Quotes Galore: YOU (You #1) By Caroline Kepnes

Quotes Galore: YOU (You #1) By Caroline Kepnes


Ahh, lately I have been really obsessed with the tv show YOU based on the book series by Caroline Kepnes. It’s so scary how quickly and easily I feel in love with the characters and storyline despite how dark the show gets at times.

I am usually not one to read a book after watching a show or a movie, unless said film or tv show was truly, really good. But lately, as I got my reading senses tingling again, I’ve been toying with the idea of picking the series up even though I’ve already known how the story will end. I don’t know, there is just something about YOU that pulls me in so easily and make me fall for Joe and all the characters inside the book no matter how insidious Joe can get at times. 

And since right now I’m still hacking through a novel about Stockholm syndrome, and planning on reading Wuthering Heights afterwards, it will still be awhile until I could start reading YOU series by Caroline Kepnes. And so, to tide to over until then, I have decided to compile up some of the quotes that I liked from the book. 






“You are a woman and I am a man and we belong in the dark together.”


“Your lips were made for mine, Beck. You are the reason I have a mouth, a heart.”



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“If we were teenagers, I could kiss you. But I’m on a platform behind a counter wearing a name tag and we’re too old to be young.”


“My middle school health teacher told us that you can hold eye contact for ten seconds before scaring or seducing someone.”





“Some people on this earth receive love, get married, and honeymoon in Cabo.


Others do not.


Some people read alone on the sofa and some people read together, in bed.


That’s life.”





“Work in a bookstore and learn that most people in this world feel guilty about being who they are.”


“Some good shit happens fast (a bestselling book), and some good shit happens slow (love).”



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“You blush. You are Charlotte’s Web and I could love you.”


“I imagine pushing you into the red abyss and jumping in after you, with you, so we can burn together, forever, a tree of life, light, sex.”


“If you don’t start with crazy, crazy love, the kind of love that Van Morrison sings about, then you don’t have a shot to go the distance. Love’s a marathon, not a sprint.”





“An extraordinary girl can’t have an ordinary life.

Don’t judge yourself. Love yourself.”





“Happiness is believing that you’re gonna be happy. It’s hope.”


“Some guys are assholes and you have to accept that.”


“You grow through love. You don’t postpone love until you stop growing.”





“And I will never again underestimate the power of anticipation.


There is no better boost in the present than an invitation into the future.”





“Full of disclaimers, you’re like a warning label on a pack of cigarettes.”



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“When I’m nervous, I get nasty. When I get nasty like that, it’s like I’m standing outside of myself and I know I’m being terrible and irrational but there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s a problem.”





“Some people, it’s like they care more about their status updates

than their actual lives.”





“I love Stephen King as much as any red rum drinking American, but I resent the fact that I, the bookseller, am his bitch.”


“That’s the problem with this never-ending centipede of lemmings, Beck. You know they’re all pussies, each and every one of ’em. They buy these books to get scared because their lives are too easy. How pathetic is that?”



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“If people could handle their self-loathing, customer service would be smoother.”


“I’m the same way about the bookshop. You know, I walk around and I feel the whole world is in there, the most important stories of all time.”





“What a shame to be so angered by what you don’t have

that you treat what you do have like it’s nothing.”





“There’s emptiness in him that can never be filled, emptiness that dresses up well at prep school, where a lack of willpower is called creativity.”


“Whoever said running in the morning gives you energy never had a day job that involves customer service.”


“And when a girl likes talking about you more than talking to you, well, in my experience, that’s the end.”



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“Yeah, I don’t have a Yale degree but my bullshit detector is excellent. Top drawer, even.”





“The world fell out of love with love at some point.”





“It’s gonna be hard to break you, this hungry public part of you that wants to be noticed and observed. You need an escort, Beck, especially if you want to dress like a fucking whore.”


“Oh Beck, I love reading your e-mail. Learning your life. And I am careful; I always mark new messages unread so that you won’t get alarmed. My good fortune doesn’t stop there; You prefer e-mail. You don’t like texting. So this means that I am not missing out on all that much communication. You wrote an “essay” for some blog in which you stated that “e-mails last forever. You can search for any word at any time and see everything you ever said to anyone about that one word. Texts go away.”


I love you for wanting a record. I love your records for being so accessible and I’m so full of you, your calendar of caloric intake and hookups and menstrual moments, your self-portraits you don’t publish, your recipes and exercises. You will know me soon too, I promise.”


“Dear Beck, It’s not your fault you were born on an island. Of course you identify as an island. But, dear girl, you’re not an island. Be populated. Be welcoming to love. Love, Beck.”



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“I take my time walking up the stairs and onto the street. I want life to move slowly because I want to anticipate you with all my heart, greet you with all my heart, fuck you with all my heart and miss you with all my heart. I have to laugh because I sound like a greeting card but I deserve this, you, joy.”


The world stops and your eyes gloss over. The Benjis of the world don’t understand what you want, someone to make you pancakes. You don’t care about money. You don’t want to be spanked. You want love. Your father had a red ladle and now I have a red ladle and I will make you the pancakes you want so badly, the pancakes you haven’t tasted since he died. Your mouth waters and you submit, softly.

“Okay, Joe.”





“I think that all children do better with happy parents than married parents.”





“You like words and I know words.”



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“The problem with books is that they end. They seduce you. They spread their legs to you and pull you inside. And you go deep and leave your possessions and your ties to the world at the door and you like it inside and you don’t want for your possessions or your ties and then, the book evaporates.”


“Suspense is good for people. It makes us stronger. This is why America loves Stephen King so much; he keeps us on the edge of our seats until it hurts. He also knows that all people, whether groundskeepers at Fenway or privileged young fucks, are capable of going insane if placed under the right circumstances.”





Everythingship (n): a meeting of the minds, bodies, and souls.





“So the good news is, I know exactly what I want.”



“You do?” I say and I hope you’ll ask me to eat you out in the bathroom at Starbuck’s.





“Most people die old, full of pain and regret.

Or young and full of drugs and self-indulgence—or sheer bad luck.”





“I care and I want to know more and I want to cry and I don’t want you to fall for anyone but me.”


“Rejection is a dish best served in a paper envelope because then at least you can tear it up or burn it.”


“I don’t say anything. I know the power of silence. I remember my dad saying nothing and I remember his silences more vividly than I remember the things he said.”



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“I don’t feel sorry for myself, Beck. Lots of people have shitty parents and roaches in the cabinets and stale, raw Pop-Tarts for dinner and a TV that barely works and a dad who doesn’t care when his son doesn’t come home during a national disaster. The thing is, I’m lucky. I had the bookstore.”


“Life isn’t always ideal, not for most people.”





“In the cage, you feel loved, not trapped. Just like me.”





“I bet we look great from above, lit by stars, in love.”


“Well, sometimes you just want to go where it’s dark, you know?”





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