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I've got a theory about uniforms. I think they design them so that you become, like, a nonperson, so that you're not Daisy Ramirez, a Human Being, but instead a thing that brings people pizza and exchanges their tickets for plastic dinosaurs.

--John Green

Longer Version:

I've got a theory about uniforms. I think they design them so that you become, like, a nonperson, so that you're not Daisy Ramirez, a Human Being, but instead a thing that brings people pizza and exchanges their tickets for plastic dinosaurs. It's like the uniform is designed to hide me.


I thought about how everyone always seemed slightly uncomfortable when discussing their fathers in front of me. They always seemed worried I'd be reminded of my fatherlessness, as if I could somehow forget.

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

How will you -- you personally -- ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?

--John Green

Apparently, the world is not a wish-granting factory.

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

But what I want to know is, is there a you independent of circumstances? Is there a way-down-deep me who is an actual, real person, the same person if she has money or not, the same if she goes to this school or that school? Or am I only a set of circumstances?
-Aza.

--John Green

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

--John Green

High School made me realize that the people who say they will never change, are always the ones who change the most.

--John Green

Illness is a story told in the past tense.

--John Green

Thoughts are only thoughts. They are not you. You do belong to yourself, even when your thoughts don't.

--John Green

We all romanticize the people we adore.

--John Green

She cannot possibly be dead, people do not just die.

--John Green

I think teenagers bring a lot of intellectual sophistication. They're wrestling with big questions. It's just that, a lot of times they do that separately from adults.

--John Green

These kids, they're like tied-down helium balloons. They strain against the string and strain against it, and then something happens, and that string gets cut, and they just float away. ... But once that string gets cut, kid, you can't uncut it.

--John Green

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

--John Green

The internet is necessarily public. It can be filtered-public or censored-public, but it necessarily has to be open and available.

--John Green

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

--John Green

I just did some calculations and I've been able to determine that you're full of shit.

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

Imagining isn't perfect. You can't get all the way inside someone else...But imagining being someone else, or the world being something else, is the only way in. It is the machine that kills fascists.

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

This is the Homosexuality Is An Abomination Club, right?

--John Green

Bro, it's dark. You can't go to a strange building with a mysterious address in the dark. Haven't you ever seen a horror movie?

--John Green

Best day of my life was January 9, 1997. I was eight years old and my mom and I went to the zoo on a class trip. I liked the bears. She liked the monkeys. Best day ever. End of story.

--John Green

The whole passage was underlined in bleeding, water-soaked black ink. But there was another ink, this one a crisp blue, post-flood, and an arrow led from How will I ever get out of this labyrinth! to a margin note written in her loop-heavy cursive: Straight and Fast.

--John Green

Doing wrong and having wrong things happen to you. That's the problem. Bolívar was talking about the pain, not about the living or dying. How do you get out of the labyrinth of suffering?

--John Green

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.

--John Green

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

--John Green

I was not taking my prescription quite as often as I was technically supposed to. Partly, I kept forgetting, but also there was something else I couldn't quite identify, some way-down fear that taking a pill to become myself was wrong.

--John Green

Prick us we bleed, prick him he pops.

--John Green

Principled hate is a hell of a lot stronger than Boy, I wish you hadn't mummified me and thrown me into the lake hate.

--John Green

But this was the truth, a pitiful boy who desperately wanted not to be pitiful, screaming and crying, poisoned by an infected G-tube that kept him alive, but not alive enough.

--John Green

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

--John Green

You'll find my leg under the coffee table.

--John Green

But, oh, sweet holy Lord, I would ride that one-legged pony all the way around the corral.

--John Green

I guess I had a hamartia after all.

--John Green

Sin dolor, no podriamos conocer la alegria.

--John Green

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

--John Green

Augustus Waters died eight days after his prefuneral, at Memorial, in the ICU, when the cancer, which was made of him, finally stopped his heart, which was also made of him.

--John Green

I wanted more time so we could fall in love.

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

Congratulations! You're a woman. Now die.

--John Green

Maybe life is not about accomplishing some bullshit markers.

--John Green

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.

--John Green

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

--John Green

The nature of the love between a parent and child really is literally stronger than death. As long as either person in that relationship is alive, that relationship is still alive.

--John Green

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

--John Green

The ideas of directing attention outward, trying to imagine other people complexly, trying not to see myself as the center of the universe -- these concepts have become important to me, and I hope they're at work in my life on a minute-by-minute basis.

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

History doesn't have a curfew.

--John Green

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

--John Green

Mental health days only exist for people who have the luxury of saying 'I don't want to deal with things today' and then can take the whole day off, while the rest of us are stuck fighting the fights we always fight, with no one really caring one way or another, unless.

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

This is the fear that made fish crawl out onto dry land and evolve lungs, the fear that teaches us to run, the fear that makes us bury our dead.

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

Not the brightest gem in the jewelry shop, but you've got to admire his single-minded dedication to drug abuse.

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

And so that is the question I leave you with in this final: What is your cause for hope?

--John Green

They like their coffee like they like their ex-boyfriends: bitter.

--John Green

She has enough black eyeliner on to outline a corpse, and her skin's so pale she looks like she's just broken dawn.

--John Green

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

--John Green

Life is not a wish granting factory.

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

You die in the middle of your life.

--John Green

But I will say this: When the scientists of the future show up at my house with robot eyes and they tell me to try them on, I will tell the scientists to screw off, because I do not want to see a world without him.

--John Green

Some infinities are bigger than others.

--John Green

That is the fear. I have lost something important, and I cannot find it, and I need it. It is fear like if someone lost his glasses and went to the glasses store and they told him that the world had run out of glasses and he would have to do without.

--John Green

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.

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

So afterward, while I was getting eviscerated by chemo, for some reason I decided to feel really hopeful. Not about survival but I felt like Anna does in the book, that feeling of excitement and gratitude about just being able to marvel at it all.

--John Green

People always get used to beauty, though. I haven't gotten used to you just yet.

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

--John Green

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

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