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Outstandingly Amazing Quotes from The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Amazing Quotes from The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming-of-age novel by Stephen Chbosky. Penlighten brings to you some of the best quotes from the book.
Prajakta Patil
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018
"It's just that 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." ― The Perks of Being a Wallflower
'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' is a 1999 novel, which tells the story of a freshman teenager Charlie, through a series of letters written by him to an anonymous character. He is an introvert by nature, and hence, he faces a lot of problems at school. The book is based on various themes of introversion, drugs, friendship, adolescence, love, and sexuality.

The book was a huge success. It was listed on The New York Times "Top 15" List in September 2014, and has also been translated into 13 different languages. If you have read the book, enjoy it once again by reading some of the most memorable quotes in the following paragraph. And if not, first of all, get the essence of the book from these quotes, and secondly, and more importantly, go get a copy soon!
"Everyone is special in their own way."
"I would die for you. But I won't live for you."
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"This moment will just be another story someday."
"Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody."
"And in this moment, I swear we are infinite."
"I want to make sure that the first person you kiss loves you, okay?"
"And I closed my eyes because I wanted to know nothing but her arms."
"Not everyone has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it's no excuse."
"What about when someone doesn't need a shoulder? What if they need the arms?"
"It's strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book."
"It was the kind of kiss that made me know that I was never so happy in my whole life."
"I really think that everyone should have watercolors, magnetic poetry, and a harmonica."
"We didn't talk about anything heavy or light. We were just there together. And that was enough."
"I am very interested and fascinated how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other."
"If you care about somebody, you should want them to be happy. Even if you wind up being left out."
"She wasn't bitter. She was sad, though. But it was a hopeful kind of sad. The kind of sad that just takes time."
Best Quotes from The Perks
"Why do I and everyone I love pick people who treat us like we're nothing? We accept the love we think we deserve."
"And even if she says no, and really means yes, then quite frankly she's playing games and isn't worth the price of dinner."
"There's nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons."
"So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be."
"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."
"I have finished To Kill a Mockingbird. It is now my favorite book of all time, but then again, I always think that until I read another book."
"Please believe that things are good with me, and even when they're not, they will be soon enough. And i will always believe the same about you."
"I mean it's not like in movies where girls like assholes or anything like that. It's not that easy. They just like somebody that can give them purpose."
"I just need to know that someone out there listens and understands and doesn't try to sleep with someone even if they could have. I need to know these people exist."
"I think on my next birthday, I'm going to buy her a present. I think that should be the tradition. The kid gets gifts from everybody, and he buys one present for his mom since she was there, too. I think that would be nice."
"It's just hard to see a friend hurt this much. Especially when you can't do anything except 'be there.' I just want to make him stop hurting, but I can't. So I just follow him around whenever he wants to show me his world."
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"So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them."
"And I thought that all those little kids are going to grow up someday. And all of those little kids are going to do the things that we do. And they will all kiss someone someday. But for now, sledding is enough. I think it would be great if sledding were always enough, but it isn't."
"I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won't tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn't change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn't really change the fact that you have what you have."
"It's like when you're excited about a girl and you see a couple holding hands, and you feel so happy for them. And other times you see the same couple, and they make you so mad. And all you want is to feel happy for them because you know that if you do, then it means you're happy, too."
"And all the books you've read have been read by other people. And all the songs you've loved have been heard by other people. And that girl that's pretty to you is pretty to other people. and that if you looked at these facts when you were happy, you would feel great because you are describing 'unity."
"I don't know if you've ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That's why I'm trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning."
"There is this one photograph... that is just beautiful. it would be impossible to describe how beautiful it is, but I'll try. if you listen to the song "asleep," and you think about those pretty weather days that make you remember things, and you think about the prettiest eyes you've known, and you cry and the person holds you back, then i think you will see the photograph."
"And I thought about how many people have loved those songs. And how many people got through a lot of bad times because of those songs. And how many people enjoyed good times with those songs. And how much those songs really mean. I think it would be great to have written one of those songs."
"Because I know there are people who say all these things don't happen. And there are people who forget what it's like to be sixteen when they turn seventeen. I know these will all be stories some day, and our pictures will become old photographs. We all become somebody's mom or dad. But right now, these moments are not stories. This is happening."
"I am here, and I am looking at her. And she is so beautiful. I can see it. This one moment when you know you're not a sad story. You are alive. And you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you're listening to that song, and that drive with the people who you love most in this world. And in this moment, I swear, we are infinite."
"As you enter the tunnel, the wind gets sucked away, and you squint from the lights overhead. When you adjust the lights, you can see the other side in the distance just as the sound of the radio fades to nothing because the waves just can't reach. Then, you're in the middle of the tunnel, and everything becomes a calm dream."
"As you see the opening get closer, you just can't get there fast enough. And finally, just when you think you'll never get there, you see the opening right in front of you. And the radio comes back even louder than you remember it. And the wind is waiting. And you fly out of the tunnel onto the bridge. And there it is. The city. A million lights and buildings and everything seems as exciting as the first time you saw it."
"I think the idea is that every person has to live for his or her own life and than make the choice to share it with other people. 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. I'm going to do what I want to do. I'm going to be who I really am. And I'm going to figure out what that is."
"And we could all sit around and wonder and feel bad about each other and blame a lot of people for what they did or didn't do or what they didn't know. I don't know. I guess there could always be someone to blame. It's just different.
"Maybe it's good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there. Because it's okay to feel things. I was really there. And that was enough to make me feel infinite. I feel infinite."
The book is a great read if you want to relive your teenage years, the time when you first came to know what being in love was like, the time when you had to strive very hard to fit in, to become popular, and the time when you tried all the new things and all the crazy things. Apart from making you nostalgic, the book will also teach you some of life's most important lessons as is evident from the above quotes.