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On what page is the following quote?  “They grew up on the outside of society. They weren't looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.”

The quote isn't in the book. It's a blurb used in posters for the film version of the book released in 1983. Even so, the quotation is certainly a very accurate description of the Greasers and their whole outlook on life. For them, fighting gives them a sense of belonging that they can't find in a society that rejects them.

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While this page is actually from a movie used to promote the 1983 film version of The Outsiders, it provides such a fitting description of the Greasers that thinking it’s from the book is an easy mistake to make.

The fact that the Greasers don’t actually want to fight is made clear right at the beginning of the story, when Ponyboy Curtis, a Greaser, is minding his own business and walking home from the cinema when he is jumped by a group of Socs. Luckily, his gang shows up before the Socs have an opportunity to hurt him. Soon after that, we learn that is it due to an experience of being beaten by Socs that Johnny has decided to carry a knife everywhere he goes.

The violence soon escalates when Ponyboy, who is hanging out with Johnny after a fight with his brother, is nearly drowned by a Soc named Bob. In order to protect Ponyboy, Johnny kills Bob. Again, neither Ponyboy nor Johnny were looking for this violence. Ponyboy was simply trying to cool off after a fight with Darry , and Johnny was...

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