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Chapter 1 Quotes

When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
 
Greasers can't walk alone too much or they'll get jumped, or someone will come by and scream "Greaser!" at them...We get jumped by the Socs. I'm not sure how you spell it, but it's the abbreviation for the Socials, the jet set, the West-side rich kids. It's like the term "greaser," which is used to class all us boys on the East Side.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
 
I don't care, I lied to myself, I don't care about [Darry] either. Soda's enough, and I'd have him until I got out of school. I don't care about Darry. But I was still lying and I knew it. I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis, Sodapop Curtis
 

Chapter 2 Quotes

Johnny never walked by himself after that. And Johnny...now carried in his back pocket a six-inch switchblade. He'd use it, too, if he ever got jumped again.
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade
 
"Things are rough all over."
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Cherry Valance
 
I really couldn't see what Socs would have to sweat about—good grades, good cars, good girls, madras and Mustangs and Corvairs—Man, I thought, if I had worries like that I'd consider myself lucky. I know better now.
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
 

Chapter 3 Quotes

It seemed funny that the sunset [Cherry] saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two worlds we lived in weren't so different. We saw the same sunset.
Location: Chapter 3
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Cherry Valance
 
It wasn't fair for the Socs to have everything. We were as good as they were; it wasn't our fault we were greasers...I felt the tension growing inside of me and I knew something had to happen or I would explode.
Location: Chapter 3
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
 

Chapter 4 Quotes

"You know what a greaser is" Bob asked. "White trash with long hair."…
"You know what a Soc is?" I said, my voice shaking with rage. "White trash with Mustangs and madras."
Location: Chapter 4
Speakers: Ponyboy Curtis, Bob Sheldon
 

Chapter 5 Quotes

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Location: Chapter 5
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade
 

Chapter 6 Quotes

"Johnny," Dally said in a pleading, high voice, using a tone I had never heard from him before, "Johnny, I ain't mad at you. I just don't want you to get hurt. You don't know what a few months in jail can do to you. Oh, blast it, Johnny...you get hardened in jail. I don't want that to happen to you. Like it happened to me..."
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Dallas Winston
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade
 
That was [Darry's] silent fear then—of losing another person he loved. I remembered how close he and Dad had been, and I wondered how I could ever have thought him hard and unfeeling. I listened to his heart pounding through his T-shirt and I knew everything was going to be okay now. I had taken the long way around, but I was finally home. To stay.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis
 

Chapter 7 Quotes

I stared at the newspaper. On the front page of the second section was the headline: JUVENILE DELINQUENTS TURN HEROES.
"What I like is the 'turn' bit," Two-Bit said. ... "Y'all were heroes from the beginning. You just didn't 'turn' all of a sudden."
Location: Chapter 7
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Two-Bit Mathews
 
"You would have saved those kids if you had been there," I said. "You'd have saved them the same as we did."
"Thanks, grease," he said, trying to grin. Then he stopped. "I didn't mean that. I meant, thanks, kid."
"My name's Ponyboy," I said. "Nice talking to you, Randy."
Location: Chapter 7
 
Socs were just guys after all. Things were rough all over, but it was better that way. That way you could tell the other guy was human, too.
Location: Chapter 7
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
 

Chapter 8 Quotes

"Hey," I said suddenly, "can you see the sunset real good from the West Side?"
She blinked, startled, then smiled. "Real good."
"You can see it good from the East Side, too," I said quietly.
"Thanks, Ponyboy." She smiled through her tears. "You dig okay."
Location: Chapter 8
 

Chapter 9 Quotes

Soda fought for fun, Darry for pride, and Two-Bit for conformity. Why do I fight? I thought, and couldn't think of any real good reason. There isn't any real good reason for fighting except self-defense.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis, Sodapop Curtis, Two-Bit Mathews
 
They used to be buddies, I thought, they used to be friends, and now they hate each other because one has to work for a living and the other comes from the West Side. They shouldn't hate each other...I don't hate the Socs anymore...they shouldn't hate...
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Paul Holden
 
"We won," Dally panted. "We beat the Socs. We stomped them—chased them outa our territory."
Johnny didn't even try to grin at him. "Useless...fighting's no good..."
Location: Chapter 9
Speakers: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston
 
"Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold..." The pillow seemed to sink a little, and Johnny died.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Johnny Cade
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis
 

Chapter 10 Quotes

And even as the policemen's guns spit fire into the night I knew that was what Dally wanted...Dally Winston wanted to be dead and he always got what he wanted...Two friends of mine had died that night: one a hero, the other a hoodlum. But I remembered Dally pulling Johnny through the window of the burning church; Dally giving us his gun, although it could mean jail for him; Dally risking his life for us, trying to keep Johnny out of trouble. And now he was a dead juvenile delinquent and there wouldn't be any editorials in his favor. Dally didn't die a hero. He died violent and young and desperate, just like we all knew he'd die someday...But Johnny was right. He died gallant.
Location: Chapter 10
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston
 

