John Green quote

"I feel like my life is so scattered right now. Like it's all the small pieces of paper and someone's turned on the fan. But, talking to you makes me feel like the fan's been turned off for a little bit. Like things could actually make sense. You completely unscatter me, and I appreciate that so much."

John Green

Born: August 24, 1977

Occupation: Author

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Everywhere man blames nature and fate, yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character, and passions, his mistakes, and weaknesses."--Democritus An Abundance of Katherines---John Green

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And on the last day, the bad days become so difficult to recall, because one way or another, she had made a life here, just as I had. The town was paper, but the memories were not. All the things I’d...

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

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The feeling of loving her and being loved by her welled up in him, and he could taste the adrenaline in the back of his throat, and maybe it wasn't over, and maybe he could feel her hand in his again and...

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Let me just acknowlege that the function of grammar is to make language as efficent and clear and transparent as possible. But if we’re all constantly correcting each other’s grammar and being really...

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Nerd life is just so much better than regular life.

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I just want the pleasure of noticing these things at a safe distance...

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Tuesday—we had school for the first time. Madame O’Malley had a moment of silence at the beginning of French class, a class that was always punctuated with long moments of silence, and then asked us...

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weltschmerz: its the depression you feel when the world as it is does not line up with the world as you think it should be.

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That smile could end wars and cure cancer.

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All along — not only since she left, but for a decade before — I had been imagining her without listening, without knowing that she made as a poor a window as I did. And so I could not imagine her...

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You can't just make yourself matter and then die, Alaska, because now I am irretrievably different..

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I do not say goodbye. I believe that's one of the bullshitiest words ever invented. It's not like you're given the choice to say bad-bye, or awful-bye, or couldn't-care-less-about-you-bye. Everytime you...

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I'm a bad boyfriend. She's a bad girlfriend. We deserve each other.

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Night falls fast. Today is the past.

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We all use the future to escape the present.

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the marks humans leave are too often scars. You build a hideous minimall or start a coup or try to become a rock star and you'll think "they'll remember me now," but (a) all you leave behind are more scars....

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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...

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It is so hard to leave-until you leave.

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Leaving feels too good, once you leave.

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I hope we get pulled over, he says. I'd like to see how the cop responds to a black man wearing a Confederate T-shirt over a black dress.

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The Side Effects of Dying in Your Pants isn't really funny… Alright, it's a little funny.

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These are all direct quotes, except every time they use a curse word, I'm going to use the name of a famous American poet: 'You Walt Whitman-ing, Edna St. Vincent Millay! Go Emily Dickinson your mom!'...

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She’s the kind of person who either dies tragically at twenty-seven, like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, or else grows up to win, like, the first-ever Nobel Prize for Awesome.

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he is both the source of my happiness and the one i want to share it with. i have to believe that’s a sign.

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Just deleting vandalism on the Chuck Norris page," Radar said. "For instance, while I do think that Chuck Norris specializes in the roundhouse kick, I don't think it's accurate to say, 'Chuck Norris's...

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She was loved deeply, but not widely

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It was not enough to be the last guy she kissed. I wanted to be the last one she loved. And I knew I wasn’t. I knew it, and I hated her for it. I hated her for not caring about me. I hated her for leaving...

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He let his mind wander. It went to a predictable place, and he missed her

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This one's for Alaska Young!

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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 a hurricane.

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The sky is like a monochromatic contemporay painting, drawing me in its illusion of depth, pulling me up.

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If I had a nervous breakdown every time something awful happened in the world, I'd be crazier than a shithouse rat.

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And yet still I worried. I like being a person. I wanted to keep at it. Worry is yet another side effect of dying.

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I'm a grenade, I just want to stay away from people and read books, and think...

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The fourth way to get a boy to like you is to be yourself. Now, I am contractually obligated as an adult to give that advice, even though it doesn't work. But yeah, be yourself, even though no one has...

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I opened the door. He looked down at my shirt and smiled. "Funny," he said. "Don't call my boobs funny," I answered.

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Lonley, Vaguely pedophilic swing set seeks the butts of children.

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Babies are made through an act that you will eventually find intriguing but for right now will just sort of horrify you, and also sometimes people do stuff that involves baby-making parts that does not...

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Of course, sweetie," his mom said. "We'll be here all day. You just come down whenever you want and we love you and you're so so special, Colin, and you can't possibly let this girl make you think otherwise...

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Colin's skin was alive with the feeling of connection to everyone in that car and everyone not in it. And he was feeling not-unique in the very best possible way.

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Wait, wait. I don't get it.' 'That is because you only have eight functioning brain cells.

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AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!' he screamed. 'So that's Sara,' I said. 'Yes.' 'She seems nice.

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If my public existence does anything worthwhile, hopefully it at least demystifies the author a bit, because I know when I was younger I felt like authors were like wizards or something. Turns out they're...

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Nerd girls are the world’s most underutilized romantic resource. And guys, do not tell me that nerd girls are not hot because that shows a Paris Hilton-esque failure to understand hotness.

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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...

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How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!" to a margin note written in her loop-heavy cursive: Straight & Fast.

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And we'll call you...hmmm. Pudge." "Huh?" "Pudge," the Colonel said. "Because you're skinny. It's called irony, Pudge. Heard of it? Now, let's go get some cigarettes and start this year off right.

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She has great breasts," the Colonel said without looking up from the whale. "DO NOT OBJECTIFY WOMEN'S BODIES!" Alaska shouted. Now he looked up. "Sorry. Perky breasts." "That's not any better!

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Boys are much more likely to objectify girls bodies, while boys are seen by girls as whole people.

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But it was only hot outside, and generally I only walked outside between one air-conditioned place to another.

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Facts, even false ones, cannot be copyrighted.

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On the morning in question, she wore white shorts and a pink T-shirt that featured a green dragon breathing a fire of orange glitter. It is difficult to explain how awesome I found this T-shirt at the...

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I'm not asexual. I'm arelationshipal.

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Like many people, I feel like celebrating. Remember this feeling. It is human, and can help us understand when others express bloodlust.

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No woman should ever lie about another woman. You've violated the sacred covenant between women! How will stabbing one another in the back help women to rise above patriarchal oppression?

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Scared isn't a good excuse. Scared is the excuse everyone has always used.

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maybe she'd been scared of being paralyzed by fear again.

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If I had cared about her as I should have, as I thought I did, how could I have let her go?

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the point is that there are always answers.

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it was not enough to be the last guy she kissed. i wanted to be the last one she loved.

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memories fall apart too.

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When was the last good kiss you had?

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If I could just stay alive for a week, I’d know the unwritten secrets of Anna’s mom and the Dutch Tulip Guy.

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He lit a cigarette and handed it to me. I inhaled. Coughed. Wheezed. Gasped for breath. Coughed again. Considered vomiting. Grabbed the swinging bench, head spinning, and threw the cigarette to the ground...

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I nodded. I liked Augustus Waters. I really, really, really liked him. I liked the way his story ended with someone else. I liked his voice. I liked that he took existentially fraught free throws. I liked...

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As I recall, you promised to CALL when you finished the book, not text.

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The thought of you being removed from the rotation is not funny to me.

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Idiotically, it occurred to me that my pink underwear didn’t match my purple bra, as if boys even notice such things.

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Nothing,” I said. “I’m just…” I couldn’t finish the sentence, didn’t know how to. “I’m just very, very fond of you.

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Hi, I’m at the Speedway at Eighty-sixth and Ditch, and I need an ambulance. The great love of my life has a malfunctioning G-tube.

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She didn’t understand why it was happening,” he said. “I had to tell her she would die. Her social worker said I had to tell her. I had to tell her she would die, so I told her she was going to heaven....

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i wanted more time so we could fall in love.

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moms aren’t the best audience for medication humor.

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So she became impulsive, scared by her inaction into perpetual action.

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That deep, can-still-taste-her-in-my-mouth sleep.

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Great news for someone is always bad news for someone else

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I wish I knew how to quit you, Tumblr.

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The town was paper, but the memories were not.

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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...

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

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When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.

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This is it. I can't even not smoke anymore

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Why is it upset? Shouldn't it be downset?

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sometimes it's okay to cheat on things - but don't ever cheat on people. because once you start, it's very hard to stop. you find out how easy it is to do.

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what i really want - and what i never get - is to be appreciated. do you know what it’s like to work so hard to make sure everyone’s happy, and to have not a single person recognize it

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The light filtered throught the leaves and pine needles above as if through lace, the ground spotted in shadow.

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What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.

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Failing to grapple with complexity actually turns out to be a pretty bad life strategy.

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The job of reading is to use stories as a way into seeing other people as we see ourselves

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Ben Starling, you better not have bought your token black friend a racist shirt

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I am crying, he thought, opening his eyes to stare through the soapy, stinging water. I feel like crying, so I must be crying, but it's impossible to tell because I'm underwater. But he wasn't crying....

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Because you're only thinking they-might-not-like-me-they-might-not-like-me, and guess what? When you act like that, no one likes you.

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At some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you'll look back down and see that you floated away, too.

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How can you seperate those things though? The people are the place is the people.

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Radar threw his books into his locker and shut it. Then the din of conversation around us quieted just a bit as he turned his eyes toward the heavens and shouted, "IT IS NOT MY FAULT THAT MY PARENTS OWN...

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I felt tired for the first time, and I thought of us lying down on some grassy patch of SeaWorld together, me on my back and she on her side with her arm draped against me, her head on my shoulder, facing...

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In the contemporary world where things fall apart, and the centre cannot hold, you have to imagine a community where there is no centre. Hank, at the end of this year I started thinking that a lot of life...

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There is no Them. There are only facets of Us.

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She taught me everything I knew about crawfish and kissing and pink wine and poetry. She made me different.

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All of us, poor & rich alike, have been conditioned by our upbringings. Impoverished men & women may become lulled into a state of "learned helplessness" without hope to change their lives. Likewise,...

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I realized that all my life, my values were based upon typical middle-class American values: hard work, doing good, living well, owning things, following the rules & being the best I can be... but...

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The snow may be falling in the winter of my discontent, but at least I've got sarcastic company.

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The Degree to which I am blessed staggers me... the degree to which I take that for granted shames me. -Streetwalking with Jesus

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Suffering can bend & break us. But it can also break us open to become the persons God intended us to be. It depends on what we do with the pain. If we offer it back to God, He will use it to do great...

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Reading forces you to be quiet in a world that no longer makes place for that.

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We're not going to break anything. Don't think of it as breaking in to SeaWorld. Think of it as visiting SeaWorld in the middle of the night for free.

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I shaved this morning for precisely that reason. I was like, 'Well, you never know when someone is going to clamp down on your calf and try to suck out the snake poison.

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I hate the rich snots here with a fervent passion I usually reserve only for dental work and my father.

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I try to live life so that I can live with myself.

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A Margo for each of us--and each more mirror than window.

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I always liked routine. I suppose I never found boredom very boring. I doubted I could explain it to someone like Margo but drawing circles through life struck me as a kind of reasonable insanity.

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Even with everything broken and decided inside her she couldn't quite allow herself to disappear for good.

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In retrospect Hank I don't know why I spent four years writing this book when I could have just made a hit sing-a-ma-jig album.

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I think maybe the reason I have spent most of my life being afraid is that I have been trying to prepare myself to train my body for real fear when it comes. But I am not prepared.

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Do not worry too much about your lawn. You will soon find if you haven't already that almost every adult American devotes tremendous time and money to the maintenance of an invasive plant species called...

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There are many more jobs out there than you have ever heard of. Your dream job might not yet exist. If you had told 'College Me' that I would become a professional YouTuber, I would've been like, "That...

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For the longest time, it felt kind of like my chest was cracking open, but not precisely in an unpleasant way.

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Traveling, I am finding, teaches you a lot of things about yourself. For instance, I never thought myself to be the kind of person who pees into a mostly empty bottle of Bluefin energy drink while driving...

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I'm not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.

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Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia.

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Do you guys remember that time when we were all definitely going to die and then Ben grabbed the steering wheel and dodged a ginormous freaking cow and spun the car like the teacups at Disney World and...

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Margo says, "I know what she's talking about. The something deeper and more secret. It's like cracks inside of you. Like there are these fault lines where things don't meet up right.

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You can say a lot of bad things about Alabama, but you can't say that Alabamans as a people are duly afraid of deep fryers.

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You can't just make me different and then leave. You can't. You can't change me and make my whole life centered around you, then leave.

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We have to live with ambiguity. We have to give ourselves over to it. The question is: How? How are we going to live in a universe where important questions will always go unanswered?

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When it works, anticipation is far more fulfilling than surprise, because we are reminded that a sunrise is precisely as magnificent as it is inevitable.

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Like everyone, I'm saddened and horrified by this. All I'll say is that I'm personally trying to pay more attention to the victims than to their murderer. I certainly will not be mentioning the murderer....

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By far the best cure for hangovers is not drinking excessively the night before.This cure has a 100% success rate, and as you save the cost of the drinks you would have otherwise drunk, it is cheaper than...

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Nothing (at least that can be done by humans) immortalizes anyone. The Fault in Our Stars will hopefully have a long and wonderful life, but it will eventually go out of print, and eventually the last...

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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...

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"Patience, grasshopper," I counseled. "You don't want to seem overeager." "Right, that's why I said tomorrow," he said. "I want to see you again tonight. But I'm willing to wait all night and much of tomorrow."...

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Gus: "It tastes like..." Me: "Food." Gus: "Yes, precisely. It tastes like food, excellently prepared. But it does not taste, how do I put this delicately...?" Me: "It does not taste like God Himself cooked...

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Frankly, I kind of want you to be haunted by the unansweredness of the question, because I think being haunted by such things is a valuable part of being a person.

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"And how are you feeling?" asked Patrick."Oh, I'm grand." Augustus Waters smiled with a corner of his mouth. "I'm on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend."

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You don't want romantic advice from me, you want romantic advice from Edward Cullen. I completely understand but he is completely unavailable right now and I'll tell you why. He doesn't exist.

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But pizza was originally Italian, although, Italian pizza doesn't taste much like this because this pizza is fortified with sodium. Which is a mineral...or a vitamin. All I know is that it's good for you.

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Real gangster-ass Nerdfighters don't run from nothing... 'cause real gangster-ass Nerdfighters can't run fast.

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According to the conventions of the genre, Augustus Waters kept his sense of humor till the end, did not for a moment waiver in his courage, and his spirit soared like an indomitable eagle until the world...

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I love being in cities with lots of other people, because I'm reminded that there are billions of people like me, and we are each stuck inside of our minds, feverishly trying to crawl out to make connections...

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One of the reasons that metaphor and symbolism are important in books is because they are also important to life. Like, for example say you're in high school and you're a boy and you say to a girl: "Do...

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"Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will," she says. The sky is like a monochromatic contemporary painting, drawing me in with its illusion of depth, pulling me up. "Yeah, that's true," I say. But...

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...I will continue to underscore that I don't think authorial intent is all that important to a reading experience, and I certainly don't think the job of reading is to divine authorial intent.

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Okay, maybe I'm not such a shitty writer. But I can't pull my ideas together, Van Houten. My thoughts are stars I can't fathom into constellations.

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Truth defies simplicity.

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Books are seldom useful unless they are also beautiful.

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In general-like not just in fiction but in life-it doesn't work out well when someone imagines someone else as a manic pixie dream girl or an Edward Cullen or anything other than a full, complex human...

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It is a good life, Hazel Grace.

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That is, to me at least, one of the most helpful and useful things books do for us: They are generous enough to allow us to choose what matters to us.

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

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The Colonel led all the cheers. Cornbread!" he screamed. CHICKEN!" the crowd responded. Rice!" PEAS!" And then, all together: "WE GOT HIGHER SATs." Hip Hip Hip Hooray!" the Colonel cried. YOU'LL BE WORKIN'...

