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Jodi Picoult’s “Nineteen Minutes” Quotes (37 Quotes)


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  • But will you miss me? More importantly - will I miss you? Does either one of us really want to hear the answer to that question?
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • One person's trauma is another's loss of innocence.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • When you begin a journey of revenge, start by digging two graves: one for your enemy, and one for yourself.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • Can you hate someone for what they have done, but still love them for whom they had been?
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • Or. I hate that word. It's two letters long and stuffed to the gills with reasonable doubt.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")


  • When you're hurting deeply, you go inward.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • Cuando eres adolescente no eres intocable. Eres estúpido.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • Peter took a shuddering breath. He wondered what his fish had thought, expecting the cool blue of the sea, only to wind up swimming in shit.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • You might have to lose control before you could find out what you'd been missing.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • Do you know how there are moments when the world moves so slowly you can feel your bones shifting, your mind tumbling? When you think that no matter what happens to you for the rest of your life, you will remember every last detail of that one minute forever?
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • She felt a cage coming down around her; too late she realized that he had her trapped by the heart. And like any unwilling animal that was well and truly caught, she could escape only by leaving a piece of herself behind.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • Doctors put a wall up between themselves and their patients; nurses broke it down.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • She stared at Peter, and she realized that in that one moment, when she hadn't been thinking, she knew exactly what he'd felt as he moved through the school with his backpack and his guns. Every kid in this school played a role: jock, brain, beauty, freak. All Peter had done was what they all secretly dreamed of: be someone, even for just nineteen minutes, who nobody else was allowed to judge.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • Everyone knew that if you divided reality by expectation, you got a happiness quotient. But when you invert the equation - expectation divided by reality - you didn't get the opposite of happiness. What you got, Lewis realized, was hope.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • She suddenly remembered studying the brain in science class- how a steel rod pierced a man's skull, and he opened his mouth to speak Portuguese, a language he'd never studied. Maybe it would be like this, now, for Josie. Maybe her native tongue, from here on in, would be a string of lies.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")


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