John Green Quotes

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1. “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”

Tags : Compassion Life Suffering
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

2. “Without pain, how could we know joy?' This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.”

Tags : Broccoli Chocolate Joy Pleasures Suffering
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

3. “At some point we all look up and realize we are lost in a maze.”

Tags : Life Suffering
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

4. “She said, "It's not life or death, the labyrinth.""Um, okay. So what is it?""Suffering," she said. "Doing wrong and having wrong things happen to you. That's the problem. Bolivar was talking about the pain, not about the living or dying. How do you get out of the labyrinth of suffering?... Nothing's wrong. But there's always suffering, Pudge. Homework or malaria or having a boyfriend who lives far away when there's a good-looking boy lying next to you. Suffering is universal. It's the one thing Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims are all worried about.”

Tags : Alaska Labyrinth Philosophy Pudge Suffering
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

5. “It's hard to believe in coincidence, but it's even harder to believe in anything else.”

Tags : Belief Chance Chaos Coincidence
Author : John Green
Source : Will Grayson, Will Grayson

6. “What the hell is that?" I laughed."It's my fox hat.""Your fox hat?""Yeah, Pudge. My fox hat.""Why are you wearing your fox hat?" I asked."Because no one can catch the motherfucking fox.”

Tags : Funny Humor
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

7. “They love their hair because they're not smart enough to love something more interesting.”

Tags : Awesomeness Funny
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

8. “It's not because I want to make out with her."Hold on." He grabbed a pencil and scrawled excitedly at the paper as if he'd just made a mathematical breakthrough and then looked back up at me. "I just did some calculations, and I've been able to determine that you're full of shit”

Tags : Funny
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

9. “Headline?" he asked."'Swing Set Needs Home,'" I said."'Desperately Lonely Swing Set Needs Loving Home,'" he said."'Lonely, Vaguely Pedophilic Swing Set Seeks the Butts of Children,'" I said.”

Tags : Funny Humor Humour Internet John Green Pedophile Pedophilia Tfios The Fault In Our Stars
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

10. “Some people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them," I said."Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That's what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”

Tags : Faith Faithfulness Love Promises
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

11. “As far as I can tell, there are two basic (kissing) rules: 1. Don't bite anything without permission. 2. The human tongue is like wasabi: it's very powerful, and should be used sparingly.”

Tags : Humor Kissing
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

12. “I'm not asexual. I'm arelationshipal.”

Tags : Labels Self Description
Author : John Green
Source : Will Grayson, Will Grayson

13. “In the end, what makes a book valuable is not the paper it’s printed on, but the thousands of hours of work by dozens of people who are dedicated to creating the best possible reading experience for you.”

Tags : Authors Authorship Books E Books Editors Publishing Value
Author : John Green

14. “The marks humans leave are too often scars.”

Tags : Humans Pain Scars
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

15. “Every year, many, many stupid people graduate from college. And if they can do it, so can you.”

Tags : College Humor
Author : John Green

16. “The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle.”

Tags : College Friendship Missing Person Prom Road Trip Teen Novel Young Adults
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

17. “That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfeast cereals based on color instead of taste.”

Tags : Attraction Beauty Popularity
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

18. “I figured something out. The future is unpredictable.”

Tags : Humor Inspirational Obvious Stupid
Author : John Green
Source : An Abundance of Katherines

19. “I responded to this development with the kind of sophisticated language for which I am famous. "Crap crap crap crap crap crap crap stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid crap.”

Tags : Crap Stupid
Author : John Green
Source : Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

20. “As Alaska zipped through something obvious about linear equations, stoner/baller Hank Walsten said, "Wait, wait. I don't get it.""That's because you have eight functioning brain cells.""Studies show that Marijuana is better for your health than those cigarettes," Hank said. Alaska swallowed a mouthful of fries, took a drag on her cigarette, and blew a smoke at Hank. "I may die young," she said. "But at least I'll die smart. Now, back to tangents.”

Tags : Alaska Cigarettes Life Smart Smoking
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

21. “I hated talking, and I hated listening to everyone else stumble on their words and try to phrase things in the vaguest possible way so they wouldn’t sound dumb.”

Tags : Conversations Talking
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

22. “Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.”

Tags : Amsterdam Freedom Sin
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

23. “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

Tags : Infinity John Green Life Tfios The Fault In Our Stars
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

24. “There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I'm likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.”

Tags : Infinity
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

25. “It seemed like forever ago, like we've had this brief but still infinite forever. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

Tags : Forever Infinities Infinity Tfios
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

26. “there is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars”

Tags : Fault Human Nature John Green Stars The Fault In Our Stars
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

27. “Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.”

Tags : Fiction Mystery Nerdfighters Ya Young Adult
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

28. “The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. Like, I will probably never be struck by lightening, or win a Nobel Prize, or become the dictator of a small nation in the Pacific Islands, or contract terminal ear cancer, or spontaneously combust. But if you consider all the unlikely things together, at least one of them will probably happen to each of us. I could have seen it rain frogs. I could have stepped foot on Mars. I could have been eaten by a whale. I could have married the Queen of England or survived months at sea. But my miracle was different. My miracle was this: out of all the houses in all the subdivisions in all of Florida, I ended up living next door to Margo Roth Spiegelman.”

Tags : Miracles Ya Ya Lit Young Adult
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

29. “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

Tags : Love
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

30. “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

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Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

31. “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

Tags : Books Power Of Words Reading
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

32. “The thing about chameleoning your way through life is that it gets to where nothing is real.”

