Quotes by John Green

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i am still bowled ov quote by john green

I am still bowled over by this great young adult novel by David Levithan called 'Every Day,' which is about a character with no gender or body who wakes up every day in the body of a different person. It's a really impressive execution of a really great premise.

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im a big believer i quote by john green

I'm a big believer in pairing classics with contemporary literature, so students have the opportunity to see that literature is not a cold, dead thing that happened once but instead a vibrant mode of storytelling that's been with us a long time - and will be with us, I hope, for a long time to come.

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teenagers have more  quote by 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 was so intense and unprecedented.

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i love making youtub quote by john green

I love making YouTube videos. I love Tumblr, I love Twitter. I love talking with people I find interesting about stuff I find interesting, and the Internet is a great way to do that.

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teenage readers also quote by john green

Teenage readers also have a different relationship with the authors whose work they value than adult readers do. I loved Toni Morrison, but I don't have any desire to follow her on Twitter. I just want to read her books.

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Chicago is the Great American City, and it was really great to live there during a time of economic expansion and opportunity and growth. I felt like I was living at the center of the world. Unlike New York, no one expects you to be a professional writer.

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I think instead writers and publishers and readers need to go to the places where people are, and make the argument that there is great value to the quiet, contemplative process of reading a novel, that reading great books carefully offers pleasures and consolations that no iPad app ever can.

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I enjoy writing about people falling in love, probably because I think the first time you fall in love is the first time that you have to figure out how you're going to orient your life. What are you going to value? What's going to be most important to you? And I think that's really interesting to write about.

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There is a lot of talk in publishing these days that we need to become more like the Internet: We need to make books for short attention spans with bells and whistles - books, in short, that are as much like 'Angry Birds' as possible. But I think that's a terrible idea.

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I'm a very introverted person. Nothing that's happened has changed that, but one of the reasons I write for teens is it's a real privilege to have a seat at the table in the lives of young people when they're figuring out what matters to them.

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Every time I try to set something in Chicago, I get intimidated by 'Augie March.' It's easy to set something in Indianapolis - we don't have 'Augie March' here. But I love writing about Chicago, and I love being there and imagining lives in Chicago. I hope to set something there in the future, but it's intimidating.

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One of the pitfalls of writing about illness is that it is very easy to imagine people with cancer as either these wise, beyond-their-years creatures or else these sad-eyed, tragic people. And the truth is people living with cancer are very much like people who are not living with cancer.

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When you're writing a novel, you spend four years sitting in your basement and a year waiting for the book to come out and then you get the feedback. When you do work online, the moment you're finished making it, people start responding to it which is really fun and allows for a kind of community development you just can't have in novels.

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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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I was enrolled in divinity school and thought I was going to become a minister - I'm Episcopalian - but I was disavowed of that notion pretty quickly while working at the hospital. I found myself really unfulfilled by the answers that are traditionally offered to questions of why some people suffer and why others suffer so little.

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I know that books seem like the ultimate thing that's made by one person, but that's not true. Every reading of a book is a collaboration between the reader and the writer who are making the story up together.

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I wrote my first novel and my second novel in Chicago. It was the place where I became a writer. It's my favorite city.

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The afternoon light brightening the green in her eyes, her tan skin the last memory of fall

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

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I realized during my time as a chaplain that I didn't want to be a minister.

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

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Different authors write different ways, have different relationships with their audiences, and those are all legitimate.

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Read a lot. Read broadly... Tell stories to your friends, and pay attention to when they get bored... Write a lot.

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I like to build places online where readers can have productive conversations about books.

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[T]here is something to recommend a story that ends.

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We don't tend to write about disease in fiction - not just teen novels but all American novels - because it doesn't fit in with our idea of the heroic romantic epic. There is room only for sacrifice, heroism, war, politics and family struggle.

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I like to know the places I write about. I feel like it helps me ground the novel. My novels are 'realistic novels,' but they can also be fantastical, so it's nice to have a setting that grounds them a little bit.

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Sometimes I dream that I'm writing a memoir. A memoir would just be the thing to keep me in the hearts and memories of my adoring public.

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The Degree to which I am blessed staggers methe 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 things in us & through us, because suffering is fertileit an grow new life.

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

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Big, ugly homes for big, ugly people,' I told Margo as we pulled into Casavilla.'No shit. 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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You shall love your neighbourWith your crooked heart,It says so much about love and brokenness -- it's perfect.

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We just did an awesome job of not dying.

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

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

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We all romanticize the people we adore.

