The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
The Lightning Thief Quotes
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Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways. (1.3)
Versions of Reality Quotes
If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe that none of this ever happened. (1.4)
"No, no," Mr. Bruner said. "Oh, confound it all. What I'm trying to say … you're not normal, Percy. That's nothing to be—" (2.67)
When she looks at me, it's like she's seeing all the good things about me, none of the bad. I've never heard her raise her voice or say an unkind word to anyone, not even me or Gabe. (3.36)
If you're reading this because you think you might be [a half-blood], my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a norm...
Traditions and Customs Quotes
"But if you recognize yourself in these pages—if you feel something stirring inside—stop reading immediately. You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a matter of time...
Language and Communication Quotes
"I'm not usually an eavesdropper, but I dare you to try not listening if you hear your best friend talking about you to an adult." (2.26)
Lies and Deceit Quotes
"Ah, that would be my pen. Please bring your own writing utensil in the future, Mr. Jackson." (1.162)
The look in her eyes was beyond mad. It was evil. (1.120)
I asked Grover where Mrs. Dobbs was. He said, "Who?" But he paused first, and he wouldn't look at me, so I thought he was messing with me. (1.155-157)