Tags : Appearances Blending In
Author : John Green
Source : An Abundance of Katherines

33. “NO. No no no. I don't want to screw you. I just love you. When did who you want to screw become the whole game? Since when is the person you want to screw the only person you get to love? It's so stupid, Tiny! I mean, Jesus, who even gives a fuck about sex?! People act like it's the most important thing humans do, but come on. How can our sentient fucking lives revolve around something slugs can do. I mean, who you want to screw and whether you screw them? Those are important questions, I guess. But they're not that important. You know what's important? Who would you die for? Who do you wake up at five forty-five in the morning for even though you don't even know why he needs you? Whose drunken nose would you pick?!”

Tags : Love Sexuality
Author : John Green
Source : Will Grayson, Will Grayson

34. “He really was beautiful. I know boys aren’t supposed to be, but he was.”

Tags : Men Personality
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

35. “He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head.”

Tags : Books Literature Reading Words
Author : John Green
Source : An Abundance of Katherines

36. “Harry Potter isn’t real? Oh no! Wait, wait, what do you mean by real? Is this video blog real? Am I real if you can see me and hear me, but only through the internet? Are you real if I can read your comment but I don’t know who you are or what your name is or where you’re from or what you look like or how old you are? I know all of those things about Harry Potter. Maybe Harry Potter’s real and you’re not.”

Tags : Funny Harry Potter Reality
Author : John Green

37. “Sometimes people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them.”

Tags : Promises
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

38. “Sometimes people don’t understandthe promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.Isaac shot me a look. “Right, of course.But you keep the promise anyway. That’swhat love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway. Don’t you believe in true love?”

Tags : Keep Love Promises The Fault In Our Stars Truth
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

39. “Sometimes people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”

Tags : Love Promises
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

40. “You used," he said, and then took a sharp breath, "to call me Augustus.”

Tags : Augustus Names Perception The Fault In Our Stars
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

41. “Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”

Tags : Books Reading
Author : John Green
Source : An Abundance of Katherines

42. “As he read, I feel in love the way you fall asleep: slow, and then all at once.”

Tags : John Green The Fault In Our Stars Ya
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

43. “I came to the conclusion a while ago that there is nothing romantic or supernatural about loving someone: Love is the privilege of being responsible for another. It was, for a time, what kept me going: Each morning, for a little while, I got to feel the weight of the yoke on my back as I pulled the ancient cart of my species.”

Tags : Love Privilege Zombies
Author : John Green
Source : Zombicorns

44. “pg. 231-232: They'd given me a minivan. They could have picked any car and they picked a minivan. A minivan. O God of the Vehicular Justice, why dost thou mock me? Minivan, you albatross around my neck! You mark of Cain! You wretched beast high ceilings and few horsepower!”

Tags : Car Complaining Funny Graduation Humor John Green Laugh Laughable Minivan New New Car Reaction New Car Smell Paper Towns Reaction
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

45. “We bring the fucking rain Q, not the scattered showers.”

Tags : Mystery Paper Towns
Author : John Green

46. “You are so busy being YOU that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.”

Tags : Individuality Self Expression
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

47. “He shook his head, just looking at me. - "What?" I asked.- "Nothing" he said.- "Why are you looking at me like that?"Augustus half smiled. "Because you`re beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence." A brief awkward silence ensued. Augustus plowed through: "I mean, particularly given that, as you so deliciously pointed out, all of this will end in oblivion and everything."I kind of scoffed or sighed or exhaled in a way that was vaguely coughy and then said, "I`m not beau-"- "You are like a millennial Natalie Portman. Like V for Vendetta Natalie Portman."- "Never seen it."- "Really?" he asked. "Pixie-haired gorgeous girl dislikes authority and can`t help but fall for a boy she knows is trouble. It`s your autobiography, so far as I can tell."His every syllable flirted. Honestly, he kind of turned me on. I didn`t even know that guys could turn me on - not, like, in real life.”

Tags : Augustus Awkward Beautiful Boy Flirt Girl Gorgeous Hazel John Green Life Looking At Me Love Lover Lovers Natalie Portman Real Real Life Silence Smile Smiling The Fault In Our Stars Turn Me On Vendetta
Author : John Green

48. “What you must understand about me is that I’m a deeply unhappy person.”

Tags : Sadness Unhappiness
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

49. “I was blind and heart broken and didn't want to do anything and Gus burst into my room and shouted, "I have wonderful news!" And I was like, "I don't really want to hear wonderful news right now," and Gus said, "This is wonderful news you want to hear," and I asked him, "Fine, what is it?" and he said, "You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet!”

Tags : Broken Heart Inspirtational Life Love Optimism
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

50. “You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”

Tags : Future Labyrinth Life Past Present
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

51. “We are all going, I thought, and it applies to turtles and turtlenecks, Alaska the girl and Alaska the place, because nothing can last, not even the earth itself. The Buddha said that suffering was caused by desire, we'd learned, and that the cessation of desire meant the cessation of suffering. When you stopped wishing things wouldn't fall apart, you'd stop suffering when they did.”

Tags : Acceptance
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

52. “I'll fight it. I'll fight it for you. Don't you worry about me, Hazel Grace. I'm okay. I'll find a way to hang around and annoy you for a long time.”

Tags : Augustus Waters Bittersweet Hazel Grace Love Sad Sweet The Fault In Our Stars
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

53. “I realize that they giggle and I actually laugh, that they show their cleavage and I have none to show, but just so you know, I am also a girl. I'm one of the three wise MEN. And it's gay to think that James Bond is hot.”

Tags : Cleavage James Bond Men Tom Boy
Author : John Green

54. “Oh, I wouldn't mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”

Tags : Augustus Waters Hazel Heartbreak Privilege
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

55. “Peeing is like a good book in that it is very, very hard to stop once you start.”