Chapter 11 Quotes

I had never given Bob much thought—I hadn't had time to think. But that day I wondered about him. What was he like? ... I looked at Bob's picture and I could begin to see the person we had killed. A reckless, hot-tempered boy, cocky and scared stiff at the same time.
Location: Chapter 11
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Bob Sheldon
 

Chapter 12 Quotes

"Ponyboy, listen, don't get tough. You're not like the rest of us and don't try to be."
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Two-Bit Mathews
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis
 
"We're all we have left. We ought to be able to stick together against everything. If we don't have each other, we don't have anything. If you don't have anything, you end up like Dallas...and I don't mean dead, either. I mean like he was before. And that's worse than dead. Please"—he wiped his eyes on his arm—"don't fight anymore."
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Darry Curtis
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston
 
I've been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that wrote it, he meant you're gold when you're a kid, like green. When you're a kid everything's new, dawn. It's just when you get used to everything that it's day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That's gold. Keep that way, it's a good way to be...And don't be so bugged over being a greaser. You still have a lot of time to make yourself what you want. There's still lots of good in the world. Tell Dally. I don't think he knows. Your buddy, Johnny.
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Johnny Cade
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston
 
Suddenly it wasn't only a personal thing to me. I could picture hundreds of boys living on the wrong sides of cities, boys with black eyes who jumped at their own shadows. Hundreds of boys who maybe watched sunsets and looked at the stars and ached for something better. I could see boys going down under street lights because they were mean and tough and hated the world, and it was too late to tell them there was still good in it...There should be some help, someone to tell them before it was too late. Someone should tell their side of the story, and maybe people would understand then and wouldn't be so quick to judge a boy by the amount of hair oil he wore.
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
 
One week had taken all three of them. And I decided I could tell people, beginning with my English teacher. I wondered for a long time how to start that theme, how to start writing about something that was important to me. And I finally began like this: When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home...
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston, Bob Sheldon
 

Ponyboy Curtis Quotes

When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
 
Greasers can't walk alone too much or they'll get jumped, or someone will come by and scream "Greaser!" at them...We get jumped by the Socs. I'm not sure how you spell it, but it's the abbreviation for the Socials, the jet set, the West-side rich kids. It's like the term "greaser," which is used to class all us boys on the East Side.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
 
I don't care, I lied to myself, I don't care about [Darry] either. Soda's enough, and I'd have him until I got out of school. I don't care about Darry. But I was still lying and I knew it. I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis, Sodapop Curtis
 
I really couldn't see what Socs would have to sweat about—good grades, good cars, good girls, madras and Mustangs and Corvairs—Man, I thought, if I had worries like that I'd consider myself lucky. I know better now.
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
 
Johnny never walked by himself after that. And Johnny...now carried in his back pocket a six-inch switchblade. He'd use it, too, if he ever got jumped again.
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade
 
It seemed funny that the sunset [Cherry] saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two worlds we lived in weren't so different. We saw the same sunset.
Location: Chapter 3
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Cherry Valance
 
It wasn't fair for the Socs to have everything. We were as good as they were; it wasn't our fault we were greasers...I felt the tension growing inside of me and I knew something had to happen or I would explode.
Location: Chapter 3
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
 
"You know what a greaser is" Bob asked. "White trash with long hair."…
"You know what a Soc is?" I said, my voice shaking with rage. "White trash with Mustangs and madras."
Location: Chapter 4
Speakers: Ponyboy Curtis, Bob Sheldon
 
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Location: Chapter 5
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade
 
That was [Darry's] silent fear then—of losing another person he loved. I remembered how close he and Dad had been, and I wondered how I could ever have thought him hard and unfeeling. I listened to his heart pounding through his T-shirt and I knew everything was going to be okay now. I had taken the long way around, but I was finally home. To stay.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis
 
I stared at the newspaper. On the front page of the second section was the headline: JUVENILE DELINQUENTS TURN HEROES.
"What I like is the 'turn' bit," Two-Bit said. ... "Y'all were heroes from the beginning. You just didn't 'turn' all of a sudden."
Location: Chapter 7
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Two-Bit Mathews
 
"You would have saved those kids if you had been there," I said. "You'd have saved them the same as we did."
"Thanks, grease," he said, trying to grin. Then he stopped. "I didn't mean that. I meant, thanks, kid."
"My name's Ponyboy," I said. "Nice talking to you, Randy."
Location: Chapter 7
 
Socs were just guys after all. Things were rough all over, but it was better that way. That way you could tell the other guy was human, too.
Location: Chapter 7
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
 
"Hey," I said suddenly, "can you see the sunset real good from the West Side?"
She blinked, startled, then smiled. "Real good."
"You can see it good from the East Side, too," I said quietly.
"Thanks, Ponyboy." She smiled through her tears. "You dig okay."
Location: Chapter 8
 
