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John Green quotes

born 24 August 1977, American author

What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?
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God will punish the wicked. And before He does, we will.
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I don't know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving.
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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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The marks humans leave are too often scars.
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We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.
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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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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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Our fearlessness shall be our secret weapon.
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Every summer since I was little, I've gone to garage sales and bought all the books that
looked interesting. So I always have something to read. But there is so much to do:
cigarettes to smoke, sex to have, swings to swing on. I'll have more time for reading when
I'm old and boring.
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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 breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.
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If you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all.
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"So this guy," I said, standing in the doorway of the living room. "Francois Rabelais. He was
this poet. And his last words were 'I go to see 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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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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Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.
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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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The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.
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Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war.
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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. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most
innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was
gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating.
So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were
rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.
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I can't tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity.
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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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"And we'll call you... hmm. 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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People are moody, dude. You gotta get used to living with people.
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Books are a weird collaboration between author and reader: You trust me to tell a good
story, and I trust you to bring it to good life in your mind.
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A woman so strong she burns heaven and drenches hell.
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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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"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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I'd rather wonder than get answers I couldn't live with.
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This is a man who once constructed a bong using only the barrel of an air rifle, a ripe pear,
and an eight-by-ten glossy photograph of Anna Kournikova. 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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Sometimes people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them.
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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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"I know a lot of people's last words." It was an indulgence, learning last words. Other people
had chocolate; I had dying declarations.
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What a slut time is. She screws everybody.
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What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.
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I'm starting to realize that people lack good mirrors. It's so hard for anyone to show us how
we look, and so hard for us to show anyone how we feel.
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You can love someone so much... But you can never love someone as much as you miss them.
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My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.
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Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we're
quoting.
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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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