Lauren Oliver Quotes

It's so strange how life works: You want something and you wait and wait and feel like it's taking forever to come. Then it happens and it's over and all you want to do is curl back up in that moment before things changed.

- Lauren Oliver, Delirium

# Life

If you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you - sometimes just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, then you would live forever.

- Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium

# Life

The flip side of freedom is this: When you're completely free, you're also completely on your own.

- Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium

One of the strangest things about life is that it will chug on, blind and oblivious, even as your private world - your little carvedout sphere - is twisting and morphing, even breaking apart. One day you have parents; the next day you're an orphan. One day you have a place and a path. The next day you're lost in the wilderness. And still the sun rises and clouds mass and drift and people shop for groceries and toilets flush and blinds go up and down. That's when you realize that most of it - life, the relentless mechanism of existing - isn't about you. It doesn't include you at all. It will thrust onward even after you've jumped the edge. Even after you're dead.

- Lauren Oliver, Delirium

# Life

I guess that's what saying goodbye is always like - like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you're in the air, there's nothing you can do but let go.

- Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That's what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.

- Lauren Oliver, Delirium

# Love

Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing. Indifference is.

- Lauren Oliver, Delirium

A good friend keeps your secrets for you. A best friend helps you keep your own secrets.

- Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

# Secrets

Forbidden books are so much more. Some of them are webs; you can feel your way along their threads, but just barely, into strange and dark corners. Some of them are balloons bobbing up through the sky: totally self-contained, and unreachable, but beautiful to watch. And some of them - the best ones - are doors.

- Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium

# Books

Life isn't life if you just float through it. The whole point - the only point - is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.

- Lauren Oliver, Delirium

# Inspirational

Maybe happiness isn't in the choosing. Maybe it's in the fiction, in the pretending: that wherever we have ended up is where we intended to be all along.

- Lauren Oliver, Requiem

# Happiness

I've never really thought about it before, but it's a miracle how many kinds of light there are in the world, how many skies: the pale brightness of spring, when it feels like the hole world's blushing; the lush, bright boldness of a July noon; purple storm skies and a green queasiness just before lightning strikes and crazy multicoloured sunsets that look like someone's acid trip.

- Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

# Nature

Popularity's a weird thing. You can't really define it, and it's not cool to talk about, but you know it when you see it. Like a lazy eye, or porn.

- Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Time jumps. It leaps. It pours away like water through fingers.

- Lauren Oliver, Delirium

# Time

What is beauty? Beauty is no more than a trick; a delusion; the influence of excited particles and electrons colliding in your eyes, jostling in your brain like a bunch of overeager school children, about to be released on break. Will you let yourself be deluded? Will you let yourself be deceived?

- Lauren Oliver, Delirium

That's what life is, pretty much: full of holes and tangles and ways to get stuck. Uncomfortable and itchy. A present you never asked for, never wanted, never chose. A present you're supposed to be excited to wear, day after day, even when you'd rather stay in bed and do nothing.

- Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls

# Life