Top 180 John Green Quotes

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180 John Green Quotes

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

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

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

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

5. “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.”

6. “I wasn’t disappointed. My expectations had been met.”

7. “Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are.”

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

9. “If you don’t say the honest thing, it never becomes true.”

10. “I get it now. I get it. The things you hope for the most are the things that destroy you in the end.”

11. “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.”

12. “Whether it hurts is kind of irrelevant.”

13. “I didn’t know what to say to her – I was caught in a love triangle with one dead side.”

14. “I’d rather wonder than get answers I couldn’t live with.”

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

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

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

18. “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.”

19. “Observation: It would be awesome to fly in a superfast airplane that could chase the sunrise around the world for a while.”

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

21. “People always get used to beauty though.”

22. “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 hear her loud, brash voice contort itself into a whisper to say I-love-you in the very quick and quiet way that she had always said it. She said I love you as if it were a secret, and an immense one.”

23. “It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”

24. “I is the hardest word to define.”

25. “Everyone wanted me to feed them that story-darkness to light, weakness to strength, broken to whole. I wanted it, too.”

26. “Our hearts were broken in the same places. That’s something like love, but maybe not quite the thing itself.”

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

28. “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.”

29. “You smoke to enjoy it, I smoke to die.”

30. “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.”

31. “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.”

32. “Don’t worry. Worry is useless. I worried anyway.”

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

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

35. “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”

36. “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.”

37. “We acknowledge that being the person God made you cannot separate you from God’s love.”

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

39. “I fear oblivion. I fear it like the proverbial blind man who’s afraid of the dark.”

40. “How strange and how lovely it is to be anything at all.”

41. “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.”

42. “And so we all matter – maybe less than a lot, but always more than none.”

43. “A woman so strong she burns heaven and drenches hell.”

44. “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.”

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

46. “How can you separate those things though? The people are the place is the people.”

47. “Your now is not your forever.”

48. “I fell in love like you would fall asleep: slowly and then all at once.”

49. “Truth resists simplicity.”

50. “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.”

51. “Maybe okay will be our always.”

52. “I can’t tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity.”

53. “Last words are always harder to remember when no one knows that someone’s about to die.”

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

55. “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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56. “What I love about science is that as you learn, you don’t really get answers. You just get better questions.”

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

58. “I spy with my little eye a great story.”

59. “I can’t be mad at you, you harmless scrawny bastard.”

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

61. “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.”

62. “I don’t know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving.”

63. “When you stop wishing things wouldn’t fall apart, you stop suffering when they do.”

64. “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.”

65. “I don’t think your missing pieces ever fit inside you again once they go missing.”

66. “Being in a relationship, that’s something you choose. Being friends, that’s something you just are.”

67. “Love is keeping the promise anyway.”

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

69. “My third best friend was an author who did not know I existed.”

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

71. “You are as real as anyone, and your doubts make you more real, not less.”

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

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

74. “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.”

75. “They like their coffee like they like their ex-boyfriends: bitter.”

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

77. “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.”

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

79. “I was beginning to learn that your life is a story told about you, not one that you tell.”

80. “You’re awfully philosophical for a girl that just got busted.”

81. “We just did an awesome job of not dying.”

82. “The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.”

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

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

85. “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.”

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

87. “I’m sorry. I know you loved her. It was hard not to.”

88. “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.”

89. “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.”

90. “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.”

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

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

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

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

95. “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.”

96. “Because memories fall apart, too. And you’re left with nothing.”

97. “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…”

98. “What matters to you defines your mattering.”

99. “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.”

100. “If you don’t imagine, nothing ever happens at all.”

101. “Everything that comes together falls apart. When you stopped wishing things wouldn’t fall apart, you stopped suffering when they did.”

102. “I don’t think you can ever fill the empty space with the thing you lost.”

103. “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.”

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

105. “Scared isn’t a good excuse. Scared is the excuse everyone has always used.”

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

107. “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.”

108. “The pleasure isn’t in doing the thing, the pleasure is in planning it.”

109. “Once you think a thought, it is extremely difficult to unthink it.”

110. “I’m so proud of you that it makes me proud of me. I hope you know that.”

111. “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.”

112. “We are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be.”

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

114. “Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”

115. “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.”

116. “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.”

117. “You can never love someone as much as you miss them.”

118. “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 out of glasses and he would just have to do without.”

119. “That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.”

120. “Our fearlessness shall be our secret weapon.”

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

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

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

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

125. “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.”

126. “There’s some people in this world who you can just love and love and love no matter what.”

127. “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.”

128. “Caring doesn’t sometimes lead to misery. It always does.”

129. “Not that smart. Not that hot. Not that nice. Not that funny. That’s me: I’m not that.”

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

131. “You don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.”

132. “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.”

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

134. “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.”

135. “Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will.”

136. “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.”

137. “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.”

138. “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.”

139. “I just did some calculations and I’ve been able to determine that you’re full of shit.”

140. “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.”

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

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

143. “I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

144. “What a slut time is. She screws everybody.”

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

146. “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.”

147. “The world is not a wish-granting factory.”

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

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

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

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

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

153. “You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

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

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

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

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

158. “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.”

159. “I try to live life so that I can live with myself.”

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

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

162. “It is so hard to leave – until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”

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

164. “I’m not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.”

165. “Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people w’re quoting.”

166. “Those awful things are survivable because we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be.”

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

168. “I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.”

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

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

171. “We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreperably broken.”

172. “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.”

173. “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.”

174. “I may die young, but at least I’ll die smart.”

175. “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.”

176. “Some people have lives; some people have music.”

177. “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.”

178. “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.”

179. “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.”

180. “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, it will hurt them, and you will be nothing but a Sadness in their lives, and you must not become a mere sadness, so you will not cry, and you say all of this to yourself while looking up at the ceiling, and then you swallow even though your throat does not want to close and you look at the person who loves you and smile.”