The Best Markus Zusak quotes

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Here are the best World, Books, Feelings, Love, Life, Heart quotes from Markus Zusak, and much more.


About Markus Zusak

birth of the author

23 June 1975

occupation of the author


education of the author

University Of New South Wales With A Bachelors Of Arts And A Diploma Of Education

college of the author

Alma Mater:
University Of New South Wales

date of the author

1999-Present Day

award of the author

Notable Awards:
Margaret A. Edwards Award 2014


That was when the world wasn’t so big and I could see everywhere. It was when my father was a hero and not a human. β€” Markus Zusak

Outside, the world whistled. The rain was stained. β€” Markus Zusak

I don’t want to hope for anything anymore. I don’t want to pray that Max is alive and safe. Or Alex Steiner. Because the world did not deserve them. β€” Markus Zusak

But when they laugh, you can see the world in their eyes. β€” Markus Zusak

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There was no one to really argue with, but Mama managed it expertly every chance she had. She could argue with the entire world in that kitchen and almost every evening, she did. β€” Markus Zusak

The world is an ugly stew, she thought. It’s so ugly I can’t stand it. β€” Markus Zusak

They were frightened, no question, but they were not afraid of me. It was a fear of messing up and having to face themselves again, and facing the world, and the likes of you. β€” Markus Zusak

She was a Jew feeder without a question in the world on that man’s first night in Molching. She was an arm reacher, deep into a mattress, to deliver a sketchbook to a teenage girl. (84.25) β€” Markus Zusak

It was raining on Himmel Street when the world ended for Liesel Meminger. The sky was dripping. Like a tap that a child has tried its hardest to turn off but hasn’t quite managed. β€” Markus Zusak

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I am stupid. And kind. Which makes the biggest idiot in the world. β€” Markus Zusak

I wish I could hold up that knife and tear open the world. I’d slice it open and climb through to the next one. β€” Markus Zusak

He’s most likely robbing the bank as a paycheck on the world for winning the ugliness prize at his local fete three years running. β€” Markus Zusak

I can promise you that the world is a factory. The sun stirs it, the humans rule it. And I remain. I carry them away.–spoken by death β€” Markus Zusak

The world is lightening, taking shape, and turning to color. β€” Markus Zusak

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Now I’ve changed things. I’ve left my own fingerprints on the world, no matter how small, and it’s upset the equilibrium of us β€” Markus Zusak

Two weeks to change the world, fourteen days to destroy it. β€” Markus Zusak

You’re a human, you should understand self–obsession. β€” Markus Zusak

Humans have a talent for escalation.–Death β€” Markus Zusak

No, I’m not a saint, Sophie. I’m just another stupid human. β€” Markus Zusak

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That’s the sort of thing I’ll never know, or comprehend––what humans are capable of. β€” Markus Zusak

By the way––I like this human idea of the grim reaper. I like the scythe. It amuses me. β€” Markus Zusak


Only hearts… They’re in the inside of the inside of me. β€” Markus Zusak

In the darkness of my dark–beating heart, I know. He’d have loved it, all right. β€” Markus Zusak

Yes, I know it. In the darkness of my dark beating heart, I know. He’d have loved it alright. You see? Even Death Has A Heart. β€” Markus Zusak

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Never had movement been such a burden. Never had a heart been so definite and big in her adolescent chest. β€” Markus Zusak

Her heart at that point was slippery and hot, and loud, so loud so loud. β€” Markus Zusak

Somewhere in all the snow, she could see her broken heart, in two pieces. β€” Markus Zusak

Could she smell my breath? Could she hear my cursed circular heart beat revolving like the crime it is in my deathly chest? β€” Markus Zusak

People die of broken hearts. They have heart attacks. And it’s the heart that hurts most when things go wrong and fall apart. β€” Markus Zusak

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He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It’s his only detriment. He steps on my heart. He makes me cry. β€” Markus Zusak

Somewhere in all the snow, she could see her broken heart, in two pieces. Each half was glowing, and beating under all that white. β€” Markus Zusak

