22 Divergent Quotes That Will Make You Want To Reread The Book

Here at Bookstr, we love a little YA dystopia. In honor of Divergent’s 11-year anniversary, take a look at some of the most inspirational and fun quotes from this iconic book.

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It has been over a decade since Divergent was first published. Since then, the novel has become a beloved piece of dystopian pop-culture history. In addition to having over 30 million copies sold, the book and its sequels were adapted into 3 films. While a planned fourth film never ended up being released, why not get nostalgic and reread the first book? Here are 22 quotes that we love from Divergent that might just make you pick it up and read it for the first, second, or millionth time. 

“Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.”

“A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.” 

“It must require bravery to be honest all the time.” 

“A new place, a new name. I can be remade here. “

“People tend to overestimate my character,” I say quietly. “They think that because I’m small, or a girl, or a Stiff, I can’t possibly be cruel. But they’re wrong.” 

“And is it selfish of me to crave victory, or is it brave?” 

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”

“Sometimes it is necessary to fight for peace. But more than that, we believe that justice is more important than peace.”

“Politeness is deception in pretty packaging.”

“It will be difficult to break the habits of thinking Abnegation instilled in me, like tugging a single thread from a complex work of embroidery. But I will find new habits, new thoughts, new rules. I will become something else.” 

“Peter would probably throw a party if I stopped breathing.’ ‘Well,’ he says, ‘I would only go if there was cake.”


“Then I realize what it is. It’s him. Something about him makes me feel like I am about to fall. Or turn to liquid. Or burst into flames.”

“You nearly died today,’ he says. ‘I almost shot you. Why didn’t you shoot me, Tris?’

‘I couldn’t do that,’ I say. ‘It would have been like shooting myself.’

“He told me once to be brave, and though I have stood still while knives spun toward my face and jumped off a roof, I never thought I would need bravery in the small moments of my life. I do.”

“Politeness is deception in pretty packaging.”

“Human reason can excuse any evil; that is why it’s so important that we don’t rely on it.”

 “Half of bravery is perspective.”

“A chasm reminds us that there is a fine line between bravery and idiocy.”

“We are not the same. But we are, somehow, one.”

“We can’t survive alone, but even if we could, we wouldn’t want to.”

“It isn’t right to wish pain on other people just because they hurt me first.” 

“He acts so tough that he’s probably afraid of marshmallows and really bright sunrises or something.” 

“And I’m the kind of person who does not let inconsequential things like boys and near death experiences stop her.” 

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