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Her library filled her bookshelves and then overflowed into waist-high stacks of books everywhere, piled haphazardly against the walls. If just one of them moved... the domino effect could engulf the three...

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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...

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The future will erase everything--there's no level of fame or genius that allows you to transcend oblivion. The infinite future makes that kind of mattering impossible.

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You are helpful, and you are loved, and you are forgiven, and you are not alone.

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John Green

She had the kind of fingers you want to interlace with your own.

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John Green

He told me this while ripping through his duffel bag, throwing clothes into drawers with reckless abandon. Chip did not believe in having a sock drawer or a T-shirt drawer. He believed that all drawers...

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John Green

I may die young, but at least I'll die smart.

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There's not even real *popularity* at my school." "That," Coli said emphatically, "is a sentence that has only ever been spoken by popular people.

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John Green

I didn’t need you, you idiot. I picked you. And then you picked me back.

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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...

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John Green

Thomas Edison'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.

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John Green

Dying is the last thing I would EVER do!

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But mothers lie. It's in the job description.

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John Green

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

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I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep... Just sleep together, in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend...

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John Green

What's the point in being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable? How very odd, to believe God gave you life, and yet not think that life asks more of you than watching TV.

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You can’t divorce Margo the person from Margo the body. You can’t see one without seeing the other. You looked at Margo’s eyes and you saw both their blueness and their Margo-ness. In the end, you...

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So I was ugly. I was never fat, really, and I never wore headgear or had zits or anything. But I was ugly. I don't even know how ugly and pretty get decided - maybe there's like a secret cabal of boys...

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Incidentally, did you know that the whole eight glasses a day thing is complete bullshit and has no scientific basis? So many things are like that. Everyone just assumes they're true, because people are...

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But the fascinating and unbelievable-but-true thing about Dr. Jefferson Jeffersonis that he was not a doctor of any kind. He was just an orange juice salesman named Jefferson Jefferson. When he became...

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John Green

Well, but you can eat Grandma's cookies. They're not bad for you. They were made by Grandma. Grandma wouldn't hurt you.

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John Green

You're awfully philosophical for a girl that just got busted.

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John Green

10-5 space 16-5-14-19-5 space 17-21-5 space 10-5 space 20-1-9-13-5.

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It's just that I learned a while ago that the best way to get people to like you is not to like them too much.

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You matter as much as the things that matter to you. And I got so backwards trying to matter to him. All this time, there were real things to care about: real, good people who care about me, and this place....

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And the moral of the story is that you don't remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened. And the second moral of the story, if a story can have multiple morals, is that Dumpers are...

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The worse the haircut, the better the man.

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Nothing really mattered that much, not the good things and not the bad ones. We were in the business of mutual amusement, and we were reasonably prosperous.

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John Green

Talking to a drunk person was like talking to an extremely happy, severely brain-damaged three-year-old.

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John Green

What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?

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Colin did not laugh. Instead he thought, Tampons have strings? Why? Of all the major human mysteries - God, the nature of the universe, etc. - he knew the least about tampons. To Colin, tampons were a...

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Y'all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die.

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He reached up t0 grab one and came down with several, and they kept coming, washing over him, floating all around him. Never have tampon strings seemed so beautiful as they rolled up and down with the...

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I figured something out. The future is unpredictable.

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It seems to me that all the things we keep in sealed boxes are both alive and dead until we open the box, that the unobserved is both there and not.

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The vast majority of us imagine ourselves as like literature people or math people. But the truth is that the massive processor known as the human brain is neither a literature organ or a math organ. It...

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You can trust that caring, as a rule, ends poorly,” which is true. Caring doesn’t sometimes lead to misery. It always does.

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I bet if you look at the average teenager and the average adult, the average teenager has read more books in the last year than the average adult. Now of course the adult would be all like, 'I'm busy,...

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So here's my advice: Study broadly and without fear. Learn a language if you can, because that will make your life more interesting. Read a little bit every day. But more importantly, surround yourself...

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John Green

We just did an awesome job of not dying.

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John Green

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...

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John Green

And I wanted to tell her that the pleasure for me wasn't planning or doing or leaving; the pleasure was in seeing our strings cross and separate and then come back together.

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John Green

Oh, Wikipedia, with your tension between those who would share knowledge and those who would destroy it.

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John Green

Something about telling that story made my gut grow back together." What?" Oh, nothing. Just thinking out loud." That's who you really like. The people you can think out loud in front of." The people who've...

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John Green

The fundamental mistake I had always made - and that she had, in fairness, always led me to make - was this: Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She...

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John Green

He loved the scratching of pencil against paper when he was focused: it meant something was happening.

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John Green

Teenagers think they are invincible

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John Green

When you acknowledge that there is nothing repulsive or unforgivable or shameful about yourself, it becomes easier to be that authentic person and feel like you're living a less performed life.

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John Green

It looked like an old painting, but real - everything achingly idyllic in the morning light - and I thought about how wonderfully strange it would be to live in a place where almost everything had been...

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John Green

Maybe some people need to believe in a proper and omnipotent God to pray, but I don't.

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John Green

It was kind of a beautiful day, finally real summer in Indianapolis, warm and humid - the kind of weather that reminds you after a long winter that while the world wasn't built for humans, we were built...

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John Green

I hate the idea that, when it comes to books and learning, hard is often seen as the opposite of fun. It's strange to me that we should be so quick to give up on a book or a math problem when we are so...

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John Green

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.

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John Green

But why Alaska?' I asked her. 'Well, later, I found out what it means. It's from an Aleut word, Alyeska. It means 'that which the sea breaks against,' and I love that. But at the time, I just saw Alaska...

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John Green

Light, the visible reminder of Invisible Light.

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John Green

Sunlight feels warm and rough against your skin like a kiss on the cheek from your dad.

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John Green

I really like umbrellas. It's like, I have a roof! I carry it with me! Umbrellas always amuse me.

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John Green

The five of us walking confidently in a row, I'd never felt cooler. The Great Perhaps was upon us, and we were invincible. The plan may have had faults, but we did not.

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John Green

I wanted to be one of those people who have streaks to maintain, who scorch the ground with their intensity. But for now, at least I knew such people, and they needed me, just like comets need tails.

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John Green

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...

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John Green

And then I screwed up and the Colonel screwed up and Takumi screwed up and she slipped through our fingers.

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John Green

I don't know where people got the idea that characters in books are supposed to be likable. Books are not in the business of creating merely likeable characters with whom you can have some simple identification...

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John Green

…God, it’s over. Takumi, you gotta stop stealing other people’s problems and get some of your own.

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John Green

I said nothing—I hadn’t known Marya, and anyway, “listening quietly” was my general social strategy

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John Green

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

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John Green

Ashes to ashes. Garage sale to garage sale,” I said.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.

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John Green

still, what could i say? that i didn't just feel depressed - instead, it was like the depression was the core of me, of every part of me, from my mind to my bones? that if he got blue, i got black? that...

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John Green

There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1.

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John Green

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

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John Green

You could hold me and I could hold you. And it would be so peaceful. Completely peaceful. Like the feeling of sleep, but awake in it together.

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John Green

Shouldn't letting go be painless if you've never learned how to hold on?

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John Green

Being in a relationship, that's something you choose. Being friends, that's something you just are.

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John Green

Colin had always preferred baths; one of his general policies in life was never to do anything standing up that could just as easily be done lying down

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John Green

I'm sitting her thinking, -God, I swear I will take a vow of silence and move to a monastery and worship you for all my days if you just this once provide me with an invisibility cloak, come on, come on,...

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John Green

I make a gesture that is intended to convey, "Hey, no hurry, talk as long as you'd like," and probably actually conveys, "Hey, look at me! I have spastic hands.

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John Green

Random questions are the least random of all questions.

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John Green

Because you're my friend, wingnut.

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John Green

You can't dingleberry that! That's a flagrant misuse of the dingleberry!

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John Green

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

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John Green

Imagine others complexly.

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John Green

I don't think pandemics make us afraid of death, I think they make us afraid of oblivion. They force us to grapple with the futility of effort. Also they make us barf which isn't fun either... Wash your...

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John Green

What's the meaning of life? Other people.

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John Green

If you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all.

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John Green

And I wrote my way out of the labyrinth.

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John Green

Those of us who frequent the band room have long suspected that Becca maintains her lovely figure by eating nothing but the souls of kittens and the dreams of impoverished children.

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John Green

And since she drove to work every morning, I could only use the car on weekends. Well, weekends and the middle of the goddamned night.

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John Green

You just gotta tell her, man,’ I said. ‘You just gotta say, “Angela, I really like you, but there’s something you need to know: when we go to my house and hook up, we’ll be watched by the twenty-four...

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John Green

YOU are valuable and rare and worthy of love.

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John Green

You know what I hate? The outdoors. I mean, generally. I don't like outside. I'm an inside person. I'm all about refrigeration and indoor plumbing and Judge Judy.

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John Green

Whenever I'm asked what advice I have for young writers, I always say that the first thing is to read, and to read a lot. The second thing is to write. And the third thing, which I think is absolutely...

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John Green

And then something invisible snapped insider her, and that which had come together commenced to fall apart.

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John Green

It was not an eventful day. I should have done extraordinary things. I should have sucked the marrow out of life. But on that day, I slept eighteen hours out of a possible twenty-four.

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John Green

I leave, and the leaving is so exhilarating I know I can never go back. But then what? Do I just keep leaving places, and leaving them, and leaving them, tramping a perpetual journey?

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John Green

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...

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John Green

3 whole Catfish, Wrapped separately Veet (It’s for Shaving your legs Only you don’t Need A razor. It’s with all the Girly cosmetic stuff) Vaseline six pack, Mountain Dew One dozen Tulips one Bottle...

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John Green

I never really understood that massive collaboration involving hundreds of people is what makes movies possible, and it's also why I would agree that curiosity is not the most important human trait; the...

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John Green

I really think that reading is just as important as writing when you're trying to be a writer because it's the only apprenticeship we have, it's the only way of learning how to write a story.

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John Green

We're professional worriers. You're constantly imagining things that could go wrong and then writing about them.

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John Green

[My] interest as a writer is not in reflecting actual human speech, which, of course, does not occur in sentences and is totally undiagrammable...My interest is in trying to reflect the reality of experience-how...

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John Green

[This] is very important to remember when reading or writing or talking or whatever: You are never, ever choosing whether to use symbols. You are choosing which symbols to use.

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John Green

When I think about [characters], I like to think of them in their relationships to each other. In the same way, I think that's how humans are ultimately defined. We are our relationships to one another....

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John Green

Writing is something you do alone. It's a profession for introverts who wanna tell you a story but don't wanna make eye contact while telling it

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John Green

Writing fiction is an inherently political activity because people-even imaginary ones-do not live in vacuums... From Twilight to Romeo and Juliet to The Little Mermaid, no work of the imagination is truly...

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John Green

Writing, or at least good writing, is an outgrowth of that urge to use language to communicate complex ideas and experiences between people. And that's true whether you're reading Shakespeare or bad vampire...

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John Green

Nostalgia is inevitably a yearning for a past that never existed and when I'm writing, there are no bees to sting me out of my sentimentality. For me at least, fiction is the only way I can even begin...

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John Green

One of the pitfalls about writing about illness is that it is very easy to imagine people with cancer as either these wise-beyond-their-years creatures or these sad-eyed tragic people. And the truth is,...

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John Green

What I eventually realized is that the real business of books is not done by awards committees or people who turn trees into paper or editors or agents or even writers. We're all just facilitators. The...

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John Green

Whether the author intended a symbolic resonance to exist in her book is irrelevant. All that matters is whether it's there. Because the book does not exist for the benefit of the author, the book exists...

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John Green

If you act out of a paranoid fear of something happening, you will always make that thing happen.

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John Green

As I followed Margo's directions through the maze of one-way streets, we saw a few people sleeping on the sidewalk or sitting on benches, but nobody was moving. Margo rolled down the window, and I felt...

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John Green

You either have a great social life and shitty taste in music, or a fantastic taste in music with barely any social life.

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John Green

Like the way the sun is right now, with the long shadows, and that kind of bright, soft light you get when the sun isn't quite setting? That's the light that makes everything better, everything prettier,...

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John Green

It's not life or death, the labyrinth. Suffering. 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...

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John Green

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.

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John Green

More than anything, I felt the unfairness of it, the inarguable injustice of loving someone who might have loved you back but can't due to deadness, and then I leaned forward, my forehead against the back...

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John Green

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...

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John Green

Reading with an eye towards metaphor allows us to become the person we’re reading about, while reading about them. That’s why there is symbols in books and why your English teacher deserves your attention....

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John Green

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

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John Green

My responsibility is to try to tell true stories. To me a true story is always hopeful, but never simply, uncomplicatedly happy.

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John Green

Just move to the Internet, its great here. We get to live inside where the weather is always awesome.

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John Green

But when it came right down to it, the skin of my wrist looked so white and defensless that I couldn't do it. It was as if what I wanted to kill wasn't in that skin or the thin blue pulse that jumped under...

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John Green

Something about me has always liked the drama and inconvience of bad weather. The worse the better, really.

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John Green

The past feels distant, even when it's near. The future feels assured, even when it isn't.

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John Green

There were five others before they got to him. He smiled a little when his turn came. His voice was low, smoky, and dead sexy. “My name is Augustus Waters,” he said. “I’m seventeen. I had a little...

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John Green

I realized it in waves and we held on to each other crying and I thought, God we must look so lame, but it doesn't matter much when you have just now realized, all the time later, that you are still alive.

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John Green

How can you read and talk at the same time?” I asked. “Well, I usually can’t, but neither the book nor the conversation is particularly intellectually challenging.

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John Green

There's a place in the brain for knowing what cannot be remembered.

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John Green

I'd rather wonder than get answers I couldn't live with.

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John Green

Because no one can catch the motherfucking fox.

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John Green

Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are… People are different when you can smell them and see them up close…

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John Green

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...

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John Green

I hadn’t been in proper school in three years. My parents were my two best friends. My third best friend was an author who did not know I existed.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

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...

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John Green

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...

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John Green

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:...

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John Green

You live for pretentious metaphors.

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John Green

Cold one day, sweet the next; irresistibly flirty one moment, resistibly obnoxious the next.

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John Green

I love you' really is the gateway drug of breaking up.

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John Green

We can't love our neighbors till we know how crooked their hearts are.

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John Green

You can't just make me different, and the leave. Because I was fine before.

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John Green

We are engaged here in the most important pusuit in history. The search for meaning. What is What is the nature of being a person? What is the best way to go about being a person?How did we come to be,...

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John Green

It is worth it to leave behing my minor life for grander maybes -Miles "Pudge

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John Green

Was it animal pee or human pee? Someone asked. How would I know? What, am I an expert in the study of pee?

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John Green

'Do you know,' he asked in a delicious accent, 'what Dom Pérignon said after inventing champagne?' 'No?' I said. 'He called out to his fellow monks, 'Come quickly: I am tasting the stars!'

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John Green

I thought you hung the moon.

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John Green

There's a stark difference between the words 'prodigy' and 'genius.' Prodigies can very quickly learn what other people have already figured out; geniuses discover that which no one has ever previously...

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John Green

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

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John Green

But there's so much to do: cigarettes to smoke, sex to have, swings to swing on.

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John Green

A paper town for a paper girl.

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John Green

…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...

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John Green

Books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.

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John Green

You've got a lifetime to mull over the Buddhist understanding of interconnectedness." He spoke every sentence as if he'd written it down, memorized it, and was now reciting it. "But while you were looking...

