All the Bright Places Book Quotes

All the Bright Places Quotes With Page Numbers. All the Bright Places Book is a young adult novel written by Jennifer Niven that deals with the topic of teen suicide. The book was winner of the Goodreads Choice award in 2015, the same year it was first published. 

Niven tells the story from two different voices, those of high school students Theodore Finch (who goes by “Finch”) and Violet Markey. The characters first meet at the top of their high school bell tower, where both are contemplating suicide. Finch, brilliant, ostracized by most of his peers, abused by his father, and suffering from untreated bipolar disorder, has fought suicidal impulses for many years. 

Violet, formerly a high-functioning cheerleader, honor student, and all-around model teenager, is suffering survivor’s guilt following the auto-related death of her sister, Eleanor, the previous year. Using gentle, therapeutic language, Finch talks Violet off the ledge. In turn, Violet does the same for Finch. However, given Finch’s lifelong difficulties, everyone assumes that Violet climbed the tower to save him, and he does not dispel this assumption.

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All the Bright Places Quotes

All the Bright Places Quotes

  • “You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.”
  • “The thing I realize is, that it's not what you take, it's what you leave.”
  • “We do not remember days, we remember moments.”
  • “The great thing about this life of ours is that you can be someone different to everybody.”
  • “The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it's the small things that count.”
  • “You make me lovely, and it’s so lovely to be lovely to the one I love.…”
  • “sometimes there’s beauty in the tough words—it’s all in how you read them.”
  • “I do my best thinking at night when everyone else is sleeping. No interruptions. No noise. I like the feeling of being awake when no one else is.”
  • “We are all alone, trapped in these bodies and our own minds, and whatever company we have in this life is only fleeting and superficial.”
  • “I learned that there is good in this world, if you look hard enough for it. I learned that not everyone is disappointing, including me, and that a 1,257-foot bump in the ground can feel higher than a bell tower if you’re standing next to the right person.”
  • “No more winter at all. Finch, you brought me spring.”
  • “People rarely bring flowers to a suicide.”
  • “Stars in the sky, stars on the ground. It’s hard to tell where the sky ends and the earth begins. I feel the need to say something grand and poetic, but the only thing I come up with is “It’s lovely.”
  • “Sorry wastes time. You have to live your life like you'll never be sorry. It's easier just to do the right thing from the start so there's nothing to apologize for.”
  • “You saved my life. Why couldn't I save yours?”
  • “Because it's not a lie if it's how you feel.”
  • “I should be happy, but instead I feel nothing. I feel a lot of nothing these days. I've cried a few times, but mostly I'm empty, as if whatever makes me feel and hurt and laugh and love has been surgically removed, leaving me hollowed out like a shell.”
  • “When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?”
  • “What a terrible feeling to love soemone and not be able to help them.”
  • “And in that moment there’s nothing I fear except losing hold of her hand.”
  • “But I bring it up to let you know that this is the way I feel right now. Like Pluto and Jupiter are aligned with the earth and I’m floating.”

You may also like to read: All the Bright Places Book Summary

All the Bright Places quotes with page numbers

  • "The thing suicides don't focus is their wake. Not just your parents and siblings, but your friends, your girlfriends, your classmates, your teachers." I like the way he seems to think I have many, many people depending on me, including not just one but multiple girlfriends. Page 14.
  • Love is truly the great manifesto; the urge to be, to count for something, and, if death must come, to die valiantly, with acclamation - in short, to remain a memory. Page 56.
  • Arrange whatever pieces come your way. Page 75.
  • My brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery - always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?.  Page 76.
  • When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don't seem to matter very much, do they?. Page 76.
  • If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger. Page 80.
  • I am holding on to handles of my bike, an old orange ten-speed inherited from Eleanor. She named it Leroy because she liked being able to say to our parents, "I was out riding Leroy," and "I'm just going to ride Leroy for a while." Page 89.
  • Just be careful with that heart of yours. Page 165.
  • You are all the colours at one full brightness. Page 172.
  • I walk through the black Indiana night, under a ceiling of stars, and think about the phrase "elegance and euphoria," and how it describes exactly what I feel with Violet. Page 202.
  • You're just existing like everyone else. Page 225.
  • Ultraviolet Remarkey-able, I think I love you." Page 228.
  • She is oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. The same elements that are inside the rest of us, but I can't help thinking she's more than that and she's got other elements going on that no one's ever heard of, ones that make her stand apart from everybody else. Page 231.
  • She puts one leg in the car and says, "I guess now you know you're not the only freak." It's the nicest thing she's ever said to me. Page 286.
  • And I slam out of the door knowing full well he can't follow me, even though I tell myself: If he really loves you, he'll find a way. Page 307.
  • We do not remember days, we remember moments. Page 315.
  • We can't always see what others don't want us to. Especially when they go to great lengths to hide it. Page 347.
  • Theodore Finch - I was alive. I burned brightly. And then I died, but not really. Because someone like me cannot, will not, die like everyone else. I linger like the legends of the Blue Hole. I will always be here, in the offerings and people I left behind. Page 378.
  • No longer rooted, but gold, flowing. I feel a thousand capacities spring up in me. Page 378.
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