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Important Quotes from The Outsiders

Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.

I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.

You can’t win, you know that, don’t you? It doesn’t matter if you whip us, you’ll still be where you were before — at the bottom. And we’ll still be the lucky ones with all the breaks.

That’s why people don’t ever think to blame the Socs and are always ready to jump on us. We look hoody and they look decent. It could be just the other way around — half of the hoods I know are pretty decent guys underneath all that grease, and from what I’ve heard, a lot of Socs are just coldblooded mean — but people usually go by looks.

I used to talk about killing myself all the time, man. But I don’t want to die now. It ain’t long enough. Sixteen years ain’t gonna be long enough. Hell, I wouldn’t care so much if there hadn’t been so many things I haven’t done yet. So many damn things I ain’t seen or done. That time when we were in Windrixville was the only time I’ve ever been away from our neighborhood.

You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want. There’s still a lot of good in the world.

I guess we’re different because we watch sunsets too.

I used to love to draw… I guess I could still draw… if I wanted to.

It seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.

You’re not going to run away again?

I’m never going to be like him. I don’t want to be.

They grew up on the outside of society. They weren’t looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.

I didn’t mean to hurt him. He had plenty of opportunity to drown me. What do you call that a coward?

I killed him for jumps. They were going to beat me up… and maybe kill me. I’m not sure which… I thought it was my only chance….”

Darry would have made them stop if he hadn’t been so scared he’d start to cry or something. Darry isn’t ever sorry for anything he does. It scares me – the way he don’t feel anything sometimes.

We’re almost okayed apart, but we stay together because we’re Socs. I’ve been thinking about it, and that’s the one thing that separates us from them, those guys in the black T-shirts and heavy makeup. They steer clear of us just as much as we do them. They’re not our kind of crowd.

I’m sorry, too, Ponyboy. I’ve been a jerk. You know, a lot of people have asked me why Darry had it in for me. I guess it’s because I’m the baby – the one he never could really lose. I bet he’d give his arm to have me back.

I knew you wouldn’t drown, Darry. I knew it.

It was too vast a problem to be just a personal thing. There should be some help, someone should tell them before it was too late. Someone should tell their side of the story, and maybe people would understand then and wouldn’t be so quick to judge a boy by the amount of hair oil he wore.

It was all clear to me now. At sixteen, I was more adult than I am now.

I killed somebody, I said slowly. He was gonna kill Ponyboy, and I had to get him off. I had to.

It seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.

Ponyboy, listen, don’t get tough. You’re not like the rest of us and don’t try to be…”

They grew up on the outside of society. They weren’t looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.

We ain’t like the living, if that’s what you mean. All three of us — John, Dallas, and me — we all died in that church fire.

You can come and get us anytime. I mean it. You can come and get us… I won’t be there… Just don’t be…

It’s not money, it’s feeling — you don’t feel anything and we feel too violently.

I guess I was kind of bugged because Cherry Valance’s voice was shaken when she said, “Bob was… well, Bob. He didn’t have anything to do with us, but he wasn’t a bad guy. You know what I mean? It seemed funny to me that she should say that, because if you had asked me before the night of the movies, I would have said that

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