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  • Everything - our houses, our clothes, our hairstyles - is meant to help us forget ourselves and to protect us from vanity, greed and envy, which are just forms of selfishness. If we have little, and want for little, and we are all equal, we envy no one.
    (Veronica Roth, "Divergent")

  • Humans can't tolerate emptiness for long.
    (Veronica Roth, "Divergent")

  • I stare at him. I feel my heartbeat everywhere, even in my toes. I feel like doing something bold, but I could just as easily walk away. I am not sure which option is smarter, or better. I am not sure that I care.
    (Veronica Roth, "Divergent")

  • My problem might be that even if I did go home, I wouldn't belong there, among people who give without thinking and care without trying.
    (Veronica Roth, "Divergent")

  • The goal of my life isn't just... to be happy.
    (Veronica Roth, "Divergent")


  • Who cares about pretty? I'm going for noticeable.
    (Veronica Roth, "Divergent")

  • Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up
    (Veronica Roth, "Divergent")

  • I am fed up. I am fed up with tears and weakness. But there isn't much i can do to stop them.
    (Veronica Roth, "Divergent")

  • I tell myself, as sternly as possible, that is how things work here. We do dangerous things and people die. People die, and we move on to the next dangerous thing. The sooner that lesson sinks in, the better chance I have at surviving initiation.
    (Veronica Roth, "Divergent")

  • Our eyes meet. I hear a train horn, so faint it could be wind whistling through an alleyway. But I know it when I hear it. It sounds like the Dauntless, calling me to to them.
    (Veronica Roth, "Divergent")

  • The theory is that if you spill all your secrets, you'll have no desire to lie about anything, ever again. Like the worst about you is already in the open, so why not just be honest?
    (Veronica Roth, "Divergent")

  • Why do people want to pretend that death is sleep? It isn't. It isn't.
    (Veronica Roth, "Divergent")

  • For a few minutes we kiss, deep in the chasm, with the roar of water all around us. And we rise, hand in hand, I realize that if we had both chosen differently, we might have ended up doing the same thing, in a safer place, in gray clothes instead of black ones.
    (Veronica Roth, "Divergent")

  • I breathe in. The water will wash my wounds clean. I breathe out. My mother submerged me in water when I was a baby, to give me to God. It has been a long time since I thought about God, but I think about him now. It is only natural. I am glad, suddenly, that I shot Eric in the foot instead of the head.
    (Veronica Roth, "Divergent")

  • I want to cry because something terrible happened, and I saw it, and I could not see a way to mend it.
    (Veronica Roth, "Divergent")


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