all. -- Veronica Roth
I smirk a little. I did it, I put that expression on his face. I am not the perfect Abnegation child, doomed to be swallowed by the system and dissolved into obscurity. Instead, I am the first Abnegation-Dauntless transfer in more than a decade. -- Veronica Roth
The truth has a way of changing people's plans. -- Veronica Roth
That is how it feels. Like everything between us is twisted together, friendship and love and family, so I cant tell the difference between any of them. -- Veronica Roth
Half of bravery is perspective. The first time I did this, it was one of the hardest things I had ever done. Now, preparing to jump off a moving train is nothing, because I have done more difficult things in the past few weeks that most people will in a lifetime. -- Veronica Roth
Noise and activity are the refuges of the bereaved and the guilty. -- Veronica Roth
Cowardice is how you decide to be in real life -- Veronica Roth
What makes you different, makes you dangerous. -- Veronica Roth
Yes," she says, her eyes bright with tears. "My dear child, you've done so well. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
How many different kinds of ruin do you have to see before you resign yourself to calling it all "ruin"? -- Veronica Roth
To settle in for the long haul, equipped with basic versions of the serums to help them control their -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
Knowledge is power. Power to do evil ... or power to do good. Power itself is not evil. So knowledge itself is not evil. -- Veronica Roth
What is wrong with you?' I shake my head. 'Pull it together.'
And that's what it feels like: pulling the different parts of me up and in like a shoelace. I feel suffocated, but at least I feel strong. -- Veronica Roth
It doesn't matter if your parents are in a better place - they aren't here with you, and that's wrong, -- Veronica Roth
It would be stupid to confide your entire plan to one person. It's infinitely smarter to give little pieces of it to each
person working with you. That way, if someone betrays you, the loss isn't too great. -- Veronica Roth
Maybe there's more we all could have done, but we just have to let the guilt remind us to do better next time. -- Veronica Roth
Today all I want to do is run. -- Veronica Roth
I would be shocked by the lack of security if we were not at Amity headquarters. They often straddle the line between trust and stupidity. -- Veronica Roth
You're always exhausted and you sleep like a corpse. -- Veronica Roth
Gray stones for Abnegation, water for Erudite, earth for Amity, lit coals for Dauntless, and glass for Candor. -- Veronica Roth
She smiles, but her eyes are glassy, like a dormant part of her is fighting its way out and spilling over. The train hisses over the rails, a tear drops down Tris's cheek, and the city disappears into the darkness. -- Veronica Roth
Lies require commitment. -- Veronica Roth
They all laugh. We all laugh. And it occurs to me that I might be meeting Tobias's true faction. They are not characterized by a particular virtue. They claim all colors, all activities, all virtues, and all flaws as their own. -- Veronica Roth
I also wanted to ask you if we can talk to the Erudite you're keeping safe here," I say. "I know they're hidden, but I need access to them."
"And what do you intend to do?" she says.
"Shoot them," I say, rolling my eyes.
"That isn't funny. -- Veronica Roth
Beatrice," she says. "Beatrice, we have to run." She pulls my arm across her shoulders and hauls me to my feet. She is dressed like my mother and she looks like my mother, but she is holding a gun, and the determined look in her eyes is unfamiliar to me. -- Veronica Roth
The tests don't have to change our choices. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
The floor is solid metal in some places and metal grating in others. Everything smells like rotting garbage and fire.
"Don't say I never took you anywhere nice," Peter says.
"Wouldn't dream of it," I say. -- Veronica Roth
I feel that familiar impulse, to be mean to her so she forgets what I said, so she doesn't ask me any questions. What -- Veronica Roth
Maybe it's a little depressing to think that my vision of a perfect world is actually so messed up, but I think it means that I don't really understand what 'perfect' is. -- Veronica Roth
In that moment I know exactly what I want; I want to peel away all the layers of clothing between us, strip away everything that separates us, the past and the present and the future. -- Veronica Roth
Arrogance is one of the flaws in the Erudite heart
I know. It is often in mine. -- Veronica Roth
Competition makes us better; it brings out the best, strongest parts of us. -- Veronica Roth
What is the point in providing food and shelter for an animal that just soils your furniture, makes your home smell bad, and ultimately dies? -- Veronica Roth
If they are persistent enough, even tiny drops of water, over time, can change the rock forever. -- Veronica Roth
thats it?" I say. Those were your worst fears? Why do you only have four..." My voice trails off. Only four fears.
