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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Robert Cormier on teenage, youth, writing, life, mediocre, words, literary, evil, sin, truth, experiences and love.

35 Top Robert Cormier Quotes That Show The Way

Quick Facts

Famous As: American author

Born On: January 17, 1925

Died On: November 2, 2000

Born In: Leominster

Died At Age: 75

The famous American author and journalist Robert Cormier is known for his novels and short-stories showing the negative side of a teenager’s life. He started his career as a scriptwriter for radio commercials. He also worked as a reporter and a columnist for a long time with renowned newspapers like ‘Worcester Telegram’ and won three major awards. His novels were based upon the life of teenagers which made him as a noteworthy writer for young adults. His books were more focused on showing the reality and due to this he was rejected by various schools calling his writing negative. His book ‘The Chocolate War’ was considered to be the best novel for young adults but remained in controversy due to its sexual content and offensive language. His book ‘I Am the Cheese’ went on to the ‘5 Annual Book List’ and made the publication win the ‘Phoenix Award’. He was honored ‘Margaret A. Edwards Award’ for his work. We bring to you a compilation of thoughts and quotations by Robert Cormier which have been extracted from the vast sea of his work. Go through these quotes by Robert Cormier which have ignited the mind of various young adults about teenage.
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The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.

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It's amazing that the heart makes no noise when it cracks.

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He hated to think of his own life stretching ahead of him that way, a long succession of days and nights that were fine - not good, not bad, not great, not lousy, not exciting, not anything.

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The possibility that hope comes out of hopelessness and that the opposite of things carry the seeds of birth - love out of hate, good out of evil. Didn't flowers grow out of dirt?

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Cities fell. Earth opened. Planets tilted. Stars plummeted. And the awful silence.

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Everybody sins, Francis. The terrible thing is that we love our sins. We love the thing that makes us evil.

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They don't actually want you to do your own thing, not unless it's their thing too.

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Don't miss the bus, boy. You're missing a lot of things in the world, better not miss that bus.

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People throw the word love around like confetti when they actually mean affection.

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He was swept with a sadness, a sadness deep and penetrating, leaving him desolate like someone washed up on a beach, a lone survivor in a world full of strangers.

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It doesn't matter how big the body, it's what you do with it.

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They tell you to do your own thing but they don't mean it. They don't want you to do your thing, not unless it happens to be their thing, too.

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And he did see--that life was rotten, that there were no heroes, really, and that you couldn't trust anybody, not even yourself.

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There was nothing more beautiful in the world than the sight of a teacher getting upset.

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It came to me that hell would not be fire and smoke after all but arctic, everything white and frigid. Hell would be not anger but indifference.

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They murdered him.

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A terrific sadness swept over Jerry. As if somebody had died. The way he felt standing in the cemetry that day they buried his mother. And nothing you could do about it.

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It would be nice to avoid the world, to leave it and all its threats and unhappiness. Not to die or anything like that, but to find a place of solitude and solace.

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Why did the wise guys always accuse other people of being wise guys?

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You bring up your children to be self-reliant and independent and they double-cross you and become self-reliant and independent.

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...pain reaches a certain point and does not get worse but remains in all its intensity and you can survive it.

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Mr. Sinclair once asked the class to make a list of the ten most beautiful words in the English language, and the only word that really seemed beautiful to me was tenderness.

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That's what Archie did - built a house nobody could anticipate a need for, except himself, a house that was invisible to everyone else.

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Pluck my heart From my flesh And eat it.....

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Eat my heart Chew it hard Swallow my soul, too

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Eric Poole began with cats. Or, to be more exact, kittens.

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Go get your bus, square boy.

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Happiness is a way of traveling and not a destination

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I wonder if it's a special sin to lie to a nun

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He closed the locker quickly so no one would see the damage. For some reason, he felt ashamed.

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At some point in life, we learn our limitations, the distances we can we can travel and the boarders we will never cross. And we go from there.

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Do I dare disturb the universe? Yes I do, I do. I think.

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Ray Bannister started to build the guillotine the day Jerry Renault returned to Monument.

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The cheese stands alone The cheese stands alone Heigh-ho the merry-o The cheese stands alone

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It’s amazing that the heart makes no noise when it cracks.

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