"We're poorer than the SOCS and the middle class. I reckon we're wilder too. Not like the SOCS, who jump greasers and wreck houses and throw beer blasts for kicks, and get editorial in the paper for being public disgrace one day and an asset to society the next."
"I killed him. I killed that boy."
"Then for the first time, really, I realized what we were in for. Johnny had killed someone"
"I jerked loose and ran on. All i could think f was: We started it! We started it! We started it!"
"Stay gold PonyBoy. Stay gold...The pillow seemed to sink a little, and Johnny died."
"I wondered for a long time how to start that theme , how to start writing about something that was important to me. And I finally began like this: When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home."