"Oh" I look over my shoulder at him. "thats why they call you- -- Veronica Roth
I can't move, can't speak. She chose me. She chose me. -- Veronica Roth
I did not know that my entire personality, my entire being, could be discarded as the byproduct of my anatomy. What if I really am just someone with a large prefrontal cortex ... and nothing more? -- Veronica Roth
What does it matter if you are flashing them your underwear, as long as you kick the hell out of them?"
"What have I heard about flashing underwear? Whatever it is, I'm in. -- Veronica Roth
There's really no way to be perfect. Perfectionism is a silly trait to have, so in a lot of ways that inspired the world of 'Divergent,' in which everyone is striving toward that ideal and falling short of it. -- Veronica Roth
It's not a perfect situation. But when you have to choose between two bad options, you pick the one that saves the people you love and believe in most. You just do. Okay? -- Veronica Roth
I am not the kind of person who just sits back and lets other people take all the risks! -- Veronica Roth
My feet sink into the ground, and above me, the branches grow into one another, forming a kind of tunnel. -- Veronica Roth
Let's go to the cafeteria," Will says, "and eat cake. -- Veronica Roth
Since he saved me from the attack, I have associated his smell with safety, so as long as I focus on it, I feel safe now. -- Veronica Roth
The Amity exchange smiles. They are dressed comfortably in red or yellow. Every time I see them, they seem kind, loving, free. -- Veronica Roth
Is there any other way to Erudite headquarters?" I say. "Not that I now of," says Cara. "Unless you want to jump from one roof to another." She laughs a little as she says it, like it's a joke. I raise my eyebrows at her. "Wait," she says. "You aren't considering
? -- Veronica Roth
He should be the one to die, part of me thinks.
I don't want to lose him, another part argues.
I don't know which part to believe. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
The whispers, "Thank you for your honesty." Easy to say that when what I did doesn't affect them. -- Veronica Roth
I wipe my face with my sleeve, laughing so hard my stomach hurts. If my entire life is like this, loud laughter and bold action and the kind of exhaustion you feel after a hard but satisfying day, I will be content. -- Veronica Roth
Then I thought of how strong I have become, how secure I feel with the person I now am, and how all along the way he has told me that I am brave, I am respected, I am loved and worth loving. -- Veronica Roth
I am glad I sleep fully clothed, because Christina stands next to our bunk wearing only a T-shirt, her long legs bare. She folds her arms and stares at Eric. I wish, suddenly, that I could stare so boldly at someone with hardly any clothes on, but I could never do that. -- Veronica Roth
We had good cake," I tell Caleb. "We had fizzy drinks," he says. "Ah, but did you have a ledge overlooking an underground river?" says Marlene, waggling her eyebrows. "Or a room where you faced all your nightmares at once?" "No," says Caleb, "and to be honest, I'm kind of okay with that. -- Veronica Roth
Grief was a weight that made it impossible to move through everyday -- Veronica Roth
This is supposed to be a lighthearted session of symbolic document destruction, not a political debate. -- Veronica Roth
I am afraid that if I start to sob, I will never stop until I shrivel up like a raisin. -- Veronica Roth
If she's in pain now she doesn't show it; she just closes her eyes and surrenders, and that is worse than her screaming for help, somehow. -- Veronica Roth
The division is based on knowledge, based on qualifications - but as I learned from the factionless, a system that relies on a group of uneducated people to do its dirty work without giving them a way to rise is hardly fair. -- Veronica Roth
You will know that it is time when there are many among you whose minds appear to be more flexible than the others. The name you should give those people is Divergent. -- Veronica Roth
You have failed. You can't control me! -- Veronica Roth
So you just wanted to congratulate me?" I smirk. "Well, thanks." -"Someone should," he says. "And I figured your friends might not be so congratulatory, since their ranks aren't as high... -- Veronica Roth
I smirk as Peter misses again. I can't help myself.
