I'm friends with him because I want to be friends with him.
"I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives."
Kinder than is necessary.
Whatever. I wish I'd never gone to school in the first place.
"Fourthly, now that I know him, I would say I actually do want to be friends with August. At first, I admit it, I was only friendly to him because Mr. Tushman asked me to be especially nice and all that. But now I would choose to hang out with him. He laughs at all my jokes. And I kind of feel like I can tell August anything. Like he's a good friend. Like, if all the guys in the fifth grade were lined up against a wall and I got to choose anyone I wanted to hang out with, I would choose August."
You know that's not true. And don't call yourself a freak.
"I sat with him that first day because I felt sorry for him. That's all. Here he was, this strange-looking kid in a brand-new school. No one was talking to him. Everyone was staring at him." "I wish people would stop trying to turn it into something major. He's just a kid. The weirdest-looking kid I've ever seen, yes. But just a kid."
Miranda! I'm going to a regular school now!
"What a marvelous line, isn't it? Kinder than is necessary. Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed. Why I love that line, that concept, is that it reminds me that we carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness."
"August said he wasn't feeling well enough to go trick-or-treating later in the afternoon, which was sad for him because I know how much he loved to trick-or-treat -- especially after it got dark outside. Even though I was well beyond the trick-or-treating stage myself, I usually threw on some mask or other to accompany him up and down the blocks, watching him knocking on people's doors, giddy with excitement. I knew it was the one night a year when he could try be like every other kid."
"I loved Auggie. I was never afraid of him: even when I was little. I had friends that couldn't believe I'd ever go over to Via's house. ""His face creeps me out,"" they'd say. '"You're stupid,"" I'd tell them. Auggie's face isn't so bad once you get used to it."