Jay Asher quotes

  • The main thing I wanted to say, and thankfully it’s what most people say they get out of the book, is simply an acknowledgement that we do affect each other in ways we can’t predict.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Book #People #Way

  • No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Life #Impact #People

  • If my love were an ocean, there would be no more land. If my love were a desert, you would see only sand. If my love were a star- late at night, only light. And if my love could grow wings, I'd be soaring in flight.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Love #Stars #Ocean

  • You can hear rumors. But you can't know them.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Rumor

  • You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Goes On #Mess #Persons

  • You can't stop the future You can't rewind the past The only way to learn the secret ...is to press play.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Inspirational #Change #Past

  • And what about you-the rest of you-did you notice the scars you left behind? No. Probably not. Because most of them can't be seen with the naked eye.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Eye #Naked #Scar

  • You can't go back to how things were. How you thought they were. All you really have is...now.
    -- Jay Asher

  • When you hold people up for ridicule, you have to take responsibility when other people act on it.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Bullying #Responsibility #People

  • After all, how often do we get a second chance?
    -- Jay Asher

    #Second Chance #Chance

  • Like driving along a bumpy road and losing control of the steering wheel, tossing you—just a tad—off the road. The wheels kick up some dirt, but you're able to pull it back. Yet no matter how hard you try to drive straight, something keeps jerking you to the side. You have so little control over anything anymore. And at some point, the struggle becomes too much—too tiring—and you consider letting go. Allowing tragedy... or whatever... to happen.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Letting Go #Struggle #Trying

  • I needed a break... from myself.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Break #Needed

  • If I had a chance with him, I missed it. No, I didn't miss it. I threw it away.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Missing #Chance

  • I left. When I should have stayed.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Should

  • I was too weak to walk. At least, I thought I was too weak. But in truth, I was too weak to try.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Trying #Weak #Walks

  • She wants to believe my excuses so bad. Every time I lie, she wants to believe me so much.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Lying #Believe #Want

  • That’s when I said it. That’s when I whispered to her, “I’m so sorry.” Because inside, I felt so happy and sad at the same time. Sad that it took me so long to get there. But happy that we got there together.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Sorry #Long #Together

  • Do you remember the last thing you said to me? The last thing you did to me? And what was the last thing I said to you? Because trust me when I said it I knew it was the last thing I’d ever say.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Lasts #Remember #Trust Me

  • Don't give up on me now. I'm sorry. I guess that's an odd thing to say. Because isn't that what I'm doing? Giving up?
    -- Jay Asher

    #Giving Up #Sorry

  • And here he is again, yet things feel like they'll never be as easy between us as they once were.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Easy #Feels

  • I wanted to tell you everything. And that hurt because some things were too scary. Some things even I didn’t understand. How could I tell someone—someone I was really talking to for the first time—everything I was thinking? I couldn’t. It was too soon.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Hurt #Thinking #Talking

  • You don't need to watch out for me, Clay." But I did, Hannah. And I wanted to. I could have helped you. But when I tried, you pushed me away. I can almost hear Hannah's voice speaking my nest thought for me. "Then why didn't you try harder?
    -- Jay Asher

    #Voice #Trying #Clay

  • Hannah wasn't my first kiss, but the first kiss that mattered: the first kiss with someone who mattered. (pg 222).
    -- Jay Asher

    #Kissing #First Kiss #Firsts

  • I sat. And I thought. And the more I thought, connecting the events in my life, the more my heart collapsed.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Heart #Events #My Heart

  • Everything seemed good, but I knew it had the potential to be awful.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Awful

  • How many times had I let myself connect with someone only to have it thrown back in my face?
    -- Jay Asher

    #Faces #Thrown

  • Here's a tip. If you touch a girl, even as joke, and she pushes you off, leave... her... alone. Don't touch her. Anywhere! Just stop. Your touch does nothing but sicken her.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Girl #Doe #Personal Space

  • Because it may seem like a small role now, but it matters. In the end, everything matters.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Roles #May #Matter

  • I swear, guys in groups are capable of the stupidest things." "Like war," Kellan says, heaping napkins and ketchup packets onto her tray. "And jumping off rooftops." "And lighting their farts on fire," she says.
    -- Jay Asher

    #War #Fire #Jumping

  • There are also the people too bizarre to ignore, like Kyle Simpson. Future male stripper.
    -- Jay Asher

    #People #Males #Bizarre

  • That’s what i love about poetry. The more abstract, the better. The stuff were your not sure what the poets talking about. You may have an idea, but you cant be sure. Not a hundred percent. Each word, specifically chosen, could have a million different meanings. Is it a stand-in ―a symbol for another idea? Does it fit into a larger, more hidden, metaphor? ...I hated poetry until someone showed me how to appreciate it. He told me to see poetry as a puzzle. Its up to the reader to decipher the code, or the words, based on everything they know about life and emotions.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Talking #Ideas #Appreciate

  • Whenever I'm out late she makes a sandwich for my school lunch. I always protest and tell her not to, saying I'll make my own when I get home. But she likes it. She says it reminds her of when I was younger and needed her.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Home #School #Lunch

  • And as I stood there in the hallway―alone―trying to understand what had just happened and why, I realized the truth: I wasn't worth an explanation―not even a reaction. Not in your eyes.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Eye #Trying #Reactions