"Hey, Peter," I say, " Remember what a target is? -- Veronica Roth
Don't pretend", I say Breathily. "You know I'm not. I'm not ugly, but I am certainly not pretty."
"Fine. You're not pretty. So?" He kisses my cheek. "I like how you look. You're deadly smart. You're brave. -- Veronica Roth
Some people might leave you,' he said, for once ignoring a joke in favor of something real. 'But it doesn't mean you're worth leaving. It doesn't mean that at all. -- Veronica Roth
I close my eyes. I don't expect Four to reassure me, and he makes no effort to, but I feel better standing here than I did out there among the people who are my friends, my faction. -- Veronica Roth
This body had carried me through a hard life. It looked exactly the way it was supposed to. -- Veronica Roth
Why do people want to pretend that death is sleep? It isn't. It isn't. -- Veronica Roth
I don't understand', I say,'why they care what I think, as long as I'm acting how they want me to.'
'You're acting how they want you to now', he says,'but what happens when your Abnegation-wired brain tells you to do something else, something they don't want? -- Veronica Roth
I do like to hit people-I like the explosion of power and energy, and the feeling that I am untouchable because I can hurt people. But I hate that part of myself, because it is the part of me that is the most broken -- Veronica Roth
If Eric thinks I did something right, I must have done it wrong. -- Veronica Roth
I understand why she did it this way, face-first
it was because it made her feel like she was flying, like she was a bird. -- Veronica Roth
But then I stopped allowing myself to dream, because it was more painful to long for things and never get them than to deal with whatever was in front of me. [ ... ] I'm too old to hear confront nonsense anymore. Too old to believe that everything will be alright. -- Veronica Roth
I hate having an audience. -- Veronica Roth
Instability is dangerous. -- Veronica Roth
My father says that those who want power and get it live in terror of losing it. That's why we have to give power to those who do not want it. -- Veronica Roth
What good is a prepared body if you have a scattered mind? -- Veronica Roth
The gun goes off. I fall. -- Veronica Roth
It's okay to not be okay, you know. -- Veronica Roth
But now I know I am like the blade and he is like the whetstone - -- Veronica Roth
There is much I am happy to forget -- Veronica Roth
His hands skim my bare arms. "Just bounce a little when you walk," he says, kissing my forehead, "and pretend you're afraid of their guns" - another kiss between my eyebrows - "and act like the shrinking violet you could never be " - a kiss on my cheek - "and you'll be fine. -- Veronica Roth
No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens. -- Veronica Roth
I'm uncomfortable holding [my gun] now, and I used to think that my discomfort would go away with time, but now I'm not so sure. Maybe it never will, and maybe that's all right. -- Veronica Roth
They would wait for the passage of time - for the generations to pass, for each one to produce more genetically healed humans. Or, as you currently know them . . . the Divergent. -- Veronica Roth
It was him or me. I chose me. But I feel dead too. -- Veronica Roth
How is it possible to live the same story twice from different vantage points? -- Veronica Roth
Hayes. Peter Hayes. -- Veronica Roth
Faction before blood. -- Veronica Roth
I always forget that you have seen far more violence than we have, Zoe says, -- Veronica Roth
You know, there's a word for big, strong men who attack women, and it's coward. -- Veronica Roth
This is not a crisis, I told myself. You are alive. -- Veronica Roth
How can you fail a test you aren't allowed to prepare for? -- Veronica Roth
I want her, in a way I haven't felt before, not just some kind of mindless physical drive but a real, specific desire. Not for someone, just for her. -- Veronica Roth
Don't you dare try to apologize." His voice shakes. "This is not something you can bandage with a word or two and some hugging, or something. -- Veronica Roth
His hand touches my waist, steadies me. The touch sends a shock through my body, and all my insides burn like his fingers ignited them. I pull close to him, pressing my body against his, and lift my head to kiss him. -- Veronica Roth
I struggle for air, but it's not because of my aching legs; it's because of my weak heart, growing stronger with each passing second. -- Veronica Roth
You're my daughter. I don't care about the factions. -- Veronica Roth
Power should be given only to those who earn it -- Veronica Roth
I settle into their pace. The uniform pounding of feet in my ears and the homogeneity of the people around me makes me believe that I could choose this. I could be subsumed into Abnegation's hive mind, projecting always outward. -- Veronica Roth
I am better off doing as abnegation taught me: turning away from myself, projecting always outward, and hoping that in whatever is next, I will be better than I am now. -- Veronica Roth
It is only when she turns to close the door that I see a tattoo on the back of her neck, a black-and-white hawk with a red eye. If I didn't feel like my heart had migrated to my throat, I would ask her what it signifies. It must signify something. -- Veronica Roth
Let the guilt teach you how to behave next time, -- Veronica Roth
They created us, they shaped our world, they told us what to believe.
