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  • All my friends seem to be smart arses. Don't ask me why. Like many things, it is what it is.
    (Markus Zusak, "I am the Messenger")

  • My voice is like a rumour. I'm not sure if it came out or not, or if it is true.
    (Markus Zusak, "I am the Messenger")

  • When her hands reached out and poured the tea, it was as if she also poured something into me while I sat there sweating in my cab. It was like she held a string and pulled on it just slightly to open me up. She got in, put a piece of herself inside me, and left again.
    (Markus Zusak, "I am the Messenger")

  • But then, is there cowardice in the acknowledgment of fear? Is there cowardice in being glad that you lived?
    (Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief")

  • His eyes were cold and brown - like coffee stains…
    (Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief")


  • In the written words of the book thief herself, the journey continued like everything had happened.
    (Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief")

  • Liesel's blood had dried inside of her. It crumbled. She almost broke into pieces on the steps.
    (Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief")

  • She didn't see him watching as he played, having no idea that Hans Hubermann's accordion was a story. In the times ahead, that story would arrive at 33 Himmel Street in the early hours of morning, wearing ruffled shoulders and a shivering jacket. It would carry a suitcase, a book, and two questions. A story. Story after story. Story within story.
    (Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief")

  • The bombs were coming-and so was I.
    (Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief")

  • The silence was always the greates temptation.
    (Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief")

  • Two weeks to change the world, fourteen days to destroy it.
    (Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief")

  • Beautiful women are the torment of my existence.
    (Markus Zusak, "I am the Messenger")

  • No, I'm not a saint, Sophie. I'm just another stupid human.
    (Markus Zusak, "I am the Messenger")

  • When we move apart, she looks at me again, till a small tear lifts itself up in her eye. It trips out to find a wrinkle and follows it down.
    (Markus Zusak, "I am the Messenger")

  • Can a person steal happiness? Or is just another internal, infernal human trick?
    (Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief")


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