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Laurie Halse Anderson Quotes

41 of the best book quotes from Laurie Halse Anderson
  1. #1
    “Poppa fought like a lion when they came for him, the strongest lion, roaring; it took five of them with hickory clubs, and then Momma fainted, and I caught baby Ruth.”
  2. #2
    “Christmas at home had meant eating Momma’s bread pudding with maple syrup and nutmeg, and reading the Gospel of Matthew out loud whilst Ruth played in Momma’s lap. I was miles away from celebrating like that.”
  3. #3
    “She did not look into my eyes, did not see the lion inside. She did not see the me of me, the Isabel.”
  4. #4
    “I was lost . . . but it was like looking at a knot, knowing it was a knot, but not knowing how to untie it. I had no map for this life.”
  5. #5
    “He freed me from the stocks. He is my friend. My only friend.”
  6. #6
    “Being loyal to the one who owned me gave me prickly thoughts, like burrs trapped in my shift, pressing into my skin with every step.”
  7. #7
    “One by one they dragged us forward, and a man shouted out prices to the crowd of likely buyers and baby Ruth cried, and Momma shook like the last leaf on a tree, and Poppa… and Poppa, he didn’t want them to bust up our family like we were sheep or hogs.”
  8. #8
    “My momma and poppa appeared from the shadows. They flew to me and wrapped their arms around me and cooled my face with their ghost tears.”
  9. #9
    “Momma said we had to fight the evil inside us by overcoming it with goodness.”
  10. #10
    “I worked as a puppet trained to scrub and carry, curtsy and nod.”
  1. #11
    “Half my roll disappeared in one bite. It was the first decent food I’d had since Jenny’s kitchen. Curzon watched me without saying a word. When I licked the butter off my fingers, he gave me his roll.”
  2. #12
    “My belly ached again, as if I were still at sea and the waves were throwing me off balance.”
  3. #13
    “It is honorable to help a friend in need.”
  4. #14
    “I could not eat or drink a thing for my belly was tied up with fear. My thoughts chased round and round my brainpan.”
  5. #15
    “I could not visit the prison daily. I was sure to be caught and punished. But I had to visit the prison daily. Curzon’s life depended on it.”
  6. #16
    “A scar is a sign of strength . . . The sign of a survivor.”
  7. #17
    “We couldn’t take Momma’s shells, nor Ruth’s baby doll made of flannel bits and calico, nor the wooden bowl Poppa made for me. Nothing belonged to us.”
  8. #18
    “My remembery called up the feel of being locked in the stocks, of my face being burnt, of him watching me from across the courtyard; him watching out for me. ‘Twas Curzon who made sure I survived. ‘Twas he who had been my steadfast friend since the day they brought me here.”
  9. #19
    “‘When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time. You’d be shocked at how many adults are really dead inside - walking through their days with no idea who they are, just waiting for a heart attack or cancer or a Mack truck to come along and finish the job. It’s the saddest thing I know.’”
  10. #20
    “It is easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say.”
  1. #21
    “This closet is abandoned - it has no purpose, no name. It is the perfect place for me.”
  2. #22
    “Deprived of Victim, Mom and Dad holler at each other. I turn up the music to drown out the noise.”
  3. #23
    “I close my eyes, this is what I’ve been dreading. As we leave the last stop, I am the only person sitting alone.”
  4. #24
    “You don’t like anything. You are the most depressed person I’ve ever met, and excuse me for saying this, but you are no fun to be around and I think you need professional help.”
  5. #25
    “I want to confess everything, to hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else.”
  6. #26
    “I see a few friends - people I used to think were my friends - but they look away.”
  7. #27
    “I don’t want to be cool. I want to grab her by the neck and shake her and scream at her to stop treating me like dirt. She didn’t even bother to find out the truth – what kind of friend is that?”
  8. #28
    “‘This is where you can find your soul, if you dare. Where you can touch that part of you that you’ve never dared look at before.’”
  9. #29
    “If an entire nation could see its freedom, why not a girl?”
  10. #30
    “We fall into clans: Jocks, Country Clubbers, Idiot Savants, Cheerleaders, Human Waste, Eurotrash, Future Fascists of America, Big Hair Chix, the Marthas, Suffering Artists, Thespians, Goths, Shredders. I am clanless.”
  1. #31
    “I open up a paper clip and scratch it across the inside of my left wrist. Pitiful. If a suicide attempt is a cry for help, then what is this? A whimper, a peep? I draw little windowcracks of blood, etching line after line until it stops hurting. It looks like I arm-wrestled a rosebush.”
  2. #32
    “It wasn’t my fault. He hurt me. It wasn’t my fault. And I’m not going to let it kill me. I can grow.”
  3. #33
    “They swallow her whole and she never looks back at me. Not once.”
  4. #34
    “He says a million things without saying a word. I make a note to study David Petrakis. I have never heard a more eloquent silence.”
  5. #35
    “The tears dissolve the last block of ice in my throat. I feel the frozen stillness melt down through the inside of me, dripping shards of ice that vanish in a puddle of sunlight on the stained floor. Words float up.”
  6. #36
    “I’m sure I was a huge disappointment. I’m not pretty or smart or athletic. I’m just like them - an ordinary drone dressed in secrets and lies.”
  7. #37
    “You’re a good kid. I think you have a lot to say. I’d like to hear it.”
  8. #38
    “I don’t know where you picked up that slacker attitude, but you certainly didn’t learn it at home. Probably from the bad influences up here.”
  9. #39
    “There is a beast in my gut, I can hear it scraping away at my ribs. Even if I dump the memory, it will stay with me, staining me.”
  10. #40
    “My belly flipped with worry . . . It was up to me to take care of things, to find a place for us. I had to be bold.”
  11. #41
    “Melancholy held me hostage, and the bees built a hive of sadness in my soul. Dark honey filled up inside me, drowning out my thoughts and making it hard to move my eyes and hands.”

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