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Thanks to Coraline being a precocious girl and one of our favorite literary heroines, it is obvious we would find plenty of Coraline quotes to share in this quotefest!

Ask and Receive?

“I don’t want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted? Just like that, and it didn’t mean anything. What then?

What’s in a Name

“Now, you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names.”

“The names are the first thing to go, after the breath has gone, and the beating of the heart. We keep our memories longer than our names.”


“There was something irritatingly self-centered about the cat, Coraline decided. As if it were, in its opinion, the only thing in any world or place that could possibly be of any importance.”

“There are those,” it said with a sigh, in tones as smooth as oiled silk, “who have suggested that the tendency of a cat to play with its prey is a merciful one–after all, it permits the occasional funny little running snack to escape, from time to time.”

By Design?

“Spiders’ webs only have to be large enough to catch flies.”

It is astonishing just how much of what we are can be tied to the beds we wake up in in the morning, and it is astonishing how fragile that can be.”

Liar Liar Pants on Fire

“Coraline knew that when grown-ups told you something wouldn’t hurt it almost always did.”

What is Brave?

“And, after all, it is always easier to be afraid of something you cannot see.”

“Because,” she said, “when you’re scared buy you still do it anyway, that’s brave.”

Your Turn

So…are there Coraline quotes you loved that didn’t make our quotefest? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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