46 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In YA Literature
1. “You could rattle the stars. You could do anything, if you only dared. And deep down, you know it too, and that’s what scares you the most.” —Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass
2. “Because sometimes chance and circumstance can seem like the most appalling injustice, but we just have to adapt. That’s all we can do.” —Gavin Extence, The Universe Versus Alex Woods
3. “I can’t seem to be a pessimist long enough to overlook the possibility of things being overwhelmingly good.” —John Corey Whaley, Where Things Come Back
4. “Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.” ―Christopher Paolini, Eragon
5. “Because Margo knows the secret of leaving, the secret I have only just now learned; leaving feels good and pure only when you leave something important, something that mattered to you. Pulling life out by the roots. But you can’t do that until your life has grown roots.” —John Green, Paper Towns
6. “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.” ―J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
7. “I’m done with those; regrets are an excuse for people who have failed.” —Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story
8. “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
9. “The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.” —Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me
10. “Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” —Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park
11. “Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.” —Natalie Babbit, Tuck Everlasting
12. “Just because we’ve been … dealt a certain hand … it doesn’t mean that we can’t choose to rise above — to conquer the boundaries of a destiny that none of us wanted.” —Stephenie Meyer, Twilight
13. “Some walks you have to take alone.” —Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
14. “That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.” —John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
15. “We believe in the wrong things. That’s what frustrates me the most. Not the lack of belief, but the belief in the wrong things. You want meaning? Well, the meanings are out there. We’re just so damn good at reading them wrong.” —Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
16. “Why would you be given wings if you weren’t meant to fly?” —Leslye Walton, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
17. “Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.” —Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
18. “It’s just that…I just think that some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It’s the universe’s way of providing contrast, you know? There have to be a few holes in the road. It’s how life is.” —Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
19. “The universe is bigger than anything that can fit into your mind.” —Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead
20. “I try to think about how it all works. At school dances, I sit in the background, and I tap my toe, and I wonder how many couples will dance to ‘their song.’ In the hallways, I see the girls wearing the guys’ jackets, and I think about the idea of property. And I wonder if anyone is really happy. I hope they are. I really hope they are.” —Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
21. “Things were rough all over but it was better that way. That way, you could tell the other guy was human too.” —S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders
22. “What if evil doesn’t really exist? What if evil is something dreamed up by man, and there is nothing to struggle against except our own limitations? The constant battle between our will, our desires, and our choices?” —Libba Bray, Rebel Angels
23. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” —J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
24. “It’s like the people who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. If you see what I mean.” —Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
25. “I can tell you that the end of a life is the sum of the love that was lived in it, that whatever you think you have sworn, being here at the end of Jem’s life is not what is important. It was being here for every other moment.” —Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess
26. “Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.” —Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle In Time
27. “Maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it” —Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper
28. “People never really died. They only went on to a better place, to wait a while for their loved ones to join them. And then once more they went back to the world, in the same way they had arrived the first time around.” ―V.C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic
29. “Goodbye, I say, goodbye, as I disappear little by little into the middle of the middle of my own spectacular now.” —Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now
30. “But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way…Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.” —Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave
31. “The words were on their way, and when they arrived, she would hold them in her hands like clouds, and she would ring them out like the rain.” —Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
32. “Child, no one is ever ready for anything. I would never doom you to that. What sort of adventureless life would that be?” —Alethea Kontis, Enchanted
33. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” —John Steinbeck, East of Eden
34. “Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.” ―Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You the Sun
35. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.” —David Levithan, Every Day
36. “Doubt everything at least once. What you decide to keep, you’ll be able to be confident of. And what you decide to ditch, you will replace with what your instincts tell you is true.” ―Amy Plum, After the End
37. “Just as a river by night shines with the reflected light of the moon, so too do you shine with the light of your family, your people, and your God. So you are never far from home, never alone, wherever you go.” —Karen Cushman, Catherine Called Birdy
38. “You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” —John Green, Looking for Alaska
39. “There’s no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it.” —George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
40. “I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.” —Lauren Oliver, Delirium
41. “We feel cold, but we don’t mind it, because we will not come to harm. And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn’t feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the aurora, or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It’s worth being cold for that.” —Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass
42. “It’s a lot easier to be lost than found. It’s the reason we’re always searching and rarely discovered—so many locks not enough keys.” ―Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key
43. “On that cold night in January it all slipped into place for me and she became my everything and my everyone. My music, my sun, my words, my logic, my confusion, my flaw.” —Julie Murphy, Side Effects May Vary
44. “Hope? Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” —Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone
45. “[She] had always suffered from a vague restlessness, a longing for adventure that she told herself severely was the result of reading too many novels when she was a small child.” —Robin McKinley, The Blue Sword
46. “Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels, but old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.” —J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Maybe you just have to live for the small things, like being called pretty or someone picking up the pen you dropped or laughing so hard that your stomach hurts. Maybe that’s all that really matters at the end of the day.