Tags : Reading Simile
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

56. “I always thought of it like you said, that all the strings inside him broke. But there are a thousand ways to look at it: maybe the strings break, or maybe our ships sink, or maybe we’re grass—our roots so interdependent that no one is dead as long as someone is alive. We don’t suffer from a shortage of metaphors, is what I mean. But you have to be careful which metaphor you choose, because it matters. If you choose the strings, then you’re imagining a world in which you can become irreparably broken. If you choose the grass, you’re saying that we are all infinitely interconnected, that we can use these root systems not only to understand one another but to become one another. The metaphors have implications. Do you know what I mean?”

Tags : Metaphor
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

57. “…because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.”

Tags : Nerdfighters
Author : John Green

58. “Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself.”

Tags : Humor Nerdfighters
Author : John Green

59. “The town was paper, but the memories were not.”

Tags : Memories
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

60. “I'm in love with you," he said quietly."Augustus," I said."I am," he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

Tags : Doomed Inevitable Love Oblivion Pleasure Simple
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

61. “Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”

Tags : Change Grief Loss Revelation
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

62. “and then I couldn't wait anymore, and my hand was on the back of her head, and then her lips on mine, the cold air gone and replaced with the warmth of her mouth, soft and sweet and hash-brown-tastic”

Tags : Hash Browns Kiss
Author : John Green
Source : Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

63. “Poetry is just so emo." he said. "Oh, the pain. The pain. It always rains. In my soul.”

Tags : Emo Poetry Rain
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

64. “The worse the haircut, the better the man.”

Tags : Hair
Author : John Green

65. “We are like a bunch of dogs squirting on fire hydrants. We poison the groundwater with our toxic piss, marking everything MINE in a ridiculous attempt to survive our deaths. I can't stop pissing on fire hydrants...I am an animal like any other. Hazel is different. she walks lightly, old man. She walks lightly upon the earth. She knows the truth: We're as likely to hurt the universe as we are to help it, and we're not likely to do either.People will say it's sad that she leaves a lesser scar, that fewer remember her, that she was loved deeply but not widely. But it's not sad. It's triumphant. It's heroic. Isn't that the real heroism?The real heroes anyway aren't the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention.”

Tags : Character Depth Hero Heroism Intimacy The Fault In Our Stars
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

66. “Here's what's not beautiful about it: from here, you can't see the rust or the cracked paint or whatever, but you can tell what the place really is. You can see how fake it all is. It's not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It's a paper town. I mean, look at it, Q: look at all those culs-de-sac, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I've lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.”

Tags : Genuineness Nerdfighters Paper Towns Things That Matter
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

67. “Have you really read all those books in your room?”Alaska laughing- “Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of ‘em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.”

Tags : Books Library Reading
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

68. “There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”

Tags : Existence Life
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

69. “I'm so proud of you that it makes me proud of me. I hope you know that.”

Tags : Affirmation Fathers Pride Sons
Author : John Green
Source : Will Grayson, Will Grayson

70. “Well, while you were in the bathroom, I sat down at this picnic table here in Bumblefug, Kentucky, and noticed that someone had carved that GOD HATES FAG, which, aside from being a grammatical nightmare, is absolutely ridiculous. So I'm changing it to 'God Hates Baguettes.' It's tough to disagree with that. Everybody hates baguettes.”

Tags : Graffiti Homophobia Homosexuality Humor Picnic Tables Religion
Author : John Green
Source : An Abundance of Katherines

71. “The pleasure isn't in doing the thing, the pleasure is in planning it.”

Tags : Anticipation
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

72. “Oh shit did you just dis the feminine genderI'll pummel your ass then stick you in a blenderYou think I like Tori and Ani so I can't rhymeBut I got flow like Ghostbusters got slimeObjectify women and it's fuckin' onYou'll be dead and gone like ancient Babylon.”

Tags : Humour Rap
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

73. “Alaska decided to go help Dolores with dinner. She said that it was sexist to leave the cooking to the women, but better to have good sexist food than crappy boy-prepared food.”

Tags : Cooking Gender Roles
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

74. “Dude, I don’t want to talk about Lacey’s prom shoes. And I’ll tell you why: I have this thing that makes me really uninterested in prom shoes. It’s called a penis.”

Tags : Gender Stereotypes Humor Masculinity
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

75. “High school is neither a democracy nor a dictatorship - nor, contrary to popular belief, an anarchic state. High school is a divine-right monarchy. And when the queen goes on vacation, things change.”

Tags : High School System
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

76. “Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don't want to make eye contact while doing it."[Thoughts from Places: The Tour, Nerdfighteria Wiki, January 17, 2012]”

Tags : Alone Creative Process Eye Contact Introverts Profession Story Storytelling Writing
Author : John Green

77. “Lady and gentleman, when my parents left Korea with nothing but the clothes on their backs and the considerable wealth they had amassed in the shipping business, they had a dream. They had a dream that one day amid the snowy hilltops of western North Carolina, their son would lose his virginity to a cheerleader in the woman's bathroom of a Waffle House just off the interstate. My parents have sacrificed so much for this dream! And that is why we must journey on, despite all trials and tribulations! Not for me and least of all for the poor cheerleader in question, but for my parents and indeed for all immigrants who came to his great nation in what they themselves could never have: CHEERLEADER SEX.”

Tags : Bathroom Cheerleaders Immigration Sex Virginity
Author : John Green
Source : Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

78. “Colder by the hour, more dead with every breath.”

Tags : Breath Cold Death
Author : John Green

79. “To be fair to Monica," I said, "what you did to her wasn't very nice either.""What'd I do to her?" he asked, defensive."You know, going blind and everything.""But that's not my fault," Isaac said."I'm not saying it was your fault. I'm saying it wasn't nice.”

Tags : Blind Hazel And Isaac Nice
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

80. “When adults say, "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.”

Tags : Invincible Teenagers Teens
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

81. “Dear Teens at Starbucks wearing 'Abstain from Sex 2 Attain Ur Goals' t-shirts: Doesn't it depend on what my goals are?”