If they told us what to believe, and we didn't come to it on our own, is it still true? I press my hand harder against my chest. Steady. -- Veronica Roth
The value of a sacrifice lies in its necessity. -- Veronica Roth
So why is it so difficult for me to forgive myself? -- Veronica Roth
Independent," I say, "and uninvolved. Must be nice -- Veronica Roth
Entropy," she chirps. "It's the theory that all matter in the universe is gradually moving toward the same temperature. Also known as 'heat death. -- Veronica Roth
...there is power in self-sacrifice. -- Veronica Roth
I'm not afraid of dying, but I want to die a different way, any other way. -- Veronica Roth
Thank you, God, for your Son and for blessing me beyond comprehension. -- Veronica Roth
But when you kill someone you love, the hard part is never over. It just gets easier to distract yourself from what you've done. -- Veronica Roth
We can't survive alone, but even if we could, we wouldn't want to. -- Veronica Roth
I watch her blond head until it disappears around the bend, and I feel bare, like there's nothing left to protect me against pain. Her absence stings worst of all. -- Veronica Roth
I liked some things and hated some things. And there were some things I didn't know I had until I lost them. -- Veronica Roth
The hurts from my last day with my father are healed now, but I want to remember where they were; I want to remember what I escaped for as long as I live. -- Veronica Roth
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 -- Veronica Roth
Your daughter is doing well here. I've been overseeing her training."
Since when does "overseeing" include throwing knives at me and scolding me at every opportunity? -- Veronica Roth
But there is something appealing about it here too, a freedom, a refusal to belong to theses arbitrary categories we've made for ourselves. -- Veronica Roth
The ability to think isn't exclusive to erudite -- Veronica Roth
I would like to experience this 'date' phenomenon. -- Veronica Roth
My name is Four," I say. "Call me 'Stiff' again and you and I will have a problem. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
I'll only go if there's cake.
~Tobias "Four -- Veronica Roth
We should come up with another name for you," he says casually. "Something tougher than 'Stiff'. Like 'Blade' or 'Killer' or something. -- Veronica Roth
I don't want to be just one thing. I want to be brave and selfless and intelligent and honest and kind. -- Veronica Roth
Don't worry about me handling the pain," I say. "I've had a lot of practice. -- Veronica Roth
You need to be passionate about the creative work that you're doing, but you need to be kind of emotionally separated from how people react to it or how it does. Those things should be secondary, and primary should be your love of the creative act. -- Veronica Roth
That execution will take place here." She runs her fingertips over the table beneath her. "On this table. I thought it would be interesting to show you."
"I knew what would happen when I came here," I say. "It's just a table. And I'd like to go back to my room now. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
smell flowers, or whatever you wanted to do while you were on that stuff." "I'll kill them," I say. "I will kill them. -- Veronica Roth
This is bizarre," I say.
"I think it's beautiful," he says.
