Quotes from The Book Thief

Markus Zusak ·  552 pages

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“The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


“Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness.”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


“Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day.”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn't already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief



“He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It’s his only detriment. He steps on my heart. He makes me cry.”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


“A DEFINITION NOT FOUND
IN THE DICTIONARY
Not leaving: an act of trust and love,
often deciphered by children”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


“She leaned down and looked at his lifeless face and Leisel kissed her best friend, Rudy Steiner, soft and true on his lips. He tasted dusty and sweet. He tasted like regret in the shadows of trees and in the glow of the anarchist's suit collection. She kissed him long and soft, and when she pulled herself away, she touched his mouth with her fingers...She did not say goodbye. She was incapable, and after a few more minutes at his side, she was able to tear herself from the ground. It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on...”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


“A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


“Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. "I'm okay" we say. "I'm alright". But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can't get it off. That's when you realize that sometimes it isn't even an answer--it's a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief



“He was the crazy one who had painted himself black and defeated the world.

She was the book thief without the words.

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 wring them out like rain.”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


“If only she could be so oblivious again, to feel such love without knowing it, mistaking it for laughter. ”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


“How about a kiss, Saumensch?"

He stood waist-deep in the water for a few moments longer before climbing out and handing her the book. His pants clung to him, and he did not stop walking. In truth, I think he was afraid. Rudy Steiner was scared of the book thief's kiss. He must have longed for it so much. He must have loved her so incredibly hard. So hard that he would never ask for her lips again and would go to his grave without them.”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


“Humans, if nothing else, have the good sense to die.”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


“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. (Death)”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief



“She was saying goodbye and she didn't even know it.”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


“A small fact:
You are going to die....does this worry you?”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


“I have to say that although it broke my heart, I was, and still am, glad I was there.”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


“Somewhere, far down, there was an itch in his heart, but he made it a point not to scratch it. He was afraid of what might come leaking out.”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


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



“One was a book thief. The other stole the sky.”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


“Hair the color of lemons,'" Rudy read. His fingers touched the words. "You told him about me?"

At first, Liesel could not talk. Perhaps it was the sudden bumpiness of love she felt for him. Or had she always loved him? It's likely. Restricted as she was from speaking, she wanted him to kiss her. She wanted him to drag her hand across and pull her over. It didn't matter where. Her mouth, her neck, her cheek. Her skin was empty for it, waiting.

Years ago, when they'd raced on a muddy field, Rudy was a hastily assembled set of bones, with a jagged, rocky smile. In the trees this afternoon, he was a giver of bread and teddy bears. He was a triple Hitler Youth athletics champion. He was her best friend. And he was a month from his death.

Of course I told him about you," Liesel said.”
― Markus Zusak, quote from The Book Thief


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Markus Zusak
Born place: in Sydney, Australia
Born date June 23, 1975
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