I say, ‘Don’t lose your heart, Rube.’ And very clearly, without moving, my brother answers me. He says, ‘I’m not tryin’ to lose it, Cam. I’m tryin’ to find it. β€” Markus Zusak

Disbelief held me down inside my footsteps, making my body heavy but my heart wild. β€” Markus Zusak


Believe it or not–it takes a lot of love to hate you like this. β€” Markus Zusak

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I’d been in love with her for years. I never left this suburban town. I didn’t go to university. I went to Audrey. β€” Markus Zusak

She let herself love me for three minutes. Can three minutes last forever? I ask myself, but already know the answer. Probably not, I reply. But maybe they last long enough. β€” Markus Zusak

The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you. β€” Markus Zusak

At first, she could not talk. Perhaps it was the sudden bumpiness of love she felt for him. Or had she always loved him? β€” Markus Zusak

I look at her wish we could go inside and make love on the couch. Dive inside each other. Take each other. Make each other. Nothing happens, though. β€” Markus Zusak

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I love and hate this place because it is full of words. β€” Markus Zusak

He was a great horse,’ she went on, ‘and the perfect story–we wouldn’t love him so much if he’d lived. β€” Markus Zusak

Not leaving: an act of trust and love, often deciphered by children. β€” Markus Zusak

She even touches Jimmy’s face on the photos, and I see what it is to love someone like Milla loved that man. Her fingertips are made of love. β€” Markus Zusak

I only know it would have been nice to be making love instead of attempting murder. β€” Markus Zusak

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Saukerl,’ she laughed, and as she held up her hand, she knew completely that he was simultaneously calling her a Saumensch. I think that’s as close to love as eleven–year–olds can get. β€” Markus Zusak

She places her hands around my neck and rests her head on my shoulder. I can smell the sex on her, and my hope is that she can smell the love on me. β€” Markus Zusak

A veces me mata ver cΓ³mo muere la gente. β€” Markus Zusak

I loved you already then. β€” Markus Zusak

He loved her more than Michelangelo. β€” Markus Zusak

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He must have loved her so incredibly hard. So hard that he would never ask for her lips again and would go to his grave without them. β€” Markus Zusak


You need life in your life. β€” Markus Zusak

When life robs you, sometimes, you have to rob it back. β€” Markus Zusak

Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced. β€” Markus Zusak

I’m gonna hunt my life down and grab it. β€” Markus Zusak

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There was a kind of generosity to her, of heat and sweat and life. β€” Markus Zusak

I want wo rds at my funeral. But I guess that means you need life in your life. β€” Markus Zusak

Redundant Thematics

In Markus Zusak Statements


One opportunity leads directly to another, just as risk leads to more risk, life to more life, and death to more death. β€” Markus Zusak

He seemed to resonate with a kind of confidence that life was still nothing but a joke–an endless succession of soccer goals, trickery, and a constant repertoire of meaningless chatter. β€” Markus Zusak

Do we spend most of our days trying to remember or to forget? Do we spend most of our time running towards or away from our lives? β€” Markus Zusak

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All my life, I’ve been scared of men standing over me… It makes me understand that the best standover man I’ve ever known is not a man at all… β€” Markus Zusak

Life had altered in the wildest possible way, but it was imperative that they act as if nothing at all had happened. β€” Markus Zusak


The thing is, I don’t even hate cops. To tell you the truth, I actually feel a little sorry for them. β€” Markus Zusak

How’d it feel?’ Rube asked himself. ‘I don’t know exactly, but it made me want to howl. β€” Markus Zusak

It feels nice to emerge from the lies. β€” Markus Zusak

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It’s my heart that is tired. A thirteen–year–old heart shouldn’t feel like this. β€” Markus Zusak

As I make my way through, I feel okayness reaching through me. The funny thing is that okayness is not a real word. It’s not in the dictionary. But it’s in me. β€” Markus Zusak

