Inspiring Quotes
Just a few of the many

"Each one an attempt- an immense leap of an attempt- to prove to me that you, and your human existence, are worth it." – p. 15

I find this quote to be important because it explains that Death sees humans as these weak beings that can die so suddenly. Sometimes he doubts why he ever does this job and realizes that he hates it, but then he looks at one of the many stories of extraordinary humans that he carries and remembers that humans are worth it. Liesel is one of these humans with an extraordinary story.

“There were the erased pages of Mein Kampf, gagging, suffocating under the paint as they turned.”- p. 237

I love the description in this quote and it really aids a reader in understanding the meaning of the event. Max took the pages of Hitler’s life story and painted over them because he had no other paper, but it also symbolizes Hitler being suffocated and gagged underneath the power of Max’s words. He transformed hideous Nazi ideals into something that shows love and gives happiness. It symbolizes Max having a small victory over Hitler, even if it is just suffocating his words under paint.

“I witness the ones that are left behind, crumbled among the jigsaw puzzles of realization, despair, and surprise. They have punctured hearts. They have beaten lungs.”-p. 5

    I absolutely adore this quote because it completely describes what Death does in his job. He witnesses the good and the bad, the pretty and the ugly. Death comes and picks up the wounded and the desperate souls that no one else cares for and he gently puts them to rest. I also like how Markus Zusak used the metaphor of jigsaw puzzle pieces to describe dead souls who have been killed and forgotten. This quote shows what Death does every single day until the end of time.