miscellaneous tips for your first year of college/university:
- try as much as possible to avoid 8 am classes. you could do it in high school, but trust me when I say you don’t want them in college. (but also realize that sometimes you have to take them if you want to graduate on time, especially if the classes are only offered during a certain time.)
- go to office hours. go to office hours. for the love of god, go to office hours. you want to be on good terms with the professors, especially those in your major department because chances are you’ll be in their class more than once and you’ll need a letter of rec from them.
- but if you’re trying to raise your grade, kiss up to the TA (teacher’s assistant). they’re the ones that are in charge of your grade, not the professor. they know you better because of the smaller class sizes and they’ll know how much work you’re really putting into the class.
- it’s quite possible the pull off writing a 5-7 page paper the night before it’s due and still get a good grade on it if you know the material well.
- address emails to the professor with “Hello Professor, …”, include the class you’re in, and conclude with your name and student ID number. be professional and keep in mind that the professor lectures to hundreds of students.
- bring a cold bottle of water to morning lectures and drink from it if you feel like falling asleep. the cold will keep you up (and it’s healthier and cheaper than coffee).
- library floors get quieter the higher you move up.
- if you want to take adderall, don’t start with a large dose. start with 10mg, see how you handle it, and go from there. adderall can be dangerous if you OD. some side effects of adderall include trouble falling asleep and loss of appetite.
- it’s in your best interests not to plagiarize. properly cite all the sources you use. maybe you got away with it in high school, but that shit won’t fly in college.
- study groups are only helpful and beneficial to you if everyone in that group has something to contribute.
- self control, momentum, and evernote are great productivity apps for your mac.
- tide pods for laundry is so much easier than lugging down a bottle of detergent and a separate bottle of softener and then having to measure them out.
- if you’ve already washed your colored clothes at least once, you don’t need to separate lights from darks. just remember to use cold water. (I myself am a lazy fuck and I don’t sort my laundry at all. my clothes are fine.)
- ask your RA to get a clock radio for the bathroom (if it’s communal) so music can drown out the sound of the person taking a shit in the stall next to you.
- don’t be afraid to speak up if your roommate does something that is annoying you. approach them in a friendly way (chances are, they didn’t even notice it was bothering you) so that they’ll give you the same courtesy. communication is key.
- you don’t have to be friends with your roommate. you just have to live with them. don’t try and force a friendship if it clearly isn’t working.
- don’t be that asshole that hits their snooze button 10 times so their alarm goes off repeatedly.
- instant noodles = life.
- bring tupperware and hide it in your backpack so you can sneak food out of the dining commons.
- don’t go to parties if you don’t like them.
- don’t drink any hard liquor that comes from a plastic handle.
- you should not be with friends that try to convince you to violate your morals.
- conversely, you should also not be with friends that judge you if you don’t share their morals.
- always. use. the. buddy. system.
- if someone passes out/falls asleep, lay them on their side, not their back. that way, if they throw up, they won’t choke.
- if you get to the point where you need an ambulance because of all of the drugs/alcohol you ingested, tell the medic the truth about the substances you took. they’re not interested in putting you in jail; they’re just trying to save your fucking life. (I can personally attest to this.)
- make sure the change your privacy settings on facebook if you don’t want your family seeing pictures of you with alcohol in the background, dressed promiscuously, etc. some friends don’t ask before putting up/tagging you in pictures.
- to someone that has never had sex, it seems like everyone is having sex all the time and that’s all that matters, but trust me when I say that’s the furthest thing from the truth. don’t let the pressure get to you.
- use condoms even if you’re on birth control to protect from STDs.
- try to take a sex ed/human sexuality class. (the one I took was offered through the sociology department.) in universities as opposed to high school, the sex ed is more comprehensive, usually covers queer relationships (mine did), and does not teach from an abstinence-only POV. they’re very helpful even for those who have had a lot of experience.
- don’t expect people you hook up with at parties to be anything more than that - hookups.