I feel the fear, but I walk fast toward it. β€” Markus Zusak

If only she could be so oblivious again, to feel such love without knowing it, mistaking it for laughter. β€” Markus Zusak

The days and nights come apart. I feel them corroding at the seams. β€” Markus Zusak

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Very suddenly. Yes, quite suddenly, I didn’t feel like I could handle my feeling of aloneness. β€” Markus Zusak

It feels like the mornings clap their hands. To make me wake. β€” Markus Zusak

When death captures me,’ the boy vowed, ‘he will feel my fist in his face.’ (31.26) β€” Markus Zusak

The night is alive with stars, and when I lie down and look up, I get lost up there. I feel like I’m falling, but upward, into the abyss of sky above me. β€” Markus Zusak

I could smell something. Fear. I could taste it now. It tasted like blood in my mouth, and I could feel it slide through me and open me up when I saw him … β€” Markus Zusak

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We both laugh and run and the moment is so thick around me that i feel like dropping into it to let it carry me. β€” Markus Zusak

I see myself beneath her. Being taken and made love to. I feel her. I know her. Taste her champagne mouth. Ignore the ugly teeth. Just shut my eyes and taste her. β€” Markus Zusak

The water crumbles on it’s way down as my hands and feet push me forward. The world is lightening, taking shape, and turning to color. It feels like it’s being painted around me. β€” Markus Zusak

There were reasons to leave, and reasons to stay, and all of it was the same. β€” Markus Zusak

Here IS A SMALL FACT*** You are going to die. β€” Markus Zusak

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As always, one of her books was next to her. β€” Markus Zusak

I’ve come to the realization that I really only want to write books that maybe I can’t write. β€” Markus Zusak

I just want to write someone’s favorite book. β€” Markus Zusak

You hungry?’ Rudy asked. Liesel replied, ‘Starving.’ For a book. β€” Markus Zusak

I guess that’s the beauty of books. When they finish they don’t really finish. β€” Markus Zusak

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It didn’t really matter what that book was about. It was what it meant that was more important. β€” Markus Zusak

I think ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ is the mother of all cult books, because you can be in that cult and not even know you’re in it. β€” Markus Zusak

I’m not a writer who refuses to talk about a book until I’ve finished. β€” Markus Zusak

For ‘The Book Thief,’ I wanted only one outcome, and that was for the director to follow his own vision, just as I had. β€” Markus Zusak

I was always reading books when I should have been doing math and the rest of it. β€” Markus Zusak

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Only in today’s sick society can a man be persecuted for reading too many books. β€” Markus Zusak

Tears were frozen to the book theif’s face. β€” Markus Zusak

Summer came. For the books thief, everything was going nicely. For me, the sky was the color of Jews. β€” Markus Zusak

How many books had she touched? How many had she felt? β€” Markus Zusak

I try hard and aim big. People can hate or love my books but they can never accuse me of not trying. β€” Markus Zusak

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When she came to write her story, she would wonder when the books and the words started to mean not just something, but everything. β€” Markus Zusak

A NICE THOUGHT One was a book thief. The other stole the sky. β€” Markus Zusak

He, as much as anyone, knows who and why and what we are: A family of ramshackle tragedy. A comic book kapow of boys and blood and beasts. β€” Markus Zusak

The Keys To Happiness 1.Finishing the Grave Digger’s Handbook. 2.Escaping the ire of Santa Maria. 3.Recieving two books for Christmas. β€” Markus Zusak

She gathered the books like clouds and words poured down like rain. β€” Markus Zusak

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The point is, it didn’t really matter what the book was about. It was what it meant that was important. β€” Markus Zusak

The first book I remember loving was ‘Grug and the Big Red Apple.’ The first film I saw in the cinema was ‘Grease.’ β€” Markus Zusak

In the written words of the book thief herself, the journey continued like everything had happened. β€” Markus Zusak

The book thief has struck for the first time–the beginning of an illustrious career. β€” Markus Zusak

She was still clutching the book. She was holding desperately on to the words who had saved her life. β€” Markus Zusak

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