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John Green

Sometimes I don't get you,' I said. She didn't even glance at me. She just smiled toward the television and said, 'You never get me. That's the whole point.

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John Green

So why don't you go home for vacations?' I asked her. I'm just scared of ghosts, Pudge. And home is full of them.

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John Green

But a lot of times, people die how they live. And so last words tell me a lot about who people were, and why they became the sort of people biographies get written about.

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John Green

So she became impulsive, scared by her inaction into perpetual action. When the Eagle confronted her with the expulsion, maybe she blurted out Marya's name because it was the first that came to mind, because...

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John Green

That is the fear: I have lost something important, and I cannot find it, and I need it. It is fear like if someone lost his glasses and went to the glasses store and they told him that the world had run...

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John Green

Meriwether Lewis's last words were, 'I am not a coward, but I am so strong. So hard to die.' I don't doubt that it is, but it cannot be much harder than being left behind.

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John Green

Too pissed off to cry, I said, 'This is only making me hate her. I don't want to hate her. And what's the point, if that's all it's making me do?' Still refusing to answer how and why questions. Still...

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John Green

Reading it the night before, I'd wondered if it would be like that for me-if in one moment, I would finally understand her, know her, and understand the role I'd played in her dying. But I wasn't convinced...

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John Green

After all this time, it seems to me like straight and fast is the only way out- but I choose the labyrinth. The labyrinth blows, but I choose it.

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John Green

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...

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John Green

There are always answers. We just have to be smart enough.

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John Green

I laughed and pointed out that "Hash Browns Mean Nothing Without You" was a pretty good name for a band. "Or a song," the Duke said, and then she started singing all glam rock, a glove up to her face holding...

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John Green

The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle.

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John Green

My heart is really pounding," I said. "That's how you know you're having fun," Margo said.

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John Green

People thought he was a glutton for punishment, that he liked getting dumped. But it wasn't like that. He could just never see anything coming, and as he lay on the solid, uneven ground with Hassan pressing...

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John Green

She spoke quietly then, the tiniest crack in her voice, and all at once Lacey Pemerton was not Lacey Pemberton. She was just—like, a person.

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John Green

I’m not up for laughing, but their laughter makes the room feel safer, so we begin to explore.

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John Green

Lacey shrugged bashfully. “Do you think I’m superficial?” “Well, yeah.” I thought of myself standing outside Becca’s bedroom, hoping she’d take her shirt off. “But so am I,” I added....

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John Green

I couldn’t help but think about school and everything else ending. I liked standing just outside the couches and watching them—it was a kind of sad I didn’t mind, and so I just listened, letting...

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John Green

The abbreviated exam week meant that Wednesday was the last day of school for us. And all day long, it was hard not to walk around, thinking about the lastness of it all.

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John Green

And as paralyzing and upsetting as all the never agains were, the final leaving felt perfect. Pure. The most distilled possible form of liberation. Everything that mattered except one lousy picture was...

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John Green

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...

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John Green

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...

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John Green

Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.

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John Green

Reading a good book helps us to feel un-alone.

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John Green

It is saying these things that keeps us from falling apart. And maybe by imagining these futures we can make them real, and maybe not, but either way we must imagine them. The light rushes out and floods...

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John Green

The punch connected, but (1) Colin forgot to close his fist, so he was slapping not hitting, and (2) instead of slapping TOC, he ended up slapping Hassan flush across the cheek, whereupon Hassan finally...

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John Green

Dude, you're such a geek. And that's coming from an overweight Star Trek fan who scored a 5 on the AP Calculus test. So you know your condition is grave

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John Green

By the way, I've decided to start referring to myself exclusively as 'Daddy.' Everytime Daddy would otherwise say 'I' or 'Me,' Daddy is now going to say 'Daddy.

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John Green

She was not an adventure, she was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl.

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John Green

Does my eye look okay to you?

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John Green

That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.

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John Green

Grateful to be a little boat, full of water, still floating.

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John Green

I was a fairly shy person - not the hand raising type.

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John Green

All the things paper-thin and paper-frail, and all the people too.

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John Green

The world may be broken, but hope is not crazy.

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John Green

You were clearly not doing your part in the clover search, perv.

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John Green

I am a giant squid of anger.

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John Green

It turns out that, somehow, there are a tremendous number of things to be optimistic about.

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John Green

I liked Augustus Waters. I really, really really liked him. I liked the way his story ended with someone else. I liked his voice. I liked that he took existentially-fraught free throws.

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John Green

My thoughts are starts I can't fathom into constellations.

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John Green

As long as we don't die, this is gonna be one hell of a story.

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John Green

I didn't even know what the feeling was, really, just that there was a lot of it.

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John Green

And as we kept driving north, the whole family in the care together, it got darker, and snowier, until finally the road delivered us to the one place that all my youthful trips west never could: home.

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John Green

It is not my fault that my parents own the world's largest collection of black Santas.

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John Green

To be human is to catch the falling person.

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John Green

Nothing has ever looked like that ever in all of human history.

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John Green

You will go to the paper towns and never come back.

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John Green

This star won't go out. And it won't. we won't let it.

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John Green

Sometimes the way you think about someone isn't the way they actually are.

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John Green

Don't swear in the Literal Heart of Jesus.

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John Green

Why are breakfast foods breakfast foods?

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John Green

Our children are weird. Nicely phrased.

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John Green

She had the kind of eyes that predisposed you to supporting her every endeavor.

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John Green

You could drive past it without noticing and from what I understand, you ought to.

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John Green

I leaned in toward her, suddenly overwhelmed with the feeling that we must kiss.

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John Green

So I let her go, too. And I'm sorry.

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John Green

Every second of your definitionally temporary consciousness, you are choosing how you spend something that will not last forever.

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John Green

Love is just a shout in the void.

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John Green

If I ever end up being the kind of person who has one kid and seven bedrooms. Do me a favor and shoot me.

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John Green

The human tongue is like wasabi: it's very powerful, and should be used sparingly.

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John Green

Is the labyrinth living or dying?

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John Green

Not following her is the hardest thing I've ever done.

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John Green

They couldn't bear the idea of death being a big black nothing.

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John Green

We idealize them as gods or dismiss them as animals.

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John Green

She left me enough to rediscover the Great Perhaps.

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John Green

Did I help you to a fate you didn't want?

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John Green

Stop thinking about the landing, because it's all about falling.

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John Green

Tonight, darling, we are going to right a lot of wrongs.

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John Green

You completely unscatter me, and I appreciate that too much.

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John Green

The labyrinth blows, but I choose it.

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John Green

Our lives are composed of a finite set of moments that we choose how to spend.

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John Green

We only have so long to play in the dirt and ask questions of rivers.

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John Green

She fell apart because that's what happens.

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John Green

Something invisible snapped inside her.

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John Green

You say into my cracks and I saw into yours.

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John Green

The not knowing would not keep me from caring.

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John Green

Life has become the future.

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John Green

We were just looking at ideas of each other.

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John Green

What the hell is instant? Nothing is instant.

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John Green

We must strike down the insidious lie that a book is the creation of an individual soul labouring in isolation. We must strike it down because it threatens the overall quality and breadth of American literature.

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John Green

We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations.

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John Green

We are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be.

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John Green

And I wondered if hurdlers ever thought, you know, 'This would go faster if we just got rid of the hurdles.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

All at once, I couldn’t figure out why I was methodically tossing a spherical object through a toroidal object. It seemed like the stupidest thing I could possibly be doing.

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John Green

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

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John Green

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.

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John Green

You realize that trying to keep your distance from me will not lessen my affection for you. All efforts to save me from you will fail.

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John Green

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

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John Green

I have an Augustus Waters fetish.

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John Green

Some wars," he said dismissively. "What am I at war with? My cancer. And what is my cancer? My cancer is me. The tumors are made of me. They're made of me as surely as my brain and my heart is made of...

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John Green

My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.

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John Green

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...

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John Green

You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.

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John Green

The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives. I wondered if that was sort of the point of architecture.

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John Green

I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is inprobably biased toward the consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed....

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John Green

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.

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John Green

Because you are beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence

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John Green

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

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John Green

I'm a grenade and at some point I'm going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?

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John Green

That was the worst part about having cancer, sometimes: The physical evidence of disease separates you from other people.

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John Green

Much of my life had been devoted to trying not to cry in front of people who loved me, so I knew what Augustus was doing. You clench your teeth. You look up. You tell yourself that if they see you cry,...

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John Green

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, Van Houten. It's triumphant. It's heroic. Isn't that the real...

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John Green

And so much depends, I told Augustus, upon a blue sky cut open by the branches of the trees above. So much depends upon the transparent G-tube erupting from the gut of the blue-lipped boy. So much depends...

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John Green

I believe in that line from An Imperial Affliction. 'The risen sun too bright in her losing eyes.' That's God, I think, the rising sun, and the light is too bright and her eyes are losing but they aren't...

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John Green

I don't believe in prom,' I reminded her as she rounded a corner. I expertly angled my raisin bran to accomodate the g-forces. I'd done this before.

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John Green

It was nice - in the dark and the quiet... and her eyes looking back, like there was something in me worth seeing.

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John Green

The real heroes anyway aren't the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention.

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John Green

That’s part of what I like about the book in some ways. It portrays death truthfully. You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence

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John Green

I got my wish, I suppose. I left my scar.

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John Green

When surprised and excited and innocent Gus emerged from Grand Gesture Metaphorically Inclined Augustus, I literally could not resist.

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John Green

I told myself – as I’ve told myself before – that the body shuts down when the pain gets too bad, that consciousness is temporary, that this will pass. But just like always, I didn’t slip away....

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John Green

I had a moral opposition to eating before dawn on the grounds that I was not a nineteenth-century Russian peasant fortifying myself for a day in the fields.

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John Green

standing in line is a form of oppression

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John Green

The risen sun too bright in her losing eyes.

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John Green

Our fearlessness shall be our secret weapon.

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John Green

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

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John Green

As the tide washed in, the Dutch Tulip Man faced the Ocean: "Conjoiner rejoinder poisoner concealer revelator. Look at it, rising up and rising down, taking everything with it." "What’s that?" Anna asked....

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John Green

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...

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John Green

No headboards were broken.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

One swing set, well worn but structurally sound, seeks new home. Make memories with your kid or kids so that someday he or she or they will look into the backyard and feel the ache of sentimentality as...

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John Green

While I did not fancy myself a particularly good person, I never thought my first real sexual action would be prostitutional.

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John Green

Come over here so I can examine your face with my hands and see deeper into your soul than a sighted person ever could.

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John Green

I was a bit of a Victorian Lady, fainting-wise.

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John Green

Entropy increases. Things fall apart.

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John Green

Waffles are just awesome bread.

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John Green

Books belong to their readers.

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John Green

The last time I was this scared, I peed myself." "The last time I was this scared," Radar says, "I actually had to face a Dark Lord in order to make the world safe for wizards.

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John Green

I know it's impossible for you to see your peers this way, but when you're older, you start to see them--the bad kids and the good kids and all kids--as people. They're just people, who deserve to be cared...

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John Green

But I had to kill you, because the only other possible ending was us doing it, which I wasn't really emotionally ready to write about at ten.' 'Fair enough,' I say. 'But in the revision, I want to get...

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John Green

I can almost imagine a happiness without her, the ability to let her go, to feel our roots are connected even if I never see that leaf of grass again.'

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John Green

I spy with my little eye a great story.

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John Green

Neither novels or their readers benefit from any attempts to divine whether any facts hide inside a story. Such efforts attack the very idea that made-up stories can matter, which is sort of the foundational...

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John Green

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

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John Green

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,"...

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John Green

But I believe in true love, you know? I don't believe that everybody gets to keep their eyes or not get sick or whatever, but everybody should have true love, and it should last at least as long as your...

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John Green

There's some people in this world who you can just love and love and love no matter what.

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John Green

How do you just stop being terrified of getting left behind and ending up by yourself forever and not meaning anything to the world?

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John Green

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

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John Green

What matters to you defines your mattering.

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John Green

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...

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John Green

If you don't live a life in service of a greater good, you've gotta at least die a death in service of a greater good, you know? And I fear that I won't get either a life or a death that means anything.

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John Green

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

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John Green

Well," Peter Van Houten said, extending his hand to me. "It is at any rate a pleasure to meet such ontologically improbable creatures." I shook his swollen hand, and then he shook hands with Augustus....

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John Green

You are a side effect," Van Houten continued, "of an evolutionary process that cares little for individual lives. You are a failed experiment in mutation.

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John Green

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

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John Green

What can we do?" Mom asked again. I shrugged. But she kept asking, as if there were something she could do, until I just kind of crawled across the couch into her lap and my dad came over and held my legs...

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John Green

The marks humans leave are too often scars.

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John Green

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...

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John Green

I thought being an adult meant knowing what you believe, but that has not been my experience.

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John Green

Above us, the wind blew and the branching shadows rearranged themselves on our skin. Gus squeezed my hand. "It is a good life, Hazel Grace.

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John Green

I like this world. I like drinking champagne. I like not smoking. I like Dutch people speaking Dutch.

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John Green

Gus knew. Gus knows. I will not tell you our love story, because—like all real love stories—it will die with us, as it should. I'd hoped that he'd be eulogizing me.

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John Green

Anyway, that was the last good day I had with Gus until the Last Good Day.

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John Green

The tales of our exploits will survive as long as the human voice itself,' he said. 'And even after that, when the robots recall the human absurdities of sacrifice and compassion, they will remember us.

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John Green

The only person I really wanted to talk to about Augustus Water's death with was Augustus Waters.

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John Green

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...

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John Green

We gotta do something about this frigging swing set,' he said. 'I'm telling you, it's ninety percent of the problem.

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John Green

Are you currently at your house?" he asked. "Um, no," I said. "That was a trick question. I knew the answer, because I am currently at your house.

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John Green

Your driving is unpleasant, but it isn't technically unsafe.

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John Green

She had this dark cancer water dripping out of her chest. Eyes closed. Intubated. But her hand was still her hand, still warm and the nails painted this almost black dark blue and I just held her hand...

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John Green

Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets, / The muttering retreats / Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels / And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells: / Streets that follow like a tedious...

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John Green

Cause I'm just - I want to go to Amsterdam, and I want him to tell me what happens after the book is over, and I just don't want my particular life, and also the sky is depressing me, and there is this...

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John Green

How are the eyes?' 'Oh, excellent,' he said. 'I mean, they're not in my head is the only problem.' 'Awesome, yeah,' Gus said. 'Not to one-up you or anything, but my body is made out of cancer.' 'So I heard,'...

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John Green

Ma'am," Augustus said, nodding toward her, "Your daughter's car has just been deservingly egged by a blind man. Please close the door and go back inside or we'll be forced to call the police.

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John Green

We just sat there quiet for a long time, which was fine, and I was thinking about way back in the very beginning in the Literal Heart of Jesus...

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John Green

Like all sick children,' he answered dispassionately, 'you say you don't want pity, but your very existence depends upon it.

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John Green

At the end, we brought her to New York, where I was living, for a series of experimental tortures that increased the misery of her days without increasing the number of them.

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John Green

She walks lightly, old man. She walks lightly upon the earth.

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John Green

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

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John Green

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

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John Green

We are literally in the heart of Jesus," he said. "I thought we were in a church basement, but we are literally in the heart of Jesus." "Someone should tell Jesus," I said. "I mean, it's gotta be dangerous,...

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John Green

And okay, fair enough, but there is this unwritten contract between author and reader and I think not ending your book kind of violates that contract.

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John Green

My head was level with hers as we stared at each other from opposite sides of the glass. I don't remember how it ended - if I went to bed or she did. In my memory, it doesn't end. We just stay there, looking...

