Stargirl Quotes

Disclaimer: I do not own the copyright of any of the two books: Stargirl and Love, Stargirl.

I absolutely love Jerry Spinelli’s books Stargirl and Love, Stargirl! Stargirl aka Susan Caraway is my hero. In a very weird and unexpected way, she saved me from an utterly meaningless and passionless life. The Stargirl book is like my sacred and holy book. I have read it a million times and I do not cease to find beauty in it.

And since I love it so much, I thought I’d share lines from the books which I think, feel and know speak some truth.

BOOK: Stargirl


  • “I pledge allegiance to United Turtles of America and to the fruit bats of Borne, one planet in the Milky Way, incredible, with justice and black bean burritos for all.”
  • “Because I didn’t feel like Susan anymore.” –when asked why she changed her name
  • “I’m not my name. My name is something I wear, like a shirt. It gets worn. I outgrow it, I change it.”
  • “I root for everybody!
  • “Nothing’s more fun than being carried away.”
  • “You were smitten with me. You were speechless to behold my beauty. You had never met anyone so fascinating. You thought of me every waking minute. You dreamed about me. You couldn’t stand it. You couldn’t let such wonderfulness out of your sight. You had to follow me.”
  • “Nobody has the time. The time cannot be owned. Time is free to everyone!”
  • “It (enchantment) started when the earth was born. It never stops. It is, always. It’s just here.”
  • “It’s really hard to do nothing totally. Even just sitting here, like this, our bodies are churning, our minds are chattering. There’s a whole commotion going on inside us.”
  • “The earth is speaking to us, but we can’t hear because of all the racket our senses are making. Sometimes we need to erase them, erase our senses. Then–maybe–the earth will touch us. The universe will speak. The stars will whisper.”
  • “I’m erased. I’m gone. I’m nothing. And then the world is free to flow into me like water into an empty bowl…. And… I see. I hear. But not with eyes and ears. I’m not outside my world anymore, and I’m not really inside it either. The thing is, there’s no difference between me and the universe. The boundary is gone. I am it and it is me. I am a stone, a cactus thorn. I am rain. I like that most of all, being rain.”


  • “In that moonlit hour, I acquired a sense of the otherness of things. I liked the feeling the moonlight gave me, as if it wasn’t the opposite of say, but its underside, its private side, when the fabulous purred on my snow-white sheet like some dark cat come in from the desert.”
  • “We had no one to compare her to, no one to measure her against. She was unknown territory. Unsafe. We were afraid to get too close.”
  • “It was a rebellion she led, a rebellion for rather than against. For ourselves. For the dormant mud frogs we had been for so long.”
  • “We wagged our head and agreed what a goofy girl this was, maybe even officially crazy, but we walked away smiling and maybe not saying but all thinking the same thing: it felt good to get credit.”
  • “She did not seem to notice. Of all the unusual features of Stargirl, this struck me as the most remarkable. Bad things did not stick to her. Correction: her bad things did not stick to her. Our bad things stuck very much to her…. All of her feelings, all of her attentions flowed outward. She had no ego.”
  • “She was the opposite of cool; she held nothing back.”


  • “My school is everywhere and always in session.”
  • “On the contrary, she is one of us. Most decidedly. She is us more than we are us. She is, I think, who we really are. Or were.”
  • “She’s anything but. She’s an earthling if there ever was one.”
  • “If anybody is acting, it’s us. She’s as real as–as real as Barney.”
  • “Every name is real. That’s the nature of names.”
  • “Maybe that’s how names ought to be, heh? Why be stuck with just one your whole life?”
  • “You’ll know her more by your questions than by her answers. Keep looking at her long enough. One day you might see someone you know.”
  • “The trouble with miracles is, they don’t last long.”
  • “How did this girl come to be? I used to ask myself. Sometimes I thought she should be teaching me. She seems to be in touch with something that the rest of us are missing.”
  • “You know, there’s a place we all inhabit, but we don’t much think about it, we’re scarcely conscious of it, and it lasts for less than a minute a day…. It’s in the morning, for most of us. It’s that time, those few seconds when we’re coming out of sleep but we’re not really awake yet. For those few seconds we’re something more primitive than what we are about to become. We have just slept the sleep of our most distant ancestors, and something of them and their world still clings to us. For those few moments we are unformed, uncivilized. We are not the people we know as ourselves, but creatures more in tune with a tree than a keyboard. We are untitled, unnamed, natural, suspended between was and will be, the tadpole before the frog, the worm before the butterfly. We are, for a few brief moments, anything and everything we could be. And then… and then–ah–we open our eyes and the days is before us, and–we become ourselves.”

More quotes from Love, Stargirl.

