Volunteer As Tribute And Read These 50+ Hunger Games Quotes Today

by Maia Efrem
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If your memory of The Hunger Games books and films is of a young adult storyline and a teen who is awesome at shooting a crossbow, well, get ready to check your memory. Obviously, there are the classic tropes of friendship, family, and love. But the themes explored by author Suzanne Collins are intricate, complex, and mature in nature. Unfair social class systems, materialism, violent oppression, social justice uprisings, exploitation, and survival at all costs are just some of the adult-in-nature concepts explored in the 2008 book and the subsequent film trilogy starring Jennifer Lawrence. No wonder we are still talking and making comparisons to the storyline a decade after the film’s premiere. (Want to revisit another dark movie from childhood? Watch The Hunchback of Notre Dame with adult eyes and you won’t believe this was a children’s Disney movies.)

This is why you landed on this Hunger Games quotes page. If you’re looking for a refresher on the film’s most memorable lines besides, “I volunteer as tribute,” you’ve come to the right place. And if you’re in the mood for more dystopian stories after a dive into these quotes, check out our list of over 30 movies like The Hunger Games. Some you’ve heard of, like Gattaca and Wall-E, but others are more indie and classic offerings that will blow your mind.

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Katniss Everdeen Quotes

  1. “Yeah, but I’m not very good at making friends.”
  2. “My spirit. This is a new thought. I’m not sure exactly what it means, but it suggests I’m a fighter. In a sort of brave way. It’s not as if I’m never friendly. Okay, maybe I don’t go around loving everybody I meet, maybe my smiles are hard to come by, but I do care for some people.”
  3. “My name is Katniss Everdeen. I am 17 years old. My home is District 12. I was in the Hunger Games. I escaped. The Capitol hates me.”
  4. “You’re a painter. You’re a baker. You like to sleep with the windows open. You never take sugar in your tea. And you always double-knot your shoelaces.”
  5. “Entrails. No hissing. This is the closest we will ever come to love.”
  6. “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? What do they do all day, these people in the Capitol, besides decorating their bodies and waiting around for a new shipment of tributes to rill in and die for their entertainment?”
  7. “My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead.”
  8. “I’m never having kids.”
  9. “When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.”
  10. “Deep in the meadow, under the willow. A bed of grass, a soft green pillow.”
  11. “He can throw a 100lb sack of flour right over his head, I’ve seen it.”
  12. “Take care of them, Gale! Whatever you do, don’t let them starve!”

Peeta Mellark Quotes

  1. “You’re here to finish me off, sweetheart?”
  2. “Remember, we’re madly in love, so it’s all right to kiss me anytime you feel like it.”
  3. “I just keep wishing I could think of a way to show them that they don’t own me. If I’m gonna die, I wanna still be me.”
  4. “Our lives aren’t just measured in years. They’re measured in the lives of people we touch around us.”
  5. “Only I keep wishing of a way to… to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their games.”
  6. “I wish I could freeze this moment right here, right now, and live in it forever.”
  7. “She has no idea. The effect she can have.”
  8. “Thanks, but I, uh I don’t think winning’s gonna help me at all.”

Haymitch Abernathy Quotes

  1. “You really wanna know how to stay alive? You get people to like you. Oh! Not what you were expecting. Well, when you’re in the middle of the games, and you’re starving or freezing, some water, a knife, or even some matches can mean the difference between life and death. And those things only come from sponsors, and to get sponsors, you have to make people like you. And right now, sweetheart, you’re not off to a real good start.”
  2. “Nice job, sweetheart.”
  3. “Face the probability of your imminent death, and know that there’s absolutely nothing I can do to help you.”
  4. “Look at you! Just killed a placemat.”
  5. “He made you look desirable, which, in your case, can’t hurt, sweetheart.”
  6. “And that, my friends, is how a revolution dies.”
  7. “Loosen your corset, have a drink.”
  8. “You could live a hundred lifetimes and never deserve that boy.”
  9. “Nobody ever wins The Games. Period. There are survivors…no winners.”
  10. “Stay alive.”
  11. “This trip doesn’t end when we get back home. You never get off this train.”

President Coriolanus Snow

  1. “Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it’s contained.”
  2. “Welcome! Welcome! Welcome Tributes! We salute you!”
  3. “Convince me.”
  4. “Fear does not work as long as they have hope, and Katniss Everdeen is giving them hope.”
  5. “Whatever game you think you’re playing, those out there are not playing it with you.”

Effie Trinket Quotes

  1. “Manners.”
  2. “Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor.”
  3. “Eyes bright, chins up, smiles on. I’m talking to you, Katniss.”
  4. “We’re a team, aren’t we? And I’m so proud of my victors. So proud. You’re so… Well, you both deserved so much better.”
  5. “Two hundred miles per hour and you can barely feel a thing. I think it’s one of the wonderful things about this opportunity, that even though you’re here and even though it’s just for a little while, you get to enjoy all of this.”
  6. “There’s not much of a prep team here in 13. But we will make you the best-dressed rebel in history.”

Cinna Quotes

  1. “I always channel my emotions into my work. That way, I don’t hurt anyone but myself.”
  2. “Remember, girl on fire. I’m still betting on you.”
  3. “Twirl for me.”
  4. “Remember, heads high. Smiles. They’re going to love you!”
  5. “Not exactly. You see, Portia and I think that the coal miner thing’s very overdone. No one will remember you in that. And we both see it has our job to make District 12 tributes unforgettable.”
  6. “No one will forget me. Not my look, not my name. Katniss. The girl who was on fire.”

Caesar Flickerman Quotes

  1. “Ladies and gentlemen, from District 12: Katniss Everdeen — the girl on fire!”
  2. “I like that assurance. That’s self-assurance.”
  3. “I think someone’s a little nervous. I said that was quite an entrance you made at the Tribute’s Parade the other day.”
  4. “And try you will.”
  5. “Let’s get Katniss Everdeen to her wedding in style.”

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