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John Green

Radar revs the engine as to say hustle, and we are running through the parking lot, Ben's robe flowing in the wind so that he looks vaguely like a dark wizard, except that his pale skinny legs are visible,...

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John Green

It is easy to forget how full the world is of people, full to bursting, and each of them imaginable and consistently misimagined.

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John Green

The world is not a wish-granting factory.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

I wanted to know that he would be okay if I died. I wanted to not be a grenade, to not be a malevolent force in the lives of people I loved.

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John Green

What's that?" "The laundry basket?" "No, next to it." "I don't see anything next to it." "It's my last shred of dignity. It's very small.

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John Green

We’re as likely to hurt the universe as we are to help it, and we’re not likely to do either.

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John Green

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

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John Green

I am in the midst of a soliloquy! I wrote this out and memorized it and if you interrupt me I will completely screw it up,' Augustus interrupted. 'Please to be eating your sandwich and listening.

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John Green

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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John Green

Is it still cool to go to the mall?' she asked. 'I take quite a lot of pride in not knowing what's cool,' I answered.

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John Green

All salvation is temporary," Augustus shot back. "I bought them a minute. Maybe that's the minute that buys them an hour, which is the hour that buys them a year. No one's gonna buy them forever, Hazel...

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John Green

Love is keeping the promise anyway.

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John Green

Only now that I loved a grenade did I understand the foolishness of trying to save others from my own impending fragmentation: I couldn’t unlove Augustus Waters. And I didn’t want to.

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John Green

But it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he has Cassius note, ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.

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John Green

This was not a place you go to live. It was a place you go to die."- Paper Towns

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John Green

I could be worse, you know." "How?" I asked, teasing. "I mean, I have a work of calligraphy over my toilet that reads, 'Bathe yourself in the comfort of God's words,' Hazel. I could be way worse." "Sounds...

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John Green

I've gotten really hot since you went blind.

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John Green

It's just that most really good-looking people are stupid, so I exceed expectations.' 'Right, it's primarily his hotness,' I said. 'It can be sort of blinding,' he said. 'It actually did blind our friend...

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John Green

That's why I like you. Do you realize how rare it is to come across a hot girl who creates a adjectival version of the word pedophile? You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented...

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John Green

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.

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John Green

I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend.

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John Green

No, I don’t think you’re gonna be single forever, and also I don’t understand your obsession with romantic love. There are other ways to have fulfilling relationships that can sustain you and make...

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John Green

The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, there was no longer anyone to remember with.

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John Green

I hadn’t read a real series like that since I was a kid, and it was exciting to live again in an infinite fiction.

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John Green

You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.

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John Green

It's easy to like someone from a distance. But when she stopped being this amazing unattainable thing or whatever, and started being, like, just a regular girl with a weird relationship with food and frequent...

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John Green

Augustus Waters," I said, looking up at him, thinking that you cannot kiss anyone in the Anne Frank House, and then thinking that Anne Frank, after all, kissed someone in the Anne Frank House, and that...

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John Green

there is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars

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John Green

It's total bullshit," he said. "The whole thing. Eighty percent survival rate and he's in the twenty percent? Bullshit. He was such a bright kid. It's bullshit. I hate it. But it was sure a privilege to...

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John Green

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.

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John Green

Thank you for explaining that my eye cancer isn't going to make me deaf. I feel so fortunate that an intellectual giant like yourself would deign to operate on me.

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John Green

So you've been gone a couple days,' Alison said. 'Hmm, what'd you miss...A celebrity did drugs. Politicians disagreed. A different celebrity wore a bikini that revealed a bodily imperfection. A team won...

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John Green

You're arguing that the fragile, rare thing is beautiful simply because it is fragile and rare. But that's a lie, and you know it.

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John Green

I went on spouting bullshit Encouragements as Gus's parents, arm in arm, hugged each other and nodded at every word. Funerals, I had decided, are for the living.

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John Green

We have bottled all the stars this evening, my young friend.

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John Green

I think forever is an incorrect concept.

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John Green

You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet.

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John Green

History reminds us that revolutions are not events, so much that they’re processes – that for tens of thousands of years, people have been making decisions that irrevocably shaped the world that we...

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John Green

I inherited that penchant for intellectualism, a character flaw that these days can only be thoroughly eradicated by getting Z’ed up.

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John Green

The book was turned to the page with Anne Frank's name, but what got me about it was the fact that right beneath her name there were four Aron Franks. FOUR. Four Aron Franks without museums, without historical...

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John Green

In those fifty, the Old Man made me take religion seriously. I'd never been religious, but he told us that religion is important whether or not we believed in one, the same way that historical events are...

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John Green

The prospect of a world that contains neither humans nor Z's is not so terrifying. Nature will take its world back. Animals will frolic and fight. There will be no lord of the manor, which is not such...

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John Green

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

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John Green

It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.

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John Green

Caroline was always moody and miserable, but I liked it. I liked feeling as if she had chosen me as the only person in the world not to hate, and so we spent all this time together just ragging on everyone,...

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John Green

Long week. Long month. Long life.

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John Green

What else? She is so beautiful. You don’t get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to...

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John Green

Augustus, perhaps you’d like to share your fears with the group.” “My fears?” “Yes.” “I fear oblivion,” he said without a moment’s pause. “I fear it like the proverbial blind man who’s...

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John Green

He called out to his fellow monks,'Come quickly I am tasting stars.

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John Green

Hazel has to realize that her mom was wrong when she said, “I won’t be a mother anymore.” The truth is, after Hazel dies (assuming she dies), her mom will still be her mom, just as my grandmother...

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John Green

But before we can radically reshape the world, we need to shop.

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John Green

I have never really thought of him as a person, either.... A guy whose strings were broken, who didn’t feel the root of his leaves of grass connected to the field, a guy who was cracked. Like me.

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John Green

Remember that time in the minivan, twenty minutes ago, when we didn't die?

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John Green

By the power of the superglue beer sword, I designate you my driver!

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John Green

Yeah, so if that guy can make it in drunk, surely we can make it in sober. I mean, we’re ninjas.' 'Well, maybe you’re a ninja,' I said. 'You’re just a really loud, awkward ninja,' Margo said, 'but...

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John Green

She loved mysteries so much that she became one.

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John Green

there is no best and no worst, ...those judgments have no real meaning because there is only what is

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John Green

Maybe 'okay' will be our 'always

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John Green

Gratitude is the proper response for the absolute astonishment of getting to be alive, and aware, and an essential part of this crazy, sprawling story.

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John Green

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...

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John Green

The things I would do to that boy. I mean, not now that I know you're interested in him. But, oh, sweet holy Lord, I would ride that one-legged pony all the way around the corral." "Kaitlyn," I said. "Sorry....

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John Green

that while the world wasn't built for humans, we were built for the world.

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John Green

We imagine people as animals or gods. -But she was just a person, a girl.

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John Green

What I love about the sculpture is that it makes the bones that we are always walking and playing on manifest, like in a world that so often denies the reality of death and the reality that we are surrounded...

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John Green

Getting you a date to prom is so hard that the hypothetical idea itself is used to cut diamonds.

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John Green

But I was not in the band, because I suffer from the kind of tone deafness that is generally associated with actual deafness

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John Green

Chuck Parson did not participate in organized sports, because to do so would distract from his larger goal of his life: to one day be convicted of murder

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John Green

Given the final futility of our struggle, is the fleeting jolt of meaning that art gives us valuable? Or is the only value in passing the time as comfortable as possible? What should a story seek to emulate,...

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John Green

And yes, again, that was it exactly. A retyper and not a writer. A prodigy and not a genius.

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John Green

Funerals...are for the living.

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John Green

We got off at the next exit, quietly, and, switching drivers, we walked in front of the car. We met and I held him, my hands balled into tight fists around his shoulders, and he wrapped his short arms...

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John Green

He missed that, too, and it hadn't even happened.

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John Green

You're not boring. You've got to stop saying that, or people will start believing you.

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John Green

We're invisible. I've never been here with someone else. It's different being invisible with someone.

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John Green

We're going to get gored to death by a feral fugging hog and your best strategy is to pretend it's a grizzly bear?

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John Green

If I could do it all over again," he said, his speech slow and vaguely mangled by his massive lower lip, "I'd just let myself be trampled to death by the Satan Pig.

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John Green

The dead are visible only in the terrible lidless eye of memory.

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John Green

It took me a sleeve of Girl Scout Thin Mints and forty minutes to get over that boy.

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John Green

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 just looked at him and let him look at me until he nodded, lips pursed and turned...

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John Green

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...

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John Green

But that wasn't quite right. I called it a nine because I was saving my ten. And here it was, the great and terrible ten, slamming me again and again as I lay still and alone in my bed staring at the ceiling,...

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John Green

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

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John Green

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.

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John Green

You can’t know, sweetie, because you’ve never had a baby become a brilliant young reader with a side interest in horrible television shows, but the joy you bring us is so much greater than the sadness...

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John Green

Caroline is no longer sufffering from personhood.

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John Green

The good times and the bad times both will pass. It will pass. It will get easier. But the fact that it will get easier does not mean that it doesn’t hurt now. And when people try to minimize your pain...

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John Green

Tonight, darling, we are going to right a lot of wrongs. And we are going to wrong some rights. The first shall be last; the last shall be first; the meek shall do some earth-inheriting. But before we...

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John Green

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.

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John Green

I'd had nearly four years of experience looking at these clocks, but their sluggishness never ceased to surprise. If I am ever told that I have one day to live, I will head straight to the hallowed halls...

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John Green

He'd fought hard, Lida told me, as if there was another way to fight.

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John Green

One of the others shouted a translation: "The beautiful couple is beautiful.

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John Green

Can I ask you about Caroline Mathers?" "And you say there's no afterlife.

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John Green

The world," he said, "is not a wish-granting factory," and then he broke down, just for one moment, his sob roaring impotent like a clap of thunder unaccompanied by lightning, the terrible ferocity that...

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John Green

Collin Singleton could no more stay cool than a blue whale could stay skinny or Bangladesh could stay rich

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John Green

I think if you went back to the eighteenth century and you asked a fifteen year old boy, 'Would you like to marry a woman who has had plastic bags needlessly inserted into her breasts?', that fifteen year...

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John Green

I hated being careful, too - or wanted to, at least.

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John Green

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

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John Green

I wasn't disappointed. My expectations had been met.

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John Green

I have guts, just not when it counts.

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John Green

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

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John Green

The times that were most fun seemed always to be followed by sadness now, because it was when life started to feel like it did when she was with us that we realized how utterly gone she was.

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John Green

Last words are always harder to remember when no one knows that someone's about to die.

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John Green

I wouldn't have cared if my girlfriend was a Jaguar-driving Cyclops with a beard - I'd have been grateful just to have someone to make out with.

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John Green

Jesus, I'm not going to be one of those people who sits around talking about what they're going to do. I'm just going to do it.

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John Green

I stood under the awning for a moment, but finally I decided that being in a bad mood with your friends beats being in a bad mood without them.

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John Green

There is always the risk: something is good and good and good and good, then all at once it gets awkward.

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John Green

The missing piece in his stomach hurt so much-and eventually he stopped thinking about the Theorem and wondered only how something that isn't there can hurt you.

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John Green

Television is a passivity.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever.

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John Green

He just waited until I stopped talking and said, 'Jesus, kid, you're almost a detective. All you need now is a gun, a gut, and three ex-wives. So what's your theory?

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John Green

I fear your faith has been mis- placed—but then, faith usually is.

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John Green

it is the nature of stars to cross

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John Green

Stupid human voices always ruining everything.

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John Green

All representations of a thing are inherently abstract.

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John Green

When you’re as charming and physically attractive as myself, it’s easy enough to win over people you meet. But getting strangers to love you...now, that’s the trick.

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John Green

You get all these friends just when you don’t need friends anymore.

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John Green

Writing does not resurrect. It buries.

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John Green

the problem is not suffering itself or oblivion itself but the depraved meaninglessness of these things, the absolutely inhuman nihilism of suffering.

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John Green

Pain is like fabric: The stronger it is, the more it’s worth.

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John Green

Almost everyone is obsessed with leaving a mark upon the world. Bequeathing a legacy. Outlasting death. We all want to be remembered. I do, too. That’s what bothers me most, is being another unremembered...

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John Green

You and me will read a book and find three interesting things that we remember. But Colin finds everything intriguing. He reads a book about presidents and he remembers more of it because everything he...

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John Green

Finally, I decided that the proper strategy was to stare back. Boys do not have a monopoly on the Staring Business.

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John Green

I don't know why boys expect us to like boy movies. We don't expect them to like girl movies.

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John Green

Patience, grasshopper," I counseled. "You don't want to seem overeager." "Right, that's why I said tomorrow," he said. "I want to see you again tonight. But I'm willing to wait all night and much of tomorrow.

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John Green

So I wasn't lying, exactly. I was just choosing among truths.

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John Green

Without pain, we couldn't know joy.

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John Green

Colin emphatically pushed the book cover shut when he finished reading. "Did you like it?" His dad asked. "Yup," Colin said. He liked all books, because he liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning...

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John Green

The future lay before him, inevitable but invisible.

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John Green

Barnacles on the container ship of consciousness.

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John Green

If we'd put them in a vase in the living room, they would have been everyone's flowers. I wanted them to be my flowers.

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John Green

He responded a few minutes later. Okay. I wrote back. Okay. He responded: Oh, my God, stop flirting with me!

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John Green

I'm not saying it was your fault. I'm saying it wasn't nice.

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John Green

People always get used to beauty though.

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John Green

So Zeno is most famous for his tortoise paradox. Let us imagine that you are in a race with a tortoise. The tortoise has a ten-yard head start. In the time it takes you to run that ten yards, the tortoise...

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John Green

They were angry, I thought. Horrified. These teenagers, with their hormones, making out beneath a video broadcasting the shattered voice of a former father.

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John Green

The urge to make art or contemplate philosophy does not go away when you are sick. Those urges just become transfigured by illness.

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John Green

Mom sobbed something into Dad's chest that I wish I hadn't heard, and that I hope she never finds out that I did hear. She said, "I won't be a mom anymore." It gutted me pretty badly.

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John Green

Dad had a sign of his own. MY BEAUTIFUL FAMILY, it read, and then underneath that (AND GUS).

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John Green

Take a picture of this so Isaac can see it when they invent robot eyes.

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John Green

I stand in this parking lot, realizing that I’ve never been this far from home, and here is this girl I love and cannot follow. I hope this is the hero’s errand, because not following her is the hardest...

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John Green

It's almost as if the way you imagine my dead self says more about you than it says about either the person I was or the whatever I am now.

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John Green

I am a grenade," I said again. "I just want to stay away from people and read books and think and be with you guys because there's nothing I can do about hurting you: You're too invested, so just please...

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John Green

And I put the latte down on a table, awash in the happy middle of my greatest adventure.

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John Green

The true ninja doesn't make a splash at all.

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John Green

All hurt is brain hurt.

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John Green

Shame about how we’re gonna die here, though. I mean, seriously. An Arab and a half-Jew enter a store in Tennessee. It’s the beginning of a joke, and the punch line is “sodomy’’.

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John Green

Colin Singleton’s distance from his glasses made him realize the problem: myopia. He was nearsighted. The future lay before him, inevitable but invisible.

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John Green

I wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for independent bookstores.

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John Green

It always happened like this: he would look and look for the keys to Satan’s Hearse and then finally he’d just give up and say, “Fine. I’ll take the fugging bus,” and on his way out the door,...

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John Green

The French verb aimer has two meanings. And that’s why he liked her, and loved her. She spoke to him in a language that, no matter how hard you studied it, could not be completely understood.