I give him a look.
"What?" He laughs a little. "They each have an equal role in government; they each feel equally responsible. And it makes them care; it makes them kind. I think that's beautiful. -- Veronica Roth
I am not an idiot," I say. "Which is why I know that it's a little weird that, of all the girls you could have chosen, you chose me. So if you're just looking for ... um, you know ... that ... " "What? Sex?" He scowls at me. -- Veronica Roth
And then I realized that my utopia was a terrible place, and no one should ever put me in charge of creating a perfect society. -- Veronica Roth
I can be a new person,someone who doesn't put up with cutting comments from Erudite know-it-alls.Someone who can cut back.Someone who's finally ready to fight.
Four. -- Veronica Roth
The reason the factions were evil is because there was no way out of them. They gave us the illusion of choice without actually giving us a choice. -- Veronica Roth
But every so often I look at Tobias, and he looks back at me, like we're passing fear back and forth between us. -- Veronica Roth
I ignore my fear," he says. "When I make decisions, I pretend it doesn't exist."
I stare at him for a second. I can't help it. To me there's a difference between not
being afraid and acting in spite of fear, as he does. -- Veronica Roth
This is how the Dauntless mourn: by chasing grief into the oblivion of alcohol and leaving it there. -- Veronica Roth
She alone filled the whole room -- Veronica Roth
I can tell by the constant shift of his eyes that he is watching the people around us-striving to see only them and to forget himself. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
They are not characterized by a particular virtue. They claim all colors, all activities, all virtues, and all flaws as their own. I -- Veronica Roth
I used to go outside every day and invent these elaborate worlds and scenarios in my head, and when I grew too old for playing pretend, I started to write everything down instead. -- Veronica Roth
( ... ) I do want to leave, in the desperate way that an animal wants to escape a trap. Wild and rabid. Ready to gnaw through bone. -- Veronica Roth
Be careful, though."
"Aren't I always?"
"No, I think the word for how you usually are is 'reckless. -- Veronica Roth
I could tell him I've been worried for weeks about what the aptitude test will tell me - Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, Amity, or Dauntless? -- Veronica Roth
How have I never realized before that for all the strong, kind parts of him, there are also hurting, broken parts? -- Veronica Roth
I try to leave some space in my mind for things to surprise me or change my mind, I think that's important. -- Veronica Roth
The way he talks about getting out - it's like he thinks we're trapped. -- Veronica Roth
Hmm." He grins, and leans forward onto his knees. He presses his hands to the metal plate, framing my head with his arms, and kisses me, slowly, on my mouth, under my jaw, right above my collarbone. -- Veronica Roth
Oh, are we at the insult part of the breakup?" she says. "Because I got in a lot of practice after what happened with Will. I have several choice things to say about her nose. -- Veronica Roth
We're like the factionless now but we will ride thus train to the end of the rain and then, we'll jump.
*Beating heart Ellie gouldin*. -- Veronica Roth
Because life is not fair, Albert. And the world is conspiring against you. -- Veronica Roth
I don't want to try to live up to someone who's created something so incredible. I'm just trying to focus on what I'm doing and what I do best. It's sometimes hard to focus in and only think about my books rather than how they measure up to someone else's. -- Veronica Roth
I point at a window to my left, and it explodes. Particles of glass rain over us. 'You'll have to do better than that,' I say. -- Veronica Roth
What?" I ask.
"I'm developing a theory."
"And it is?"