Tags : Abstinence Humor Teens Twitter
Author : John Green

82. “I ran like a cheetah - well, like a cheetah that smoked too much.”

Tags : Cheetah Smoking
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

83. “I will not tell you our love story, because-like all real love stories-it will die with us,as it should.”

Tags : Death Die Love Story
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

84. “I was struck by an awful thought, the kind that cannot be taken back once it escapes into the open air of consciousness; it seemed to me that this was not a place you go to live. It was a place you go to die.”

Tags : Consciousness Die Escape Live Thought
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

85. “Before I got here, I thought for a long time that the way out of the labyrinth was to pretend that it did not exist, to build a small, self-sufficient world in a back corner of, the endless maze and to pretend that I was not lost, but home. But that only led to a lonely life accompanied only by the last words of the looking for a Great Perhaps, for real friends, and a more-than minor life. And then i screwed up and the Colonel screwed up and Takumi screwed up and she slipped through our fingers. And there's no sugar-coating it: She deserved better friends. When she fucked up, all those years ago, just a little girl terrified. into paralysis, she collapsed into the enigma of herself. And I could have done that, but I saw where it led for her. So I still believe in the Great Perhaps, and I can believe in it spite of having lost her. Beacause I will forget her, yes. That which came together will fall apart imperceptibly slowly, and I will forget, but she will forgive my forgetting, just as I forgive her for forgetting me and the Colonel and everyone but herself and her mom in those last moments she spent as a person. I know that she forgives me for being dumb and sacred and doing the dumb and scared thing. I know she forgives me, just as her mother forgives her. And here's how I know: I thought at first she was just dead. Just darkness. Just a body being eaten by bugs. I thought about her a lot like that, as something's meal. What was her-green eyes, half a smirk, the soft curves of her legs-would soon be nothing, just the bones I never saw. I thought about the slow process of becoming bone and then fossil and then coal that will, in millions of years, be mined by humans of the future, and how they would their homes with her, and then she would be smoke billowing out of a smokestack, coating the atmosphere. I still think that, sometimes. I still think that, sometimes, think that maybe "the afterlife" is just something we made up to ease the pain of loss, to make our time in the labyrinth bearable. Maybe she was just a matter, and matter gets recycled. But ultimately I do not believe that she was only matter. The rest of her must be recycled, too. I believe now that we are greater than the sum of our parts. If you take Alaska's genetic code and you add her life experiences and the relationships she had with people, and then you take the size and shape of her body, you do not get her. There is something else entirety. There is a part of her knowable parts. And that parts has to go somewhere, because it cannot be destroyed. Although no one will ever accuse me of being much of a science student, One thing I learned from science classes is that energy is never created and never destroyed. And if Alaska took her own life, that is the hope I wish I could have given her. Forgetting her mother, failing her mother and her friends and herself -those are awful things, but she did not need to fold into herself and self-destruct. Those awful things are survivable because we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be. When adults say "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail. So I know she forgives me, just as I forgive her. Thomas Eidson's last words were: "It's very beautiful over there." I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful.”

Tags : Colonel Forgiven Forgiving Forgotten Labyrinth Letter Note Pudge Sorry
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

86. “Me: “I refuse to attend Support Group.”Mom: “One of the symptoms of depression is disinterest in activities.”Me: “Please just let me watch America’s Next Top Model. It’s an activity.”Mom: “Television is a passivity.”Me: “Ugh, Mom, please.”Mom: “Hazel, you’re a teenager. You’re not a little kid anymore. You need to make friends, get out of the house, and live your life.”Me: “If you want me to be a teenager, don’t send me to Support Group. Buy me a fake ID so I can go to clubs, drink vodka, and take pot.”Mom: “You don’t take pot, for starters.”Me: “See, that’s the kind of thing I’d know if you got me a fake ID.”Mom: “You’re going to Support Group.”Me: “UGGGGGGGGGGGGG.”Mom: “Hazel, you deserve a life.”

Tags : Family Life Teenagers
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

87. “You can imagine another well— but never quite perfectly, you know?”

Tags : Imagine
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

88. “Ben, if you get pee in my brand-new car, I am going to cut your balls off."Still peeing, Ben looks over at me smirking. "You´re gonna need a hell of a big knife, bro.”

Tags : Dissapearence Friendship Mystery Philosophy Road Trip Young Adults
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

89. “Ergo: girls should always make the first move, because (a) they are, on the whole, less likely to be rejected than guys, (b) that way, girls will never get kissed unless they want to be kissed.”

Tags : Boys Girls Kiss Kissing Truth
Author : John Green
Source : An Abundance of Katherines

90. “Could the two people who are making out please be quiet?" the Colonel asked loudly from his sleeping bag. "Those of us who are not making out are drunk and tired.”

Tags : Drunk Funny Humor Kisses Kissing Laura Looking For Alaska Love Making Out Miles Quote Sexy Sleeping Teenager The Colonel Tired Young Adult
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

91. “We were kissing.I thought: This is good.I thought: I am not bad at this kissing. Not bad at all.I thought: I am clearly the greatest kisser in the history of the universe.Suddenly she laughed and pulled away from me. She wiggled a hand out of her sleeping bag and wiped her face. "You slobbered on my nose," she said, and laughed.”

Tags : Funny Kissing Love
Author : John Green

92. “He wanted to draw out the moment before the moment- because as good as kissing feels, nothing feels as good as the anticipation of it.”

Tags : Kissing
Author : John Green
Source : An Abundance of Katherines

93. “Her underwear, her jeans, the comforter, my corduroys and my boxers between us, I thought. Five layers, and yet I felt it, the nervous warmth of touching – a pale reflection of the fireworks of one mouth on another, but a reflection nonetheless. And in the almostness of the moment, I cared at least enough. I wasn’t sure whether I liked her, and doubted whether I could trust her, but I cared at least enough to try to find out. Her on my bed, wide green eyes staring down at me. The enduring mystery of her sly, almost smirking, smile. Five layers between us.”