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John Green

I know so many last words. But I will never know hers.

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John Green

We didn't talk much. But we didn't need to.

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John Green

Throughout the book, she refers to herself as "the side effect," which is just totally correct. Cancer kids are essentially side effects of the relentless mutation that made the diversity of life on earth...

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John Green

I hated hurting him. Most of the time, I could forget about it, but the inexorable truth is this: They might be glad to have me around, but I was the alpha and the omega of my parents' suffering.

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John Green

The sun was a toddler insistently refusing to go to bed: It was past eight thirty and still light.

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John Green

He puts the killing thing in his mouth but doesn't give it the power to kill him.

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John Green

The only thing worse than having a party that no one attends is having a party attended only by two vastly, deeply uninteresting people.

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John Green

You cannot invent an algorithm that is as good at recommending books as a good bookseller.

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John Green

I liked being a person. I wanted to keep at it.

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John Green

I kept thinking there were two kinds of adults: There were...miserable creatures who scoured the earth in search of something to hurt. And then there were people like my parents, who walked around zombically,...

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John Green

Issac:"I dislike living in a world without Augustus Waters." Computer: "I don't understand-" Issac: "Me neither. Pause

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John Green

Breaking up isn't something that gets done to you; its something that happens with you.

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John Green

She's just playing a trick on us. This is just an Alaska Young Prank Extraordinaire. It's Alaska being Alaska, funny and playful and not knowing when or how to put on the brakes.

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John Green

And it was just the three of us - three bodies and two people - the three who knew what had happened and too many layers between all of us too much keeping us from one another.

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John Green

No," I said. And maybe it was only because Alaska couldn't hit the brakes and I couldn't hit the accelerator.

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John Green

I don't know how I look, but I know how I feel: Young. Goofy. Infinite.

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John Green

Do you know why I left America, Lidewij? So that I would never again have to encounter Americans." "But you are an American." "Incurably so, it seems.

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John Green

The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you're unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it.

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John Green

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

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John Green

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.

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John Green

I don't think your missing pieces ever fit inside you again once they go missing.

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John Green

Don't worry. Worry is useless. I worried anyway

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John Green

My parents always liked it when I cursed in front of them. I could see the pleasure of it in their faces. It signified that I trusted them, that I was myself in front of them.

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John Green

It doesn’t matter how long we’ve used something; all that matters is how awesome the thing replacing it is. MP3s and automobiles happen to be really, really awesome, whereas ebooks—at least so far—are...

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John Green

Adult librarians are like lazy bakers: their patrons want a jelly doughnut, so they give them a jelly doughnut. Children’s librarians are ambitious bakers: 'You like the jelly doughnut? I’ll get you...

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John Green

I’ll give you my strength if I can have your remission.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently,...

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John Green

But in AIA, Anna decides that being a person with cancer who starts a cancer charity is a bit narcissistic, so she starts a charity called The Anna Foundation for People with cancer Who Want to Cure Cholera.

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John Green

People talk about the courage of cancer patients, and I do not deny that courage. I had been poked and stabbed and poisoned for years, and still I trod on. But make no mistake: In that moment, I would...

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John Green

Agustus asked if I wanted to go with him to Support Group, but I was really tired from my busy day of Having Cancer, so I passed.

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John Green

We landed, in fact, parallel to a canal, like there were two runways: one for us and one for waterfowl.

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John Green

That's what we should do, Hazel Grace: We should team up and be this disabled vigilante duo roaring through the world, righting wrongs, defending the weak, protecting the endangered.

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John Green

I can't imagine us saying these things to each other out loud. But even if I can't imagine hearing these words, I can imagine living them. I don't even picture it. Instead I'm in it. How I feel with him...

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John Green

Of course I tensed up when he touched me. To be with him was to hurt him-inevitably. And that's what I'd felt as he reached for me: I'd felt as though I were committing an act of violence against him,...

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John Green

I didn't want to see them lower him into the ground in the spot he'd picked out with his dad, and I didn't want to see his parents sink to their knees in the dew-wet grass and moan in pain....

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John Green

I knew that time would now pass for me differently than it would for him—that I, like everyone in that room, would go on accumulating loves and losses while he would not. And for me, that was the final...

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John Green

A novel is a conversation between a reader and a writer.

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John Green

We Play the broken string of our instruments one last time

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John Green

I didn't know whether to trust Alaska, and I'd certainly had enough of her unpredictability - cold one day, sweet the next; irresistibly flirty one moment, resistibly obnoxious the next. I preferred the...

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John Green

I never liked writing concluding paragraphs to papers - where you repeat what you've already said with phrases like 'In summation', and 'To conclude'.

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John Green

Life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future.

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John Green

Margo's beauty was a kind of sealed vessel of perfection--uncracked and uncrackable.

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John Green

I always felt like you had to be important to have enemies.

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John Green

And I agreed, but still, she owed us an explanation. If she was up there, down there, out there, somewhere, maybe she would laugh.

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John Green

And people are moody, dude. You gotta get used to living with people.

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John Green

Congratulations! You're a woman. Now die.

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John Green

In the end, I had to call myself a faggot, which really annoyed me, because 1. I don't think that word should ever be used by anyone, let alone me, and 2. As it happens, I am not gay, and furthermore,...

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John Green

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

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John Green

Isn't it also that on some fundamental level we find it difficult to understand that other people are human beings in the same way that we are? We idealize them as gods or dismiss them as animals.

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John Green

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

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John Green

I didn't want to look at them, so I looked away, and to look away was to look at Augustus.

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John Green

The world went on, as it does, without my full participation, and I only woke up from the reverie when someone said my name.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

me: you know what sucks about love? o.w.g.: what? me: that it's so tied to the truth. I know it sucks, but in a way, it's good....Love and truth being tied together, I mean. They make each other possible,...

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John Green

...it 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.

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John Green

Hey Pudge," the Colonel said. "What do you think of a truce?" "It reminds me of when the Germans demanded that the U.S. surrender at the Battle of the Bulge," I said. "I guess I'd say to this truce offer...

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John Green

...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,...

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John Green

But it was sure a privilege to love him, huh?" I nodded into his shirt. "Gives you an idea how I feel about you," he said. My old man. He always knew just what to say.

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John Green

I was not religious, but I liked rituals. I liked the idea of connecting an action with remembering.

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John Green

I expertly angled my raison bran to accomodate the g-forces.

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John Green

Maybe all the strings inside him broke.

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John Green

The kiss lasted forever as Otto Frank kept talking from behind me. "And my conclusion is," he said, "since I had been in very good terms with Anne, that most parents don't know really their children.

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John Green

I was so frustrated with him. "I just want to be enough for you, but I never can be. This can never be enough for you. But this is all you get. You get me, and your family, and this world. This is your...

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John Green

Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we're quoting.

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John Green

Oh, my god," Augustus said. "i can't believe i have a crush on a girl with such cliché wishes." "i was thirteen," i said again, although of course i was only thinking "crush crush crush crush crush"....

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John Green

Seriously, don't even get me started on my hot bod. You don't want to see me naked, Dave. Seeing me naked actually took Hazel Grace's breath away,' he said, nodding toward the oxygen tank.

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John Green

I love you present tense,” I whispered, and then put my hand on the middle of his chest and said, “It’s okay, Gus. It’s okay. It is. It’s okay, you hear me?” I had—and have—absolutely no...

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John Green

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 fascists.

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John Green

...Kaitlyn never wore open-toed shoes on account of how she hated her feet because she felt her second toes were too long, as if the second toe was a window into the soul or something.

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John Green

At some point, I realized I was Kaitlyning the encounter, so I decided to text Kaitlyn and ask for some advice.

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John Green

Boys do not have the monopoly in Staring Business, after all.

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John Green

I'm a good person but a shitty writer. You're a shitty person but a good writer. We'd make a good team.

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John Green

The real heroes anyway aren't the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention. The guy who invented the smallpox vaccine didn't actually invent anything. He just...

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John Green

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.

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John Green

When it comes to girls (and in Colin's case, it so often did), everyone has a type. Colin Singleton's type was not physical but linguistic: he liked Katherines. And not Katies or Kats or Kitties or Cathys...

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John Green

I always liked routine. I suppose I never found boredom very boring.

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John Green

Some people have lives; some people have music.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

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

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John Green

I'm sorry. I know you loved her. It was hard not to.

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John Green

but there was nothing I could do to dim the supernovae exploding inside my brain, an endless chain of intra cranial firecrackers

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John Green

It is very sad to me that some people are so intent on leaving their mark on the world that they don’t care if that mark is a scar.

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John Green

A drink this good deserves one's best posture.

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John Green

In the darkest days, the Lord puts the best people into your life." (p. 28)

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John Green

Whatever, bro. We both had a long day. Too much drama. I'll TTYS." I wanted to ridicule him for using chatspeak IRL, but I found myself lacking the energy.

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John Green

Mental health days only exist for people who have the luxury of saying 'I don't want to deal with things today' and then can take the whole day off, while the rest of us are stuck fighting the fights we...

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John Green

Caring doesn't sometimes lead to misery. It always does.

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John Green

It's like people believe all you need to do is like the same bands in order to be soulmates. Or book. Oh my god...you like The Outsiders too...it's like we're the same person! No, we're not. It's like...

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John Green

You like someone who can't like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot.

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John Green

You can say a lot of bad things about Tiny Cooper. I know, because I have said them. But for a guy who knows absolutely nothing about how to conduct his own relationships, Tiny Cooper is kind of brilliant...

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John Green

Anything that happens all at once is just as likely to unhappen all at once, you know?

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John Green

I do love you and what else matters but that

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John Green

Suffering is universal.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

We fell. We got up. We ran.

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John Green

I can't remember, because I never knew.

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John Green

We'd failed, maybe, but some mysteries aren't meant to be solved.

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John Green

Nothing's wrong. Everything's right. Things couldn't be righter. Things could be less tired. They could be less busy. They could be less caffeinated. But they couldn't be righter.

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John Green

But we can't know better until knowing better is useless.

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John Green

Not that smart. Not that hot. Not that nice. Not that funny. That's me: I'm not that.

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John Green

We think that we are invincible because we are.

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John Green

Most loves don't last. But some do.

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John Green

The pure and simple truth Is rarely pure and never simple. What's a boy to do When lies and truth are both sinful?

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John Green

Lies are attempts to hide the truth by willfully denying facts. Fiction, on the other hand, is an attempt to reveal the truth by ignoring facts.

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John Green

We look back to the most important moment in our history, and that becomes the dividing line between what we were and what we are now.

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John Green

I'm not embarrassed by my faith, and I'm also not embarrassed by my doubt.

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John Green

The beautiful thing about driving was that it stole just enough of his attention - car parked on the side, maybe a cop, slow to speed limit, time to pass this sixteen-wheeler, turn signal, check rearview,...

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John Green

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

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John Green

This is what I love about novels - both reading them and writing them. They jump into the abyss to be with you where you are.

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John Green

We do an epically bad job of acknowledging one another's work and checking our sources.

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John Green

If people could see me the way I see myself - if they could live in my memories - would anyone love me?

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John Green

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

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John Green

I call my mom from the car. I tell her that Neutral Milk Hotel is playing at the Hideout and she says, "Who? What? You're hiding out?" And then I hum a few bars of one of their songs and Mom says, "Oh,...

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John Green

I have to tell you man, that my stalker meter is kind of registering in the red zone right now.

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John Green

As lives go, I'll take the quietly desperate over the radically bipolar.

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John Green

Love is tied to truth.

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John Green

dating you would be like a series of unnecessary root canals interspersed with occasional makeout sessions.

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John Green

If you don't say the honest thing, it never becomes true.

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John Green

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

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John Green

Half-drunk on well-creamed gas station coffee and the exhilarating loneliness of a freeway in nighttime...

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John Green

I mean, if Hardee's is urban, I'm not sure I want to see rural.

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John Green

Abligurition: an actual, if very obscure, English word, which means the spending of too much money on food.

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John Green

Because everybody who has ever lost their way in life has felt the nagging insistence of that question. At some point we all look up and realize we are lost in a maze, and I dont want us to forget Alaska,...

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John Green

I'm not sure if I'm depressed. I mean, I'm not exactly sad. But I'm not exactly happy either. I can laugh and joke and smile during the day, But sometimes when I'm alone at night I forget how to feel.

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John Green

You can't not like 'The Great Gatsby.' It's got the best sentences in, like, ever.

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John Green

Teenagers have more intense reading experiences because they've had fewer of them. It's like the first time you fall in love. You have a connection to that first person you fell in love with because it...

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John Green

It's hard to get movie studios to pay a lot of money for movies that don't have robots or explosions.

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John Green

We acknowledge that being the person God made you cannot separate you from God's love.

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John Green

But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail

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John Green

Tiny Cooper is splayed out across the thin carpet, using his backpack as a pillow. He’s wearing skinny jeans, which look very much like denim sausage casings.

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John Green

There's your labyrinth of suffering. We are all going. Find your way out of that maze.

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John Green

I don't think you're dying," I said. "I think you've just got a touch of cancer. He smiled. Gallows humor.

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John Green

You'll live forever in our hearts, big man. That particularly galled me, because it implied the immortality of those left behind: You will live forever in my memory, because I will live forever! I AM YOUR...

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John Green

All sorts of yayness floods my brain. Love is such a drug.

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John Green

But I could always tell in her eyes if she got really pissed at me, and her eyes were still pretty smiley

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John Green

But if you consider all the unlikely things together, at least one of them will probably happen to each of us.

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John Green

And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future—you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford...

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John Green

I smiled. She smiled. I believed the smile.

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John Green

Doing stuff never feels as good as you hope it will feel.

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John Green

You should see it. V for Vendetta I mean. "I'll look it up." No. With Me. At my house. Now

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John Green

I hated cranberry sauce, but for some reason my mom persisted in her lifelong belief that it was my very favorite food, even though every single Thanksgiving I politely declined to include it on my plate.

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John Green

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

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John Green

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

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John Green

To be abandoned like that! Shut out when you most need to be loved.

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John Green

The easiest way to solve a mystery is to decide that there is no mystery to solve.

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John Green

Maybe this time she wanted to be found, and to be found by me.

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John Green

Before any of it could make sense, it had to be heard.

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John Green

In the end the listening exposes you even more than it exposes the people you're trying to listen to.

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John Green

When you leave a place, it's best to leave.

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John Green

But as for me: I must ask the wounded man where he is hurt, because I cannot become the wounded man. The only wounded man I can be is me.

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John Green

We are now as I wished we could be then.

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John Green

Maybe we're grass—our roots so interdependent that no one is dead as long as someone is still alive.

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John Green

We don't suffer from a shortage of metaphors . . . But you have to be careful which metaphor you choose, because it matters.

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John Green

I can't be you. You can't be me. You can imagine another well—but never quite perfectly, you know?

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John Green

This is what happens: somebody—girl usually—got a free spirit, doesn't get on too good with her parents. These kids, they're like tied-down helium balloons. They strain against the string and strain...

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John Green

That's absolutely true, about the eight glasses a day. There's no reason whatsoever to drink eight glasses of water a day unless you, for whatever reason, particularly like the taste of water. Most experts...

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John Green

One of the Great Rules of Economics According to John Green If 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.

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John Green

By saying you don’t care if the world falls apart, in some small way you’re saying you want it to stay together, on your own terms.

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John Green

The Romans knew it: quod me alit me extinguit, they said: That which nourishes me, extinguishes me.

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John Green

I told him they built a statue of Schultz, and then he said that a monument is cold comfort to a dead man, and then I said that the statue was built not for Schultz, but for us--to remind us how to be...

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John Green

My regret was immediate and permanent and useless.

