Sometimes I wondered if I was seeing the same things through my eyes that the rest of the world was seeing through theirs. Maybe there was a glitch in my brain.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 1, p. 11)
I stared because their faces, so different, so similar, were all devastatingly, inhumanly beautiful.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 1, p. 19)
I was sure, though, in the instant our eyes met, that he didn’t look harsh or unfriendly as he had the last time I’d seen him. He looked merely curious again, unsatisfied in some way.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 2, p. 41)
His fingers were ice-cold, like he’d been holding them in a snowdrift before class. But that wasn’t why I jerked my hand away so quickly. When he touched me, it stung my hand as if an electric current had passed through us.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 2, p. 45)
Edward Cullen was leaning against the front door of the Volvo, three cars down from me, and staring intently in my direction.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 2, p.52)
Edward Cullen was standing four cars down from me, staring at me in horror. His face stood out from a sea of faces, all frozen in the same mask of shock.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 3, p. 56)
A low oath made me aware that someone was with me, and the voice was impossible not to recognize. Two long, white hands shot out protectively in front of me, and the van shuddered to a stop a foot from my face, the large hands fitting providentially into a deep dent in the side of the van’s body.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 3, p. 56)
No blood, no foul.
-Edward Cullen (Chapter 3, p. 61)
I watched as his golden eyes grew perceptibly darker day by day. But in class I gave no more notice that he existed than he showed toward me. I was miserable.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 4, p. 70)
I sighed and opened my eyes. And Edward was staring at me curiously, that same, familiar edge of frustration even more distinct now in his black eyes.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 4, p. 73)
Edward Cullen is staring at you again.
-Jessica Stanley (Chapter 5, p.86)
I always say too much when I’m talking to you — that’s one of the problems.
-Edward Cullen (Chapter 5, p.88)
I just wondered . . . if you could warn me beforehand the next time you decide to ignore me for my own good. Just so I’m prepared.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 5, p. 91)
What if I’m not a superhero? What if I’m the bad guy?
-Edward Cullen (Chapter 5, p.92)
He was dangerous. He’d been trying to tell me that all along.
-Bella Cullen (Chapter 5, p. 93)
His voice was like melting honey. I could imagine how much more overwhelming his eyes would be.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 5, p.102)
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 (Chapter 5, p. 109)
I was completely absorbed, except for one small part of my mind that wondered what Edward was doing now, and trying to imagine what he would be saying if he were here with me.
-Bella Cullen (Chapter 6, p. 117)
There are stories of the cold ones as old as the wolf legends, and some much more recent. According to legend, my own great-grandfather knew some of them. He was the one who made the treaty that kept them off our land.
-Jacob Black (Chapter 6, p. 124)
There’s always a risk for humans to be around the cold ones, even if they’re civilized like this clan was. You never know when they might get too hungry to resist.
-Jacob Black (Chapter 6, p. 125)
And then Edward stepped out from the trees, his skin faintly glowing, his eyes black and dangerous. He held up one hand and beckoned me to come to him. The wolf growled at my feet. I took a step forward, toward Edward. He smiled then, and his teeth were sharp, pointed.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 7, p. 131)
Could the Cullens be vampires? Well, they were something. Something outside the possibility of rational justification was taking place in front of my incredulous eyes. Whether it be Jacob’s cold ones or my own superhero theory, Edward Cullen was not… human. He was something more.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 7, p. 138)
I didn’t know if there ever was a choice, really. I was already in too deep. Now that I knew — if I knew — I could do nothing about my frightening secret. Because when I thought of him, of his voice, his hypnotic eyes, the magnetic force of his personality, I wanted nothing more than to be with him right now.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 7, p.139)
Sometimes I have a problem with my temper, Bella.
-Edward Cullen (Chapter 8, p. 164)
Do I dazzle you?
-Edward Cullen (Chapter 8, p. 168)
It was very . . . hard — you can’t imagine how hard — for me to simply take you away, and leave them . . . alive.
-Edward Cullen (Chapter 8, p. 176)
Don’t you want to know if I drink blood?
-Edward Cullen (Chapter 9, p. 186)
It makes me . . . anxious . . . to be away from you.
-Edward Cullen (Chapter 9, p. 188)
I turned and he was leaning toward me, his pale, glorious face just inches from mine. My heart stopped beating.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 9, p. 193)
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 (Chapter 9, p. 195)
He grinned his crooked smile at me, stopping my breath and my heart. I couldn’t imagine how an angel could be any more glorious. There was nothing about him that could be improved upon. -Bella Swan (Chapter 12, p. 241)
People are predictable. But you . . . you never do what I expect. You always take me by surprise. -Edward Cullen (Chapter 12, p. 245)
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 upon 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 Cullen (Chapter 12, p. 248)
His cold touch on my skin never failed to make my heart thud erratically. Twice, when that happened, I caught a look on his face that made me sure he could somehow hear it.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 12, p. 257)
Edward in the sunlight was shocking. I couldn’t get used to it, though I’d been staring at him all afternoon. His skin, white despite the faint flush from yesterday’s hunting trip, literally sparkled, like thousands of tiny diamonds were embedded in the surface.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 13, p. 260)
I’m the world’s best predator, aren’t I? Everything about me invites you in — my voice, my face, even my smell. As if I need any of that!
-Edward Cullen (Chapter 13. p. 263)
I’m essentially a selfish creature. I crave your company too much to do what I should.
-Edward Cullen (Chapter 13, p. 266)
Bella, I couldn’t 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, to never 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 (Chapter 13, p. 274)
And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…
-Edward Cullen (Chapter 13, p. 274)
I’m not used to feeling so human. Is it always like this?
-Edward Cullen (Chapter 13, p. 278)
He hesitated — not in the normal way, the human way. Not the way a man might hesitate before he kissed a woman, to gauge her reaction, to see how he would be received. Perhaps he would hesitate to prolong the moment, that ideal moment of anticipation, sometimes better than the kiss itself. Edward hesitated to test himself, to see if this was safe, to make sure he was still in control of his need. And then his cold, marble lips pressed very softly against mine.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 13, p. 282)
I love you. I will always love you, no matter what happens now.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 19, p.391)
Edward’s face was drawn. I watched his eyes as the doubt was suddenly replaced with a blazing determination.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 23, p. 455)
I heard my favorite sound in the world: Edward’s quiet laugh, weak with relief.
-Bella Cullen (Chapter 23, p. 457)
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 (Chapter 24, p. 462)
I’ll be the first to admit that I have no experience with relationships. But it just seems logical… a man and woman have to be somewhat equal… as in, one of them can’t always be swooping in and saving the other one. They have to save each other equally.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 24, p. 473)
You are my life. You’re the only thing it would hurt me to lose.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 24, p. 474)
I may not die now . . . but I’m going to die sometime. Every minute of the day, I get closer. And I’m going to get old.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 24, p. 476)
I told you I’m not going anywhere. Don’t be afraid. As long as it makes you happy, I’ll be here.
-Edward Cullen (Chapter 24, p. 478)
I’m betting on Alice.
-Bella Swan (Chapter 24, p. 480)