Tags : Alaska Young Green John Kissing Sex Sexual Tension
Author : John Green

94. “Okay.”

Tags : Adorable Awww Im Gonna Cry
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

95. “You gave me a forever within the numbered days and I'm grateful.”

Tags : Augustus Waters Cancer Couple Dutch Hazel Grace Hazel Grace Lancaster John Green Love Oblivion Otp Tfios The Fault In Our Stars
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

96. “I didn't know what to say to her - I was caught in a love triangle with one dead side.”

Tags : Dead Looking For Alaska Love Triangle
Author : John Green

97. “I was caught in a love triangle with one dead side.”

Tags : Death Love Triangle
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

98. “Look, let me just say it: He was hot. A nonhot boy stares at you relentlessly and it is, at best, awkward and, at worst, a form of assault. But a hot boy . . . well.”

Tags : Boys Humor
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

99. “I liked that he was a tenured professor in the Department of Slightly Crooked Smiles with a dual appointments in the Department of Having a Voice that Made My Skin Feel More Like Skin.”

Tags : Boys
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

100. “Getting you a date to prom is so hard that the hypothetical idea itself is actually used to cut diamonds," I added. Radar tapped a locker twice with his fist to show his approval, and then came back with another. "Ben, getting you a date to prom is so hard that the American government believes the problem cannot be solved with diplomacy, but will instead require force.”

Tags : Boys Dating High School Humor John Green Paper Towns Prom
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

101. “Imagine taking that last drive to the hospital," I said quietly. "The last time you'll ever drive a car."Without looking over at me, Augustus said, "You're killing my vibe here, Hazel Grace. I'm trying to observe young love in it's many-splendored awkwardness.""I think he's hurting her boob," I said."Yes it's difficult to ascertain whether he is trying to arouse her or perform a breast exam.”

Tags : Humor Young Love
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

102. “Augustus," I said. "Really. You don't have to do this.""Sure I do," he said. "I found my Wish.""God, you're the best," I told him."I bet you say that to all the boys who finance your international travel," he answered.”

Tags : Love Travel Wish
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

103. “The funny thing about writing is that whether you're doing well or doing it poorly, it looks the exact same. That's actually one of the main ways that writing is different from ballet dancing.”

Tags : Dancing Funny Writing
Author : John Green

104. “For a moment, she was quiet. Then she grabbed my hand, whispered, “Run run run run run,” and took off, pulling me behind her.”

Tags : Honest
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

105. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.” Easy enough to say when you’re a Roman nobleman (or Shakespeare!), but there is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars.”

Tags : Acceptance Of Oneself Augustus Waters Destiny Strength
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

106. “[I]t occurred to me that the voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again.”

Tags : Ambition
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

107. “We were very different, and we disagreed about a lot of things, but he was always so interesting, you know?”

Tags : Differences Love
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

108. “So dawn goes down today... Nothing gold can stay.-- Robert Frost”

Tags : Color Poetry
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

109. “But mothers lie. It's in the job description.”

Tags : Lying Mothers
Author : John Green

110. “You can love someone so much...But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.”

Tags : Breaking Up Lost Love
Author : John Green

111. “We have this weird thing in the world where you don't get insulted for what you do, you get insulted for who you are.”

Tags : Who You Are
Author : John Green

112. “There is no try. There is only do.”

Tags : Doing Success Trying
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

113. “One of the Great Rules of Economics According to John GreenIf you are rich, you have to be an idiot not to stay rich. And if you are poor, you have to be really smart to get rich.”

Tags : Economics Poor Rich Rules
Author : John Green

114. “That doesn't sound like my Margo", she said, and I thought of my Margo, and all of us looking at her reflection in different funhouse mirrors.”

Tags : Image Person
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

115. “Because it's kind of great, being an idea that everybody likes. But I could never be the idea to myself, not all the way. And Agloe is a place where a paper creation became real. A dot on the map became a real place, more real than the people who created the dot could never have imagined. I thought maybe the paper cutout of a girl could start becoming real here also. And it seemed like a way to tell that paper girl who cared about popularity and clothes and everything else: 'You are going to the paper towns. And you are never coming back.”

Tags : Paper Girl Paper Town Popularity Real
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

116. “Do you know what your problem is? You can't live with the idea that someone might leave.”

Tags : Goodbye Leaving Life Problem
Author : John Green
Source : An Abundance of Katherines

117. “I just want you to be happy. If that’s with me or with someone else or with nobody. I just want you to be happy.”

Tags : Happy Want
Author : John Green
Source : Will Grayson, Will Grayson

118. “The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, because there was no longer anyone to remember with. It felt like losing your co-rememberer meant losing the memory itself, as if the things we'd done were less real and important than they had been hours before.”

Tags : Grief Loss Memory
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

119. “Whenever you read a cancer booklet or website or whatever, they always list depression among the side effects of cancer. But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying.”

Tags : Cancer Depression Dying Life
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

120. “No matter how hard you kick, no matter how high you get, you can't go all the way around.”

Tags : Life Lesson
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

121. “Maybe 'Okay' will be our 'always'...”

Tags : Always Augustus Waters Author Book Cancer Fangirl Fault Green Hazel Grace Lancaster Inspirational Inspire John John Green Kiss Love Lovely Quote Okay Romance Romantic Stars Tfios The Fault In Our Stars Thefaultinourstars
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

122. “Nerd life is just so much better than regular life.”

Tags : Author Funny John Green Quote True
Author : John Green

123. “I just want to do something that matters. Or be something that matters. I just want to matter.”

