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Breathtaking Quotes From The Book Thief

The Book Thief is one of our favorite books. No matter how many times we read it, we will always shed a tear or two (or maybe more like hysterical sobbing...). Here are some quotes from The Book Thief that will make you want to read it right now!

We love The Book Thief and find ourselves enchanted by both the characters and the story. Despite the tragic story, we can fond some of the most beautiful quotes sprinkled throughout this book. As we complied this list of our favorite quotes from The Book Thief, we were reminded of how much we learned from this book. These quotes may be from a novel, but they are possibly even more breathtaking by themselves.


“The beauty of stories can make almost anyone forget”

“I guess that is the beauty of books. When they finish, they don’t really finish.”

“Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness.”

“It kills me sometimes, how people die...”

“My heart is so tired.”

“You see? Even Death has a heart.”

“She was one of the few souls that made me wonder what it was like to live.”

“She was a girl with a mountain to climb.”

“One was a book thief. The other stole the sky.”

“The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy who loves you.”

“Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in the way they look. Not in the what they say. Just in the way they are.”

“I have hated the words, and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

“I always marvel at the humans’ ability to keep going. They always manage to stagger on, even with tears streaming down their face.”

“The consequence of this is that I’m always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty, and I wonder how the same thing can be both.”

“I’ve seen so many young men over the years who think they are running at other young men. They’re not. They’re running at me.”

“Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would ring them out like rain.”

“When she came to write her story, she would wonder exactly when the books and words started to mean not just something, but everything.”

“People observe the colors of the day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it’s quite clear that a day emerges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spat blues. Murky darkness. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them.”

“There are so many things to think of. There is so much story.”

“In truth, I think he was afraid. Rudy Steiner was scared of the book thief’s kiss. He must have longed for her so much. He must have loved her so incredible hard. So hard, that he would never ask for her lips again, and go to his grave without them.”

“The world does not deserve them.”


Have you ever read The Book Thief ? What is your favorite quote? Let us know in the comments!

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