The Best Veronica Roth quotes

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In this blog post, we’ll be discussing the quotes compilation of Veronica Roth. Roth is a young adult author who has written several successful novels, including the Divergent series. We’ll be exploring her life journey and how she became a successful writer. If you’re looking for some inspiration and motivation, Roth’s story is definitely one to read! Stay tuned for more.

Discover the most inspiring Dauntless, Love, Feelings, Brave, Time, Life, Eye quotes from Veronica Roth, and much more.


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About Veronica Roth

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August 19, 1988

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Novelist, Short Story Writer

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Alma Mater:
Northwestern University

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Young Adult, Dystopian Fantasy, Adventure

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Notable Works:
Divergent Trilogy


I am selfish. I am brave. โ€” Veronica Roth

Being selfless is not that different from being brave. It is when you are selfless that you are the bravest. โ€” Veronica Roth

Dauntless: being brave in the midst of fear. โ€” Veronica Roth

I don’t want to be just one thing. I want to be brave and selfless and intelligent and honest and kind. โ€” Veronica Roth

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I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and kind, and honest. โ€” Veronica Roth

It’s easy to be brave when they’re not my fears. โ€” Veronica Roth

I am no longer Tris, the selfless, or Tris, the brave. I suppose that now, I must become more than either. โ€” Veronica Roth

Don’t pretend’, I say Breathily. ‘You know I’m not. I’m not ugly, but I am certainly not pretty.’ ‘Fine. You’re not pretty. So?’ He kisses my cheek. ‘I like how you look. You’re deadly smart. You’re brave. โ€” Veronica Roth


I love you’ I say. ‘I love you, too’ he says. ‘I’ll see you soon. โ€” Veronica Roth

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Fine,’ he says. ‘Then I love you. โ€” Veronica Roth

I love you.’ He frowns. ‘Say it again.’ ‘Tobias,’ I say. ‘I love you. โ€” Veronica Roth

Be brave, Beatrice. I love you. โ€” Veronica Roth

If the sacrifice is the ultimate way for that person to show you that they love you, you should let them do it. โ€” Veronica Roth

She must love me, to worry about me. She must still be capable of love. โ€” Veronica Roth

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I might be in love with you.’ He smiles a little. ‘I’m waiting until I’m sure to tell you, though. โ€” Veronica Roth

The cruelty of fate is that I must travel with the people I hate when the people I love are dead behind me. โ€” Veronica Roth

She taught me all about real sacrifice. That it should be done from love, not misplace disgust for another person’s genetics. โ€” Veronica Roth

Maybe I was afraid to trust him with something so personal as my devotion. Or afraid that I did not know what it was to love someone. โ€” Veronica Roth

Caleb,’ I say, ‘I love you.’ His eyes gleam with tear as he says, ‘I love you, too, Beatrice. โ€” Veronica Roth

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But when you kill someone you love, the hard part is never over. It just gets easier to distract yourself from what you’ve done. โ€” Veronica Roth

I am a child. I am two feet tall, and asking if she loves me. โ€” Veronica Roth

I love ‘Harry Potter.’ I’m a huge nerdโ€“I would dress up if I could. โ€” Veronica Roth

My parents did love each other. Enough to forsake plans and factions. Enough to defy ‘faction before blood.’ Blood before factionโ€“โ€“no, love before faction, always.โ€“Tris Prior โ€” Veronica Roth

The truth is… you are hurting me. Not on purpose, I know that. But I love you and every second that you donยดt love me back…it hurts. โ€” Veronica Roth

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How is it I know this little about the boy who says he loves meโ€“โ€“the boy whose real name is powerful enough to keep us alive in a train car full of enemies? โ€” Veronica Roth


I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am. Most of the time, they seem like the only thing I am. โ€” Veronica Roth

I’ll say it one last time: Be brave. โ€” Veronica Roth

Maybe there’s more we all could have done, but we just have to let the guilt remind us to do better next time. โ€” Veronica Roth

Four: Be brave Tris. The first time is always the hardest. โ€” Veronica Roth

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It must require bravery to be honest all the time. โ€” Veronica Roth

You’re desperate, and so am I,’ I said. ‘Desperate people make stupid decisions all the time.” P244 โ€” Veronica Roth

It’s strange how time can make a place shrink, make its strangeness ordinary. โ€” Veronica Roth

Be brave, Tris,’ he whispers. ‘The first time is always the hardest.’ His eyes are the last thing I see. โ€” Veronica Roth

It is more important for you to be safe than right, for the time being. Understand? (…) But please, when you see an opportunity…ruin them โ€” Veronica Roth