Soda fought for fun, Darry for pride, and Two-Bit for conformity. Why do I fight? I thought, and couldn't think of any real good reason. There isn't any real good reason for fighting except self-defense.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis, Sodapop Curtis, Two-Bit Mathews
 
"Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold..." The pillow seemed to sink a little, and Johnny died.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Johnny Cade
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis
 
They used to be buddies, I thought, they used to be friends, and now they hate each other because one has to work for a living and the other comes from the West Side. They shouldn't hate each other...I don't hate the Socs anymore...they shouldn't hate...
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Paul Holden
 
And even as the policemen's guns spit fire into the night I knew that was what Dally wanted...Dally Winston wanted to be dead and he always got what he wanted...Two friends of mine had died that night: one a hero, the other a hoodlum. But I remembered Dally pulling Johnny through the window of the burning church; Dally giving us his gun, although it could mean jail for him; Dally risking his life for us, trying to keep Johnny out of trouble. And now he was a dead juvenile delinquent and there wouldn't be any editorials in his favor. Dally didn't die a hero. He died violent and young and desperate, just like we all knew he'd die someday...But Johnny was right. He died gallant.
Location: Chapter 10
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston
 
I had never given Bob much thought—I hadn't had time to think. But that day I wondered about him. What was he like? ... I looked at Bob's picture and I could begin to see the person we had killed. A reckless, hot-tempered boy, cocky and scared stiff at the same time.
Location: Chapter 11
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Bob Sheldon
 
"Ponyboy, listen, don't get tough. You're not like the rest of us and don't try to be."
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Two-Bit Mathews
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis
 
"We're all we have left. We ought to be able to stick together against everything. If we don't have each other, we don't have anything. If you don't have anything, you end up like Dallas...and I don't mean dead, either. I mean like he was before. And that's worse than dead. Please"—he wiped his eyes on his arm—"don't fight anymore."
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Darry Curtis
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston
 
I've been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that wrote it, he meant you're gold when you're a kid, like green. When you're a kid everything's new, dawn. It's just when you get used to everything that it's day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That's gold. Keep that way, it's a good way to be...And don't be so bugged over being a greaser. You still have a lot of time to make yourself what you want. There's still lots of good in the world. Tell Dally. I don't think he knows. Your buddy, Johnny.
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Johnny Cade
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston
 
Suddenly it wasn't only a personal thing to me. I could picture hundreds of boys living on the wrong sides of cities, boys with black eyes who jumped at their own shadows. Hundreds of boys who maybe watched sunsets and looked at the stars and ached for something better. I could see boys going down under street lights because they were mean and tough and hated the world, and it was too late to tell them there was still good in it...There should be some help, someone to tell them before it was too late. Someone should tell their side of the story, and maybe people would understand then and wouldn't be so quick to judge a boy by the amount of hair oil he wore.
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
 
One week had taken all three of them. And I decided I could tell people, beginning with my English teacher. I wondered for a long time how to start that theme, how to start writing about something that was important to me. And I finally began like this: When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home...
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston, Bob Sheldon
 

Darry Curtis Quotes

I don't care, I lied to myself, I don't care about [Darry] either. Soda's enough, and I'd have him until I got out of school. I don't care about Darry. But I was still lying and I knew it. I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis, Sodapop Curtis
 
That was [Darry's] silent fear then—of losing another person he loved. I remembered how close he and Dad had been, and I wondered how I could ever have thought him hard and unfeeling. I listened to his heart pounding through his T-shirt and I knew everything was going to be okay now. I had taken the long way around, but I was finally home. To stay.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis
 
Soda fought for fun, Darry for pride, and Two-Bit for conformity. Why do I fight? I thought, and couldn't think of any real good reason. There isn't any real good reason for fighting except self-defense.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis, Sodapop Curtis, Two-Bit Mathews
 
"We're all we have left. We ought to be able to stick together against everything. If we don't have each other, we don't have anything. If you don't have anything, you end up like Dallas...and I don't mean dead, either. I mean like he was before. And that's worse than dead. Please"—he wiped his eyes on his arm—"don't fight anymore."
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Darry Curtis
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston
 

Sodapop Curtis Quotes

I don't care, I lied to myself, I don't care about [Darry] either. Soda's enough, and I'd have him until I got out of school. I don't care about Darry. But I was still lying and I knew it. I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis, Sodapop Curtis
 
Soda fought for fun, Darry for pride, and Two-Bit for conformity. Why do I fight? I thought, and couldn't think of any real good reason. There isn't any real good reason for fighting except self-defense.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis, Sodapop Curtis, Two-Bit Mathews
 

Johnny Cade Quotes

Johnny never walked by himself after that. And Johnny...now carried in his back pocket a six-inch switchblade. He'd use it, too, if he ever got jumped again.
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade
 
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Location: Chapter 5
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade
 