She picks up her hamburger, grins, and says, "That you have a death wish. -- Veronica Roth
I smell wet pavement, and pretend that this is all there is. -- Veronica Roth
Seeing people who are actually reading your book and listening to the wide variety of reactions they have to it, is really special. -- Veronica Roth
She said that everyone has some evil inside them, and the first step to loving anyone is to recognize the same evil inside ourselves,so we're able to forgive them. -- Veronica Roth
Promise me that you won't go. For me. Do this one thing for me. -- Veronica Roth
I don't know. But we may not have any other option. -- Veronica Roth
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 -- Veronica Roth
Stiff. That's why you're strong, get it? - Tobias Eaton -- Veronica Roth
It was an act of defiance against your leaders ... Ready to stifle the truth, and for what? To be kings of their tiny world?Its ridiculous. -- Veronica Roth
The fire, the fire. It rages within, a campfire and then an inferno, and my body is its fuel. I feel it racing through me, eating away at the weight. There is nothing that can kill me now; I am powerful and invincible and eternal. -- Veronica Roth
This concept could easily have gone awry. Stories about love tend to go that way sometimes. They wander into the realm of cheese and never return, which I think is a shame, because there is a way to write about romantic love without breaking out the Velveeta. -- Veronica Roth
Do me a favor," he says, "and don't call me that. -- Veronica Roth
An artist gives. Gives visually, gives through courses, or with free advice, through generosity of spirit and through a need to share. -- Veronica Roth
I feel uneasy. It's not often that you encounter the real person behind a good-natured mask, the darkest parts of someone. It's not comfortable when you do. -- Veronica Roth
I may be in pain, but I am not weak. -- Veronica Roth
He is stronger than anyone I know, & warmer than anyone else realizes; he is a secret that I have kept, & will keep, for the rest of my life. -- Veronica Roth
Out of my peripheral vision, I see Four shove the door open and walk out. Apparently this fight isn't interesting enough for him. Or maybe he's going to figure out why everything's spinning like a top, and I don't blame him; I want to know the answer too. -- Veronica Roth
I feel like someone is pressing me into a mold that does not fit my body, forcing me intothe wrong shape. -- Veronica Roth
It happened. It was awful. You aren't perfect. That's all there is. Don't confuse your grief with guilt. -- Veronica Roth
I didn't realize until that moment that Dauntless initiation had taught me an important lesson: how to keep going. -- Veronica Roth
Four grabs a bar with each hand and pulls himself up, easy, like he's sitting up in bed. But he is not comfortable or natural here
every muscle in his arm stands out. it is a stupid thing for me to think when I am one hundred feet off the ground. -- Veronica Roth
may have lived on Abnegation bread and vegetables for most of my life, with nothing to spare, but I was never that desperate. -- Veronica Roth
This was the first place I everfelt strong. Every time I breathe this air I feel it again. -- Veronica Roth
We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another. -- Veronica Roth
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. -- Veronica Roth
Our city is changing, faster now than ever before, and in order to keep up with it, we'll have to change, too. We'll have to become stronger, braver, better than we are now. -- Veronica Roth
At first Eric stares at Four in silence. Four stares back. -- Veronica Roth
I know that change is difficult, and comes slowly, and that it is the work of many days strung together in a long line until the origin of them is forgotten. -- Veronica Roth
The next morning, I am silly and light. Every time I push the smile from my face, it fights its way back. Eventually I stop suppressing it. -- Veronica Roth
I feel like myself, strong and weak at once - allowed, at least for a little while, to be both. -- Veronica Roth
And I don't want to die anymore. I am up to the challenge of bearing the guilt and the grief, up to facing the difficulties that life has put in my path. Some days are harder than others, but I am ready to live each one of them. I can't sacrifice myself, this time. -- Veronica Roth
not Dauntless; I'm Divergent. -- Veronica Roth
I didn't know what I would do when I found you. But it was always my intention to save you. -- Veronica Roth
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. "Ruin them. -- Veronica Roth
We may both be bad, but there's a huge difference between us - I'm not content with being this way. -- Veronica Roth
As much automatic, Abnegation-bred sympathy as I have for the people living in this place, I am also afraid of them. If they are like the factionless, then they are surely desperate like the factionless, and I am wary of desperate people. -- Veronica Roth
This is what I wanted most to avoid: for my rises and falls to become Tobias's rises and falls. That's why I can't let him step in to defend me now. -- Veronica Roth
That's the first time I've ever said those words out loud, and now I hear how strange they are. How many young men fear that there is a monster instead them? People are supposed to fear others, not themselves. -- Veronica Roth
I don't believe it is more important to move forward than to know the truth. -- Veronica Roth
It is not political ideology, religious belief, race, or nationalism that is to blame for a warring world. Rather, they determined that it was the fault of human personality - of humankind's inclination toward evil, in whatever form that is. -- Veronica Roth
I don't know why I told him that. Maybe just because it's true, and tonight of all nights, is the time for honesty. Tonight I will be honest, and selfless, and brave. -- Veronica Roth
Just do what you're supposed to. -- Veronica Roth
I fall in love with this life all over again. It's only when I try to live it myself that I have trouble. It never feels genuine. -- Veronica Roth
I know that I'll be writing for young adults for a long time. Mostly because I just love the readers and the teachers and librarians that I interact with. -- Veronica Roth
If utopian fiction became the new trend, I wouldn't read it. -- Veronica Roth
She must not trust me. That means I'm not doing as good a job as her pretend right-hand man as I think I am. -- Veronica Roth
We don't need you as an ally," says Tori. "We're Dauntless. -- Veronica Roth
She sighs, then breaks a piece off the muffin in my hand. 'Hey. There are plenty more just five feet to your right.'
