The Book Thief
How we cite our quotes:
He'd have been glad to witness her kissing his dusty, bomb hit lips. (37.11)
One of the saddest parts of the novel is when Liesel misses out on kissing Rudy when she's alive, and kisses him instead when he's dead.
For me, the sky was the color of Jews. (52.3)
This is to accentuate the number of Jewish people dying during the Holocaust, in Germany, and other locations in Europe. Normally, Death sees colors like, black, white, blue, etc. But, during these times, there were so many Jews being murdered, that they overshadow the other colors as Death takes them across the sky.
Please believe me when I tell you that I picked up each soul that day as if it were newly born. […] I listened to their last, gasping cries. Their vanishing words. I watched their love visions and freed them from their fear. (52.15)
This is a good one. This makes dying sound not half bad. But, the big mystery is, where does Death take us after all this gentleness? For some clues, see the novel's final chapter.