Yes, victors are our strongest. They’re the ones who survived the arena and slipped the noose of poverty that strangles the rest of us. They, or should I say we, are the very embodiment of hope where there is no hope. And now twenty-three of us will be killed to show how even that hope was an illusion.

Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

No wonder I won the Games. No decent person ever does.

Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

It’s funny, because even though they’re rattling on about the Games, it’s all about where they were or what they were doing or how they felt when a specific event occurred… Everything is about them, not the dying boys and girls in the arena.

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Here’s some advice. Stay alive.

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

She was also an adult, and when adults fight children, adults always win.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

In the end, the world always wins. That’s just the way of things.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

It was quite a relief not to win the Mercury prize, because people are going to start getting fed up with us for winning everything. It’s good not to achieve every time and it’s important to remain some kind of underdog because there’s nothing worse than a big-head.

Damon Albarn

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