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You look older.’ ‘Yes, well. The passage of time tends to do that to a person. โ€” Veronica Roth

Let the guilt teach you how to behave next time. โ€” Veronica Roth

Dead people can be our heroes because they can’t disappoint us later; they only improve over time, as we forget more and more about them. โ€” Veronica Roth

This was the first place I everfelt strong. Every time I breathe this air I feel it again. โ€” Veronica Roth

Openness is a habit you form over time, and not a switch you flip whenever you want to. โ€” Veronica Roth

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I get up, because I’m supposed to, but if it were up to me, I’d stay in my seat for the rest of time. โ€” Veronica Roth

Leaving us with Eric is like hiring a babysitter who spends his time sharpening knives. โ€” Veronica Roth

Maybe time would not feel as heavy if I didn’t have this guiltโ€“the guilt of knowing the truth and stuffing it down where no one can see it. โ€” Veronica Roth


And I provide muchโ€“needed eye candy. โ€” Veronica Roth

Yes,’ she says, her eyes bright with tears. ‘My dear child, you’ve done so well. โ€” Veronica Roth

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It’s what you deserve to hear,’ I say firmly, my eyes going cloudy with tears. ‘That you’re whole, that you’re worth loving, that you’re the best person I’ve ever known. โ€” Veronica Roth

Looking away is submissive. Looking [..] in the eye is a challenge. โ€” Veronica Roth

You won,’ Four mutters. ‘Stop.’ I wipe the sweat from my forehead. He stares at me. His eyes are too wide; they look alarmed. โ€” Veronica Roth

The Stiff had jumped first. Even I didn’t jump first. Her eyes were so stern, so insistent. Beautiful. โ€” Veronica Roth

You know, most boys would enjoy being trapped in close quarters with a girl.’ I roll my eyes. ‘Not claustrophobic people, Tris. โ€” Veronica Roth

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Now she looks pale and small, but her eyes make me think of wideโ€“open skies that I have never actually seen, only dreamed of. โ€” Veronica Roth

Crying defies scientific explanation. Tears are only meant to lubricate the eyes. There is no real reason for tear glands to overproduce tears at the behest of emotion. โ€” Veronica Roth

The tiles in the Merciless Mart are always black and white, and here they are in a checkered pattern. If I unfocus my eyes, I see exactly what the Candor don’t believe inโ€“gray. โ€” Veronica Roth

I look up, and stop breathing. Eyes glitter in the darkness. Dark shapes sit in the car, more numerous than we are. The factionless. โ€” Veronica Roth


You can’t be fearless, remember? Because you still care about things. About your life. โ€” Veronica Roth

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Where’s Marcus, Destroyer of Lives, going to meet us? โ€” Veronica Roth

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You don’t believe things because they make your life better, you believe them because they’re true. โ€” Veronica Roth

The goal of my life isn’t just… to be happy. ‘Wouldn’t it be easier if it was, though? โ€” Veronica Roth

You always look like someone’s sucked the life right out of you when something fascinates you.โ€“Tris โ€” Veronica Roth

It’s hard to know what’s right in this life,’ she said. ‘We do what we can, but what we really need is mercy. Do you know who taught me that?’ A grin. ‘You.” P459 โ€” Veronica Roth

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In our factions, we find meaning, we find purpose, we find life. โ€” Veronica Roth

Because life is not fair, Albert. And the world is conspiring against you. โ€” Veronica Roth

Reading is such a huge part of my life. โ€” Veronica Roth

Well, technology is supposed to make life better,’ she says. ‘No matter what you believe, there’s a technology out there for you. โ€” Veronica Roth

Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage. โ€” Veronica Roth

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Living without virtues is to live divorced from society, seperated from the most important thing in life, community. โ€” Veronica Roth

He looks like a man who has spent most of his life frowning. โ€” Veronica Roth

I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren’t all that different. All your life you’ve been training to forget yourself, so when you’re in danger, it becomes your first instinct โ€” Veronica Roth

I never thought I would need bravery in the small moments of my life. I do. โ€” Veronica Roth

In them we find administrators and teachers and counselors and leaders and protectors. In them we find our sense of belonging, our sense of community, our very lives. โ€” Veronica Roth

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I know what it is to become something you hate, I know how it hurts. But life is full of hurt. And your capacity for baring it is much greater than you believe.’ pg 287 โ€” Veronica Roth

It’s Not sacrifice if it’s someone else’s life you’re giving away, it’s just evil. โ€” Veronica Roth