Tags : Inspiration Life Self Value Worthy
Author : John Green
Source : An Abundance of Katherines

124. “You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”

Tags : Satisfaction Self Determination
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

125. “There comes a time when we realize that our parents cannot save themselves or save us, that everyone who wades through time eventually gets dragged out to sea by the undertow- that, in short, we are all going.”

Tags : Death Inspirational
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

126. “I felt the unfairness of it, the inarguable injustice of loving someone who might have loved you back but can't due to deadness.”

Tags : Death Unfair
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

127. “You do not immortalize the lost by writing about them. Language buries, but does not resurrect.”

Tags : Death Language Life Writing
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

128. “Because there is no glory in illness. There is no meaning to it. There is no honor in dying of.”

Tags : Cancer Death Illness
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

129. “I found myself thinking about President William McKinley, the third American president to be assassinated. He lived for several days after he was shot, and towards the end, his wife started crying and screaming, "I want to go too! I want to go too!" And with his last measure of strength, McKinley turned to her and spoke his last words: "We are all going.”

Tags : Death Last Words
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

130. “For she had embodied the Great Perhaps--she had proved to me that it was worth it to leave behind my minor life for grander maybes, and now she was gone and with her my faith in perhaps.”

Tags : Miles Halter
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

131. “It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn't the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things.”

Tags : John Green Looking For Alaska Miles Halter Pudge
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

132. “Sometimes you loose a battle. But mischief always wins a war.”

Tags : Alaska Young Culver Creek John Green Miles Halter Motto Pudge Colonel
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

133. “Am Ende, schloss ich, glauben die Menschen an ein Leben nach dem Tod, weil sie das Gegenteil nicht ertragen können.”

Tags : Miles Halter
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

134. “What is an "instant" death anyway? How long is an instant? Is it one second? Ten? The pain of those seconds must have been awful as her heart burst and her lungs collapsed and there was no air and no blood to her brain and only raw panic. What the hell is instant? Nothing is instant. Instant rice takes five minutes, instant pudding an hour. I doubt that an instant of blinding pain feels particularly instantaneous.”

Tags : Looking For Alaska
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

135. “At some point, you just pull off the Band-Aid, and it hurts, but then it's over and you're relieved.”

Tags : Looking For Alaska
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

136. “That didn’t happen, of course. Things never happened the way I imagined them.”

Tags : John Green Looking For Alaska
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

137. “Before I got here, I thought for a long time that the way out of the labyrinth was to pretend that it did not exist, to build a small, self-sufficient world in the back corner of the endless maze and to pretend that I was not lost, but home.”

Tags : John Green Looking For Alaska Pudge
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

138. “I know so many last words. But I will never know hers.”

Tags : John Green Last Words Looking For Alaska
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

139. “She loved mysteries so much, that she became one.”

Tags : John Green Looking For Alaska
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

140. “We all use the future to escape the present.”

Tags : Looking For Alaska
Author : John Green

141. “I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.”

Tags : John Green Looking For Alaska
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

142. “We are greater than the sum of our parts.”

Tags : John Green Looking For Alaska Pudge Halter
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

143. “I'm really not up for answering any questions that start with how, when, where, why or what.”

Tags : Alaska Alaska Young Fiction Looking For Alaska Miles
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

144. “When you stopped wishing things wouldn't fall apart, you'd stop suffering when they did.”

Tags : Looking For Alaska
Author : John Green

145. “You can't just make yourself matter and then die, Alaska, because now I am irretrievably different, and I'm sorry I let you go, yes, but you made the choice. You left me Perhapsless, stuck in your goddamned labyrinth. And now I don't even know if you chose the straight and fast way out, if you left me like this on purpose. And so I never knew you, did I? I can't remember, because I never knew.”

Tags : Death Looking For Alaska Perhaps
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

146. “Alaska finished her cigarette and flicked it into the river.'Why do you smoke so damn fast?' I asked.She looked at me and smiled widely, and such a wide smile on her narrow face might have looked goofy were it not for the unimpeachably elegant green in her eyes. She smiled with all the delight of a kid on Christmas morning and said, 'Y'all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die.”

Tags : John Green Looking For Alaska
Author : John Green

147. “Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia.”

Tags : Looking For Alaska
Author : John Green

148. “Suffering is universal. it’s the one thing Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims are all worried about.”

Tags : Looking For Alaska
Author : John Green

149. “This is so much fun, but I’m so sleepy. To be continued?”

Tags : Alaska Young Looking For Alaska
Author : John Green

150. “More than anything, I felt the unfairness of it, the inarguable injustice of loving someonewho might have loved you back but can't due to deadness, and then I leaned forward, my forehead against the back of Takumi's headrest, and Icried, whimpering, and I didn't even feel sadness so much as pain.”

Tags : Dead Looking For Alaska Love
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

151. “But there was so much todo: cigarettes to smoke, sex to have, swings to swing on. I'll have more time for reading when I'm old and boring.”

Tags : Cigarettes Looking For Alaska Sex
Author : John Green

152. “I finally found something that can stop the fox. The fox cannot summit Strawberry Hill.” - Takumi”

Tags : Humor Looking For Alaska Strawberry Hill Takumi
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

153. “After all this time, it still seems to me like straight and fast is the only way out - but I choose the labyrinth. The labyrinth blows, but I choose it." Chip/Colonel”

Tags : Chip Colonel John Green Looking For Alaska
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

154. “So we gave up. I'd finally had enough of chasing after a ghost who did not want to be discovered. We'd failed, maybe, but some mysteries aren't meant to be solved. I still did not know her as I wanted to, but I never could. She made it impossible for me. And the accicide, the student, would never be anything else, and I was left to ask, Did I help you toward a fate you didn't want, Alaska, or did I assist your willful self-destruction? Because they are different crimes, and I didn't know whether to feel angry at her for making me part of her suicide or just to feel angry at myself for letting her go.”

