The Best Quotes from The Hunger Games Series

As the countdown begins for the highly anticipated new book and movie, Sunrise on the Reaping, set to debut in 2025, fans worldwide are reigniting their love for the series that set their hearts ablaze. The epic journey through the districts of Panem has given us some of the most unforgettable moments and powerful quotes in literary and cinematic history.

Whether you’re gearing up to dive back into Suzanne Collins’ dystopian world or simply looking to relive the most iconic lines, this collection of quotes from The Hunger Games series will have you feeling like you’re right back in the arena, fighting for survival.

The Hunger Games Quotes

So, grab your Mockingjay pin, settle into your favorite reading nook, and let these quotes remind you why the odds are always worth fighting for. May the odds be ever in your favor!

The Hunger Games Quotes about the Capitol

“Rue’s death has forced me to confront my own fury against the cruelty, the injustice they inflict upon us. But here, even more strongly than at home, I feel my impotence. There’s no way to take revenge on the Capitol. Is there?”

“I want to do something, right here, right now, to shame them, to make them accountable, to show the Capitol that whatever they do or force us to do there is a part of every tribute they can’t own. That Rue was more than a piece in their Games. And so am I.”

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“Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch – this is the Capitol’s way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy. How little chance we would stand of surviving another rebellion. Whatever words they use, the real message is clear. “Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there’s nothing you can do. If you lift a finger, we will destroy every last one of you. Just as we did in District Thirteen.”

“It’s to the Capitol’s advantage to have us divided among ourselves.
Another tool to cause misery in our district. A way to plant hatred between the starving workers [of the Seam] and those who can generally count on supper and thereby ensure we will never trust one another.”

“The arenas are historic sites, preserved after the Games. Popular destinations for Capitol residents to visit, to vacation. Go for a month, rewatch the Games, tour the catacombs, visit the sites where the deaths took place. You can even take part in reenactments.
They say the food is excellent.”

“It’s to the Capitol’s advantage to have us divided among ourselves.”

The Hunger Games Quotes about Survival

“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together than it does to fall apart.”

“It’s the things we love most that destroy us.”

“What happens in there, fueled with the terror of becoming prey, see how quickly we become predator? See how quickly civilization disappears?”

“The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand.”

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“So I learned to hold my tongue and to turn my features into an indifferent mask so that no one could ever read my thoughts.”

“In District 12, looking old is something of an achievement since so many people die early. Yous see an elderly person you want to congratulate them on their longevity, ask the secret of survival.”

“What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.”

The Hunger Games Quotes about Rebellion

“The fire is catching. If we burn, you burn with us!”

“‎What is to prevent, say, an uprising?”

“I’m more than just a piece in their Games.”

“So instead of acknowledging applause, I stand there unmoving while they take part in the boldest form of dissent they can manage. Silence. Which says we do not agree. We do not condone. All of this is wrong.”

“The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the mockingjay. The one that survived despite the Capitol’s plans. The symbol of the rebellion.”

The Hunger Games Quotes about Inequality

“What must it be like, I wonder, to live in a world where food appears at the press of a button? How would I spend the hours I now commit to combing the woods for sustenance if it were so easy to come by?”

“No it isn’t! I don’t care what you say. You’ve no right to starve people, to punish them for no reason. No right to take away their life and freedom. Those are things everyone is born with, and they’re not yours for the taking. Winning a war doesn’t give you that right. Having more weapons doesn’t give you that right. Being from the Capitol doesn’t give you that right. Nothing does.”

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Other Quotes from The Hunger Games

“May the odds be ever in your favor.”

“If I’m going to die, I want to still be me.”

“Why don’t you just be yourself? … No one can help but admire your spirit.”

“I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.”

“Stupid people are dangerous.”

“I always channel my emotions into my work. That way, I don’t hurt anyone but myself.”

“Some walks you have to take alone.”

“I drag myself out of nightmares each morning and find there’s no relief in waking.”

“The problem is, I can’t tell what real anymore, and what’s made up.”

“What are lies but attempts to conceal some sort of weakness?”

“The strain of being a full-fledged adult every day had grown tiresome.”

“There is a point to everything or nothing at all, depending on your worldview.”

“Wars are won by heads not hearts.”

The Hunger Games Quotes Funny

“That is Mahogany!”

“You’ve got about as much charm as a dead slug.”

“Barbarism? That’s ironic coming from a woman helping to prepare us for slaughter. And what’s she basing our success on? Our table manners?”

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