Favorite Quotes from Every Day by David Levithan

Some people find that reading quotes before they’ve personally read a book ruins the experience for them, so to be mindful of that, I created a separate page of my favorite quotes from Every Day by David Levithan.

Please note: phrasing may have changed in the final, printed version of the book. I read an ARC on my kindle, which also makes placement for locations of the quotes tricky. All spacing is mine; please don’t interpret that Every Day is written in verse. I changed the formatting for this page’s purposes.


“It’s as if when you love someone, they become your reason.
And maybe I’ve gotten it backward, maybe it’s just because I need a reason
that I find myself falling in love with her.”


“This is the trap of having someone to live for:
Everything else seems lifeless.”


“I am always amazed by people who know something is wrong but still
insist on ignoring it, as if that will somehow make it go away.
They spare themselves the confrontation…”


“This is what love does:
It makes you want to rewrite the world.
It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot.
The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do
everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible.
And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be.”


“The moment you fall in love feels like it has centuries behind it, generations – all of them rearranging themselves so this precise, remarkable intersection could happen. In your heart, in your bones, no matter how silly you know it is, you feel that everything has been leading to this, all the secret arrows were pointing here, the universe and time itself crafted this long ago, and you are just now realizing it, you are just now arriving at the place you were always meant to be.”


“You like him because he’s a lost boy.
Believe me, I’ve seen it happen before.
But do you know what happens to girls who love lost boys?
They become lost themselves.
Without fail.”


“I no longer think she’s just being nice.
She’s being kind.
Which is much more a sign of character than mere niceness.
Kindness connects to who you are, while niceness connects to how you want to be seen.”


“I am a drifter, and as lonely as that can be, it is also remarkably freeing. I will never define myself in terms of anyone else. I will never feel the pressure of peers or the burden of parental expectation. I can view everyone as pieces of a whole, and focus on the whole, not the pieces. I have learned to observe, far better than most people observe. I am not blinded by the past or motivated by the future. I focus on the present because that is where I am destined to live.”


“When first love ends, most people eventually know there will be more to come. They are not through with love. Love is not through with them. It will never be the same as the first, but it will be better in different ways.”


“It’s one thing to fall in love.
It’s another to feel someone else fall in love with you, and to feel a responsibility toward that love.”


“The world, right now, is only us.”


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