Tags : Looking For Alaska
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

155. “The Colonel explained to me that 1. this was Alaska's room, and that 2. she had a single room because the girl who was supposed to be her roommate got kicked out at the end of last year, and that 3. Alaska had cigarettes, although the Colonel neglected to ask whether 4. I smoked, which 5. I didn't.”

Tags : Humor Looking For Alaska
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

156. “I learned that myth doesn’t mean a lie; it means a traditional story that tells you something about people and their worldview and what they hold sacred. Interesting.”

Tags : Looking For Alaska
Author : John Green

157. “I go to seek a Great Perhaps. That's why I'm going. So I don't have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.”

Tags : Great Perhaps John Green Looking For Alaska Seek
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

158. “I’m just scared of ghosts, Pudge. And home is full of them.”

Tags : Alaska John Green John Green Quotes Looking For Alaska Looking For Alaska Quotes
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

159. “In the dark beside me, she smelled of sweat and sunshine and vanilla,”

Tags : Fondness Looking For Alaska The Great Perhaps The Great Phrehaps
Author : John Green

160. “Francois Rabelais. He was a poet. And his last words were "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." That's why I'm going. So I don't have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.”

Tags : Francois Rabelais Last Words
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

161. “Right, well, he'd been sick for a while and his nurse said to him, 'You seem to be feeling better this morning,' and Isben looked at her and said, 'On the contrary,' and then he died.”

Tags : Alaska Death Dying Green Halter Henrik Isben John Last Words Looking Miles Pudge
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

162. “Nineteenth-century preacher Henry Ward Beecher's last words were "Now comes the mystery." The poet Dylan Thomas, who liked a good drink at least as much as Alaska, said, "I've had eighteen straight whiskeys. I do believe that's a record," before dying. Alaska's favorite was playwright Eugene O'Neill: "Born in a hotel room, and--God damn it--died in a hotel room." Even car-accident victims sometimes have time for last words. Princess Diana said, "Oh God. What's happened?" Movie star James Dean said, "They've got to see us," just before slamming his Porsche into another car. I know so many last words. But I will never know hers.”

Tags : Death Last Words
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

163. “It was an indulgence, learning last words. Other people had chocolate; I had dying declarations.”

Tags : Chocolate Death Last Words
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

164. “I want to leave a mark.But Van Houten: The marks humans leave are too often scars.”

Tags : Augustus Waters Leave A Mark Scars Van Houten Being A Douche
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

165. “As a child I was an inveterate liar. As opposed to now, I am a Novelist.”

Tags : Liar Writer
Author : John Green

166. “There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities... I cannot tell you how grateful I am for our little infinity. You gave me forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.”

Tags : Augustus Waters Hazel Grace Infinities John Green Math Numbers Tfios
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

167. “But it is a pipe.""No, it's not," I said. It's a drawing of a pipe. Get it? All representations of a thing are inherently abstract. It's very clever.”

Tags : Abstract Ceci N Est Pas Une Pipe Drawing Pipe Representation This Is Not A Pipe
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

168. “You could hear the wind in the leaves, and on that wind traveled the screams of the kids on the playground in the distance, little kids figuring out how to be alive, how to navigate a world that wasn't made for them by navigating a playground that was.”

Tags : Beautiful
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

169. “I told Augustus the broad outline of my miracle: diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer when I was thirteen. (I didn’t tell him that the diagnosis came three months after I got my first period. Like: Congratulations! You’re a woman. Now die.)”

Tags : Cancer Diagnosis Humor John Green
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

170. “There was quite a lot of competitiveness about it, with everybody wanting to beat not only cancer itself, but also the other people in the room. Like, I realize that this is irrational, but when they tell you that you have, say, a 20 percent chance of living five years, the math kicks in and you figure that’s one in five . . . so you look around and think, as any healthy person would: I gotta outlast four of these bastards.”

Tags : Cancer Humor Life
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

171. “There is only one things in this world shittier than biting it from cancer when you're sixteen, and that's having a kid who bites it from cancer.”

Tags : Cancer Death And Dying
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

172. “We live in a universe devoted to the creation, and eradication, of awareness. Augustus Waters did not die after a lengthy battle with cancer. He died after a lengthy battle with human consciousness, a victim - as you will be - of the universe's need to make and unmake all that is possible.”

Tags : Cancer Fault In Our Stars
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

173. “the world wasn't made for us, we were made for the world”

Tags : Augustus Waters Cancer Hazel Grace Indianapolis Tfios The Fault In Our Stars
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

174. “Support Group featured a rotating cast of characters in various states of tumor-driven unwellness. Why did the cast rotate? A side effect of dying.”

Tags : Cancer John Green Support Group Tfios
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

175. “I didn't tell him that the diagnosis came three months after I got my first period. Like: Congratulations! You're a woman. Now die.”

Tags : Cancer Death
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

176. “Love"I'm in love with you," he said quietly."Augustus,"I said."I am," he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.""Augustus," I said again, not knowing what else to say. It felt like everything was rising up in me, like I was drowning in this weirdly painful joy, but I couldn't say it back. I couldn't say anything back. I just looked at him and let him look at me until he nodded, lips pursed, and turned away, placing the side of his head against the window.”

Tags : Cancer Fiction John Green Love The Fault In Our Stars
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

177. “Tobin," Mom said disapprovingly. She wasn't a particularly funny person. It suited her professionally - I mean, you don't want your cancer surgeon to walk into the examination room and be like, "Guy walks into a bar. Bartender says, 'What'll ya have?' And the guy says, 'Whaddya got?' And the bartender says, 'I don't know what I got, but I know what you got: Stage IV melanoma.”

Tags : Cancer Jokes
Author : John Green
Source : Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

178. “We all matter - maybe less then a lot but always more than none.”

