Top 10 Best Quotes from “The Hunger Games” Book

My Top 10 Favorite Quotes from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games series has been my favorite book series for nearly a decade now. The characters, the plot, the writing— I have yet to find a book that comes close to the same level. I wish I could read these books for the first time all over again. Here are 10 quotes from the first book that have stuck with me since my original read through:

  1. “For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.” (Chapter 9)

This was an eye-opening line when I read it for the first time. Sometimes when we get hurt, it is hard to understand why someone’s words can have such a strong impact on us. You don’t always know how much trust we have in a person until that bond is broken and you are left with the pieces.

  1. “You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.” (Chapter 6)

This quote is about an Avox girl that Katniss recognizes from the woods of District 12, but it has always seemed like it carried a double meaning. Peeta was Katniss’s last hope when they were kids and she has, without realizing it, kept tabs on him ever since. 

  1. “Destroying things is much easier than making them.” (Chapter 16)

I think this line foreshadows a lot of what was to come in the story. Destroying arenas and taking down governments is easier than starting from scratch and building a new life from the ground up.

  1. “Stupid people are dangerous.” (Chapter 11)

This quote makes me chuckle every time I come across it. Even without the context of the story, this is good advice in general. Ignorance can make people dangerous to be around.

  1. “‘Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to . . . to show the Capitol that they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games.’” (Chapter 10)

I was so happy to hear this quote make it into the movie. This quote comes from Peeta on the night before the tributes are sent into the arena. It is so simple, but it tells readers so much about Peeta’s character. Though he was not the symbol of the revolution, Peeta always had a stubborn, rebellious side. This quote also makes his storyline in Mockingjay so much more heartbreaking. 

  1. “To this day, I can never shake the connection between this boy, Peeta Mellark, and the bread that gave me hope, and the dandelion that reminded me that I was not doomed.” (Chapter 2)

I wish there had been something to hint at this quote in the movie. Every spring when the dandelions pop up, I think of The Hunger Games because of this line. 

  1. “It means thanks, it means admiration, it means good-bye to someone you love.” (Chapter 2)

Knowing what the three finger salute means adds more weight to the movie. It is a beautiful example of symbolism that is used throughout the series. 

  1. “One slip. One slip in thousands. The odds had been entirely in her favor. But it hadn’t mattered.” (Chapter 2)

I love how this quote embodies the story itself. The entire revolution boils down to the incredibly slim odds of Prim’s name being drawn from the bowl. No matter what precautions Katniss took, it seemed like she could never change her destiny of becoming the Mockingjay and leading the rebellion. 

  1. “It’s this detail, the untucked blouse forming a ducktail, that brings me back to myself.” (Chapter 2)

Every time I tuck in my shirt, this line comes to mind. It is such a specific detail that I have not been able to erase it from my brain. 

  1. “‘Yes, frosting. The final defense of dying.”’ (Chapter 19)

As much as I love the movie adaptations, I wish they had given Peeta more of the material that he had in the book. This quote from the arena captures how sarcastic Peeta was in the books that was not translated onto the big screen. I remember reading this scene for the first time and his dialogue making me laugh despite the tension of The Hunger Games.

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