"Johnny," Dally said in a pleading, high voice, using a tone I had never heard from him before, "Johnny, I ain't mad at you. I just don't want you to get hurt. You don't know what a few months in jail can do to you. Oh, blast it, Johnny...you get hardened in jail. I don't want that to happen to you. Like it happened to me..."
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Dallas Winston
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade
 
I stared at the newspaper. On the front page of the second section was the headline: JUVENILE DELINQUENTS TURN HEROES.
"What I like is the 'turn' bit," Two-Bit said. ... "Y'all were heroes from the beginning. You just didn't 'turn' all of a sudden."
Location: Chapter 7
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Two-Bit Mathews
 
"Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold..." The pillow seemed to sink a little, and Johnny died.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Johnny Cade
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis
 
"We won," Dally panted. "We beat the Socs. We stomped them—chased them outa our territory."
Johnny didn't even try to grin at him. "Useless...fighting's no good..."
Location: Chapter 9
Speakers: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston
 
And even as the policemen's guns spit fire into the night I knew that was what Dally wanted...Dally Winston wanted to be dead and he always got what he wanted...Two friends of mine had died that night: one a hero, the other a hoodlum. But I remembered Dally pulling Johnny through the window of the burning church; Dally giving us his gun, although it could mean jail for him; Dally risking his life for us, trying to keep Johnny out of trouble. And now he was a dead juvenile delinquent and there wouldn't be any editorials in his favor. Dally didn't die a hero. He died violent and young and desperate, just like we all knew he'd die someday...But Johnny was right. He died gallant.
Location: Chapter 10
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston
 
I've been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that wrote it, he meant you're gold when you're a kid, like green. When you're a kid everything's new, dawn. It's just when you get used to everything that it's day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That's gold. Keep that way, it's a good way to be...And don't be so bugged over being a greaser. You still have a lot of time to make yourself what you want. There's still lots of good in the world. Tell Dally. I don't think he knows. Your buddy, Johnny.
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Johnny Cade
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston
 
One week had taken all three of them. And I decided I could tell people, beginning with my English teacher. I wondered for a long time how to start that theme, how to start writing about something that was important to me. And I finally began like this: When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home...
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston, Bob Sheldon
 

Dallas Winston Quotes

"Johnny," Dally said in a pleading, high voice, using a tone I had never heard from him before, "Johnny, I ain't mad at you. I just don't want you to get hurt. You don't know what a few months in jail can do to you. Oh, blast it, Johnny...you get hardened in jail. I don't want that to happen to you. Like it happened to me..."
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Dallas Winston
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade
 
"We won," Dally panted. "We beat the Socs. We stomped them—chased them outa our territory."
Johnny didn't even try to grin at him. "Useless...fighting's no good..."
Location: Chapter 9
Speakers: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston
 
And even as the policemen's guns spit fire into the night I knew that was what Dally wanted...Dally Winston wanted to be dead and he always got what he wanted...Two friends of mine had died that night: one a hero, the other a hoodlum. But I remembered Dally pulling Johnny through the window of the burning church; Dally giving us his gun, although it could mean jail for him; Dally risking his life for us, trying to keep Johnny out of trouble. And now he was a dead juvenile delinquent and there wouldn't be any editorials in his favor. Dally didn't die a hero. He died violent and young and desperate, just like we all knew he'd die someday...But Johnny was right. He died gallant.
Location: Chapter 10
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston
 
"We're all we have left. We ought to be able to stick together against everything. If we don't have each other, we don't have anything. If you don't have anything, you end up like Dallas...and I don't mean dead, either. I mean like he was before. And that's worse than dead. Please"—he wiped his eyes on his arm—"don't fight anymore."
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Darry Curtis
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston
 
I've been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that wrote it, he meant you're gold when you're a kid, like green. When you're a kid everything's new, dawn. It's just when you get used to everything that it's day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That's gold. Keep that way, it's a good way to be...And don't be so bugged over being a greaser. You still have a lot of time to make yourself what you want. There's still lots of good in the world. Tell Dally. I don't think he knows. Your buddy, Johnny.
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Johnny Cade
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston
 
One week had taken all three of them. And I decided I could tell people, beginning with my English teacher. I wondered for a long time how to start that theme, how to start writing about something that was important to me. And I finally began like this: When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home...
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston, Bob Sheldon
 

Two-Bit Mathews Quotes

I stared at the newspaper. On the front page of the second section was the headline: JUVENILE DELINQUENTS TURN HEROES.
"What I like is the 'turn' bit," Two-Bit said. ... "Y'all were heroes from the beginning. You just didn't 'turn' all of a sudden."
Location: Chapter 7
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Two-Bit Mathews
 
Soda fought for fun, Darry for pride, and Two-Bit for conformity. Why do I fight? I thought, and couldn't think of any real good reason. There isn't any real good reason for fighting except self-defense.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis, Sodapop Curtis, Two-Bit Mathews
 
"Ponyboy, listen, don't get tough. You're not like the rest of us and don't try to be."
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Two-Bit Mathews
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis
 