Tags : Importance
Author : John Green

179. “‎These little contradictions are in all of us. They're in me at least. And so I forgot that I had been awake for 30 hours and kept walking, grateful to be a little boat full of water, still floating.”

Tags : Alive Amsterdam Contradictions Vlog
Author : John Green

180. “I always had this idea that you should never give up a happy middle in the hopes of a happy ending, because there is no such thing as a happy ending. Do you know what I mean? There is so much to lose.”

Tags : Endings Happy Endings Life Risks
Author : John Green
Source : Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

181. “People, I thought, wanted security. They couldn't bear the idea of death being a big black nothing, couldn't bear the thought of their loved ones not existing, and couldn't even imagine themselves not existing. I finally decided that people believed in an afterlife because they couldn't bear not to.”

Tags : Religion
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

182. “I believe humans have souls, and I believe in the conservation of souls.”

Tags : Afterlife Augustus Waters Souls
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

183. “Why don’t we break up? I guess I stay with her because she stays with me. And that’s not an easy thing to do.”

Tags : Relationships
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

184. “And then the line was quite but not dead. I almost felt like he was there in my room with me, but in a way it was better, like I was not in my room and he was not in his, but instead we were together in some invisible and tenuous third space that could only be visited on the phone.”

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Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

185. “Maybe its like you said before, all of us being cracked open. Like each of us starts out as a watertight vessel. And then things happen - these people leave us, or don’t love us, or don’t get us, or we don’t get them, and we lose and fail and hurt one another. And the vessel starts to crack in places. And I mean, yeah once the vessel cracks open, the end becomes inevitable. Once it starts to rain inside the Osprey, it will never be remodeled. But there is all this time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And its only that time that we see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs. When did we see each other face to face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade, but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.”

Tags : Relationships
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

186. “When I was little, my dad used to tell me, "Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friends nose.”

Tags : Friends Friendship Humor Wise Words
Author : John Green
Source : Will Grayson, Will Grayson

187. “We don't suffer from a shortage of metaphors, is what I mean. But you have to be careful which metaphor you choose, because it matters.”

Tags : Fiction John Green Paper Towns Young Adult Literature
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

188. “It's easy to like someone from a distance. But when she stopped being this amazing attainable thing or whatever, and started being, like, just a regular girl with a weird relationship with food and frequent crankiness who's kinda bossy, then I had to basically start liking a whole different person.”

Tags : Fiction John Green Paper Towns Young Adult Literature
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

189. “I think the future deserves our faith. But it is hard to argue with Emily Dickinson.”

Tags : Fiction John Green Paper Towns Young Adult Literature
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

190. “Standing before this building, I learn something about fear. I learn that it is not the idle fantasies of someone who maybe wants something important to happen to him, even if the important thing is horrible. It is not the disgust of seeing a dead stranger, and not the breathlessness of hearing a shotgun pumped outside of Becca Arrington's house. This cannot be addressed by breathing exercises. This fear bears no analogy to any fear I knew before. This is the basest of all possible emotions, the feeling that was with us before we existed, before this building existed, before the earth existed. This is the fear that made fish crawl out onto dry land and evolve lungs, the fear that teaches us to run, the fear that makes us bury our dead.”

Tags : Fear John Green Paper Towns Young Adult Literature
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

191. “What the hell is instant? Nothing is instant. Instant rice takes five minutes, instant pudding an hour. I doubt that an instant of blinding pain feels particularly instantaneous.”

Tags : Thoughts Truth
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

192. “Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will… but then again, if you don’t imagine, nothing ever happens at all. Imagining isn’t perfect. You can’t get all the way inside someone else… But imagining being someone else, or the world being something else, is the only way in. It is the machine that kills the fascists”

Tags : Letting Go Margo Quentin Thoughts
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

193. “True love will triumph in the end—which may or may not be a lie, but if it is a lie, it's the most beautiful lie we have.”

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Author : John Green

194. “I've never known before what it feels like to want someone - not to want to hook up with them or whatever, but to want them, to want them. And now I do. So maybe I do believe in epiphanies.”

Tags : Epiphany True Love
Author : John Green
Source : Will Grayson, Will Grayson

195. “I mean, we're ninjas.""Well maybe you're a ninja," I said"You're just a really loud, awkward ninja," Margo said, "but we are both ninjas.”

Tags : Awkward Funny Ninjas
Author : John Green
Source : Paper Towns

196. “You will not kill my girlfriend today, International Terrorists of Ambiguous Nationality!”

Tags : Augustus Waters Funny The Fault In Our Stars
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

197. “There are times when it is appropriate, even preferable, to get an erection when someone's face is in close proximity to your penis.This was not one of those times.”

Tags : Funny
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

198. “She's cute, I thought, but you don't need to like a girl who treats you like you're ten: You've already got a mom.”

Tags : Funny
Author : John Green
Source : Looking for Alaska

199. “Augustus Waters was a self-aggrandizing bastard. But we forgive him. We forgive him not because he had a heart as figuratively good as his literal one sucked, or because he knew more about how to hold a cigarette than any nonsmoker in history, or because he got eighteen years when he should've gotten more.''Seventeen,' Gus corrected.'I'm assuming you've got some time, you interupting bastard.'I'm telling you,' Isaac continued, 'Augustus Waters talked so much that he'd interupt you at his own funeral. And he was pretentious: Sweet Jesus Christ, that kid never took a piss without pondering the abundant metaphorical resonances of human waste production. And he was vain: I do not believe I have ever met a more physically attractive person who was more acutely aware of his own physical attractiveness.'But I will say this: When the scientists of the future show up at my house with robot eyes and they tell me to try them on, I will tell the scientists to screw off, because I do not want to see a world without him.'I was kind of crying by then.”

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Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

200. “It's a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing.”

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Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars