What would be four insightful and meaningful quotes that were spoken by either main character (Bryon or Mark)?

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When Cathy mentions how beautiful Mark is, Bryon experiences a moment of hatred for him, then feels bad for feeling that way.  He says,

"You know what the crummiest feeling you can have is?  To hate the person you love best in the world" (Chapter 3). 

Bryon remembers what that feeling was like again at the end of the book, when he realizes that Mark will feel that way about him for the rest of his life.

Bryon also makes an insightful observation about the cost of caring for others after he returns home from visiting M&M in the hospital, and comforting Cathy.  He says,

"Nothing can wear you out like caring about people" (Chapter 10).

Because he is so worn out, his judgement is clouded, and he then turns Mark in to the authorities, a decision he may regret for the rest of his life.

The last time Bryon sees Mark, he finds his friend is no longer m happy-go-luckily obliviousness in his outlook, but is now darkly jaded. He says,

"His strangely sinister innocence was gone, and in its place was a more sinister knowledge" (Chapter 11).

The theme of the book is loss of innocence and the difficulty of being an adult.  Bryon is left completely empty and confused at the book's end.  He sums things up by saying,

"I wish I was a kid again, when I had all the answers" (Chapter 11).