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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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When I was in college, I remember fearing that the dreary grind of adulthood would feature infinitely more existential dread than frat parties had, but the opposite has been true for me. I'm much less likely to feel that gnawing fear of aimlessness and nihilism than I used to be and that's partly because education gave me job opportunities, but it's mostly because education gave me perspective and context.

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Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war

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I would always love Alaska Young, my crooked neighbor, with all my crooked heart.

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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 out of the labyrinth of suffering?

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

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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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Night falls fast. Today is the past.

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This one's for Alaska Young!

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

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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 other readers can understand readers.

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If I'm too old to be Emo, how do you account for the very Emo and very old Edgar Allan Poe? Checkmate!

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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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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 being. That said, while I've tried to reflect that in my books, I don't think I've always succeeded, because I am always running up against my own insufficiencies and biases etc.

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You know what ambrosia tastes like? It tastes like all the things you can't eat on Weight Watchers. Cheeseburgers, sugar cookies, regular frickin' ice cream, instead of, like, ice cream that's made out of air ... and human hope.

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

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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 an Augustus Waters fetish," I explained.

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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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Amsterdam is like the rings of a tree: It gets older as you get closer to the center.

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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 willing to grapple, for centuries if necessary, with a single level of Angry Birds.

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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 apolitical, because the world and our hopes for it are always part of our stories.

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If we restructure things to see that the hero's journey is a degree in astrophysics rather than a journey to star in a reality show, that's a better world.

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

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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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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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I do, Augustus. I do.

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Maybe 'okay' will be our 'always

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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 she would probably like nothing more than for her home to have become a place where the young and irreparably broken sink into love.

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

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

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i wanted more time so we could fall in love.

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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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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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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 Grace, but my life bought them a minute. And that's not nothing.

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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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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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I have an Augustus Waters fetish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Barnacles on the container ship of consciousness.

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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 for the world.

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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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Becoming a father made me much more interested in the parent character in my novels. I've never found parents that interesting.

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

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

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

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The darkest nights produce the brightest stars.

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the existence of broccoli does not in any way affect the taste of chocolate

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

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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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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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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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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 unsanitary," I said.

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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 have been very, very happy to die.

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The rules of capitalization are so unfair to words in the middle of a sentence.

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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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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 has ever happened to me has stemmed from failure to follow one of the rules.

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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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I don't think ministering requires a religious context. The number one thing is that every parent is extremely worried about their kid. Of course, when a chaplain shows up, that can exacerbate this worry rather than calm it.

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

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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 America's prettiest girls get the exercise that's so vital to a healthy life?

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

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

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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 basically lazy and incurious, which incidentally is one of those words that sounds like it wouldn't be a word but is.

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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 not inherently worse than Dumpees - breaking up isn't something that gets done to you; it's something that happens with you.

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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 too hard on his forehead, 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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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 mom in those last moments as she spent as a person.

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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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My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.

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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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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 with people who you like and make cool stuff with them. 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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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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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 crankiness wh's kind of bossy--then I had to basically start liking a while different person.

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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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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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I don't decide where I live. My wife decides. She's a curator of contemporary art, and she works at an art museum, so we go wherever she has a job. All basements look the same, so I can write from whatever basement I happen to be living in.

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History doesn't have a curfew.

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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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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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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 tears can cure cancer, but unfortunately he has never cried.

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

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I was surprised. I'd always associated belief in heaven with, frankly, a kind of intellectual disengagement. But Gus wasn't dumb.

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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 you like anyone right now?" - that's not the question you're asking. The question you're asking is, "do you like me right now."

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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 of us in an asphyxiating mass of literature.

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

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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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Whether you're studying electrical engineering or poetry, college is not about maximizing income, it's about becoming a better and more informed observer of the universe. And for me, at least, that what's leads to a more fulfilling life.

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

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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 through South Carolina at seventy-seven miles per hour - but in face I am that kind of person.

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

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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 we have the same English teacher. There's a difference.

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Here's my answer to the very real existential crisis that grips me midway through everything I've ever tried to do: I think stories help us fight the nihilistic urges that constantly threaten to consume us.

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Teenagers are extremely funny, and extremely clever and intellectually curious. But they're also willing to ask questions about the meaning of life without disguising them around irony, and ask questions about what are our responsibilities to other people without having to couch it in irony.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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

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

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I don't have a favourite book, I have hundreds.

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Our fearlessness shall be our secret weapon.

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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 old boy would probably be like, 'what's plastic?'.

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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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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. "Can't wear it to a funeral. Can't use it to hang myself. It's a bit useless, as ties go." I gave him a tie.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 markers, without anyone to mourn them. I silently resolved to remember and pray for the four Aron Franks as long as I was around.

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Some people have lives; some people have music.

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Just a word of advice. Whenever you're furious with your parents or you think they're terrible, just remember, you vomited on them and they kept you.

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

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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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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,' I said. 'I know,' she said, excitement in her voice. 'That's what I told her.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

I am a giant squid of anger.

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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 imagined.

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

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

I think when you're 16, if you have good parents, they generally just fade in the background. I had great parents, and because they were great, I thought very little about them in high school.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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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 little bit like grizzly bears: he was aware of their existence, but he'd never seen on in the wild, and didn't really care to.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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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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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,' Issac said, trying not to let it get to him. He fumbled toward Gus's hand and found only his thigh. 'I'm taken,' Gus said.

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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 of water.

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 succeeded in falling down.

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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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is a good life, Hazel Grace.

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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 me. It is a civil war, Hazel Grace, with a predetermined winner.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.

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

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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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I love you present tense.

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

When was the last good kiss you had?

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She left me enough to rediscover the Great Perhaps.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 important whether or not you personally lived through them.

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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 you are.

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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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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I'm not from Indianapolis, but I like living in Indianapolis. If I were to explain it, I'd tell someone to imagine a city that perfectly captures the best and the worst of America. Imagine the truly American city, because that's what it is.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Teenagers think they are invincible

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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It hurts because it mattered.

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I kept it for myself like a keepsake, as if sharing the memory might lead to its dissipation.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Right, except I'm not going to lie to my mom, because what kind of (man) lies to his own mother?

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 had more enemies than Luxembourg, Margo Roth Spiegelman was Germany. And Great Britain. And the United States. And czarist Russia. Me, I'm Luxembourg. Just sitting around, tending sheep, and yodeling.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Don't lie to anyone, but particularly don't lie to millennials. They just know. They can smell it. Be yourself: if you're old, be old. If you don't know anything about pop culture, don't pretend to know anything about pop culture. When you credit teenagers with intelligence and emotional sophistication, they respond intelligently and with emotional sophistication.

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

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

"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 then after I think about it for a second, I add, "But then again, if you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all."

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 total muggles.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 argument / Of insidious intent / To lead you to an overwhelming question.../ Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?' / Let us go and make our visit"' 'I'm in love with you,' he said quietly.

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

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I'm just reveling in the glory of not having to hear the neediness and impotence of my own voice.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

You don't remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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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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Nerdfighter pwns woot. Everyone knows that.

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I have a great affection for people who are intellectually engaged with the world, and who don't treat everything superficially. And I think, when people talk about nerdiness, what they're really talking about is smart people who who are trying to think hard about the world. And I don't think that's an insult, I think that's a great thing.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

I kept waiting for that loneliness and nervousness to make me want to go back. But it never did.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

I don't see any point in nihilism...just as I suppose the nihilist sees no point in everything else.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

I fear oblivion. I fear it like the proverbial blind man who's afraid of the dark.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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, not you," he says. "Believe me when I say that you did not once cross my mind. " I laugh. "Nor you mine," I say.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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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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!

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Caroline is no longer sufffering from personhood.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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. I was wondering what ontologically meant. Regardless, I liked it. Augustus and I were together in the Improbable Creatures Club: us and duck-billed platypuses.

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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 teeth. After a while, having each tooth individually destroyed probably gets repetitive, even dull. But it never stops hurting.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 discovered. Prodigies learn; geniuses do.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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

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...But there's always suffering, Pudge. Homework or malaria or having a boyfriend who lives far away when there's a good-looking boy lying next to you. Suffering is universal. It's the one thing Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims are all worried about.

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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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Pudge, my friend, we are indefuckingstructible.

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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 what General McAuliffe said to that one: Nuts.

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

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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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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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 who is really, really large.

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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 were created equal and filled each with whatever fit. My mother would have died.

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

[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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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 ache just beneath his rib cage.

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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 skeleton.

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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 it to Las Vegas and marry it.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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Stupid human voices always ruining everything.

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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. Why. When. Where. What.

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The sun was a toddler insistently refusing to go to bed.

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Mia,' she whispered. I turned around. 'What?' I whispered back.She smiled at me a little. 'LEEERRROOOY JEEENNKKIINNNSS!' she shouted, then spun around and ran toward the Z's in the lighting section.

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

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People, I thought, wanted security. They couldn't bear the though of their loved ones not existing, and couldn't even imagine themselves not existing. I finally decided that people believe in an afterlife because they couldn't bear not to.

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Most of my friends were in band, and most of my free time during school was spent within twenty feet of the band room

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On time for us was thirty minutes before actually started, because the half hour before the first bell was the highlight of our social calendars: standing outside the side door that led into the band room and just talking.

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I just think if you don't say the honest thing, sometimes the honest thing never becomes true, you know, and I-

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..if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was ahurricane.

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

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The future lay before him, inevitable but invisible.

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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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But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future, and so they spent more time thinking about it. About the future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future...

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You can't know what an experience will mean to future-you until you are future-you. You need millions of seconds of perspective, which ultimately, only time can buy.

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In another 2,400 years, even Socrates, the most well-known genius of the century, might be forgotten. 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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He was nearsighted. The future lay before him, inevitable but invisible.

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

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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. Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia.

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Love is the most common miracle.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. (Prologue)

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO? Tiny shouts in my ear, and I want to say, "Hopefully, go find a guy who knows there is no u in awesome

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Suffering is universal. It's the one thing Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims are all worried about.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

It occurred to me that the voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because the is always the thought that everything might be done better and again

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

It's Keun. He wants to be put on speaker. He's being weird.""Fancy that," said the Duke. "Next you'll tell me that the sun is a mass of incandescent gas.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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?

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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, you know? I mean, there are highlights. And there are streaks. And then there are skunk stripes.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will. But then again, if you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Colder by the hour, more dead with every breath.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

You know your problem, Quentin? You keep expecting people not to be themselves.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Hitler is the rare individual who really did make history - specifically he made it worse.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

and I told myself -- as I've told myself before -- that the body shuts down then the pain gets too bad, that consciousness is temporary, that this will pass. But just like always, I didn't slip away. I was left on the shore with the waves washing over me, unable to drown.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Why are you looking at me like that?"Augustus half smiled. "Because you`re beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

I could imagine it. I could remember it. But I couldn't see it again, and it occured 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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

I don't think we should see the world of books as fundamentally separate from the world of the Internet. Yes, the Internet contains a lot of videos of squirrels riding skateboards, but it can also be a place that facilitates big conversations about books.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Be present in this class. And then, when it's over, be present out there.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 with. Books are in the business of creating great stories that make you're brain go ahhbdgbdmerhbergurhbudgerbudbaaarr.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

All I know of heaven and all I know of death is in this park: an elegant universe in ceaseless motion, teeming with ruined ruins and screaming children.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

what we want is to be noticed by the universe, to have the universe give a shit what happens to us- not the collective idea of sentient life but each of us as individuals.

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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, you know?

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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?

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

She'd obviously read the book many times before, and so she read flawlessly and confidently, and I could hear her smile in the reading of it, and the sound of that smile made me think that maybe I would like novels better if Alaska Young read them to me.

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Ich hasste Sport. Ich hasste Sport, und ich hasste Sportler, und ich hasste Leute, die sich Sport ansahen, und ich hasste Leute, die Leute, die sich Sport ansahen, nicht hassten.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

She loves mysteries that she became one.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

The worse the haircut, the better the man.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Tiny is saying, "If you can't trust your gut then what can you trust?" And I say, "You can trust that caring, as a rule, ends poorly," which is true. Caring doesn't sometimes lead to misery. It always does.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

I hated listening to everyone else stumble on their words and try to phrase things in the vaguest possible way so they wouldn't sound dumb, and I hated how it was all just a game of trying to figure out what the teacher wanted to hear and then saying it.

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 exist.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Worry is yet another side effect of dying.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Because Margo knows the secret of leaving, the secret I have only just now learned; 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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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my lungs sucked at being lungs.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

It's more impressive 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 imagined it.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

I left the only way you can leave. You pull your life off all at once - like a Band-Aid.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

I feel like I might start crying and that I'm going to cry pee.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Patients are almost always preceded by their parents, because no matter how fast an ambulance can drive, terrified parents can drive faster.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

The next morning I had Twentieth-Century American Poetry at MCC. This old woman gave a lecture wherein she managed to talk for ninety minutes about Sylvia Plath without ever once quoting a single word of Sylvia Plath.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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?

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

I said 'I'm sorry, sir, but we don't speak Swedish.''Well, of course you don't. Neither do I. Who the hell speaks Swedish?

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Both my parents are therapists, which means that I am really goddamned well adjusted.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Love is keeping the promise anyway.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

Imagine others complexly.

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

John Green (Source: SoberSides.com)