“Imaginary friends are like books. We’re created, we’re enjoyed, we’re dog-eared and creased, and then we’re tucked away until we’re needed again.” –Crenshaw

“Cutting people out of your life is easy, keeping them in is hard.” -Walter Dean Myers, Slam!

“Things were rough all over but it was better that way. That way, you could tell the other guy was human too.”
—S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”  -Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”  -Jason Reynolds, All American Boys

“That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.”  —John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation as least once in their lives.” – R.J. Palacio, Wonder

“Some walks you have to take alone.”
—Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

“In all of my books, I really want to work with working-class people. My goal is to show the moments of grace and dignity in their lives.”  -Matt de la Pena

“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.”  -Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

“It’s the choosing that’s important, isn’t it?”  -Lois Lowry, The Giver

“You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.”  -Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

“The words were on their way, and when they arrived, she would hold them in her hands like clouds, and she would ring them out like the rain.”  —Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”  —David Levithan, Every Day

“Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.” ―Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You the Sun

“You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” —John Green, Looking for Alaska

“It’s like the people who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. If you see what I mean.”  —Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

“It’s possible that all labels are curses. Unless they’re on cleaning products.”  –Counting by 7s

“Good books are about everything.” – Andrew Smith, Grasshopper Jungle

“As far as I can tell, a young adult novel is a regular novel that people actually read.”  -Stephen Colbert (interviewing John Green)

“Every day I read poetry–its brevity is important to my writing.”  -Lois Lowry

“Eleanor was right.  She never looked nice.  She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.  -Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

One way to change the world is to act as if the world has already changed.  -Patrick Ness

 

 

 

Barnes and Noble came up with their own list:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/teen/15-of-the-best-opening-lines-in-ya/

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