- abstaining from sex doesn’t make you any better than someone who fucks a new person every weekend and being sexually active doesn’t make you “cooler” and someone who has never had sex. remember that.
- don’t use flavored condoms for penetrative sex; you could get a yeast infection. flavored condoms are meant for oral sex only.
- speaking of condoms, it’s really easy to get them for free. student health hands them
out like candy the first couple weeks of school.
- get tested first if you and your partner want to have unprotected sex. seriously.
free free to message me any more questions you might have about college/uni. I’d be happy to help/share from my personal experience or elaborate on anything I’ve said here. reblog and add more tips if you have them; I’m sure i haven’t thought of everything. have a great upcoming school year, freshmen!
Claire, for what it’s worth, I know Luke and the other guys have abilities but so do you. What? You have saved just as many lives, helped just as many people. You just don’t make the headlines. You’re going to make me blush.
Maybe you just have to live for the small things, like being called pretty or someone picking up the pen you dropped or laughing so hard that your stomach hurts. Maybe that’s all that really matters at the end of the day.
And that’s the thing about life, it continues on, even if you don’t want it to. Even if you’re trapped in the past and swear you’ll never move on, there’s always a new day ahead. You just have to choose to live in the present and not in the memories.
Excerpt from a book I’ll never write, 70
“All good things must end”
You think I don’t understand what you’re feeling? I have been a cop for almost as long as you’ve been alive. So you should know, putting on that suit does not make everybody safe. For every person you save, there’s gonna be somebody you can’t. And the hardest thing you’re gonna have to face is not some monster out there with powers. It’s gonna be that feeling of uselessness when you can’t do anything. Or the guilt that weighs on you when you make a mistake. Some things, Barry, you can’t fight. Some things you just have to live with.
“I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”
“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
“You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.”
“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear.”
We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”
“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life.”
“I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose.”
“I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you.”
“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”
“Death must be so beautiful.”
Death is for the dead.”
To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.”
Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why?
“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”
“Even death has a heart.”
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.”
“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”
“I would have chosen death for a chance to tell you the truth, if I could have been assured that death would be my own.”
Last is the door of death. The final resort. Nothing can hurt us after we are dead, or so we have been told.”
“In that moment before I let go, I really had been contemplating my death. I’d come to terms with it and accepted it.
“If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character…Would you slow down? Or speed up?”
“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
Do you know where the wicked go after death?”
“When the self-congratulatory part of the evening is over, maybe we could get back to saving my best friend from being exsanguinated to death?”
“You only live twice: Once when you are born; And once when you look death in the face”
“Every life has death and every light has shadow. Be content to stand in the light and let the shadow fall where it will.”
“And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death.”
“No. Even though I’m practically starving to death, he won’t even consider it.
“Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities.”
“Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them.”
“Death is Peaceful, Life is Harder”
“Life isn’t fair, it’s just fairer than death, that’s all.”
There is no drinking after death.”
“Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.”
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
“Someone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn’t know a thing about life.”
“Sex is kicking death in the ass while singing.”
“Death is no more than passing from one room into another.”
“I am so far from being a pessimist…on the contrary, in spite of my scars, I am tickled to death at life.”
“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”
“People living deeply have no fear of death.”
“I don’t want to fade away, I want to flame away - I want my death to be an attraction, a spectacle, a mystery. A work of art.”
“I just want to break that song into pieces and love them all to death.”
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.”
I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”
“Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can.”
“Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.”
“I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.”
“I’m not afraid of death. It’s the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life.”
“Stupidity isn’t punishable by death. If it was, there would be a hell of a population drop.”
“Why do people want to pretend that death is sleep? It isn’t. It isn’t.”
“So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight.”
“The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains.”
“There are so many worse things than death. Not to be loved or not to be able to love: that is worse.”
This was it. This was the moment Patton had been waiting for for weeks.
Logan was sitting on the couch, reading War And Peace for about the twentieth time. Despite this, the trait was completely absorbed in the story. He hadn’t lifted his eyes from the book for a solid thirty minutes.
It was just what Patton needed.
With Logan distracted, the lighter trait could easily sneak up on him, and Patton was currently crouched behind the couch.
This was it! Finally, he was going to be able to do it!
Slowly, Patton got to his feet, being careful not to make a sound. He was now standing behind Logan, who was still reading his book, completely oblivious to what was happening around him. A huge grin split Patton’s face in two, and he curled his hands into faux claws, raising them above the other trait. Then…
Patton’s fingers wiggled against Logan’s sides, attempting to tickle the other trait.