'then you shouldn't be so concerned about losing some of yours.' she says, grinning.
'Fair enough. -- Veronica Roth
Extravagance is considered self-indulgent and unnecessary. -- Veronica Roth
One choice will define you. -- Veronica Roth
My family would never approve of me firing a gun. They would say that guns are used for self-defense, if not violence, and therefore they are self-serving. -- Veronica Roth
But now I know how large the world is ... Well. I suppose I have grown to large out of my faction. As a consequence. -- Veronica Roth
Tris," said tobias. "I love you -- Veronica Roth
Maybe forgiveness is just the continual pushing aside of bitter memories, until time dulls the hurt and anger, and the wrong is forgotten. -- Veronica Roth
There is an art to Noavek bullshit," Cyra said as she muted the feed. "We're taught it from birth. -- Veronica Roth
but he, like me, -- Veronica Roth
Someone with many, strong mirror neurons could have a flexible personality - capable of mimicking others as the situation calls for it rather than remaining constant. -- Veronica Roth
The Candor man wears a black suit with a white tie - Candor standard uniform. Their faction values honesty and sees the truth as black and white, so that is what they wear. -- Veronica Roth
We move closer together like sections of a tightened shoelace -- Veronica Roth
I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another. It is a beautiful thought. -- Veronica Roth
You die, I die too. -- Veronica Roth
I'm not a fool, no matter what you people think of the Thuvhesit,' Akos snapped, his cheeks going ruddy as he picked up the practice blade. 'You think I'm going to just let you set me up for a fall?'"
p184 -- Veronica Roth
But requiring a person to disappear, to fade into the background wherever they go, is no better than encouraging them to punch one another. -- Veronica Roth
She made ugly things beautiful, somehow, and he would never understand it. "
pg 346 -- Veronica Roth
Got that gun?" Peter says to Tobias. "No," says Tobias, "I figured I would shoot the bullets out of my nostrils, so I left it upstairs. -- Veronica Roth
Insane? No. Dauntless, Yes -- Veronica Roth
Oh. I just assumed ... That because I am so absorbed by him everyone must be too. -- Veronica Roth
Human reason can excuse any evil; that is why it's so important that we don't rely on it. -- Veronica Roth
You are far less likely to soil your pants and cry for your mother if you're prepared to defend yourself. -- Veronica Roth
I'm just wondering if it's a good thing to resign yourself quite this much to small steps when you could take some big ones. -- Veronica Roth
I prefer to look at it another way-which is that if they are persistent enough, even tiny drops of water, over time, can change the rock forever. And it will never change back. -- Veronica Roth
What thought or message would you put in a fortune cookie?
Stop reading this. Eat the cookie and live your life. -- Veronica Roth
I blink a few times and focus as hard as I can on the only face I can see. It is contorted with anger. His eyes are dark blue.
"Four," I croak. -- Veronica Roth