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  • #1
    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, Divergent

  • #2
    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, Divergent

  • #3
    Veronica Roth
    “We believe in shouting for those who can only whisper, in defending those who cannot defend themselves.”
    Veronica Roth

  • #4
    Veronica Roth
    “Wait a second," Four says. I turn toward him, wondering which version of Four I'll see now-the one who scolds me, or the one who climbs Ferris wheels with me. He smiles a little, but the smile doesn't spread to his eyes, which look less tense and worried.

    "You belong here, you know that?" he says. "You belong with us. It'll be over soon, so just hold on, okay?"

    He scratches behind his ear and looks away, like he's embarrassed by what he said.

    I stare at him. I feel my heartbeat everywhere, even in my toes. I feel like doing something bold, but I could just as easily walk away. I am not sure which option is smarter, or better. I am not sure that I care.

    I reach out and take his hand. His fingers slide between mine. I can't breathe.

    I stare up at him, and he stares down at me. For a long moment, we stay that way. Then I pull my hand away and run after Uriah and Lynn and Marlene. Maybe now he thinks I'm stupid, or strange. Maybe it was worth it.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #5
    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, Divergent

  • #6
    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, Divergent

  • #7
    Veronica Roth
    “My heart beats so hard it hurts, and I can't scream and I can't breathe, but I also feel everything, every vein and every fiber, every bone and every nerve, all awake and buzzing in my body as if charged with electricity. I am pure adrenaline.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #8
    Veronica Roth
    “Somewhere inside me is a merciful, forgiving person. Somewhere there is a girl who tries to understand what people are going through, who accepts that people do evil things and that desperation leads them to darker places than they ever imagined. I swear she exists, and she hurts for the repentant boy I see in front of me.

    But if I saw her, I wouldn't recognize her.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #9
    Veronica Roth
    “I can’t answer either question. But the look she gives me reminds me of the look in the attack dog’s eyes in the aptitude test – a vicious, predatory stare. She wants to rip me to pieces. I can’t lie down in submission now. I have become an attack dog too.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #10
    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, Divergent

  • #11
    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, Divergent

  • #12
    Veronica Roth
    “I feel more like myself. That is all I need: to remember who I am. And I am someone who does not let inconsequential things like boys and near-death experiences stop her.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #13
    Veronica Roth
    “Four flips the gun in this hand, presses the barrel to Peter's forehead, and clicks a bullet into place. Peter freezes with his lips parted, the yawn dead in his mouth. "Wake. Up," Four snaps. "You are holding a loaded gun, you idiot. Act like it.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #14
    Veronica Roth
    “People tend to overestimate my character," I say quietly. "They think that because I'm small, or a girl, or a Stiff, I can't possibly be cruel. But they're wrong.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #15
    Veronica Roth
    “A chasm reminds us that there is a fine line between bravery and idiocy.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #16
    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, Divergent
    tags: love

  • #17
    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, Divergent

  • #18
    Veronica Roth
    “Leaving us with Eric is like hiring a babysitter who spends his time sharpening knives.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #19
    Veronica Roth
    “Learning how to think in the midst of fear is a lesson that everyone needs to learn.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #20
    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, Divergent

  • #21
    Veronica Roth
    “It isn’t right to wish pain on other people just because they hurt me first.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent
    tags: pain

  • #22
    Veronica Roth
    “I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless.
    I am Divergent. And I can’t be controlled.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #23
    Veronica Roth
    “I have your back. I didn't mean only when it's easy. All the time.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #24
    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, Divergent
    tags: love

  • #25
    Veronica Roth
    “It was him or me. I chose me. But I feel dead too.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #26
    Veronica Roth
    “When I look at the Abnegation lifestyle as an outsider, I think it’s beautiful. When I watch my family move in harmony; when we go to dinner parties and everyone cleans together afterward without having to be asked; when I see Caleb help strangers carry their groceries, I fall in love with this life all over again.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #27
    Veronica Roth
    “Can you be a girl for a few seconds?"
    "I'm always a girl" I frown.
    "You know what I mean. Like a silly, annoying girl"
    I twirl my hair around my finger. "Kay.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #27
    Veronica Roth
    “Why do people want to pretend that death is sleep? It isn't. It isn't.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #28
    Veronica Roth
    “Yeah, well," I say, "I left Abnegation because I wasn't selfless enough, no matter how hard I tried to be."
    "That's not entirely true." He smiles at me. "That girl who let someone throw knives at her to spare a friend, who hit my dad with a belt to protect me-that selfless girl, that's not you?"...
    "You've been paying close attention, haven't you?"
    "I like to observe people/"
    "Maybe you were cut out for Candor, Four, because you're a terrible liar.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • #29
    Veronica Roth
    “If Eric thinks I did something right, I must have done it wrong.”
    Veronica Roth, Divergent



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