Bob Sheldon Quotes

"You know what a greaser is" Bob asked. "White trash with long hair."…
"You know what a Soc is?" I said, my voice shaking with rage. "White trash with Mustangs and madras."
Location: Chapter 4
Speakers: Ponyboy Curtis, Bob Sheldon
 
I had never given Bob much thought—I hadn't had time to think. But that day I wondered about him. What was he like? ... I looked at Bob's picture and I could begin to see the person we had killed. A reckless, hot-tempered boy, cocky and scared stiff at the same time.
Location: Chapter 11
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Bob Sheldon
 
One week had taken all three of them. And I decided I could tell people, beginning with my English teacher. I wondered for a long time how to start that theme, how to start writing about something that was important to me. And I finally began like this: When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home...
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston, Bob Sheldon
 

Randy Adderson Quotes

"You would have saved those kids if you had been there," I said. "You'd have saved them the same as we did."
"Thanks, grease," he said, trying to grin. Then he stopped. "I didn't mean that. I meant, thanks, kid."
"My name's Ponyboy," I said. "Nice talking to you, Randy."
Location: Chapter 7
 

Cherry Valance Quotes

"Things are rough all over."
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Cherry Valance
 
It seemed funny that the sunset [Cherry] saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two worlds we lived in weren't so different. We saw the same sunset.
Location: Chapter 3
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Cherry Valance
 
"Hey," I said suddenly, "can you see the sunset real good from the West Side?"
She blinked, startled, then smiled. "Real good."
"You can see it good from the East Side, too," I said quietly.
"Thanks, Ponyboy." She smiled through her tears. "You dig okay."
Location: Chapter 8
 

Paul Holden Quotes

They used to be buddies, I thought, they used to be friends, and now they hate each other because one has to work for a living and the other comes from the West Side. They shouldn't hate each other...I don't hate the Socs anymore...they shouldn't hate...
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Paul Holden
 

Quotes for the "Divided Communities" Theme

When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis

Greasers can't walk alone too much or they'll get jumped, or someone will come by and scream "Greaser!" at them...We get jumped by the Socs. I'm not sure how you spell it, but it's the abbreviation for the Socials, the jet set, the West-side rich kids. It's like the term "greaser," which is used to class all us boys on the East Side.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis

I don't care, I lied to myself, I don't care about [Darry] either. Soda's enough, and I'd have him until I got out of school. I don't care about Darry. But I was still lying and I knew it. I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis, Sodapop Curtis

I really couldn't see what Socs would have to sweat about—good grades, good cars, good girls, madras and Mustangs and Corvairs—Man, I thought, if I had worries like that I'd consider myself lucky. I know better now.
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis

"Things are rough all over."
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Cherry Valance
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy

Johnny never walked by himself after that. And Johnny...now carried in his back pocket a six-inch switchblade. He'd use it, too, if he ever got jumped again.
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade
•Other themes related to this quote: Preserving Childhood Innocence

It wasn't fair for the Socs to have everything. We were as good as they were; it wasn't our fault we were greasers...I felt the tension growing inside of me and I knew something had to happen or I would explode.
Location: Chapter 3
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis

It seemed funny that the sunset [Cherry] saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two worlds we lived in weren't so different. We saw the same sunset.
Location: Chapter 3
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Cherry Valance
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Preserving Childhood Innocence

"You know what a greaser is" Bob asked. "White trash with long hair."…
"You know what a Soc is?" I said, my voice shaking with rage. "White trash with Mustangs and madras."
Location: Chapter 4
Speakers: Ponyboy Curtis, Bob Sheldon

That was [Darry's] silent fear then—of losing another person he loved. I remembered how close he and Dad had been, and I wondered how I could ever have thought him hard and unfeeling. I listened to his heart pounding through his T-shirt and I knew everything was going to be okay now. I had taken the long way around, but I was finally home. To stay.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Preserving Childhood Innocence, Self-Sacrifice and Honor

I stared at the newspaper. On the front page of the second section was the headline: JUVENILE DELINQUENTS TURN HEROES.
"What I like is the 'turn' bit," Two-Bit said. ... "Y'all were heroes from the beginning. You just didn't 'turn' all of a sudden."
Location: Chapter 7
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Two-Bit Mathews
•Other themes related to this quote: Self-Sacrifice and Honor

They used to be buddies, I thought, they used to be friends, and now they hate each other because one has to work for a living and the other comes from the West Side. They shouldn't hate each other...I don't hate the Socs anymore...they shouldn't hate...
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Paul Holden
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy

"We won," Dally panted. "We beat the Socs. We stomped them—chased them outa our territory."
Johnny didn't even try to grin at him. "Useless...fighting's no good..."
Location: Chapter 9
Speakers: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Preserving Childhood Innocence, Individual Identity

Quotes for the "Empathy" Theme

"Things are rough all over."
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Cherry Valance
•Other themes related to this quote: Divided Communities