There was silence.
Patton’s face fell, and his brow furrowed with confusion. He moved his wiggling fingers to Logan’s ribs.
Patton stuck his wiggling fingers into Logan’s armpits now.
He tried the neck, even reaching under the chin.
He moved back down, lightly squeezing the hips now.
Patton let out a noise of frustration, and walked around to the other side of the couch, so he was facing Logan. He knelt, lifted the other traits arms (to no protest), and wiggled his fingers against the stomach.
Again, there was no reaction.
Patton slipped a hand under Logan’s shirt, and wiggled a finger lightly in the other’s belly button. Not a sound. Patton looked up, and saw that Logan wasn’t trying to hold back any laughter, much less a smile. In fact, he was still reading.
Frown deepening, Patton lightly squeezed Logan’s thighs, and wiggled his fingers behind his knees. When that didn’t work, he wiggled his fingers over Logan’s feet. But he got no reaction either.
Patton was about to continue, when he realized that he was out of spots to try. He stood up, and looked at Logan, utterly bewildered. “You’re…you’re not ticklish!” He said, sounding shocked.
Logan finally looked up from his book, and cocked an eyebrow at Patton. “That’s true. Why is that so surprising?” He asked.
“Because everybody’s ticklish!” Patton exclaimed. “Even Virgil’s ticklish! How can you not be?!”
“There are plenty of people who aren’t ticklish,” Logan explained calmly. “I happen to be one of them.”
“But…but…that isn’t fair!” Patton sputtered. “How am I supposed to pretend to be the tickle monster with you?!”
“You’ll just have to live without it,” Logan said, his eyes returning to his book.
Patton pouted, and crossed his arms. “This is so unfair,” he repeated. “You’re so serious, and I can’t even tickle you to get a smile!”
“You’ll have to find another way to make me smile. Like good humor,” Logan offered.
“But you never laugh at my dad jokes!” Patton whined.
“Those don’t qualify as good humor,” Logan explained dryly.
Patton’s pout became more severe, and he let out a noise of disappointment.
“However,” Logan began, placing a bookmark in his book, and setting it down on the coffee table, “I will accept your declaration of war.”
Patton’s pout turned into a confused expression. “What?” He said.
“I said I will accept your declaration of war,” Logan repeated as he got off the couch, and walked over to Patton. “You attacked me, so it is only fair that I attack you.”
“Oh!” Patton exclaimed, smile returning. Then, a few moments later, it dropped again and his face paled as the pieces fully clicked. “Ooooohhhhh…Logan, don’t-”
But Patton hadn’t even finished his protest before Logan had picked him up, carried him to the couch, and dropped him on it. The logical trait had then sat on his waist, effectively pinning him down, slipped his hands under Patton’s shirt, and began tickling his belly.
Patton couldn’t even hope to hold back his reactions, as laughter poured from his mouth. “Lohohogahahan! Nohohoho! Thihihis ihihisn’t fahahaHAHAIR!” He squealed.
“I did not start this,” Logan reminded him calmly, now sticking a finger in Patton’s belly button and wiggling it around.
Patton squealed again, and kicked his legs. “LohohoOOOGAAAAN! STAHP!”
His plea fell on deaf ears, as Logan continued to tickle him, moving his free hand to squeeze a side.
“PleeeeEEEase Lohohohogahan! Stahahahahaaap ihihit!” Patton continued to beg, squirming as much as he could. His cheeks began to flush, and his eyes crinkled up.
“I cannot stop. You have not given me an official surrender, which means that the war is over,” Logan explained, keeping a straight face through this entire ordeal. He began to lightly knead Patton’s belly, causing the muscles to tense up as they tried to escape.
Patton threw his head back with hysterical laughter, and he reached up his arms to try and push Logan away. “IHIHI SUHUHURREEEENDEHEHER! IIIIII SUHURREHEHENDEEER!” He shrieked, his hard laughter making him feel lightheaded.
True to his word, Logan stopped, and climbed off of Patton. “Perhaps you will take this as a lesson: never attack somebody when their back is turned,” he said, picking up his book. “Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I am going to continue reading in my room.” And with that, he was off.
Fame, do I like it? No. It has bought a lot for me in my career, but there are a lot of downsides to it. You give up your privacy. I did it to myself but not to my family and friends. You don’t ask for it. You just have to live with it.