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Tomorrow at the Choosing Ceremony, I will decide on a faction; I will decide the rest of my life; I will decide to stay with my family or abandon them.  ~Tris  p. 2

They should perplex me.  I should wonder what courage—which is the virtue they most value—has to do with a metal ring through your nostril.  Instead my eyes cling to them wherever they go.  ~Tris (on watching the Dauntless jump from the train)  p. 7

Divergence is extremely dangerous.  ~Tori  p. 23

It’s my choice now, no matter what the test says.  Abnegation.  Dauntless.  Erudite.  Divergent.  ~Tris  p. 23

I hear a train horn, so faint it could easily be wind whistling through an alleyway.  But I know it when I hear it.  It sounds like the Dauntless, calling me to them.  ~Tris  p. 30

“…Valuing knowledge above all else results in a lust for power, and that leads men into dark and empty places.  We should be thankful that we know better.”  ~Mr. Prior  p. 35

“Beatrice…We should think of our family…But.  But we must also think of ourselves.”  ~Caleb  p. 36

“I love you.  No matter what.”  ~Mrs. Prior to Beatrice at the Choosing Ceremony  p. 41

I am selfish.  I am brave.  ~Tris  p. 47

I would rather be dead than empty, like the  factionless.  ~Tris  p. 54

I am proud.  It will get me into trouble someday, but today ti makes me brave.  ~Tris  p. 57

A new place, a new name.  I can be remade here.  “Tris,” I say firmly.  ~Tris  p. 60

“First jumper--Tris!”  ~Four  p. 60  Four sets his hand on my back and says, “Welcome to Dauntless.”

“The chasm reminds us that there is a fine line between bravery and idiocy!”  ~Four shouts  p. 65

We believe that preparation eradicates cowardice, which we define as the failure to act in the midst of fear.  ~Four  p. 77

...you are far less likely to soil your pants and cry for your mother if you’re prepared to defend yourself.  ~Four  p. 77

Statistically speaking...you should have hit the target at least once by now, even by accident...  I think you’re actually defying nature.  ~Will p. 79

There is power in controlling something that can do so much damage--in controlling something, period.  Maybe I do belong here.  (first day firing a gun)  ~Tris  p. 79

Mom used to say that politeness is deception in pretty packaging.  ~Christina  p. 81

You aren’t going to be able to make me look pretty, you know.  ~Tris,  Who cares about pretty?  I’m going for noticeable.  ~Christina  p. 86-87

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.  ~Tris  p. 87

Beatrice was a girl I saw in stolen moments at the mirror, who kept quiet at the dinner table.  This is someone whose eyes claim mine and don’t release me; this is Tris.  ~Tris  p. 87

Four leaving us makes me nervous.  Leaving us with Eric is like hiring a babysitter who spends his time sharpening knives.  ~Tris  p. 97

Human reason can excuse any evil; that is why it’s so important that we don’t rely on it.  ~Mr. Prior  p.102

Maybe there is some abnegatin in everyone, even if they don’t know it.  Well, in everyone but Peter.  ~Tris  p. 120

The Dauntless guards close the gate and lock it behind them.  The lock is on the outside.  I bite my lip.  Why would they lock the gate from the outside and not the inside?  It almost seems like they don’t want to keep something out; they want to keep us in.  ~Tris  p. 128

Something about him (Four) makes me feel like I am about to fall.  Or turn to liquid.  Or burst into flames.  ~Tris  p. 143

I am aware of how little space there is between us--six inches at most.  That space feels charged with electricity.  I feel like it should be smaller.  ~Tris  (after Four helps her down from the Ferris wheel)  p. 150

For the first time since I beat Molly, guilt pinches my gut.  If Eric thinks I did something right, I must have done it wrong.  ~Tris  p. 176

My mother was Dauntless.  ~Tris  p. 188

...I think it’s important to protect people.  To stand up for people.  Like you did for me.  That’s what the Dauntless are supposed to do right?  That’s what courage is.  Not...hurting people for no reason.  ~Al  p. 190

‘We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.’  ~Will quoting from the Dauntless manifesto  p. 206

She’s Dauntless through and through.  ~Uriah (about Tris)  p. 220

I throw my arms out to the side and imagine that I am flying... My heart beats so hard it hurts, and I can’t scream and I can’t breathe, but I also feel everything, every vein, and every fiber, every bone and every nerve, all awake and buzzing in my body as if charged with electricity.  I am pure adrenaline.  ~Tris p. 221 (the feeling of the zip line from the top of the old Hancock building 100 stories high)

A crowd of members stands below.  They grasp one another’s arms forming a net of limbs beneath me.  In order to get down, I have to trust them to catch me.  I have to accept that these people are mine, and I am theirs.  It is a braver act than sliding down the zip line.  ~Tris  p. 222