80 Responses to “Stargirl Quotes”
  1. Garrett says:

    Stargirl changed my life, and i have read it countless times. But I am terrified to read the second one. I don’t really want to. I have heard from many people that after reading it, they wished they hadn’t. Now all that is left in my mind is a question. How do I find a stargirl? I have seriously considered traveling the country.

    • Jane says:

      Love, Stargirl is as good, if not better, than Stargirl. I heartily suggest you read it.

    • Stargirl says:

      there’s a stargirl in all of us- look at archie’s quotes (2&3).

    • You are not meant to be with a Stargirl. They are simply meant to come into your life, radically change it, give meaning to your existence and then leave. I’m convinced that a Stargirl can take many forms and it may not be limited to someone of the opposite gender…but I would guess that it usually is. Love has a way of revealing truth. It could be a book, a chance encounter with a stranger, a moment of clarity, a note on a bathroom wall…but the affect on your life will always be the same. If you are to find your Stargirl you are best to just live your life. You aren’t suppose to search out someone to change your life…you will find each other if you are meant to.

    • yuuki says:

      because in the second book, stargirl and leo still didn’t end up together, and stargirl almost fell for another boy-perry (the platypus?) lol. but stargirlxperry i think is better than stargirlxleo. although perry is a playboy šŸ˜‰

    • ezdj says:

      You have NO idea, Garret. Every time I read this book, I feel like someone’s pressed the renew button on my personality! I was lucky enough to find my Stargirl… But anyway I wish you the best of lucky on your journey for your novel reality. Believe me. It’s worth the search. Plus, the sights you’ll see on your quest will be quite the magnificent!

      Artistically, Eli “dunce” JeBailey

    • Anonymous says:

      You should read Love, Stargirl. it is different, but equally as moving. it is from stargirl’s point of view, which is brilliant because do you ever wonder “how does she think”? it is a perfect continuation. at the end of the book, it leaves you satisfied, but still thinking as well.

    • be a stargirl.

    • Maribeth Keeler says:

      ist dat ich ben toch van der amsterdaaam cnetraal

    • Nathan says:

      Sir, I do agree.

  2. turtlejoy says:

    this has helped me so much!

    • Denise C. says:

      You’re welcome Turtlejoy! Thanks for visiting!

  3. martha says:

    dude thank you so much it really helped….. i have this big esay thts due tomm. and i didnt want to go through my book and this website really helped thank you so much

    • Denise C. says:

      Hi Martha! I’m glad this helped you with school work. I plan to write the quotes by chapter so hopefully that will be more helpful to others in the future.

      Thanks for dropping by!

  4. Orlaith says:

    “I like that most of all, being rain”.

  5. Kim says:

    This was so helpful thanks

  6. Swathi says:

    Thanks for posting this! My ELA teacher (I’m in 7th Grade), chose this book, and I have to make a charactarization chart that was due tomorrow, and this website really helped me save time, or I would have been up ’till midnight looking for quotes! Thanks again!

    • Swathi says:

      Could you make another on Leo and Stargirl’s actions? Thanks!

  7. Post A Day Challenge says:

    I love this book as well! Its so charming and beautifully written.

  8. Macy says:

    Stargirl helped me realize that it’s absolutely okay to be different. Thank you, Jerry Spinelli, for writing such an amazing and inspiring book!

  9. Cinnamon says:

    I love this selection of quotes you have here. Whenever people ask why I call my self Cinnamon I just throw a stargirl quote at them, it’s so funny to see them standing there confused trying to work out what I’ve said.

  10. Shay says:


  11. bianca says:

    star girl inspired me so much in every way, when reading it years ago i dreamed of finding love in such a special way, and when reading it after finding the right person i feel so happy and fulfilled. i love this book, one of my favourites ever and always will be.

  12. Xxx says:

    God, do you guys love Archie as much as I do? I’m taking the longer time re-reading this, like any good book I wish didn’t have to end. What’s another book like this you guys would recommend? Im trying to get the second one, I don’t want to read it online!

  13. AndersonSmith says:

    You losers using this site instead of actually reading the book for school need to suck it up. Stargirl is an amazing book and your shit papers wont even scrape the surface.

    • Denise C. says:

      I’m pretty sure that most people have read the book and are just using this blog to find quotes easier. šŸ™‚

  14. this book is my life. i’ve read it two times and i fall in love with it every time i read it. we were reading this book for about a month in my english class. not one person in my class did NOT like it. everybody loved it. even the boys. when we got to the end, we all were sad. we wanted more. we were not satisfied with the ending. we wanted the story to continue on.
    i recommend this book to someone to likes a little bit of comedy, romance, and mystery in their books. you wont be able to put this book down. it will leave you wondering more, and you wont be able to resist.

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