Twilight (novel)

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Twilight is the first novel in the young adult vampire Twilight series, written by Stephenie Meyer. It was originally published in hardcover in 2005.


  • When life offers you a dream so far beyond any of your expectations, it's not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.
    • Bella Swan, p. 1

1. First Sight

  • When I landed in Port Angeles, it was raining. I didn't see it as an omen — just unavoidable. I'd already said my goodbyes to the sun.
    • Bella Swan, p. 5
  • It was beautiful, of course; I couldn't deny that. Everything was green: the trees, their trunks covered with moss, their branches hanging with a canopy of it, the ground covered with ferns. Even the air filtered down greenly through the leaves. It was too green — an alien planet.
    • Bella Swan about Forks, Washington, p. 8
  • It looked like clouds and a sense of humor didn't mix. A few months of this and I'd forget how to use sarcasm.
    • Bella Swan, p. 16
  • "So, did you stab Edward Cullen with a pencil or what?"
    • Mike Newton to Bella Swan, p. 25

2. Open Book

  • As far as I was aware, [Charlie]'d never shot the gun on the job. But he kept it ready. When I came here as a child, he would always remove the bullets as soon as he walked in the door. I guess he considered me old enough now not to shoot myself by accident, and not depressed enough to shoot myself on purpose.
    • Bella Swan, p. 35
  • "Ladies first, partner?" Edward asked. I looked up to see him smiling a crooked smile so beautiful that I could only stare at him like an idiot.
    "Or I could start, if you wish." The smile faded; he was obviously wondering if I was mentally competent.
    • Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, p. 44
  • When he touched me, it stung my hand as if an electric current had passed through us.
    • Bella Swan about Edward Cullen, p. 45
  • "Hasn't anyone ever told you? Life isn't fair."
    "I believe I have heard that somewhere before," he agreed dryly.
    • Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, p. 49

3. Phenomenon

  • I felt excited to go to school, and that scared me. I knew it wasn't the stimulating learning environment I was anticipating, or seeing my new set of friends. If I was being honest with myself, I knew I was eager to get to school because I would see Edward Cullen. And that was very, very stupid.
    • Bella Swan, p. 54
  • I distracted myself [...] by thinking about Mike and Eric, and the obvious difference in how teenage boys responded to me here. [...] Perhaps it was because I was a novelty here, where novelties were few and far between. Possibly my crippling clumsiness was seen as endearing rather than pathetic, casting me as a damsel in distress. [...] I wasn't sure if I didn't prefer being ignored.
    • Bella Swan, p. 54-55

4. Invitations

  • Only in a town this small would a father know when the high school dances were.
    • Bella Swan, p. 81
  • "Do you want a ride to Seattle?"
    "With who?" I asked, mystified.
    "Myself, obviously." He enunciated every syllable, as if he were talking to someone mentally handicapped.
    • Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, p. 83
  • "But can your truck make it there on one tank of gas?" [...]
    "I don't see how that is any of your business." Stupid, shiny Volvo owner.
    "The wasting of finite resources is everyone's business."
    • Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, p. 83

5. Blood Type

  • "I decided as long as I was going to hell, I might as well do it thoroughly."
    • Edward Cullen, p. 87
  • "People can't smell blood," he contradicted.
    "Well, I can — that's what makes me sick. It smells like rust... and salt."
    • Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, p. 100
  • "Don't be offended, but you seem to be one of those people who just attract accidents like a magnet. So... try not to fall into the ocean or get run over or anything, all right?"
    • Edward Cullen to Bella Swan, p. 109

9. Theory

  • About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was part of him — and I didn't know how potent that part might be — that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
    • Bella Swan, p. 195

10. Interrogations

  • "Trust me just this once - you are the opposite of ordinary."
    • Edward Cullen to Bella Swan, p. 210
  • "Of all the things about me that could frighten you, you worry about my driving."
    • Edward Cullen to Bella Swan, p. 213

11. Complications

  • "What kind of car is that?" I asked.
    "An M3."
    "I don't speak Car and Driver."
    • Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, p. 223
  • "It's twilight," Edward murmured. [...] "It's the safest time of day for us," he said, answering the unspoken question in my eyes. "The easiest time. But also the saddest, in a way ... the end of another day, the return of the night. Darkness is so predictable, don't you think?" He smiled wistfully.
    "I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars."
    • Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, p. 232-233

12. Balancing

  • Our relationship couldn’t continue to balance, as it did, on the point of a knife. We would fall off one edge or the other, depending entirely on his decision, or his instincts. My decision was made, made before I’d ever consciously chosen, and I was committed to seeing it through. Because there was nothing more terrifying to me, more excruciating, than the thought of turning away from him. It was an impossibility.
    • Bella Swan about Edward Cullen, p. 248

13. Confessions

  • "You are exactly my brand of heroin."
    • Edward Cullen to Bella Swan, p. 268
  • "Bella, I don't know if I could live with myself if I ever hurt you. You don't know how it's tortured me. [...] The thought of you still, white, cold ... to never see you blush scarlet again, or see that flash of intuition in your eyes when you see through my pretenses ... it would be unendurable. [...] You are the most important thing to me now. The most important thing to me ever."
    • Edward Cullen, p. 273
  • "And so the lion fell in love with the lamb..." he murmured. I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word.
    "What a stupid lamb," I sighed.
    "What a sick, masochistic lion."
    • Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, p. 274

14. Mind Over Matter

  • "If I could dream at all, it would be about you. And I'm not ashamed of it."
    • Edward Cullen to Bella Swan, p. 294
  • "Bring on the shackles. I'm your prisoner."
    • Edward Cullen to Bella Swan, p. 302
  • "For almost ninety years I've walked among my kind, and yours ... all the time thinking I was complete in myself, not realizing what I was seeking. And not finding anything, because you weren't alive yet."
    • Edward Cullen to Bella Swan, p. 304
  • "Yeah, it's an off day when I don't get somebody telling me how edible I smell."
    • Bella Swan to Edward Cullen, p. 306

15. The Cullens

  • "I love you," I whispered.
    "You are my life now," he answered simply.
    • Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, p. 314

16. Carlisle

  • "Vampires like baseball?"
    "It's the American pastime," he said with mock solemnity.
    • Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, p. 347

19. Goodbyes

  • "You're wrong, you know," he said quietly.
    "What?" I gasped.
    "I can feel what you're feeling now — and you are worth it."
    • Jasper Hale and Bella Swan, p. 404

24. An Impasse

  • "Afraid of a needle. Oh, a sadistic vampire, intent on torturing her to death, sure, no problem, she runs off to meet him. An IV, on the other hand..."
    • Edward Cullen about Bella Swan, p. 462

Epilogue: An Occasion

  • "Do you want me to bolt the doors so you can massacre the unsuspecting townsfolk?" I whispered conspiratorially.
    "And where do you fit into that scheme?" He glared.
    "Oh, I'm with the vampires, of course."
    • Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, p. 487
  • "Twilight, again. Another ending. No matter how perfect the day is, it always has to end."
    • Edward Cullen, p. 495


Meyer, Stephenie. (2005). Twilight. Park Avenue, New York: Little, Brown and Company, 498. ISBN 978-0-316-16017-9.

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