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'The Outsiders' SE Hinton

10 ‘The Outsiders’ Quotes to Help You Stay Gold

Just over fifty years ago, in 1967, S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders became the first YA novel to hit shelves. Its earnest, emotional tone resonated deeply with teenagers… probably because its author was one. At fifteen years old, S.E. Hinton didn’t want to read another book about proms (which, to be fair, tend to have all the emotional depth of the punch bowl). She wanted to write about the socioeconomic divisions she saw altering the lives of her classmates—a phenomenon no one would address. After her friend was jumped on the way home from the movies, Hinton began writing a story about her friend’s beating. But she realized it was more than that.

The manuscript editors would eventually see was Hinton’s third draft of the novel. In the end, they hardly changed any of her writing, making only minor suggestions (example: ‘maybe if Dally whips out a gun, he should have had a gun prior to this scene’). Thus, Hinton’s voice remained earnest and open in a way only a teenager can be.


'The Outsiders' SE Hinton

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Hinton’s novel set the precedent for YA fiction, a genre which continues to break conventions and share marginalized voices. The Outsiders is an empathetic and heartfelt novel that encourages people to see beyond their differences (or, more specifically, to see that inequality is the REAL enemy). It also probably made you wish you owned a leather jacket—which you should—and a switchblade—which you probably shouldn’t.

Check out these ten quotes, and remind yourself to stay gold!



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



2. “Can you see the sunset real good on the West side? You can see it on the East side too.” 



3. “Get smart and nothing can touch you.” 



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



5. “Sixteen years on the streets and you can learn a lot. But all the wrong things, not the things you want to learn. Sixteen years on the streets and you see a lot. But all the wrong sights, not the things you want to see.” 



6. “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 cold-blooded mean – but people usually go by looks.” 



7. “They used to be buddies, I thought. They used to be friends, and now they hate each other because one has to work for a living and the other comes from the West Side.” 



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



9. “If we don’t have each other, we don’t have anything.” 



10. “Stay gold Ponyboy. Stay gold.”



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Illustration of children's author Judy Blume

Are You There, Childhood Memories? It’s 15 Judy Blume Quotes

Today is the 81st birthday of the iconic Judy Blume, author of five decades worth of childhood favorites. You know Blume from her most celebrated children’s and young adult novels: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.SuperfudgeForever…; Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; and Summer Sisters. What you may not know is that she’s one of the most banned authors of the 21st century. Blume’s work may be fun and nostalgic—but it’s also groundbreaking enough to have shaped generations.


Judy Blume's novels 'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; 'Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret.'; and 'Tiger Eye'

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These days, YA novels explore all manner of dark and often controversial subject matter, not shying away from topics of mental health, addiction, sexuality, and grief. Readers might forget that bookshelves didn’t always look like this. Blume has always explored experiences that are paradoxically universal and yet still taboo: menstruation, masturbation, sex, and death. In the 70s and 80s, other authors weren’t yet willing to write about such topics… but teens were ready to hear their stories told. Blume’s work remains relevant today because coming-of-age is—and always will be—just as timeless.

To celebrate her enduring legacy, let’s take a look at fifteen of her most inspiring quotes on life.



1. “If being in love means giving up your freedom, not to mention your opportunities, then I haven’t missed anything.”



2. “I can’t let safety and security become the focus of my life.”



3. “It’s strange, but when it comes right down to it I never do fall apart — even when I’m sure I will.”



4. “Life is a series of unlikely events, isn’t it? Hers certainly is. One unlikely event after another, adding up to a rich, complicated whole. And who knows what’s still to come?”



5. “That’s not a bad word… hate and war are bad words, but fuck isn’t.”



6. “Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”



7. “Anything could go wrong any day of the week. What’s the point of worrying in advance?”



8. “Some changes happen deep down inside of you. And the truth is, only you know about them. Maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be.”



9. “Not everything has to have a point. Some things just are.”



10. “What’s the point of thinking about how it’s going to end when it’s just the beginning?”



11. “A person without curiosity may as well be dead.”



12. “Nothing matters but the moment. There might be no tomorrow, and, even if there is, nobody gives a damn.”



13. “You have to come to terms with your parents, your siblings. You can’t deny they ever happened. You can’t deny you ever loved them, love them still, even if loving them causes you pain.”



14. “The truth will make you odd.”



15. “Are you there, God? It’s me, Margaret. I just told my mother I want a bra. Please help me grow, God. You know where.” 



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10 Charles Dickens Quotes to Brighten Your Bleakest Days

The guy’s work may have been a buzzkill to read while trying to enjoy high school, but he did indeed have some facts of life to spit. (It’s pretty cool that A Tale of Two Cities was the narrative foundation for The Dark Knight Rises). Yet even as the bleakest of writers, Charles Dickens believed you could find lighter moments in darker times. Here are some quotes from the literary icon… aside from “please, sir, I want some more.”

Happy Birthday, Mr. Dickens.


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1. “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”



2. “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”



3. “There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.”



4. “We forge the chains we wear in life.”



5. “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”



6. “We need never be ashamed of our tears.”



7. “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”



8. “The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world, brother.”



9. “This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in.”



10. “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”





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