The Hunger Games: Catching Fire quotes

Time to go back and quote some of our favorite parts of the second novel to the series The Hunger Games: “Catching Fire.” There’s so many good ones!

“Just the sound of his voice twists my stomach into a knot of unpleasant emotions like guilt, sadness, and fear. And longing. I might as well admit there’s some of that, too. Only it has too much competition to ever win out.” -Katniss (about Peeta), Ch.1

“Your stylist turned out to be prophetic in his wardrobe choice. Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire, you have provided a spark that, left unattended, may grow to an inferno that destroys Panem.” -President Snow, Ch.2

“You would think that after all the hours I’d spent with Gale–watching him talk and laugh and frown–that I would know all there was to know about his lips. But I hadn’t imagined how warm they would feel pressed against my own. Or how those hands, which could set the most intricate of snares, could as easily entrap me.” -Katniss, Ch.2

“I hate earmuffs, I think. They make it hard to hear, and since I was blasted deaf in one ear in the arena, I dislike them even more.” -Katniss, Ch.3

“What happens next is not an accident. It is too well executed to be spontaneous, because it happens in complete unison. Every person in the crowd presses the three middle fingers of their left hand against their lips and extends them to me. It’s our sign from District 12, the last good-bye I gave to Rue in the arena.” -Katniss (in district 11), Ch.4

“I look at Peeta and he gives me a sad smile. I hear Haymitch’s voice. ‘You could do a lot worse.‘ At this moment, it’s impossible to imagine how I could do any better.” -Katniss, Ch.4

“Isn’t is strange that I know you’d risk your life to save mine…but I don’t know what your favorite color is?” -Peeta, Ch.4

“My nightmares are usually about losing you, I’m okay once I realize you’re here.” -Peeta, Ch.6

” ‘Maybe if the whole country puts its mind to it, we can get you married before you’re thirty.’ ‘You’ll probably have to pass a new law,’ I say with a giggle. ‘If that’s what it takes,’ says the president with conspiratorial good humor. Oh, the fun we two have together.” -Katniss and President Snow, Ch. 6

“I act delighted, but I have zero interest in these Capitol people. They are only distractions from the food.” -Katniss, Ch. 6

“I watch his hands, his beautiful, capable fingers. Scarred, as mine were before the Capitol erased all marks from my skin, but strong and deft. Hands that have the power to mine coal but the precision to set a delicate snare. Hands I trust.” -Katniss (about Gale), Ch. 7

“I love you.” “I know” -Gale and Katniss, Ch.7

“The hatred I feel for him, for the phantom girl, for everything, is so real and immediate that it chokes me. Gale is mine. I am his. Anything else is unthinkable. Why did it take him being whipped within an inch of his life to see it?” -Katniss, Ch.8

“At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead.” -Katniss, Ch. 8

“I wish that Peeta were here to hold me, until I remember I’m not supposed to wish that anymore. I have chosen Gale and the rebellion, and a future with Peeta is the Capitol’s design, not mine.” -Katniss, Ch. 9

“None of you deserves candy!” -Katniss (to Haymitch, Prim, and Peeta), Ch. 11

“…but I know it’s not safe to and I can feel myself slipping away, so I just get out one more sentence. ‘Stay with me.’ As the tendrils of sleep syrup pull me down, I hear him whisper a word back, but I don’t quite catch it.” -Katniss (with Peeta), Ch. 11

“The idea that Thirteen has somehow rebounded and the Capitol is ignoring it? That sounds like the kind of rumor desperate people cling to.” -Haymitch (to Katniss), Ch. 12

“Back in the arena. Back in the place of nightmares. That’s where I am going. I have to admit I didn’t see it coming.” -Katniss, Ch. 13

“However it falls out, two of us are going to be in the arena again with the other as mentor. We can’t afford any drunkards on this team. Especially not you, Katniss.” -Peeta, Ch.13

“It’d be better if he were easier to hate.” “Tell me about it. If I could’ve just hated him in the arena, we all wouldn’t be in this mess now. He’d be dead, and I’d be a happy little victor all by myself.” -Gale and Katniss (about Peeta), Ch. 13

“I’m called. Then Haymitch. And Peeta volunteers. One of the announcers actually gets teary because it seems the odds will never be in our favor, we star-crossed lovers of District 12.” -Katniss, Ch.14

” ‘Why don’t you sleep?’ he says. Because I can’t handle the nightmares. Not without you, I think.” Peeta and Katniss, Ch.14

“…I think I finally know who Haymitch is. And I’m beginning to know who I am. And surely, two people who have caused the Capitol so much trouble can think of a way to get Peeta home alive.” -Katniss, Ch. 14

“He wets his lips just ever so slightly with his tongue. Probably this drives most people crazy. But for some reason all I can think of is old Cray, salivating over some poor, starving young woman.” -Katniss (about Finnick), Ch.15

