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Tomorrow will be more hopeful than this awful piece of time we call today.

SUZANNE COLLINS, The Hunger Games

At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead. The hard thing is finding the courage to do it.

SUZANNE COLLINS, Catching Fire

I no longer feel any allegiance to these monsters called human beings, despise being one myself.

SUZANNE COLLINS, Mockingjay

One night, I was lying in bed, and I was channel surfing between reality TV programs and actual war coverage. On one channel, there’s a group of young people competing for I don’t even know; and on the next, there’s a group of young people fighting in an actual war. I was really tired, and the lines between these stories started to blur in a very unsettling way. That’s the moment when Katniss’s story came to me.

SUZANNE COLLINS, School Library Journal, Sep. 1, 2008

I have two older sisters and one older brother and hold them largely responsible for the trouble I got into growing up. I believe as the youngest child, that is my right.

SUZANNE COLLINS, Scholastic Press interview

You don't forget the face of the person who was your last hope.

SUZANNE COLLINS, The Hunger Games

It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.

SUZANNE COLLINS, Mockingjay

When I was a kid, my dad fought in Vietnam. He was gone for a year. Even though my mom tried to protect us—I’m the youngest of four—sometimes the TV would be on, and I would see footage from the war zone. I was little, but I would hear them say “Vietnam,” and I knew my dad was there, and it was very frightening. I’m sure that a lot of people today experience that same thing. But there is so much programming, and I worry that we’re all getting a little desensitized to the images on our televisions. If you’re watching a sitcom, that’s fine. But if there’s a real-life tragedy unfolding, you should not be thinking of yourself as an audience member. Because those are real people on the screen, and they’re not going away when the commercials start to roll.

SUZANNE COLLINS, School Library Journal, Sep. 1, 2008

What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.

SUZANNE COLLINS, Mockingjay

For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.

SUZANNE COLLINS, The Hunger Games

Some secrets are too delicious not to share.

SUZANNE COLLINS, Mockingjay

Knowing it and seeing it are two different things.

SUZANNE COLLINS, Mockingjay

And then he gives me a smile that just seems so genuinely sweet with just the right touch of shyness that unexpected warmth rushes through me.

SUZANNE COLLINS, The Hunger Games

Eventually, you hope. Obviously, we’re not in a position at the moment for the eradication of war to seem like anything but a far-off dream. But at one time, the eradication of slave markets in the United States seemed very far off. I mean, people have to begin somewhere. We can change. We can evolve as a species. It’s not simple, and it’s a very long and drawn-out process, but you can hope.

SUZANNE COLLINS, Hogwarts Professor interview, Aug. 15, 2010


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