Quotes from Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher ·  288 pages

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“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“You can't stop the future
You can't rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret
...is to press play.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“A lot of you cared, just not enough.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“But you can't get away from yourself. You can't decide not to see yourself anymore. You can't decide to turn off the noise in your head.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why



“If my love were an ocean,
there would be no more land.
If my love were a desert,
you would see only sand.
If my love were a star-
late at night, only light.
And if my love could grow wings,
I'd be soaring in flight.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“You can't go back to how things were. How you thought they were. All you really have is...now.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“Sometimes we have thoughts that even we don't understand. Thoughts that aren't even true—that aren't really how we feel—but they're running through our heads anyway because they're interesting to think about.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“ If you hear a song that makes you cry and you don't want to cry anymore, you don't listen to that song anymore.
But you can't get away from yourself. You can't decide not to see yourself anymore. You can't decide to turn off the noise in your head.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“It's hard to be disappointed when what you expected turns out to be true.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why



“Soul Alone by Hannah Baker

I meet your eyes
you don't even see me
You hardly respond
when I whisper
hello
Could be my soul mate
two kindred spirits
Maybe we're not
I guess we'll never
know

My own mother
you carried me in you
Now you see nothing
but what I wear
People ask you
how I'm doing
You smile and nod
don't let it end
there

Put me
underneath God's sky and
know me
don't just see me with your eyes
Take away
this mask of flesh and bone and
See me
for my soul

alone”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“When you try rescuing someone and discover they can't be reached, why would you ever throw that back in their face?”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“I wanted people to trust me, despite anything they'd heard. And more than that, I wanted them to know me. Not the stuff they thought they knew about me. No, the real me. I wanted them to get past the rumors. To see beyond the relationships I once had, or maybe still had but that they didn't agree with.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“Like driving along a bumpy road and losing control of the steering wheel, tossing you—just a tad—off the road. The wheels kick up some dirt, but you're able to pull it back. Yet no matter how hard you try to drive straight, something keeps jerking you to the side. You have so little control over anything anymore. And at some point, the struggle becomes too much—too tiring—and you consider letting go. Allowing tragedy... or whatever... to happen.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“I hope you're ready, because I'm about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why



“A flood of emotions rushes into me. Pain and anger. Sadness and pity. But most surprising of all, hope.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“I sat. And I thought. And the more I thought, connecting the events in my life, the more my heart collapsed.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“I'm listening to someone give up. Someone I knew—someone I liked. I'm listening... but still, I'm too late.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“You can hear rumors. But you can't know them.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“Sometimes we have thoughts that even we don’t understand. Thoughts that aren’t even true—that aren’t really how we feel—but they’re running through our heads anyway because they’re interesting to think about.

If you could hear other people’s thoughts, you’d overhear things that are true as well as things that are completely random. And you wouldn’t know one from the other. It’d drive you insane. What’s true? What’s not? A million ideas, but what do they mean?”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why



“That's why you did it. You wanted your world to collapse around you. You wanted everything to get as dark as possible.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“Maybe it didn’t seem like a big deal to you Zach. But now, I hope you understand. My world was collapsing. I needed those notes. I needed any hope those notes might have offered. And you? You took that hope away. You decided I didn’t deserve to have it. ”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“I can't. You can't rewrite the past.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“Fun drunks make a nice addition to any party. Not looking to fight. Not looking to score. Just looking to get drunk and laugh.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“I’m sorry.” Once again, those were the words. And now, anytime someone says I’m sorry, I’m going to think of her.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why



“But sometimes there’s nothing left to do but move on.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“Because when you're posed, you know someone's watching. You put on your very best smile. You let your sweetest personality shine.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


“And after I dropped him off, I took the longest possible route home... I explored alleys and hidden roads I never knew existed. I discovered neighborhoods entirely new to me. And finally... I discovered I was sick of this town and everything in it.”
― Jay Asher, quote from Thirteen Reasons Why


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Jay Asher
Born place: in Arcadia, California, The United States
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