” ‘With secrets,’ he says softly. He tips his head in so his lips are almost in contact with mine. ‘What about you, girl on fire? Do you have any secrets worth my time?’ For some stupid reason, I blush, but I force myself to hold my ground. ‘No, I’m an open book,’ I whisper back. ‘Everybody seems to know my secrets before I know them myself.’ He smiles. ‘Unfortunately, I think that’s true.’ His eyes flicker to the side. ‘Peeta is coming. Sorry you have to cancel your wedding. I know how devastating that must be for you.’ He tosses another sugar cube in his mouth and saunters off.” -Katniss and Finnick, Ch. 15

“Having an eye for beauty isn’t the same thing as weakness. Except possibly when it comes to you.” -Peeta, Ch. 15

“I look up into those blue eyes that no amount of dramatic makeup can make truly deadly and remember how, just a year ago, I was prepared to kill him.” -Katniss, Ch. 15

“Johanna Mason is naked again and oiling her skin down for a wrestling lesson. I decide to stay put.” -Katniss, ch.16

“I carefully finger paint the words on its body, concealing them from view. Then I step away quickly to watch the reaction on the Gamemakers’ faces as the read the name on the dummy. Seneca Crane.” -Katniss, Ch. 16

“Then I notice something is rising up around me. Smoke…Wonderingly, I lift my long, flowing sleeves into the air, and that’s when I see myself on the television screen…Cinna has turned me into the mockingjay.” -Katniss, Ch.17

“I guess this is a bad time to mention I hung a dummy and painted Seneca Crane’s name on it.” -Katniss, Ch.17

“I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you.” -Peeta, Ch.17

“By late afternoon, I lie with my head on Peeta’s lap, making a crown of flowers while he fiddles with my hair, claiming he’s practicing his knots.” -Katniss, Ch.17

“I’m screaming my head off, banging on the unyielding glass, trying to reach him. The Peacekeepers ignore me completely as they drag Cinna’s limp body from the room. All that’s left are the smears of blood on the floor.” -Katniss, Ch.18

“Slowly I raise my eyes and take in the water spreading out in every direction. I can only form one clear thought. This is no place for a girl on fire.” -Katniss, Ch.18

“I pull an arrow from the sheath that’s still wedged in the pile and arm my bow as I turn. Finnick, glistening and gorgeous, stands a few yards away, with a trident poised to attack.” -Katniss, Ch.19

“For a moment we’re frozen, sizing each other up, our weapons, our skill. Then Finnick suddenly grins. ‘Lucky thing we’re allies. Right?’ ” -Katniss and Finnick, Ch.19

“Because whatever happened in the past is in the past. And no one in this arena was a victor by chance…Except maybe Peeta.” -Finnick (to Katniss), Ch.19

” ‘No, I’m going to do some hunting if I can,’ I tell him. I don’t add, ‘And you can’t come because you’re too loud.’ But it’s implied.” -Katniss (to Peeta), Ch. 20

“Peeta has another idea. He takes a cube of rodent meat, skewers it on the tip of a pointed stick, and lets it fall into the force field. There’s a sharp sizzle and the stick flies back. The chunk of meat is blackened on the outside but well cooked inside. We give him a round of applause, then quickly stop, remembering where we are.” -Katniss, Ch. 20

“She gives me a look filled with loathing, like I’m the biggest drag possible on her life. I wonder if this is what it’s like to have an older sister who really hates you.” -Katniss (about Johanna), Ch.22

“Poor Fiinick. Is this the first time in your life you haven’t looked pretty?” “It must be. The sensation’s completely new. How have you managed it all these years?” “Just avoid mirrors. You’ll forget about it.” “Not if I keep looking at you.” -Katniss and Finnick, Ch.22

“Finnick and I fall back in the sand, laughing our heads off. Every time we try to stop, we look at Peeta’s attempt to maintain a disdainful expression and it sets us off again. By the time we pull ourselves together, I’m thinking that maybe Finnick Odair is all right.” -Katniss, ch.22

“Remembering from last year how Haymitch’s gifts are oftem timed to send a message, I make a note to myself. Be friends with Finnick. You’ll get food.” -Katniss, ch.22

“A clock. I can almost see the hands ticking around the twelve-sectioned face of the arena. Each hour begins a new horror, a new Gamemaker weapon, and ends the previous.” -Katniss, Ch.23

“But the only thing that distracts me from my current situation is fantasizing about killing President Snow. Not very pretty daydreams for a seventeen-year-old girl, I guess, but very satisfying.” -Katniss, Ch.23

“Peeta presses his hand against the surface and I put my own up to meet it, as if I can feel him through the wall…I try to make out what he’s saying, but I can’t focus, so I just stare at his face, doing my best to hang on to my sanity.” -Katniss (during the Jabberjays), Ch. 24

” ‘Don’t want that, do they?’ She throws back her head and shouts, ‘Whole country in rebellion? Wouldn’t want anything like that!’ ” -Johanna, Ch.24

“The sensation inside me grows warmer and spreads out from my chest, down through my body, out along my arms and legs, to the tips of my being. Instead of satisfying me, the kisses have the opposite effect, of making me need greater. I thought I was something of an expert on hunger, but this is an entirely new kind.” -Katniss (with Peeta), Ch.24

“Katniss, there is no District Tewelve.” -Gale, Ch. 27

What are your favorite quotes from Catching Fire? May the odds be ever in your favor!



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