Quotes from The Girl Who Played with Fire

Stieg Larsson ·  503 pages

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“There are no innocents. There are, however, different degrees of responsibility.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“Don’t ever fight with Lisbeth Salander. Her attitude towards the rest of the world is that if someone threatens her with a gun, she’ll get a bigger gun.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“But she wished she had had the guts to go up to him and say hello. Or possibly break his legs, she wasn't sure which.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“When she came to her senses again she cut off all contact with him. It had not been easy, but she had steeled herself. The last time she saw him she was standing on a platform in the tunnelbana at Gamla Stan and he was sitting in the train on his way downtown. She had stared at him for a whole minute and decided that she did not have a grain of feeling left, because it would have been the same as bleeding to death. Fuck you.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“Salander was the woman who hated men who hate women.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire



“Always retain the ability to walk away, without sentimentality, from a situation that felt unmanageable. That was a basic rule of survival. Don't lift a finger for a lost cause.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“Dear Government... I'm going to have a serious talk with you if I ever find anyone to talk to.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“She had stared at him for a whole minute and decided that she did not have a grain of feeling left, because it would have been the same as bleeding to death. Fuck You.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“He felt that he had to find Salander and hold her close.

She would probably bite him if he tried.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire



“Men could be as big as a house and made of granite, but they all had balls in the same place.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“I believe that everyone has it in them to kill another person. In desperation, or hatred, or at least to defend themselves.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“It proved once again the theory that no security system is a match for a stupid employee.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“Those pointless equations, to which no solution exists, are called absurdities.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“their relationship was built on friendship, and in matters of friendship he was boundlessly loyal. It was a relationship that would survive the harshest test.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire



“No matter how hard she tried to concentrate on something else, to pass the time and to distract her from the situation she was in, the fear came trickling out. It hovered like a cloud of gas around her, threatening to penetrate her pores and poison her.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“I am what I am,' Salander said 'I ran away from everything and everybody. I should have said goodbye.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“It was completely impossible to box with her. She had only one style, which we called Terminator Mode. She would try to nail her opponent, and it didn’t matter if it was just a warm-up of friendly sparring.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“Zalachenko...you're just an ordinary asshole who hates women.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“She had discovered that the most effective method of keeping the fear at bay was to fantasize about something that gave her a feeling of strength. She closed her eyes and conjured up the smell of gasoline.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire



“She saw him drenched with gasoline. She could actually feel the box of matches in her hand.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“Salander's fingers emerged like something dead from beneath the earth. Had there been any human watching, he would probably have reacted like the fox. He was gone like a shot.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“When all the media assertions were put together, the police appeared to be hunting for a psychotic lesbian who had joined a cult of Satanists that propagandized for S&M sex and hated society in general and men in particular. Because Salander had been abroad for the past year, there might be international connections too.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“His attitude had always been that if a woman clearly indicated that she did not want anything more to do with him, he would go on his way. Not respecting such a message would in his eyes, show a lack of respect for her.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire


“A journalist finds out things by asking questions of people who know.”
― Stieg Larsson, quote from The Girl Who Played with Fire



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About the author

Stieg Larsson
Born place: in Skelleftehamn , Sweden
Born date August 15, 1954
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