Stephen Chbosky

Literary Tattoos: The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky

There is a feeling that I had Friday night after the homecoming game that I don’t know if I will ever be able to describe except to say that it is warm. Sam and Patrick drove me to the party that night, and I sat in the middle of Sam’s pickup truck. Sam loves her pickup truck because I think it reminds her of her dad. The feeling I had happened when Sam told Patrick to find a station on the radio. And he kept getting commercials. And commercials. And a really bad song about love that had the word “baby” in it. And then more commercials. And finally he found this really amazing song about this boy, and we all got quiet.

Sam tapped her hand on the steering wheel. Patrick held his hand outside the car and made air waves. And I just sat between them. After the song finished, I said something.

“I feel infinite.”

And Sam and Patrick looked at me like I said the greatest thing they ever heard. Because the song was that great and because we all really paid attention to it. Five minutes of a lifetime were truly spend, and we felt young in a good way.”

- From The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky



  1. autumn says

    i've thought so many times about getting this myself.

    i thinks its one of the most beautiful quotes i've ever read.

  2. my tattoo says

    I love literary tattoos and just happened to stumble upon this webpage. Needless to say, I was shocked to see something on my own body here. This is my tattoo, and to those of you who think it's overrated or the book wasn't that good, that's why you don't have a tattoo of something from it, no need to diss what other people find intriguing. I love this tattoo, but think it's a little simplistic, so I'm going to add a picture of the flower from the spine of the book under it, maybe I'll submit that after I have the work done.

  3. says

    Hey, thanks for your comment. Definitely send new pictures when your tattoo is done.

    As for the other comments – sorry. That guy has a habit of posting stupid comments on multiple posts, and these are 2 I forgot to delete.

  4. brittany says

    the book was pretty damn good actually and i credit it with getting me through high school. i am in yet another transitional period of my life and though it has been years since i first read it and years since i have left high school, i am re-reading it and it is getting me through once again.

    im getting 'infinite' tattooed on my index finger.

  5. ian says

    never read the book, but I actually do understand the sentiment….and I am a 40 year old man !!!

    Great quote.

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