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by Neil Gaiman

Coraline Courage Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #4

"Because," she said, "when you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave." (5.80)

Inspirational poster, anyone? You heard it here first.

Quote #5

"You're sick," said Coraline. "Sick and evil and weird."

"Is that any way to talk to your mother?" her other mother asked, with her mouth full of black-beetles.

"You aren't my mother," said Coraline. (6.89-91)

Insulting your mother is both brave and disrespectful. Insulting your other mother is just plain brave. We wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole.

Quote #6

"What exactly are you offering?"

"Me," said Coraline, and she gripped her knees under the table, to stop them from shaking. "If I lose I'll stay here with you forever [....]" (8.16-17)

We love the detail about Coraline gripping her knees under the table. Neil Gaiman really knows how to create an image: this is much more powerful than just saying "Coraline was scared."

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