Quotes From Angie Thomas’ Book: The Hate U Give

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In this post, you’ll find collected quotes from Angie Thomas’ book: The Hate U Give, with page numbers. 

Part 5: Thirteen Weeks After It — The Decision

I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me? That’s like being ashamed of myself.
— 441

We ain’t gotta live there to change things, baby. We just gotta give a damn.
— 436

You gotta earn my tolerance in increments.
— 427

You can destroy wood and brick, but you can’t destroy a movement.
— 409

People say misery loves company, but I think it’s like that with anger too.
— 393

The thump of his heart is better than any beat he’s ever made. My normal, in the flesh.
— 377

Part 4: Ten Weeks After It

I should be used to my two worlds colliding, but I never know which Starr I should be. I can use some slang, but not too much slang, some attitude, but not too much attitude, so I’m not a “sassy Black girl.” I have to watch what I say and how I say it, but I can’t sound “white.” Shit is exhausting.
— 357

Part 2: Five Weeks After It

Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared […] it means you go on even though you’re not scared.
— 331

Intentions always look better on paper than in reality.
— 321

[…] you choose because that’s where you wanna be. Not because you trying to do somebody else’s job.
— 312

Being two different people is so exhausting. I’ve taught myself to speak with two different voices and only say certain things around certain people. I’ve mastered it [and] as much as I say I don’t have to choose which Starr I am […] maybe without realizing it, I have to an extent.
— 301

“All right now” is more than a greeting. It’s a simple way people let me know they got my back.
— 282

Part 1: When It Happens

Our friendship is based on memories. What do we have now?
— 265

At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.
— 264

That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us.
— 252

What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be.
— 252

Funny. Slave masters thought they were making a difference in Black people’s lives too. Saving them from their “wild African ways.” Same shit, different century. I wish people like them would stop thinking that people like me need saving.
— 245 – 246

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He’s been a cop for as long as Khalil was alive, and I wonder if in some sick twist of fate Khalil was only born for this man to kill.
— 245

[…] Faith isn’t just believing but taking steps toward that belief.
— 211

[…] sometimes right’s not good enough.
— 153

You can say something racist and not be a racist!
— Page 112

[…] one day you realize there’s a leader among you and your friends and it’s not you.
— Page 108

Once you’ve seen how broken someone is it’s like seeing them naked—you can’t look at them the same anymore.
— Page 83

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Good-byes hurt the most when the other person’s already gone.
— Page 66

[…] don’t let them put words in your mouth. God gave you a brain. You don’t need theirs.
— Page 58

Funny how it works with white kids though. It’s dope to be Black until it’s hard to be Black.
— Page 11

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