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John Green

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

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John Green

The idea is that for ten minutes, we forget that we have feelings. And we forget about protecting ourselves or other people and we just say the truth. For ten minutes. And then we can go back to being...

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John Green

The minister said, “Let us pray,” but as everyone else bowed their head, I could only stare slack-jawed at the sight of Peter Van Houten. After a moment, he whispered, “We gotta fake pray,” and...

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John Green

Nothing really ever happens like you imagine it will.

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John Green

So often we try to make other people feel better by minimizing their pain, by telling them that it will get better (which it will) or that there are worse things in the world (which there are). But that's...

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John Green

...whatever you're worried about, you're bigger than the worries.

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John Green

Everything that comes together falls apart. Everything. The chair I’m sitting on. It was built, and so it will fall apart. I’m gonna fall apart, probably before this chair. And you’re gonna fall...

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John Green

If people were like rain, I was like drizzle and she was a hurricane.

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John Green

Someday no one will remember that she ever existed, I wrote in my notebook, and then, or that I did. Because memories fall apart, too. And then you're left with nothing, left not even with a ghost but...

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John Green

The venn diagram of boys who don’t like smart girls and boys you don’t wanna date is a circle.

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John Green

I came here looking for a Great Perhaps, for real friends and a more-than-minor life..

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John Green

It seems to me that the great pleasure of human life is not in having an opinion, but rather in learning all the ways you are wrong, and all the nuances you failed to account for, and all the truths that...

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John Green

Everybody should have true love, and it should last at least as long as your life does.

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John Green

We're all just facilitators. The real business is done by readers.

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John Green

When people call people nerds, mostly what they're saying is, 'you like stuff.' Which is not a good insult at all, like, 'you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human conscience.

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John Green

In our hyper-secular world, worship is still inevitable. But it is vital to remember that our gods don't choose us, we choose them.

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John Green

I feel like, like, how you matter is defined by the things that matter to you. You matter as much as the things that matter to you.

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John Green

And, since they are theater people, they are all talking. All of them. Simultaneously. They do not need to be heard; they only need to be speaking.

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John Green

I mean, I am pretty fabulous. Am I not?' 'You're a pillar of fabulosity in the community,' I tell him.

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John Green

I'm on a roller coaster that only goes up," he said. "And it is my privilege and my responsibility to ride all the way up with you," I said.

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John Green

He took a bite, swallowed. "God. If asparagus tasted like that all the time, I'd be vegetarian, too." Some people in a lacquered wooden boat approached us on the canal below. One of them, a woman with...

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John Green

That's who you really like. The people you can think out loud in front of.

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John Green

Did I help you toward a fate you didn't want, Alaska, or did I just assist in your willful self-destruction?

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John Green

You say you're not special because the world doesn't know about you, but that's an insult to me. I know about you.

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John Green

It just goes to show, if you try to ruin someone's life, it only gets better. You just don't get to be a part of it.

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John Green

Tiny Cooper is not the world's gayest person, and he is not the world's largest person, but I believe he may be the world's largest person who is really, really gay, and also the world's gayest person...

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John Green

Dear Jane, Just so you know: e. e. cummings cheated on both of his wives. With prostitutes. Yours, Will Grayson

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John Green

This is the Homosexuality Is An Abomination Club, right?

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John Green

You may choose your song, but know this: Tiny. Cooper. Hates. Over. The. Rainbow.

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John Green

You will not kill my girlfriend today, International Terrorists of Ambiguous Nationality!

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John Green

..there she is, and I am watching her through plexiglass, and she looks like Margo Roth Spiegelman, this girl I have known since I was two–this girl who was an idea that I loved. And it is only now,...

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John Green

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.

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John Green

Grief doesn't change you. It reveals you.

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John Green

Ultimately what I like about reading together is that we all make it happen together. Of course even amid shared experience we’re still alone… each reading of each book is unique. But what a comfort...

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John Green

So keeping the box closed just keeps you in the dark, not the universe.

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John Green

We did a few things worth remembering, and I wish for someone to remember them.

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John Green

You could hear the wind in the leaves, and on that wind traveled the screams of the kids on the playground in the distance, the little kids figuring out how to be alive, how to navigate a world that was...

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John Green

This was the first time in my life that so many things would never happen again.

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John Green

We can hear others, and we can travel with them without moving, and we can imagine them, and we are all connected one to the other by a crazy root system, like so many leaves of grass. But the game makes...

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John Green

She raised one leg and gave me all her weight as a I dipped her. She either trusted me or wanted to fall.

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John Green

I could stand up and go to her and kiss her. I could. But there is still too much to be ruined.

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John Green

Osteosarcoma sometimes takes a limb to check you out. The, if it like you, it takes the rest.

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John Green

If you were to go, and hopefully someday you will, you would see a lot of paintings of dead people. You'd see Jesus on the cross, and you'd see a dude get stabbed in the neck, and you'd see people dying...

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John Green

I have spent my life falling. Not the kind that Tiny's talking about. He's talking about love. I'm talking about life. In my kind of falling, there's no landing. There's only hitting the ground. Hard....

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John Green

Maybe there's something you're afraid to say, or someone you're afraid to love, or somewhere you're afraid to go. It's gonna hurt. It's gonna hurt because it matters.

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John Green

You see how fake it all is. It's not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It's a paper town.

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John Green

At least I carpe'd that one diem.

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John Green

... she called it a paper town. Like, you know, everything so fake and flimsy.

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John Green

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...

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John Green

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.

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John Green

You're funny, and you're smart, and you may show up late, but you always show up eventually.

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John Green

And as paralyzing and upsetting as all the never agains were, the final leaving felt perfect. Pure. The most distilled possible form of liberation.

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John Green

That tastes like hope feels.

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John Green

You had been a paper boy to me all these years - two dimensions as a character on the page and two different, but still flat, dimensions as a person. But that night you turned out to be real.

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John Green

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...

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John Green

I mean, he was something that happened to me, you know? But before he was this minor figure in the drama of my life he was - you know, the central figure in the drama of his own life.

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John Green

When you're walking home at night, do you even get creeped out and even though it's silly and embarrassing you just want to run home?" It seemed too secret and personal to admit to virtual stranger, but...

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John Green

My love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity, ~ Hazel Lancaster.

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John Green

Walt Whitman is HOT! I mean, that guy could sound his barbaric yawps over the roofs of my world any time.

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John Green

I hope you didn't bring the Asian kid along thinking he's a computer genius. Because I'm not," Takumi said.

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John Green

I don't suppose I can wear the flamingo tie," he said as he pulled on black socks. "It's a bit festive, given the occasion," I responded. "Can't wear it to the opera," said the Colonel, almost smiling....

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John Green

And then we were kissing.....The space around us evaporated, and for a weird moment I rally like my body; this cancer-ruined thing I'd spent years dragging around suddenly seemed worth the struggle,..

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John Green

I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things.

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John Green

It lit up like a Christmas Tree Hazel Grace...

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John Green

The truth is that in our lives we are all going to encounter questions that should be answered, that deserve to be answered, and yet prove unanswerable.

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John Green

Also, it was a bit hopeless," he said. "A bit defeatist." "If by defeatist you mean honest, then I agree." "I don't think defeatism is honest, " Dad answered. "I refuse to accept that.

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John Green

Okay is BURSTING with sensuality

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John Green

I find it really offensive when people say that the emotional experiences of teenagers are less real or less important than those of adults. I am an adult, and I used to be a teenager, and so I can tell...

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John Green

And imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.

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John Green

We are greater than the sum of our parts.

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John Green

You never know. It's just. It's like. POOF. And you're gone.

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John Green

I pointed at the little kids goading each other to jump from rib cage to shoulder and Gus answered just loud enough for me to hear over the din, 'Last time, I imagined myself as the kid. This time, the...

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John Green

She is close enough to me that I can see her, because even now there is the outward sign of visible light, even at night in this parking lot on the outskirts of Algoe. After we kiss, our foreheads touch...

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John Green

Thank you," I say, pounding his back probably too hard. "That was the best damned passenger-seat driving I've ever seen in my life." He pats my uninjured cheek with his greasy hand. "I did it to save myself,...

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John Green

You cannot invent an algorithm that is as good at recommending books as a good bookseller, and that's the secret weapon of the bookstore - is that no algorithm will ever understand readers the way that...

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John Green

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

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John Green

But there are a thousand ways to look at it: maybe the strings break, or maybe our ship s sink, or maybe we're grass--our roots so interdependent that no one is dead as long as someone is still alive....

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John Green

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

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John Green

I thought of the one thing about home that I missed, my dad's study with its built-in, floor-to-ceiling shelves sagging with thick biographies and the black leather chair that kept me just uncomfortable...

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John Green

Whatever. Great day. Today. Best day of my life.

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John Green

It hurt, and that is not a euphemism. It hurt like a beating.

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John Green

This is unbearable ... God. These books she'll never read. Her Life's Library.

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John Green

I wondered if there would ever be a day when I didn't think about Alaska, wondered whether I should hope for a time when she would be a distant memory - recalled only on the anniversary of her death, or...

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John Green

I knew that I would know more dead people. The bodies pile up. Could there be a space in my memory for each of them, or would I forget a little of Alaska every day for the rest of my life?

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John Green

Everything that comes together falls apart.

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John Green

So we gave up. I'd finally had enough of chasing after a ghost who did not want to be seen. We'd failed, maybe, but some mysteries aren't meant to be solved.

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John Green

... 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.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

In the ensuing silence, I have time to contemplate the word cute— how dismissive it is, how it’s the equivalent of calling someone little, how it makes a person into a baby, how the word is a neon...

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John Green

Girls think they’re only allowed to wear dresses on formal occasions, but I like a woman who says, you know, I’m going over to see a boy who is having a nervous breakdown, a boy whose connection to...

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John Green

I want to minimize the deaths I am responsible for.

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John Green

Indiana,’ he said. ‘They steal the land from the Indians and leave the name, yes?

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John Green

Thank you for wearing that dress which is like whoa.

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John Green

I kind of conned you into believing you were falling in love with a healthy person.

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John Green

I pulled the oxygen tubes from my nostrils and raised the tube up over my head, handing it to Dad. I wanted it to be just me and just him.

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John Green

I’ve stopped thinking about it. I don’t have time to have a girlfriend. I have like a full-time job Learning How to Be Blind.

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John Green

I'm starting to realize that people lack good mirrors. It's so hard for anyone to show us how we look, & so hard for us to show anyone how we feel.

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John Green

I don't think you can ever fill the empty space with the thing you lost.

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John Green

One of those moments he knew he'd remember and look back on, one of those moments that he'd try to capture in the stories he told. Nothing was happening, really, but the moment was thick with mattering.

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John Green

I feel like my life is so scattered right now. Like it's all the small pieces of paper and someone's turned on the fan. But, talking to you makes me feel like the fan's been turned off for a little bit....

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John Green

Leaving feels good and pure only when you leave something important, something that mattered to you. Pulling life out by the roots. But you can't do that until your life has grown roots.

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John Green

This was what I liked most about my friends: just sitting around & telling stories.

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John Green

Hurt tends to drown out sorry.

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John Green

And I don’t blame him. I don’t even trust me.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

Like, in general I think people have very complicated reasons for wanting things, and we often have no idea whether we’re actually motivated by altruism or a desire to hook up or a search for answers...

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John Green

There were so many of us who would have to live with things done and things left undone that day. Things that did not go right, things that seemed okay at the time because we could not see the future....

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John Green

As much as life can suck, it always beats the alternative.

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John Green

And I don't really have anyone upon whom I want to rain down my wrath," I said, because in truth I didn't. I always felt like you had to be important to have enemies. Example: Historically, Germany has...

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John Green

Tell me my copy is missing the last twenty pages or something. Hazel Grace, tell me I have not reached the end of this book. OH MY GOD DO THEY GET MARRIED OR NOT OH MY GOD WHAT IS THIS?!

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John Green

To find Margo Roth Spiegelman, you must become Margo Roth Spiegelman. And I had done many of the things she might have done: I had engineered a most unlikely prom coupling. I had quieted the hounds of...

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John Green

If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can't know better until knowing better is useless.

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John Green

...all I have to do is stay in between the lines and make sure that no one is too close to me and I am not too close to anyone and keep leaving. Maybe it felt like this for her, too, but I could never...

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John Green

When we read the right book generously, it can change the way think about the world around us.

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John Green

Youth is counted sweetest by those who are no longer young.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

Her hair is ridiculous," I said. "I know. That was the only thing I said about her that was true. When you say nasty things about people, you should never say the true ones, because you can't really fully...

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John Green

It's more impressive," I said out loud. "From a distance, I mean. You can't see the wear on things, you know? You can't see the rust or the weeds or the paint cracking. You see the place as someone once...

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John Green

Q, you're going to go to Duke. You're going to be a very successful lawyer-or-something and get married and have babies and live your whole little life, and then you're going to die, and in the last moments,...

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John Green

She was up and down—from fire and brimstone to smoke and ashes.

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John Green

But once that string gets cut, kid, you can't uncut it. Do you get what I'm saying?

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John Green

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...

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John Green

feeling - probably for the first time in my life - the fear and excitement of living in a place where you never know what's going to happen or when.

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John Green

my lungs sucked at being lungs.

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John Green

Peter Van Houten was the only person I’d ever come across who seemed to (a) understand what it’s like to be dying, and (b) not have died.

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John Green

And I vaguely remember her smiling at me from the door way the glittering ambiguity of a girls smile, which seems to promise an answer to the question, but never gives it. The question, the one we’ve...

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John Green

Colder by the hour, more dead with every breath.

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John Green

When you say nasty things about people, you should never say the true ones, because you can't really fully and honestly take those back..

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John Green

Cold,” he said, pressing a finger to my pale wrist. “Not cold so much as underoxygenated,” I said. “I love it when you talk medical to me,” he said. He stood, and pulled me up with him, and did...

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John Green

Finally, I decided that the proper strategy was to stare back. Boys do not have a monopoly on the Staring Business, after all. So I looked him over and soon it was a staring contest. After a while the...

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John Green

Where do you come up with these zingers, Clint? Do you own some kind of joke factory in Indonesia where you've got eight-year-olds working ninety hours a week to deliver you that kind of top-quality witticism?...

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John Green

If he is anything other than a total gentleman, I’m going to gouge his eyes out.” “So you’re into it.” “Withholding judgment! When can I see you?” “Certainly not until you finish An Imperial...

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John Green

Wow,” I said. “Are you making this up?” “Hazel Grace, could I, with my meager intellectual capacities, make up a letter from Peter Van Houten featuring phrases like ‘our triumphantly digitized...

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John Green

Hazel GRACE!” he shouted. “You did not use your one dying Wish to go to Disney World with your parents.” “Also Epcot Center,” I mumbled. “Oh, my God,” Augustus said. “I can’t believe...

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John Green

We were sitting there on the couch together, and he pushed himself up to go but then fell back down onto the couch and sneaked a kiss onto my cheek. “Augustus!” I said. “Friendly,” he said. He...

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John Green

So how’s it going?” “Okay. Glad to be home, I guess. Gus told me you were in the ICU?” “Yeah,” I said. “Sucks,” he said. “I’m a lot better now,” I said. “I’m going to Amsterdam...

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John Green

People always get used to beauty, though.” “I haven’t gotten used to you just yet,” he answered, smiling. I felt myself blushing. “Thank you for coming to Amsterdam,” he said. “Thank you...

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John Green

So it’s your death suit.” “Correct. Don’t you have a death outfit?” “Yeah,” I said. “It’s a dress I bought for my fifteenth birthday party. But I don’t wear it on dates.” His eyes...

