by Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl Love Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"Why don't you leave a card or something with your name on it?"
The question surprised her. "Why should I?"
Her question surprised me. "Well, I don't know, it's just the way people do things. They expect it. They get a gift, they expect to know where it came from" (20.28-30).
Stargirl gives gifts out of her honest feeling of love for her fellow man. She does not want or need any recognition as a result. To leave a gift without any acknowledgement of who the giver is, is a truly kind act because it's all about the love and not the credit.
"There's also the place where I get my hair cut. I always overhear good stuff there. And of course there're the bulletin boards" (21.113)
Stargirl is always listening for information that she can use to bring a little happiness to someone. Her love of all of humanity is very strong, and it feeds her powers of observation. She's literally looking for opportunities to love. How many of us really do that?
Look at you. It's Saturday. I've been with you all day, and you've spent the whole day doing stuff for other people. Or taking pictures of other people" (22.69).
Leo is amazed at Stargirl's endless capacity to care about so many people and her unending energy to do so. But don't you kind of wish Stargirl's love were a little more commonplace?