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33 Best The Hate U Give Quotes by Angie Thomas

Get the 33 best The Hate U Give quotes by Angie Thomas (from the book, not the movie) here to transport you back to the #BlackLivesMatter coming of age story of protagonist Starr Carter and her family.

The Hate U Give remains one of my favorite modern books, and Starr remains one of my favorite characters. I'm not alone. Check out these accolades:

8 starred reviews · Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best  ·  William C. Morris Award Winner · National Book Award Longlist · Printz Honor Book · Coretta Scott King Honor Book · #1 New York Times Bestseller!

If you are unfamiliar with the story, The Hate U Give is the most immersive young adult book, with the most well-drawn characters. It's about a teenager named Starr coping with witnessing the death of her friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer, all while living in a Black community and going to high school in a white one. Additionally, she must balance the advice of her mother, who is often the voice of reason, and her father, who is a Black Panther.

The Hate U Give tackles politically-charged issues of race, class, and police brutality, but it never feels preachy. Rather, it allows the reader to walk a mile in Starr's shoes as she copes with really big life issues at a young age.

What is the message of The Hate U Give?

The message of The Hate U Give is to embrace who you are and to speak up as to the things that matter to you. For the protagonist Starr, this meant embracing her Blackness and speaking up for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, after witnessing her friend get killed by a police officer who mistakenly believed his hairbrush to be a gun.

While reading The Hate U Give, I felt like I was actually "in" this novel rather than just reading it, and that's a testament to author Angie Thomas and her most thoughtful, memorable quotes from The Hate U Give below.

For more, read my full summary of The Hate U Give (with book pairings).


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The Hate U Give Quotes

Below are the 33 best The Hate U Give quotes:

"T-H-U-G L-I-F-E. Meaning what society give us as youth, it bites them [...] when we wild out. Get it?"

“That's the hate they're giving us, baby, a system designed against us. That's Thug Life.”

"When the Khalils get arrested for selling drugs, they either spend most of their life in prison, another billion-dollar industry, or they have a hard time getting a real job and probably start selling drugs again. That’s the hate they’re giving us, baby, a system designed against us. That’s Thug Life."

“Slave masters thought they were making a difference in black people’s lives too."

“When I was twelve, my parents had two talks with me. One was the usual birds and bees...The other talk was about what to do if a cop stopped me.”

"People like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right."

"Daddy once told me there’s a rage passed down to every black man from his ancestors, born the moment they couldn’t stop the slave masters from hurting their families. Daddy also said there’s nothing more dangerous than when that rage is activated."

"At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them."

"Once you've seen how broken someone is it's like seeing them naked—you can't look at them the same anymore."

"‘Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, Starr,’ she says. ‘It means you go on even though you’re scared. And you’re doing that.’"

"I can't change where I come from or what I've been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?"

“Intentions always look better on paper than in reality.”

“Everybody wants to talk about how Khalil died,” I say. “But this isn’t about how Khalil died. It’s about the fact that he lived. His life mattered. Khalil lived!” I look at the cops again. “You hear me? Khalil lived!”

“A hairbrush is not a gun.”

“He was more than any bad decision he made.”

"Funerals aren’t for dead people. They’re for the living."

"Good-byes hurt the most when the other person’s already gone."

“The beautiful thing about best friends? They can tell when you don’t wanna talk, and they don’t push it.”

"Your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be the roses that grow in the concrete."

"You can destroy wood and brick, but you can’t destroy a movement."

"People say misery loves company, but I think it’s like that with anger too."

"Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right."

"I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.”

"We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us."

"What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?"

"If you don’t wanna speak out, that’s up to you, but don’t let it be because you’re scared of them."

“Don’t ever let nobody make you quiet.”

“Who said talking isn’t doing something?’ she says. It’s more productive than silence.”

“Shine your light. I ain’t name you Starr by accident.”

“Faith isn’t just believing but taking steps toward that belief.”

“It would be easy to quit if it was just about me.”

"Don’t let them put words in your mouth. God gave you a brain. You don’t need theirs."

"I’ll never forget. I’ll never give up. I’ll never be quiet. I promise."


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