It seemed funny that the sunset [Cherry] saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two worlds we lived in weren't so different. We saw the same sunset.
Location: Chapter 3
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Cherry Valance
•Other themes related to this quote: Divided Communities, Preserving Childhood Innocence

That was [Darry's] silent fear then—of losing another person he loved. I remembered how close he and Dad had been, and I wondered how I could ever have thought him hard and unfeeling. I listened to his heart pounding through his T-shirt and I knew everything was going to be okay now. I had taken the long way around, but I was finally home. To stay.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis
"You would have saved those kids if you had been there," I said. "You'd have saved them the same as we did."
"Thanks, grease," he said, trying to grin. Then he stopped. "I didn't mean that. I meant, thanks, kid."
"My name's Ponyboy," I said. "Nice talking to you, Randy."
Location: Chapter 7
Socs were just guys after all. Things were rough all over, but it was better that way. That way you could tell the other guy was human, too.
Location: Chapter 7
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
•Other themes related to this quote: Individual Identity

"Hey," I said suddenly, "can you see the sunset real good from the West Side?"
She blinked, startled, then smiled. "Real good."
"You can see it good from the East Side, too," I said quietly.
"Thanks, Ponyboy." She smiled through her tears. "You dig okay."
Location: Chapter 8
•Other themes related to this quote: Preserving Childhood Innocence, Individual Identity

They used to be buddies, I thought, they used to be friends, and now they hate each other because one has to work for a living and the other comes from the West Side. They shouldn't hate each other...I don't hate the Socs anymore...they shouldn't hate...
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Paul Holden
•Other themes related to this quote: Divided Communities

Soda fought for fun, Darry for pride, and Two-Bit for conformity. Why do I fight? I thought, and couldn't think of any real good reason. There isn't any real good reason for fighting except self-defense.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis, Sodapop Curtis, Two-Bit Mathews
•Other themes related to this quote: Individual Identity

"Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold..." The pillow seemed to sink a little, and Johnny died.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Johnny Cade
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis
•Other themes related to this quote: Preserving Childhood Innocence, Individual Identity

"We won," Dally panted. "We beat the Socs. We stomped them—chased them outa our territory."
Johnny didn't even try to grin at him. "Useless...fighting's no good..."
Location: Chapter 9
Speakers: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston
And even as the policemen's guns spit fire into the night I knew that was what Dally wanted...Dally Winston wanted to be dead and he always got what he wanted...Two friends of mine had died that night: one a hero, the other a hoodlum. But I remembered Dally pulling Johnny through the window of the burning church; Dally giving us his gun, although it could mean jail for him; Dally risking his life for us, trying to keep Johnny out of trouble. And now he was a dead juvenile delinquent and there wouldn't be any editorials in his favor. Dally didn't die a hero. He died violent and young and desperate, just like we all knew he'd die someday...But Johnny was right. He died gallant.
Location: Chapter 10
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston
•Other themes related to this quote: Self-Sacrifice and Honor

I had never given Bob much thought—I hadn't had time to think. But that day I wondered about him. What was he like? ... I looked at Bob's picture and I could begin to see the person we had killed. A reckless, hot-tempered boy, cocky and scared stiff at the same time.
Location: Chapter 11
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Bob Sheldon
•Other themes related to this quote: Individual Identity

"We're all we have left. We ought to be able to stick together against everything. If we don't have each other, we don't have anything. If you don't have anything, you end up like Dallas...and I don't mean dead, either. I mean like he was before. And that's worse than dead. Please"—he wiped his eyes on his arm—"don't fight anymore."
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Darry Curtis
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston
"Ponyboy, listen, don't get tough. You're not like the rest of us and don't try to be."
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Two-Bit Mathews
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis
•Other themes related to this quote: Preserving Childhood Innocence, Individual Identity

I've been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that wrote it, he meant you're gold when you're a kid, like green. When you're a kid everything's new, dawn. It's just when you get used to everything that it's day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That's gold. Keep that way, it's a good way to be...And don't be so bugged over being a greaser. You still have a lot of time to make yourself what you want. There's still lots of good in the world. Tell Dally. I don't think he knows. Your buddy, Johnny.
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Johnny Cade
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston
•Other themes related to this quote: Preserving Childhood Innocence, Individual Identity

Suddenly it wasn't only a personal thing to me. I could picture hundreds of boys living on the wrong sides of cities, boys with black eyes who jumped at their own shadows. Hundreds of boys who maybe watched sunsets and looked at the stars and ached for something better. I could see boys going down under street lights because they were mean and tough and hated the world, and it was too late to tell them there was still good in it...There should be some help, someone to tell them before it was too late. Someone should tell their side of the story, and maybe people would understand then and wouldn't be so quick to judge a boy by the amount of hair oil he wore.
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
•Other themes related to this quote: Individual Identity

One week had taken all three of them. And I decided I could tell people, beginning with my English teacher. I wondered for a long time how to start that theme, how to start writing about something that was important to me. And I finally began like this: When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home...
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston, Bob Sheldon
•Other themes related to this quote: Preserving Childhood Innocence, Individual Identity