I know why my father said the Dauntless were a pack of madmen.  He didn’t--couldn’t--understand the kind of camaraderie that forms only after you’ve all risked your lives together.  ~Tris  p. 223

We are not the same.  But we are, somehow, one.  ~Tris  p. 223  (about fellow Dauntless)

Be brave Tris.  The first time  always the hardest.  ~Four  p. 232  (first simulation, stage two of initiation)

I used to think the Dauntless were fearless.  That is how they seemed, anyway.  But maybe what I saw as fearless was actually fear under control.  ~Tris  p. 239

The expression warms his eyes enough that I forget he’s my instructor.  He’s just a boy, talking casually, walking me to the door.  ~Tris (about Four)  p. 239

You look good Tris.  ~an intoxicated Four  p. 249

I have never been carried around by a large boy, or laughed until my stomach hurt at the dinner table, or listened to the clamor of a hundred people all talking at once.  Peace is restrained; this is free.  ~Tris  p. 250

You manipulated the simulation; you’re Divergent.  I’ll delete the footage, but unless you want to wind up dead at the bottom of the chasm, you’ll figure out how to hide it during the simulations!  ~Four  p. 255

Are you like me?  I ask silently.  Are you Divergent?  ~Tris  p. 265

I hear my heartbeat.  I have been looking at him too long, but then, he has been looking back, and I feel like we are both trying to say something the other can’t hear, though I could be imagining it.  Too long--and now, even longer, my heart even louder, his tranquil eyes swallowing me whole.  ~Tris  p. 265

I’m going to shoot a muffin off Marlene’s head.  ~Uriah  p. 271

You belong here, you know that?  You belong with us.  It’ll be over soon, so just hold on, okay?  ~Four p. 274

I don’t want to say this, but I feel like I have to.  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.  ~Four  p. 286-287

I understand why you’re worried, Peter.  The events of last night certainly proved that you are a miserable coward...So now we all know, that you are afraid of a short, skinny girl from Abnegation.  ~Four  p. 298

Courageous?  Courageous would have been admitting weakness and leaving Dauntless, no matter what shame accompanied it.  Pride is what killed Al, and it is the flaw in every Dauntless heart.  It is in mine.  ~Tris  p. 308-309

...it’s when you’re acting selflessly that you are at your bravest.  ~Four  p. 311

Jeanine’s so smart you can see it even before she says anything.  Like..a walking, talking computer.  ~Will  p. 317

It’s easy to be brave when they’re not my fears.  ~Tris  p. 331

I watched you because I like you.  ~Tobias  337

I like how you look.  You’re deadly smart.  You’re brave.  ~Tobias  p. 338

For a few minutes we kiss, deep in the chasm, with the roar of water all around us.  And when we rise, hand in hand, I realize that if we had both chosen differently, we might have ended up doing the same thing, in a safer place, in gray clothes instead of black ones.  ~Tris  p. 338

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 life.  I do. ~Tris (during an intimate moment with Tobias)  p. 373

Are you asking me to undress, Tris?  ~Tobias  p. 404

I think we’ve made a mistake, ...We’ve all started to put down the virtues of the other factions in the process of bolstering our own.  I don’t want to do that.  I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and honest... I continually struggle with kindness.  ~Tobias  p. 405

You’re my daughter.  I don’t care about the factions...Look where they got us.  Human beings as a whole cannot be good for long before the bad creeps back in and poisons us again.  ~Natalie Prior  p. 441

I feel like someone breathed new air into my lungs.  I am not Abnegation.  I am not Dauntless.  I am Divergent.  ~Tris  p. 442

Be brave, Beatrice.  I love you.  ~Natalie Prior (before sacrificing her own life to save her daughter)  p.  443

Eric called Al’s suicide brave, and he was wrong.  My mother’s death was brave.  I remember how calm she was, how determined.  It isn’t just that she died for me; it is brave that she did it without announcing it, without hesitation, and without appearing to consider another option.  ~Tris  p. 451

As of yesterday, I technically became Dauntless, but I don’t feel like one.  And I am not Abnegation, either.  I guess I am what I have always been.  Not Dauntless, not Abnegation, not factionless.  Divergent.  ~Tris  p. 453-454

Did I shoot him in the leg? … No.  He walks.  ~Tris (reaction to Caleb questioning Peter’s ability to walk after Tris shot him)  p. 465

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.  ~Tris (about Tobias)  p. 484

“Maybe I’m already sure, “ he says, “and I just don’t want to frighten you.”  I laugh a little.  “Then you should know better.”  “Fine,” he says.  “Then I love you.”  ~Tobias and Tris  p. 486

I am no longer Tris, the selfless, or Tris, the brave.  I suppose that now, I must become more than either.  ~Tris  p. 487


Faction before blood.  p. 43, 176, 201, 357, 362

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