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“[…] sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.”
— Mr. Bill – Page 24 – Perks of Being a Wallflower
“Not everyone has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it’s no excuse.”
— Dad – Page 28 – Perks of Being a Wallflower
“[…] I think it’s bad when the most honest way a boy can look at a girl is through a [lens]. […] He think[s] that the reason the photograph was beautiful was because of how he took it and I just think it’s bad when a boy looks at a girl and thinks that the way he sees the girl is better than the girl actually is. If I took it, I would know that that the only reason it’s beautiful is because of Sam.”
— Charlie – Page 48-49 – Perks of Being a Wallflower
“The problem with things is that everyone is always comparing everyone with everyone and because of that, it discredits people.”
— Craig – Perks of Being a Wallflower -Page 104
“[…] you shouldn’t tell her she looks pretty. You should tell her how nice her outfit is because her outfit is her choice whereas her face isn’t.”
— Sam – Perks of Being a Wallflower – Page 112
“I would die for you. But I won’t live for you.”
— Charlie (Paraphrasing The Fountainhead) – Perks of Being a Wallflower – Page 169
“All I cared about was the fact Sam got really hurt. And I guess I realized at that moment I really did love her. Because there was nothing to gain, and that didn’t matter.”
— Charlie – Perks of Being a Wallflower – Page 179
“Please don’t take this the wrong way. I’m not trying to make you feel uncomfortable. I just want you to know that you’re very special… and the only reason I’m telling you is that I don’t know if anyone else ever has.”
— Bill – Perks of Being a Wallflower – Page 181
“Don’t you get it? I can’t feel that. […] It’s great that you can listen and be a shoulder to someone, but what about when someone doesn’t need a shoulder. What if they need arms or something like that? You can’t just sit there and put everybody’s lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can’t. You have to do things. […] Like take their hands when the slow song comes up for a change. Or be the one who asks someone for a date. Or tell people what you need, Or what you want.
I told you not to think of me that way […] because of what I’m saying now. […] I don’t want to be somebody’s crush. If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don’t want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it, too. I want them to be able to do whatever they want around me. And if they do something I don’t like, I’ll tell them.
You know I blamed Craig for not letting me do things? […] Maybe he didn’t really encourage me to do things, but he didn’t prevent me from doing them either. But after awhile, I didn’t do things because I didn’t want him to think different about me. But the thing is, I wasn’t being honest. So, why would I care whether or not he loved me when he didn’t really even know me?”
— Sam – Perks of Being a Wallflower – Pages 200-201