Quotes for the "Preserving Childhood Innocence" Theme

Johnny never walked by himself after that. And Johnny...now carried in his back pocket a six-inch switchblade. He'd use it, too, if he ever got jumped again.
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade
•Other themes related to this quote: Divided Communities

It seemed funny that the sunset [Cherry] saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two worlds we lived in weren't so different. We saw the same sunset.
Location: Chapter 3
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Cherry Valance
•Other themes related to this quote: Divided Communities, Empathy

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Location: Chapter 5
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade
•Other themes related to this quote: Individual Identity

That was [Darry's] silent fear then—of losing another person he loved. I remembered how close he and Dad had been, and I wondered how I could ever have thought him hard and unfeeling. I listened to his heart pounding through his T-shirt and I knew everything was going to be okay now. I had taken the long way around, but I was finally home. To stay.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis
•Other themes related to this quote: Divided Communities, Empathy, Self-Sacrifice and Honor

"Johnny," Dally said in a pleading, high voice, using a tone I had never heard from him before, "Johnny, I ain't mad at you. I just don't want you to get hurt. You don't know what a few months in jail can do to you. Oh, blast it, Johnny...you get hardened in jail. I don't want that to happen to you. Like it happened to me..."
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Dallas Winston
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade
•Other themes related to this quote: Self-Sacrifice and Honor

"You would have saved those kids if you had been there," I said. "You'd have saved them the same as we did."
"Thanks, grease," he said, trying to grin. Then he stopped. "I didn't mean that. I meant, thanks, kid."
"My name's Ponyboy," I said. "Nice talking to you, Randy."
Location: Chapter 7
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Self-Sacrifice and Honor, Individual Identity

"Hey," I said suddenly, "can you see the sunset real good from the West Side?"
She blinked, startled, then smiled. "Real good."
"You can see it good from the East Side, too," I said quietly.
"Thanks, Ponyboy." She smiled through her tears. "You dig okay."
Location: Chapter 8
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Individual Identity

"We won," Dally panted. "We beat the Socs. We stomped them—chased them outa our territory."
Johnny didn't even try to grin at him. "Useless...fighting's no good..."
Location: Chapter 9
Speakers: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston
•Other themes related to this quote: Divided Communities, Empathy, Individual Identity

"Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold..." The pillow seemed to sink a little, and Johnny died.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Johnny Cade
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Individual Identity

"We're all we have left. We ought to be able to stick together against everything. If we don't have each other, we don't have anything. If you don't have anything, you end up like Dallas...and I don't mean dead, either. I mean like he was before. And that's worse than dead. Please"—he wiped his eyes on his arm—"don't fight anymore."
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Darry Curtis
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Self-Sacrifice and Honor, Individual Identity

"Ponyboy, listen, don't get tough. You're not like the rest of us and don't try to be."
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Two-Bit Mathews
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Individual Identity

I've been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that wrote it, he meant you're gold when you're a kid, like green. When you're a kid everything's new, dawn. It's just when you get used to everything that it's day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That's gold. Keep that way, it's a good way to be...And don't be so bugged over being a greaser. You still have a lot of time to make yourself what you want. There's still lots of good in the world. Tell Dally. I don't think he knows. Your buddy, Johnny.
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Johnny Cade
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Individual Identity

One week had taken all three of them. And I decided I could tell people, beginning with my English teacher. I wondered for a long time how to start that theme, how to start writing about something that was important to me. And I finally began like this: When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home...
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston, Bob Sheldon
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Individual Identity

Quotes for the "Self-Sacrifice and Honor" Theme

"Johnny," Dally said in a pleading, high voice, using a tone I had never heard from him before, "Johnny, I ain't mad at you. I just don't want you to get hurt. You don't know what a few months in jail can do to you. Oh, blast it, Johnny...you get hardened in jail. I don't want that to happen to you. Like it happened to me..."
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Dallas Winston
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade
•Other themes related to this quote: Preserving Childhood Innocence

That was [Darry's] silent fear then—of losing another person he loved. I remembered how close he and Dad had been, and I wondered how I could ever have thought him hard and unfeeling. I listened to his heart pounding through his T-shirt and I knew everything was going to be okay now. I had taken the long way around, but I was finally home. To stay.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis
•Other themes related to this quote: Divided Communities, Empathy, Preserving Childhood Innocence

I stared at the newspaper. On the front page of the second section was the headline: JUVENILE DELINQUENTS TURN HEROES.
"What I like is the 'turn' bit," Two-Bit said. ... "Y'all were heroes from the beginning. You just didn't 'turn' all of a sudden."
Location: Chapter 7
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Two-Bit Mathews
•Other themes related to this quote: Divided Communities