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John Green

I spent your Wish on that doucheface,” I said into his chest. “Hazel Grace. No. I will grant you that you did spend my one and only Wish, but you did not spend it on him. You spent it on us.

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John Green

Augustus: “You probably need some rest.” Me: “I’m okay.” Augustus: “Okay.” (Pause.) “What are you thinking about?” Me: “You.” Augustus: “What about me?” Me: “‘I do not know...

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John Green

Witness also that when we talk about literature, we do so in the present tense. When we speak of the dead, we are not so kind.

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John Green

Depression is a side effect of dying. (Almost everything is, really).

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John Green

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

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John Green

Hank, when people call people nerds mostly what they're saying is,'You like stuff'.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

I worked hard to meet his eyes, even though they were the kind of pretty that’s hard to look at..

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John Green

What happened?" "During the kiss?" "No, with you and Caroline." "Oh," he said. And then after a second, "Caroline is no longer suffering from personhood.

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John Green

He may be a malevolent sorcerer, but Tiny Cooper is his own goddamned man, and if he wants to be a gigantic skipper, then that's his right as a huge American.

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John Green

The preciousness of the moment, which should make it easier to talk, makes it harder.

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John Green

I don't like reindeer. They seem like regular deer, only more dangerous.

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John Green

What's your name ? Hazel . No , your full name . Um , Hazel Grace Lancaster .

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John Green

You're not a little kid anymore. You need to make friends, get out of the house, and live your life.

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John Green

As far as all of our identities are dependent on how other people imagine us we are all making ourselves and each other up all the time

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John Green

It hurts because it mattered.

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John Green

Without Pain, How Could We Know Joy?

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John Green

You're not going to impose the patriarchal paradigm on me.

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John Green

It's nice to have people who will feel guilty for you.

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John Green

Just spend a few more months playing video games. That hand-eye coordination will come in handy when you get to third base.

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John Green

People believed in an afterlife because they couldn't bear not to.

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John Green

Pudge, my friend, we are indefuckingstructible.

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John Green

That was part of her, and you used to know it. It's like now you only care about the Alaska you made up.

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John Green

I wondered whether I could find a Great Perhaps here at all or whether I had made a grand miscalculation.

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John Green

I'm sorry," she says. I wheel around. "You know, you're a total know-it-all. And it's incredibly rude sometimes; I mean, you're not perfect either, and you act like it's my fault but it's not my fault...

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John Green

It's embarrassing that we all just walk through life blindly accepting that scrambled eggs are fundamentally associated with mornings.

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John Green

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

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John Green

People are supposed to care. It's good that people mean something to you, that you miss people when they're gone.

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John Green

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

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John Green

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...

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John Green

Do the thing you're good at. Not many people are lucky enough to be so good at something.

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John Green

He wasn't perfect or anything. He wasn;t your fairytale prince charming or whatever. He tried to be like that sometimes,but i liked him best when that stuff fell away.

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John Green

I tried to tell myself that it could be worse, that the world was not a wish-granting factory, that I was living with cancer not dying of it, that I mustn't let it kill me before it kills me,...

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John Green

People are such idiots. As if there's something wrong with being in love.

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John Green

You can't just make me different, and then leave. Because I was fine before, Alaska. I was just fine with me and last words and school friends, and you can't just make me different and then die.

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John Green

I could try to pretend that I didn't care anymore, but it could never be true again. You can't just make yourself matter, and then die, Alaska, because now, I am irretrievably different, and I'm sorry...

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John Green

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...

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John Green

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

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John Green

I think one of the most important differences between us is that you are excellent at living in a way that is commensurate with your values, whereas I am not. For instance, I didn’t recycle until I watched...

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John Green

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.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

Please stop," I said. "You're upsetting the black Santas.

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John Green

You are fairly smart," I said after a while. "You are fairly good at compliments," he answered.

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John Green

That's the mystery, isn't it? Is the labyrinth living or dying? Which is he trying to escape---the world or the end of it?

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John Green

From the front Rdar announces, "Don't you go talking bad about GoFast bars. Do you want me to stop this car?" "Whenever I eat a GoFast bar," Ben says, "I'm always like, 'So this is what blood tastes like...

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John Green

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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John Green

Omnis cellula e cellula," he said again. "All cells come from cells. Every cell is born of a previous cell, which was born of a previous cell. Life comes from life. Life begets life begets life begets...

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John Green

No reason to be angry. Anger just distracts from the all-encompassing sadness.

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John Green

She cannot possibly be dead, people do not just die

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John Green

Even then, it hurt. The pain was always there, pulling me inside of myself, demanding to be felt. It always felt like I was waking up from the pain when something in the world outside of me suddenly required...

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John Green

Need is never a good basis for any relationship.

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John Green

Who would you die for? Who would you wake up at five forty-five in the morning for even though you don't even know why he needs you?

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John Green

There are times when you just have to let it all out. All the anger, all the pain.

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John Green

I tried--I swear I tried. But you didn't want to hear what I was saying, and I used that as an excuse to let it go on.

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John Green

Is that what relationships become? A reduced version of the hurt, nothing else let in. It was more than that. I know it was more than that.

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John Green

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 the hate invincible,"...

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John Green

Dumpers may not always be the heartbreakers, and the Dumpees may not always be the heartbroken. But everyone has a tendency.

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John Green

And even though he felt pitiful and ridiculous, he didn't want it to end, because he knew the absence of her would hurt more than any breakup ever could.

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John Green

He specialized in the murder of dreams, Hazel Grace...

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John Green

Crying adds something: crying is you, plus tears. But the feeling Colin had was some horrible opposite of crying. It was you, minus something. He kept thinking about one word - forever - and felt the burning...

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John Green

In my opinion, actual heroism, like actual love, is a messy, painful, vulnerable business—and I wanted to try to reflect that.

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John Green

Good friends are hard to find and impossible to forget.

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John Green

Nothing to be gained by worrying between now and then.

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John Green

...And in freedom, most people find sin.

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John Green

...It was nice to spend time with someone so interesting.

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John Green

We all want to do something to mitigate the pain of loss or to turn grief into something positive, to find a silver lining in the clouds. But I believe there is real value in just standing there, being...

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John Green

It was psychological trick called empathic listening. You say what the person is feeling so they feel understood.

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John Green

If by that you mean that I dislike celebrity magazines, prefer food to anorexia, refuse to watch TV shows about models, and hate the color pink, then yes. I am proud to be not really a girl.

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John Green

She never liked me much, but she sure loved me

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John Green

She was nothing but good and I was nothing but bad, but then she died, and I didn't.

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John Green

Isaac out of surgery. It went well. He's officially NEC. NEC meant "no evidence of cancer." A second text came a few seconds later. I mean, he's blind. So that's unfortunate.

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John Green

At least it was instant. At least there wasn't any pain." I knew he was only trying to help, but he didn't get it. There was pain. A dul endless pain in my gut that wouldn't go away even when I knelt on...

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John Green

I always had this secret suspicion that I was special.

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John Green

She has enough black eyeliner on to outline a corpse, and her skin's so pale she looks like she's just broken dawn.

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John Green

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

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John Green

People are different when you can smell them and look up close, you know?

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John Green

The part I enjoy most is not the doing, but the noticing.

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John Green

I do my precalc homework, and then when I'm done I actually sit with the textbook for like three hours and try to understand what I just did. That's the kind of weekend it is--the kind where you have so...

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John Green

i know he's been looking forward to this--and i know that i've been looking forward to this. but now i have to stop looking forward and start looking at where i am. it's hard.

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John Green

We kiss. Her hands are freezing on my face, and she tastes like coffee and the smell of the onion is still stuck in my nose, and my lips are all dry from the endless winter. And it's awesome.

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John Green

It's only forever... Not long at all.

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John Green

They belong to their readers now, which is a great thing–because the books are more powerful in the hands of my readers than they could ever be in my hands.

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John Green

But monotony doesn't make for painlessness.

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John Green

I want to see you again tonight. But I'm willing to wait all night and much of tomorrow.

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John Green

Were she better or you sicker, then the stars would not be so terribly crossed, but it is the nature of the stars to cross...

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John Green

This squirrel is inadequately afraid of humans! Squirrel, I am a threat to you! We are enemies! Please get off my bench! Oh, god! Oh, god! Don't touch me—oh, god!

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John Green

How strange and how lovely it is to be anything at all.

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John Green

Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war

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John Green

God will punish the wicked. And before He does, we will.

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John Green

Muhammad brought the promise that anyone could find fulfillment and everlasting life through allegiance to the one true God. The Buddah held out hope that the suffering could be transcended. Jesus brought...

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John Green

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....

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John Green

You matter as much as the things that matter to you do.

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John Green

But you want to see shapes; you want to see stories, so you pick them out of the sky.

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John Green

Nothing was happening, really, but the moment was thick with mattering

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John Green

All salvation is temporary

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John Green

I think forever is an incorrect concept," I answered. He smirked. "You're an incorrect concept." "I know. That's why I'm being taken out of the rotation".

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John Green

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.

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John Green

Crying is you, plus tears

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John Green

There's no reason whatsoever to drink eight glasses of water a day unless you, for whatever reason, particularly like the taste of water

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John Green

I'm not interested in dating a girl I'm not gonna marry

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John Green

Do you ever wonder whether people would like you more or less if they could see inside you?

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John Green

Here's to all the places we went. And all the places we'll go. And here's to me, whispering again and again and again and again: iloveyou

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John Green

Eternity bids thee to forget.

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John Green

The rules of capitalization are so unfair to words in the middle of a sentence.

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John Green

...It sounded like a dragon breathing in time with me, like I had this pet dragon who was cuddled up next to me and cared enough about me to time his breaths to mine.

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John Green

Maybe life is not about accomplishing some bullshit markers.

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John Green

I love you present tense.

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John Green

You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.

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John Green

And in my classes, I will talk most of the time, and you will listen most of the time. Because you may be smart, but I've been smart longer.

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John Green

You may be smart, but I've been smart longer.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

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...

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John Green

the existence of broccoli does not in any way affect the taste of chocolate

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John Green

You know how we make a Scotch and water in this home?" "No, sir," Gus said. "We pour Scotch into a glass and then call to mind thoughts of water, and then we mix the actual Scotch with the abstracted idea...

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John Green

You know your problem, Quentin? You keep expecting people not to be themselves.

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John Green

That's why those tapes we made are going to be so great one day, because they'll tell stories that time has swallowed up or distorted or whatever.

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John Green

What do you mean by meant? Given the final futility of our struggle, is the fleeting jolt of meaning that art gives us valuable? Or is it the only value passing time as comfortably as possible?

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John Green

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.

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John Green

We all romanticize the people we adore.

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John Green

But you know what they say about Gutshot: the population never goes up and never goes down, because every time a woman gets pregnant, a man leaves town.

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John Green

That's what I realized: if I did get her back somehow, she wouldn't fill the hole that losing her created.

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John Green

You know, like when you look in the mirror and the thing you see is not the thing as it really is.

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John Green

I don’t know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving.

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John Green

I fear oblivion. I fear it like the proverbial blind man who's afraid of the dark.

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John Green

I don't even know how ugly and pretty get decided.

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John Green

The act of leaning in to kiss someone, or asking them, is fraught with the possibility of rejection, so the person least likely to get rejected should do the leaning in or the asking.

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John Green

He missed her like crazycakes.

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John Green

If drunk were cookies, I'd be Famous Amos

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John Green

I just want to fly under the radar, because when you start to make yourself into a big deal, that's when you get shot down.

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John Green

He missed his imagined future.

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John Green

See, popularity is complicated. You have to spend a lot of time thinking about liking; you have to really like being liked, and also sort like being disliked.

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John Green

It's so easy to get stuck. You just get caught in being something, being special or cool or whatever, to the point where you don't even know why you need it; you just think you do.

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John Green

And he found himself thinking that maybe stories don't just make us matter to each other - maybe they're also the only way to the infinite mattering he'd been after for so long.

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John Green

And he was feeling not-unique in the very best possible way.

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John Green

Sorry," I said to the Duke. "Eh, it's not your fault. It's Carla's fault. You were turning the wheel. Carla just wasn't listening. I knew I shouldn't have loved her. She's like all the others, Tobin; as...

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John Green

JP shouted, "TELL THEM WHAT YOU JUST DID TO EACH OTHER!" "Um," I said. "We kissed," the Duke said. "That's kinda gay," Keun said. "I AM A GIRL." "Yeah, I know, but so is Tobin," Keun said.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

I would always love Alaska Young, my crooked neighbor, with all my crooked heart.

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John Green

She smiled with all the delight of a kid on Christmas morning and said, "Y'all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die." - Alaska

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John Green

Worry is yet another side effect of dying.

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John Green

The nature of the labyrinth, I scribbled into my spiral notebook, and the way out of it. This teacher rocked. I hated discussion classes. I hated talking, and I hated listening to everyone else stumble...

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John Green

I hated sports. I hated sports, and I hated people who played them, and I hated people who watched them, and I hated people who didn't hate people who watched or played them.

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John Green

Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. (...) You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps...

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John Green

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...

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John Green

Always' was a promise! How can you just break the promise?" "Sometimes people don't always understand the promises they're making when they make them," I said. Isaac shot me a look. "Right, of course....

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John Green

‎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.

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John Green

‎"I go to seek a Great Perhaps.

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John Green

It must be some book," she said as she knelt down next to the bed..."Did that boy give it to you?" She asked out of nowhere. "By 'it' do you mean herpes?" "You are too much," Mom said, "The book, Hazel....

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John Green

He flipped himself onto his side and kissed me. "You're so hot," I said, my hand still on his leg. "I'm starting to think you have an amputee fetish," he answered, still kissing me. I laughed. "I have...

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John Green

Once you think a thought, it is extremely difficult to unthink it.

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John Green

I still 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 we are just matter, and matter gets recycled

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John Green

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!...

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John Green

He liked the idea of coffee quite a lot—a warm drink that gave you energy and had been for centuries associated with sophisticates and intellectuals. But coffee itself tasted to him like caffeinated...

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John Green

How about I call you when I finish this?” “But you don’t even have my phone number,” he said. “I strongly suspect you wrote it in the book.” He broke out into that goofy smile. “A nd you...

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John Green

I do, Augustus. I do.

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John Green

It’s not fair,” I said. “It’s just so goddamned unfair.” “The world,” he said, “is not a wishgranting factory,

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John Green

In the dark beside me, she smelled of sweat and sunshine and vanilla,

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John Green

And then we were kissing. My hand let go of the oxygen cart and I reached up for his neck, and he pulled me up by my waist onto my tiptoes. As his parted lips met mine, I started to feel breathless in...

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John Green

Every paper girl needs at least one string.

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John Green

Nothing is as boring as other people's dreams.

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John Green

You listen to people so that you can imagine them, and you hear all the terrible and wonderful things people do to themselves and to one another, but in the end the listening exposes you even more than...

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John Green

She said 'I love you' as if it were a secret, and an immense one.

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John Green

In the end, what you do isn't going to be nearly as interesting or important as who you do it with.

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John Green

...a taste so profound and complex that it can't even be compared to other tastes, only to emotions. Cheesy waffles, I was thinking, tastes like love without the fear of love's dissolution...

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John Green

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.

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John Green

I like the strings. I always have. Because that's how it feels. But the strings make pain seem more fatal than it is, I think. We're not as frail as the strings would make us believe. And I like the grass,...

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John Green

I'm just reveling in the glory of not having to hear the neediness and impotence of my own voice.

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John Green

You're amazing, and I so want to be your boyfriend, because of what you just said, and also because that shirt makes me want to take you home and do unspeakable things while we watch live-action Sailor...

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John Green

But what could I lose by continuing that had not already been lost?