Sometimes I feel like there is so much to be afraid of, and sometimes I feel like there is nothing left to fear. โ€” Veronica Roth

It was him or me. I chose me. But I feel dead too. โ€” Veronica Roth

All I can do is stand stillโ€“I feel like if I just stand still, I can stop it from being true, I can pretend that everything is all right. โ€” Veronica Roth

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They died for me,’ I say. That feels important โ€” Veronica Roth

I feel like myself, strong and weak at onceโ€“allowed, at least for a little while, to be both. โ€” Veronica Roth

I feel like someone breathed new air into my lungs. I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent. โ€” Veronica Roth

I feel his heartbeat against my cheek,as fast as my own. ‘Are you afraid of me, too, Tobias?’ ‘Terrified,’ he replies with a smile. โ€” Veronica Roth

Her smile broadens, and for a moment, I feel that I recognize her. ‘My name will be Edith Prior,’ she says. ‘And there is much I am happy to forget. โ€” Veronica Roth

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Eyes open, then,’ I say, tapping the skin between my eyebrows. I don’t really need her eyes to be on mine, but I feel better when they are. โ€” Veronica Roth

Sometimes I see him as just another person, and sometimes I feel the sight of him in my gut, like a deep ache. โ€” Veronica Roth

I forget that he is another person; instead it feels like he is another part of me, just as essential as a heart or an eye or an arm. โ€” Veronica Roth

Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now. โ€” Veronica Roth

That our world is so massive that it is completely out of our control, that we cannot possibly be as large as we feel. โ€” Veronica Roth

I feel empty, not because of sadness, but because of relief, all the tension flowing out of me. โ€” Veronica Roth

I understand why she did it this way, faceโ€“firstโ€“โ€“it was because it made her feel like she was flying, like she was a bird. โ€” Veronica Roth

I feel bare. I didn’t realize I wore my secrets as armor until they were gone and now everyone sees me as I really am. โ€” Veronica Roth

I feel myself acting like a lunatic, but I can’t stop. It would be like refusing to breathe. โ€” Veronica Roth

Since he saved me from the attack, I have associated his smell with safety, so as long as I focus on it, I feel safe now. โ€” Veronica Roth


I am not Tobias Eaton, not anymore, never again. I am Dauntless. โ€” Veronica Roth

We don’t need you as an ally. We’re Dauntless.โ€“Tori โ€” Veronica Roth

I didn’t realize until that moment that Dauntless initiation had taught me an important lesson: how to keep going. โ€” Veronica Roth

No. Because it’s so stupid no Dauntless with any sense would speak it, let alone think it. Pansycake. What are you, twelve?’ ‘And a half,’ he says. โ€” Veronica Roth

I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent. And I can’t be controlled. โ€” Veronica Roth

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I chose Dauntless not because they are perfect, but because they are alive, they are free. โ€” Veronica Roth

Before I chose Dauntless…I felt assured of my long lifespan, if nothing else. Now there are no reassurances except that where I go, I go because I choose to. โ€” Veronica Roth

It reminds me why I chose Dauntless in the first place: not because they are perfect, but because they are alive. Because they are free. โ€” Veronica Roth

I decide to keep the shirt to remind me why I chose Dauntless in the first place: not because they are perfect, but because they are alive. Because they are free. โ€” Veronica Roth

I expect to weave through the crowd, dodging elbows and muttering ‘excuse me’ the way I always do, but there is no need. Becoming Dauntless has made me noticable. โ€” Veronica Roth

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Pride is what killed Al, and it is the flaw in every Dauntless heart. It is in mine. โ€” Veronica Roth

This is how the Dauntless mourn: by chasing grief into the oblivion of alcohol and leaving it there. โ€” Veronica Roth

You’re afraid of heights,’I say. ‘How do you survive in the Dauntless compound?’ ‘I ignore my fear,’ he (Four) says. ‘When I make decisions, I pretend it doesn’t exist. โ€” Veronica Roth

I have realized that part of being Dauntless is being willing to make things more difficult for yourself in order to be selfโ€“sufficient. โ€” Veronica Roth

VERONICA ROTH Quotes Take Away

Veronica Roth is a bestselling author with an important message for writers. She says, โ€œDonโ€™t be afraid to write something that isnโ€™t perfect. Thatโ€™s how you learn and improve. And remember, the writing process is always a work in progress. There are no shortcuts or magic formulas โ€“ just hard work and dedication. So keep writing, keep learning, and donโ€™t give up on your dreams. We believe in you! Are you ready to start your writing journey? Check out our courses today.

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