"You would have saved those kids if you had been there," I said. "You'd have saved them the same as we did."
"Thanks, grease," he said, trying to grin. Then he stopped. "I didn't mean that. I meant, thanks, kid."
"My name's Ponyboy," I said. "Nice talking to you, Randy."
Location: Chapter 7
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Preserving Childhood Innocence, Individual Identity

And even as the policemen's guns spit fire into the night I knew that was what Dally wanted...Dally Winston wanted to be dead and he always got what he wanted...Two friends of mine had died that night: one a hero, the other a hoodlum. But I remembered Dally pulling Johnny through the window of the burning church; Dally giving us his gun, although it could mean jail for him; Dally risking his life for us, trying to keep Johnny out of trouble. And now he was a dead juvenile delinquent and there wouldn't be any editorials in his favor. Dally didn't die a hero. He died violent and young and desperate, just like we all knew he'd die someday...But Johnny was right. He died gallant.
Location: Chapter 10
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy

"We're all we have left. We ought to be able to stick together against everything. If we don't have each other, we don't have anything. If you don't have anything, you end up like Dallas...and I don't mean dead, either. I mean like he was before. And that's worse than dead. Please"—he wiped his eyes on his arm—"don't fight anymore."
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Darry Curtis
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Preserving Childhood Innocence, Individual Identity

Quotes for the "Individual Identity" Theme

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Location: Chapter 5
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade
•Other themes related to this quote: Preserving Childhood Innocence

"You would have saved those kids if you had been there," I said. "You'd have saved them the same as we did."
"Thanks, grease," he said, trying to grin. Then he stopped. "I didn't mean that. I meant, thanks, kid."
"My name's Ponyboy," I said. "Nice talking to you, Randy."
Location: Chapter 7
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Preserving Childhood Innocence, Self-Sacrifice and Honor

Socs were just guys after all. Things were rough all over, but it was better that way. That way you could tell the other guy was human, too.
Location: Chapter 7
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy

"Hey," I said suddenly, "can you see the sunset real good from the West Side?"
She blinked, startled, then smiled. "Real good."
"You can see it good from the East Side, too," I said quietly.
"Thanks, Ponyboy." She smiled through her tears. "You dig okay."
Location: Chapter 8
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Preserving Childhood Innocence

Soda fought for fun, Darry for pride, and Two-Bit for conformity. Why do I fight? I thought, and couldn't think of any real good reason. There isn't any real good reason for fighting except self-defense.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Darry Curtis, Sodapop Curtis, Two-Bit Mathews
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy

"We won," Dally panted. "We beat the Socs. We stomped them—chased them outa our territory."
Johnny didn't even try to grin at him. "Useless...fighting's no good..."
Location: Chapter 9
Speakers: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston
•Other themes related to this quote: Divided Communities, Empathy, Preserving Childhood Innocence

"Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold..." The pillow seemed to sink a little, and Johnny died.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Johnny Cade
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Preserving Childhood Innocence

I had never given Bob much thought—I hadn't had time to think. But that day I wondered about him. What was he like? ... I looked at Bob's picture and I could begin to see the person we had killed. A reckless, hot-tempered boy, cocky and scared stiff at the same time.
Location: Chapter 11
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Bob Sheldon
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy

I've been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that wrote it, he meant you're gold when you're a kid, like green. When you're a kid everything's new, dawn. It's just when you get used to everything that it's day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That's gold. Keep that way, it's a good way to be...And don't be so bugged over being a greaser. You still have a lot of time to make yourself what you want. There's still lots of good in the world. Tell Dally. I don't think he knows. Your buddy, Johnny.
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Johnny Cade
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Preserving Childhood Innocence

"We're all we have left. We ought to be able to stick together against everything. If we don't have each other, we don't have anything. If you don't have anything, you end up like Dallas...and I don't mean dead, either. I mean like he was before. And that's worse than dead. Please"—he wiped his eyes on his arm—"don't fight anymore."
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Darry Curtis
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Preserving Childhood Innocence, Self-Sacrifice and Honor

"Ponyboy, listen, don't get tough. You're not like the rest of us and don't try to be."
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Two-Bit Mathews
Mentioned or related: Ponyboy Curtis
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Preserving Childhood Innocence

Suddenly it wasn't only a personal thing to me. I could picture hundreds of boys living on the wrong sides of cities, boys with black eyes who jumped at their own shadows. Hundreds of boys who maybe watched sunsets and looked at the stars and ached for something better. I could see boys going down under street lights because they were mean and tough and hated the world, and it was too late to tell them there was still good in it...There should be some help, someone to tell them before it was too late. Someone should tell their side of the story, and maybe people would understand then and wouldn't be so quick to judge a boy by the amount of hair oil he wore.
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy

One week had taken all three of them. And I decided I could tell people, beginning with my English teacher. I wondered for a long time how to start that theme, how to start writing about something that was important to me. And I finally began like this: When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home...
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Ponyboy Curtis
Mentioned or related: Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston, Bob Sheldon
•Other themes related to this quote: Empathy, Preserving Childhood Innocence


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