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John Green

Getting a life’ is something only a complete idiot could believe. Like you can just drive to a store and get a life. See it in its shiny box and look inside the plastic window and catch a glimpse of...

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John Green

We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreperably broken.

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John Green

But to be perfectly frank, this childish idea that the author of a novel has some special insight into the characters in the novel...it's ridiculous. That novel was composed of scratches on a page, dear....

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John Green

Her primary reason for living and my primary reason for living were awfully entangled.

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John Green

I did some research on this a couple years ago," Augustus continued. "I was wondering if everybody could be remembered. Like, if we got organized, and assigned a certain number of corpses to each living...

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John Green

Tiny, the next time that you try to set me up with a girl with a secret boyfriend can you at least INFORM me that she has a secret boyfriend? Also, if you don't call me back within five minutes, I'm going...

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John Green

Compromise is when you do what I tell you and I do what I want. ~Tiny Cooper

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John Green

Also, I feel that crying is almost--like, aside from deaths of relatives or whatever-- totally avoidable if you follow two very simple rules: 1.Don't care too much. 2. Shut up. Everything unfortunate that...

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John Green

What about the rest of your life?" She shrugged. "What about it?" "Aren't you worried about, like, forever?" "Forever is composed of nows," she says.

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John Green

All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm.

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John Green

I'll just go over to the Duke's," I said. "Her parents already told me I could stay there. I'll go over there and open all my presents, and talk about how my parents neglect me, and then maybe the Duke...

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John Green

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...

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John Green

I tore open the closet door and began feverishly sorting through the shirts piled on the floor in the vain hope that inside that pile there might be some wondrously perfect shirt down there, a nice and...

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John Green

Don't make fun of her," the Duke said. "She needs gentle encouragement. Carla, baby, we love you. You are such a good car. And we believe in you one hundred percent." ... "Don't listen to him, Carla. You're...

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John Green

I don't want to hear another negative word about cheerleaders. If it weren't for cheerleaders, who would tell us when and how to be happy during athletic events? If it weren't for cheerleaders, how would...

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John Green

Breaking down that wall is the kind of story that might have a happy middle - oh, look, we broke down this wall, I'm going to look at you like a girl and you're going to look at me like a boy, and we're...

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John Green

My stomach sank. JP had come so close. His immigrant parents had sacrificed so much.

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John Green

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....

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John Green

Books—they weren't ladders out of the abyss, but they were companions.

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John Green

One day, you’re 17 and you’re planning for someday. And then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life.

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John Green

Everybody was so kind. Strong, too. In the darkest days, the Lord puts the best people into your life.” “Quick, give me a throw pillow and some thread because that needs to be an Encouragement,

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John Green

Augustus Waters was the great star-crossed love of my life. Ours was an epic love story, and I won’t be able to get more than a sentence into it without disappearing into a puddle of tears. Gus knew....

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John Green

Augustus Waters died eight days after his prefuneral, at Memorial, in the ICU, when the cancer, which was made of him, finally stopped his heart, which was also made of him.

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John Green

For me, the hero’s journey is not the voyage from weakness to strength. The true hero’s journey is the voyage from strength to weakness.

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John Green

C'mon Pudge. I'm teasing. You have to be tough. I didn't know how bad it was-- and I'm sorry, and they'll regret it-- but you have to be tough.

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John Green

And then it was the kind of dark your eyes never adjust to.

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John Green

We had to forgive to survive the labyrinth

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John Green

How are the eyes?' 'Oh, excellent,' he said. 'I mean, they're not in my head is the only problem.

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John Green

In the first century CE, Roman authorities punished St. Apollonia by crushing her teeth one by one with pliers. Colin often thought about this in relationship to the monotony of dumping: we have thirty-two...

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John Green

We left. We did not say: Don't drive, You're drunk. We did not say: We aren't letting you in that car when you are upset. We did not say: We insist on going with you. We did not say: This can wait until...

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John Green

How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!" In reality, "How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!" were probably not Simon Bolivar's last words (although he did, historically, say them). His last words...

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John Green

I jog through the halls and then go upstairs to Jane’s locker and carefully slip the note I wrote last night through the vent: To: The Locker Houdini From: Will Grayson Re: An Expert in the Field of...

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John Green

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...

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John Green

And then I was asleep. That deep, can-still-taste-her-in-my-mouth sleep, that sleep that is not particularly restful but difficult to wake up from all the same.

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John Green

Physical intimacy isn’t and can never be an effective substitute for emotional intimacy.

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John Green

I think if you keep the box closed long enough you do kill the cat, actually.

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John Green

Language buries, but does not resurrect.

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John Green

Because so many people use goodreads, it is an amazingly good—and amazingly underutilized—resource for understanding what people read, why, and how they feel about their reading experiences.

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John Green

I feel like I might start crying and that I'm going to cry pee.

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John Green

Miles, as in 'to go before I sleep'?

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John Green

There's no way of knowing that your last good day is Your Last Good Day. At the time, it is just another good day.

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John Green

I choose the labyrinth.

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John Green

Daddy is trying really fugging hard to think of a not-terrifying reason why you'd wake Daddy up in the middle of the night to ask that fugging question. But no. No. Daddy does not have a match or a lighter.

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John Green

You don't remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.

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John Green

There is always the risk: something is good and good and good and good, and then all at once it gets awkward. All at once, she sees you looking at her, and then she doesn't want to joke around with you...

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John Green

Colin thought about the dork mantra: sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. What a dirty lie.

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John Green

He knew he couldn't tell stories, that he always included extraneous details & tangents that interested only him.

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John Green

They like their coffee like they like their ex-boyfriends: bitter.

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John Green

Not to ask the obvious question, but why Alaska?

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John Green

Bro, it's dark. You can't go to a strange building with a mysterious address in the dark. Haven't you ever seen a horror movie?

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John Green

I don't really care how people read. I care if people read.

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John Green

Do you have a Wish?' he asked, referring to this organization, The Genie Foundation, which is in the business of granting sick kids one wish. 'No' I said. 'I used my Wish pre-Miracle.' 'What'd you do?'...

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John Green

Observation: It would be awesome to fly in a superfast airplane that could chase the sunrise around the world for a while.

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John Green

The food was so good that with each passing course, our conversation devolved further into fragmented celebrations of its deliciousness: 'I want this dragon carrot risotto to become a person so I can take...

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John Green

We all miss you so much. It just never ends. It feels like we were all wounded in your battle, Caroline. I miss you. I love you.

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John Green

depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying.

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John Green

He took a long drink, then grimaced. “I do not have a drinking problem,” he announced, his voice needlessly loud. “I have a Churchillian relationship with alcohol: I can crack jokes and govern England...

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John Green

I believe in hope, in what is something called ”radical hope.” I believe there is hope for all of us, even amid the suffering. And that’s why I write fiction, probaby. It’s my attempt to keep that...

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John Green

Truth resists simplicity.

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John Green

I even tried to tell myself to live my best life today.

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John Green

The important thing is not whatever nonsense the voices are saying, but what the voices are feeling.

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John Green

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:...

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John Green

The Z’s will kill us all, and then the Z’s will die out and in sixty years there will be no one to remember our silly war, Caroline’s wasted ammunition, my year of zombic survivalism, Rene DesCartes’s...

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John Green

Being a person, I had come to realize, is a communal activity. Dogs know how to be dogs. But people do not know how to be people unless and until they learn from other people.

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John Green

Such is life. We grow up. Planets like Tiny get new moons. Moons like me get new planets.

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John Green

Your friendship with her-it sleeps with the fishes.

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John Green

I couldn't hear a thing in the world but you. And it was so cold then, and so silent, and I loved you so much. Now it's hot and dead quiet again, and I love you still.

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John Green

You’re joining us for dinner, I hope?” asked his mom. She was small and brunette and vaguely mousy. “I guess?” I said. “I have to be home by ten. Also I don’t, um, eat meat?” “No problem....

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John Green

Love is the most common miracle.

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John Green

Love is always a miracle, everywhere,every time. But for us, it's a little different. I don't want to say it's more miraculous,...It is though.

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John Green

At least for tonight. In sickness and in health. In good times and in bad. For richer, for poorer. 'Till dawn do us part.

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John Green

I will play out the string. I will not betray your trust. I will find you.

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John Green

The whole thing was the precise opposite of what I figured it would be: slow and patient and quiet and neither particularly painful nor particularly ecstatic

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John Green

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...

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John Green

What happens in the band room stays in the band room.

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John Green

A small olive-skinned creature who had hit puberty but never hit it very hard, Ben had been my best friend since fifth grade, when we both finally owned up to the fact that neither of us was likely to...

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John Green

Let's make a deal: You figure out what the labyrinth is and how to get out of it, and i'll get you laid. -Alaska Young

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John Green

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

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John Green

According to Maslow, I was stuck on the second level of the pyramid, unable to feel secure in my health and therefore unable to reach for love and respect and art and whatever else, which is, utter horseshit:...

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John Green

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.

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John Green

Ben's tongue is like sunscreen...It's good for your health and should be applied liberally.

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John Green

The dead are visible only in the terrible lidless eye of memory. The living, thank heaven, retain the ability to surprise and to disappoint. - Van Houten

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John Green

You die in the middle of your life.

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John Green

It's hard as hell to hold on to your dignity when the risen sun is too bright in your losing eyes, and that's what I was thinking about as we hunted for bad guys through the ruins of a city that didn't...

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John Green

I am concussed," I announced, entirely sure of my self-diagnosis.

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John Green

It's fine," I repeated. And whatever. It was fine. It had to be.

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John Green

I was thinking about this girl you love so much," she said, "And this place I love so much. And how that happens. How you can just fall into it.

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John Green

Uh-uh, dude. I tried it your way with the dating and the girls and the kissing and the drama, and man, I didn't like it. Plus, my best friend is a walking cautionary tale of what happens to you when romantic...

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John Green

She said Robert Joyner had killed himself with a gun. And then I asked why, and then she told me that he was getting a divorce and was sad about it.' 'Lots of people get divorces and don't kill themselves,'...

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John Green

I think maybe I know why,' she finally said. 'Why?' 'Maybe all the strings inside him broke,' she said.

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John Green

She never acted as if she liked him all that much, but then she never acted as if she liked anyone all that much.

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John Green

Interesting capitalization,' I said. 'Yeah. I'm a big believer in random capitalization. The rules of capitalization are so unfair to words in the middle.

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John Green

I was so tired of her getting upset for no reason. The way she would get sulky and make references to the freaking oppressive nature of tragedy or whatever but then never said what was wrong, never have...

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John Green

I've lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.

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John Green

The thing about That Guy Is a Gigolo,' Radar says, 'I mean, the thing about it as a game, is that in the end it reveals a lot more about the person doing the imagining than it does about the person being...

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John Green

I kept waiting for that loneliness and nervousness to make me want to go back. But it never did.

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John Green

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...

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John Green

The whole pleasure of being in a state of unknowing is that as long as you don’t know, all possible outcomes feel as if they are happening.

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John Green

Because no one thought she was a person, she had no one to really talk to.

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John Green

I kept it for myself like a keepsake, as if sharing the memory might lead to its dissipation.

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John Green

She would stay on the road and in hiding, a balloon floating through the sky, eating up hundreds of miles a day with a help of the perpetual tailwind.

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John Green

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.

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John Green

She waited for me to play out the string, to find the place where she had stopped and was waiting for me, to follow the breadcrumb tail until it dead-ended into her.

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John Green

My days had a pleasant identicalness about them. I had always liked that: I liked routine. I liked being bored. I didn’t want to but I did.

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John Green

There is no try. There is only do.

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John Green

Ultimately, it doesn't matter if the author intended a symbol to be there, because the job of reading is not to understand the authors intend. The job of reading is to see into other people as we see ourselves.

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John Green

It's not life or death, the labyrinth. Suffering. Doing wrong and having wrong things happen to you.

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John Green

You shall love your neighbour With your crooked heart, It says so much about love and brokenness -- it's perfect.

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John Green

Keys show up when you reconcile yourself to the bus...

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John Green

History doesn't have a curfew.

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John Green

Hazel Grace,” he said. “Hi,” I said. “How are you?” “Grand,” he said. “I have been wanting to call you on a nearly minutely basis, but I have been waiting until I could form a coherent...

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John Green

I don't really want to be the costar of anyone's life.

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John Green

I would argue that stupidity is born out of bad reading, bad teaching and bad thinking!

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John Green

Dutch is not so much a language as an ailment of the throat.

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John Green

That's why people grow weary of listening to Dumpees obsess over their troubles: getting dumped is predictable, repetitive, and boring. They want to stay friends; they feel smothered; it's always them...

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John Green

Even if it’s a dumb story, telling it changes people just the slightest little bit, just as living the story changes me. An infinitesimal change. And that infinetisimal change ripples outward —ever...

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John Green

And so that is the question I leave you with in this final: What is your cause for hope?

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John Green

I needed, I decided, to really know her, because I needed more to remember. Before I could begin the shameful process of forgetting the how and the why of her living and dying, I needed to learn it: How....

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John Green

The phrase booze and mischief left me worrying I'd stumbled into what my mother referred to as "the wrong crowd," but for the wrong crowd, they both seemed awfully smart.

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John Green

Not the brightest gem in the jewelry shop, but you've got to admire his single-minded dedication to drug abuse.

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John Green

Why would you try to kill this guy, Kevin? He's a genius. Nuts to your truce.

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John Green

I've gotten thrown out of thirty-seven straight games,' he said. 'Once or twice, I've had to go really crazy. I ran onto the court with eleven seconds left once and stole the ball from the other team....

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John Green

I found his last words without too much searching. Captured by the Bolivian army, Guevara said, 'Shoot, coward. You are only going to kill a man.

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John Green

The Colonel's hand was so little, and I grabbed it tight, his cold seeping into me and my warmth into him. 'I memorized the populations,' he said.

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John Green

Oh, God, Alaska, I love you. I love you,' and the Colonel whispered, 'I'm so sorry, Pudge. I know you did,' and I said, 'No. Not past tense.

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John Green

Right. I'd forgotten about her.' He shook his head. 'That keeps happening.

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John Green

There is a part of her greater than the sum of her knowable parts. And that part has to go somewhere, because it cannot be destroyed.

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John Green

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

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John Green

I’ve always sort of preferred people who are not entirely likable.

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John Green

Everything's uglier close up," she said. "Not you," I answered.

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John Green

I was born into Bolívar's labyrinth, and so I must believe in the hope of Rabelais' Great Perhaps.

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John Green

And I will forget her, yes. That which came together will fall apart slowly, but she will forgive my forgetting, just as I forgive her for forgetting me and the Colonel and nothing but herself and her...

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John Green

Home is Where the Heart Is, Good Friends Are Hard to Find and Impossible to Forget. True Love is Born from Hard Times.

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John Green

The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams. So much depends upom a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens.

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John Green

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

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John Green

Amsterdam is like the rings of a tree: It gets older as you get closer to the center.

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John Green

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...

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John Green

Easy comfort isn't comforting

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John Green

That feeling of finishedness does not come all at once, and it is not easily won, but I think once you get there it is hard to go back.

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John Green

I think about how much depends upon a best friend. Then you wake up in the morning you swing your legs out of bed and you put your feet on the ground and you stand up. You don't scoot to the edge of the...

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John Green

Does he have ugly hands? Sometimes beautiful people have ugly hands." "No he has kind of amazing hands.

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John Green

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John Green

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John Green

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John Green

I figured something out," he said aloud. "The future is unpredictable." Hassan said, "Sometimes the kafir likes to say massively obvious things in a really profound voice.

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John Green

I mean, it’s stupid to miss someone you didn’t even get along with. But I don’t know, it was nice, you know, having someone you could always fight with.

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John Green

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