  • Because I've heard so many stories that I don't know which one is the most popular. But I do know which is the least popular. The truth.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Stories #Heard

  • I hate not knowing what to believe anymore. I hate not knowing what's real.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Hate #Real #Believe

  • It may seem that every time someone offers you a hand up, they just let go and you slip further down.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Letting Go #Hands #May

  • My heart and my trust were in the process of collapsing. And that collapse created a vacuum in my chest.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Heart #Vacuums #Process

  • You don't know what goes on in anyone's life but your own.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Goes On

  • We didn't get that chance because I was afraid. Afraid I had no chance with you.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Chance

  • How in the world was I alone? Because I wanted to be. That's all I can say. It's all that makes sense to me.
    -- Jay Asher

    #World #Wanted #Make Sense

  • This was not a spurr-of-the-moment decision. Do not take me for granted... again.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Decision #Moments #Granted

  • Everything about it was false. Right then, in that office, with the realization that no one knew the truth about my life, my thoughts about the world were shaken.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Office #Realization #World

  • The Golden Rule will always be good advice!
    -- Jay Asher

    #Advice #Golden #Be Good

  • What the hell happened to Pluto?!
    -- Jay Asher

    #Pluto #Hell

  • Teens in the '90s had the same basic desires as they do now.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Desire #Teens

  • I’m going to be mentally ill in fifteen years, and that’s why my husband doesn’t want to be around me.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Husband #Years #Want

  • It's up to the reader to decipher the code, or the words, based on everything they know about life and emotions.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Emotion #Reader #Code

  • All you really have... is now.
    -- Jay Asher

  • As a writer, my only responsibility is to tell a compelling story.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Responsibility #Stories #Compelling

  • I miss video games where the jump-kick was the trickiest combo to master.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Games #Missing #Video

  • I've always loved brainstorming with other writers, and I consider having my work critiqued a part of that brainstorming.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Writing #Brainstorming

  • When you write a book for publication, you're writing it for other people to read.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Book #Writing #People

  • Actually, I love trying to figure out why certain books become hits while others, which may be just as good, have trouble finding an audience.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Book #Trying #May

  • Did the poet use red to symbolize blood? Anger? Lust? Or is the wheelbarrow simply red because red sounded better than black?
    -- Jay Asher

    #Blood #Lust #Black

  • I want to collapse. I want to fall on the sidewalk right there and drag myself to the ivy.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Fall #Ivy #Want

  • Those are some strong currents you're swimming against.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Strong #Swimming #Currents

  • People grow apart, and sometimes, there nothing anyone can do about it.
    -- Jay Asher

    #People #Sometimes #Grows

  • I didn't humiliate him by pointing it out because that's not how you treat friends. You don't judge them. You don't humiliate them. I bet he's been judging me all along.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Judging #Judge Me #Treats

  • And at some point, the struggle becomes too much-too tiring-and you consider letting go. Allowing tragedy... or whatever... to happen.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Letting Go #Struggle #Tragedy

  • This time, for the first time, I saw the possibilities in giving up. I even found hope in it.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Giving Up #Firsts #Saws

  • But they were wrong. There was a reason.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Reason

  • One little ripple started today could create a typhoon fifteen years from now.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Years #Fifteen #Littles

  • I simply wanted a kiss. I was a freshman girl who had never been kissed. Never. But I liked the boy, he liked me, and I was going to kiss him. That's the story, the whole story, right there.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Girl #Kissing #Boys

  • I didn't feel physically sick. But mentally. My mind was twisting in so many ways. (...) We once saw a documentary on migraines. One of the men interviewed used to fall on his knees and bang his head against the floor, over and over during attacks. This diverted the pain from deep inside his brain, where he couldn't reach it, to a pain outside that he had control over.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Pain #Fall #Men

  • I decided to find out how people at school might react if one of the students never came back.
    -- Jay Asher

    #School #People #Might

  • That's what I love about poetry. The more abstract, the better. The stuff where you're not sure what the poet's talking about. You may have an idea, but you can't be sure. Not a hundred percent. Each word, specifically chosen, could have a million different meanings.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Ideas #Talking #Stuff

  • It's important to be aware of how we treat others. Even though someone appears to shrug off a sideways comment or to not be affected by a rumor, it's impossible to know everything else going on in that person's life, how we might be adding to his/her pain. People do have an impact on the lives of others; that's undeniable.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Pain #Impact #People

  • Maybe it's not as important to you as it was for me, but that's not for you to decide.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Important

  • Will I ever get control of my life? Will I always be shoved back and pushed around by those I trust?
    -- Jay Asher

  • Rejection always hurts, but having it come from my best friend was the worst.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Hurt #Rejection #My Best Friend

  • They were like two magnets who couldn't decide whether to attract or repel.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Two #Magnet

  • The road to publication is like a churro - long and bumpy, but sweet.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Sweet #Journey #Long

  • And like I said, I didn't know him very well, but my ears perked up whenever I heard his name. I guess I wanted to hear something - anything - juicy. Not because I wanted to spread gossip. I just couldn't believe someone could be that good. If he was actually that good... wonderful. Great! But it became a personal game of mine. How long could I go on hearing nothing but good things about Clay Jensen? Normally, when a person has a stellar image, another person's waiting in the wings to tear them apart. They're waiting for that one fatal flaw to expose itself. But not with Clay.
    -- Jay Asher

    #Believe #Games #Names