"Cause I'm dumb. The only things I was passing anyway were auto mechanics and gym."
"Darry thought I was just another mouth to feed and somebody to holler at. Darry love me? I thought of those hard pale eyes. Soda was wrong for once, I thought. Darry doesn't love anyone or anything, except maybe Soda. I didn't hardly think of him as human. I don't care, I lied to myself, I don't care about him either....I don't care about Darry."
"If I had to pick the real character of the gang, it would be Dallas Winston-Dally."
"Johnny Cade was last and least. If you can picture a little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers, you'll have Johnny."
"Nobody but Soda could really get me talking. Till I met Cherry Valance."