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Between Shades of Gray Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Between Shades of Gray
  1. #1
    “Part of me felt guilty. Was it selfish that I wanted to live, even though my parents were gone?”
  2. #2
    “I shut the bathroom door and caught sight of my face in the mirror. I had no idea how quickly it was to change, to fade. If I had, I would have stared at my reflection, memorizing it. It was the last time I would look into a real mirror for more than a decade.”
  3. #3
    “I planted a seed of hatred in my heart. I swore it would grow to be a massive tree whose roots would strangle them all.”
  4. #4
    “How could Stalin simply take something that didn’t belong to him, something that a farmer and his family had worked their whole lives for?”
  5. #5
    “Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother’s was worth a pocket watch.”
  6. #6
    “He threw his burning cigarette onto our clean living room floor and ground it into the wood with his boot. We were about to become cigarettes.”
  1. #7
    “My point is that we’re dealing with two devils who both want to rule hell.”
  2. #8
    ″‘Hide them. Keep them safe for me,’ I said, putting my hands on top of his. ‘I don’t know where we’re going. I don’t want them to be destroyed. There’s so much of me, of all of us, in these drawings.‘”
  3. #9
    “I don’t deserve anything. You stand for what is right, Lina, without the expectation of gratitude or reward.”
  4. #10
    “I scanned the group. Faces spoke to their future. I saw courage, anger, fear and confusion. Others were hopeless. They had already given up.”
  5. #11
    “Pardon me? Is that really what she said? These men burst into our home at night, slam her into the mirror-and she asks them to pardon her?”
  6. #12
    ″‘Do you understand?’ My father looked at Andrius, hesitant. ‘You can help me find you,’ he whispered. ‘I’ll know it’s you…just like you know Munch. But you must be very careful.‘”

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  1. #13
    “Mother was starving herself to feed us.”
  2. #14
    “The child let out a soft cry and its tiny fists pummeled the air. Its fight for life had begun.”
  3. #15
    “I closed my eyes and tried to think of something, anything, to calm myself. I pictured my sketchbook. I felt my hands stir. Images, like celluloid frames, rolled through my mind.”
  4. #16
    ″‘Our sense of humor,’ said Mother, her eyes pooled with laughing tears. ‘They can’t take that away from us, right?’”
  5. #17
    “I clung to my rusted dreams during the times of silence. It was at gunpoint that I fell into every hope and allowed myself to wish from the deepest part of my heart. Komorov thought he was torturing us. But we were escaping into a stillness within ourselves. We found strength here.”
  6. #18
    “It is my greatest hope that the pages in this jar stir your deepest well of human compassion. I hope they prompt you to do something, to tell someone. Only then can we ensure that this kind of evil is never allowed to repeat itself.”
  7. #19
    “Joana’s freedom had cost me mine.”
  8. #20
    “Foolish woman. Don’t you realize this is just the beginning? We have the chance now to die with dignity.”
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