Stephen Chbosky’s debut novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, blew up into a sensational bestseller. Written in the form of a diary or collection of letters, it is an introspective piece about the tumultuous years of young adulthood, i.e. teenage years. It was such a massive hit that it was adapted into a major film.

Charlie, the eponymous wallflower and the novel’s primary narrator, is a charming, albeit emotionally inhibited, character who captured the imagination of readers through his uncensored detailing of his first year in high school. Armed with wit, his letter is a well of humorous and witty lines. Here are some of these memorable lines.

If you haven’t read my review of this coming-of-age slash young adult fiction, you may click here: Book Review # 147: The Perks of Being a Wallflower


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I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won’t tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn’t change the fact they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have.”
~ Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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“And I thought that all those kids are going to grow up someday. And all of those little kids are going to do the things that we do. And they will all kiss someone someday. But for now, sledding is enough. I think it would be great if sledding were always enough, but it isn’t.”
~ Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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“It’s great that you can listen and be a shoulder to someone, but what about when someone doesn’t need a shoulder? What if they need the arms or something like that? You can’t just sit there and put everybody’s lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can’t. You have to do things.”
~ Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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“So I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose were we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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“And all the books you’ve read have been read by other people. And all the songs you’ve loved have been heard by other people. And that girl that’s pretty to you is pretty to other people. And that if you looked at these facts when you were happy, you would feel great because you are describing ‘unity’.”
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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“It’s just that I don’t want to be somebody’s crush. If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don’t want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it too.”
~ Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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“The inside jokes weren’t jokes anymore. They had become stories. Nobody brought up the bad names or the bad times. And nobody felt sad as long as we could postpone tomorrow with more nostalgia.”
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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“I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning.”
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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“And I thought about how many people have loved those songs. And how many people got through a lot of bad times because of those songs. And how many people enjoyed good times with those songs. And how much those songs really mean. I think it would be great to have written one of those songs. I bet if I wrote one of them, I would be very proud. I hope the people who wrote those songs are happy. I hope they feel it’s enough. I really do because they’ve made me happy. And I’m only one person.”
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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“I think it was the first time in my life I ever felt like I looked “good”. Do you know what I mean? That nice feeling when you look in the mirror, and you hair’s right for the first time in your life? I don’t think we should base so much on weight, muscels, and a good hair day, but when it happens, it’s nice. It really is.”
~ Stephen Chbosky

And the most heartbreaking quote yet the most memorable and my personal favorite:

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How about you fellow reader, what quotes from the movie and from the book have made an impression on you? Do share it in the comment box.

Happy reading!