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quote by John Green: Colin's skin was alive with the feeling of connection to everyone in that car and everyone not in it. And he was feeling not-unique in the very best possible way. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

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

--John Green
quote by John Green: What i really want -- and what i never get -- is to be appreciated. do you know what it's like to work so hard to make sure everyone's happy, and to have not a single person recognize it. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

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

--John Green

quote by John Green: The missing piece in his stomach hurt so much-and eventually he stopped thinking about the Theorem and wondered only how something that isn't there can hurt you. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

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

quote by John Green: But there's so much to do: cigarettes to smoke, sex to have, swings to swing on. with background image: grayscale photography of elephant
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But there's so much to do: cigarettes to smoke, sex to have, swings to swing on.

--John Green
quote by John Green: I think it's crazy, crazy that book tours lose so much money. They shouldn't. Book tours should be part of what keeps independent bookstores vibrant and profitable. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

I think it's crazy, crazy that book tours lose so much money. They shouldn't. Book tours should be part of what keeps independent bookstores vibrant and profitable.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Is that what relationships become? A reduced version of the hurt, nothing else let in. It was more than that. I know it was more than that. with background image: woman standing on beachfront
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Is that what relationships become? A reduced version of the hurt, nothing else let in. It was more than that. I know it was more than that.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Why would you try to kill this guy, Kevin? He's a genius. Nuts to your truce. with background image: blue and black butterfly
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Why would you try to kill this guy, Kevin? He's a genius. Nuts to your truce.

--John Green
quote by John Green: That's what we should do, Hazel Grace: We should team up and be this disabled vigilante duo roaring through the world, righting wrongs, defending the weak, protecting the endangered. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

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.

--John Green

quote by John Green: I think all true stories are hopeful stories. I don't think there's any room for nihilism. with background image: shallow focus photography of yellow and black butterfly
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I think all true stories are hopeful stories. I don't think there's any room for nihilism.

--John Green
quote by John Green: I pulled the oxygen tubes from my nostrils and raised the tube up over my head, handing it to Dad. I wanted it to be just me and just him. with background image: landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays
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I pulled the oxygen tubes from my nostrils and raised the tube up over my head, handing it to Dad. I wanted it to be just me and just him.

--John Green

quote by John Green: A taste so profound and complex that it can't even be compared to other tastes, only to emotions. Cheesy waffles, I was thinking, tastes like love without the fear of love's dissolution. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

A taste so profound and complex that it can't even be compared to other tastes, only to emotions. Cheesy waffles, I was thinking, tastes like love without the fear of love's dissolution.

--John Green
quote by John Green: The oldest pictures were faded and yellowing, and Colin thought about how even in pictures of their youth, old people look old. with background image: brown squirrel on tree log
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The oldest pictures were faded and yellowing, and Colin thought about how even in pictures of their youth, old people look old.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Without Pain, How Could We Know Joy? with background image: mountains under white clouds at daytime
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Without Pain, How Could We Know Joy?

--John Green
quote by John Green: She raised one leg and gave me all her weight as I dipped her. She either trusted me or wanted to fall. with background image: brown hedgehog
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She raised one leg and gave me all her weight as I dipped her. She either trusted me or wanted to fall.

--John Green
quote by John Green: The funny thing about writing is that whether you're doing well or doing it poorly, it looks the exact same. That's actually one of the main ways that writing is different from ballet dancing. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

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.

--John Green
quote by John Green: We have this weird thing in the world where you don't get insulted for what you do, you get insulted for who you are. with background image: man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered
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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.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Empires rose and fell, and still the speaker droned on in his cicada-like monotony. with background image: woman holding the shoulder of man
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Empires rose and fell, and still the speaker droned on in his cicada-like monotony.

--John Green
quote by John Green: The town was paper, but the memories were not. with background image: 1 U.S. dollar banknote
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The town was paper, but the memories were not.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Your mom gives a shit, you know? Most adults are just hollowed out. with background image: sunset
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Your mom gives a shit, you know? Most adults are just hollowed out.

--John Green
quote by John Green: The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you're unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it. with background image: orange and yellow sunflower
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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
quote by John Green: His diaphragm fluttered. And of course it couldn't have been lust or love and it didn't feel like like, so it must have been what the kids at school called like-like. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

His diaphragm fluttered. And of course it couldn't have been lust or love and it didn't feel like like, so it must have been what the kids at school called like-like.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Here's to celebrating light where we find it. 
And making light where we don't. with background image: blue and black ball on blue and white checkered textile
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Here's to celebrating light where we find it.
And making light where we don't.

--John Green
quote by John Green: You can never love someone as much as you miss them. with background image: selective focus photography of gray cat peeking at the table
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You can never love someone as much as you miss them.

--John Green
quote by John Green: And then something invisible snapped insider her, and that which had come together commenced to fall apart. with background image: forest trees photograph
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And then something invisible snapped insider her, and that which had come together commenced to fall apart.

--John Green
quote by John Green: You shall love your neighbour
With your crooked heart,
It says so much about love and brokenness -- it's perfect. with background image: man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered
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You shall love your neighbour
With your crooked heart,
It says so much about love and brokenness -- it's perfect.

--John Green

quote by John Green: Well, but you can eat Grandma's cookies. They're not bad for you. They were made by Grandma. Grandma wouldn't hurt you. with background image: pink and red flowers
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Well, but you can eat Grandma's cookies. They're not bad for you. They were made by Grandma. Grandma wouldn't hurt you.

--John Green
quote by John Green: The sun was a toddler insistently refusing to go to bed. with background image: artists easel
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The sun was a toddler insistently refusing to go to bed.

--John Green

Longer Version:

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



quote by John Green: We're going to get gored to death by a feral fugging hog and your best strategy is to pretend it's a grizzly bear? with background image: red flowers under the blue sky
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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?

--John Green
quote by John Green: There's no way of knowing that your last good day is Your Last Good Day. At the time, it is just another good day. with background image: orange tabby kittens
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There's no way of knowing that your last good day is Your Last Good Day. At the time, it is just another good day.

--John Green
quote by John Green: It makes me sad because it only exists in words. with background image: red and white heart shape illustration
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It makes me sad because it only exists in words.

--John Green
quote by John Green: And even though I laughed with them, it felt like I was watching the whole thing from somewhere else, like I was watching a movie about my life instead of living it. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

And even though I laughed with them, it felt like I was watching the whole thing from somewhere else, like I was watching a movie about my life instead of living it.

--John Green
quote by John Green: I'm just sucking food, water, money from the world, and all I'm giving back is, 'Hey, I'm really good at not'doing. Look at all the bad things I'm not doing. with background image: sunset with storm clouds
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I'm just sucking food, water, money from the world, and all I'm giving back is, 'Hey, I'm really good at not'doing. Look at all the bad things I'm not doing.

--John Green
quote by John Green: I'm into math the way my nine-year-old self was into skateboarding. I talk about it a lot, and I think about it a lot, but I can't actually, like, do it. with background image: empty seashore near high-rise building
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I'm into math the way my nine-year-old self was into skateboarding. I talk about it a lot, and I think about it a lot, but I can't actually, like, do it.

--John Green
quote by John Green: The thing is that it could never again feel natural to talk to her. with background image: brown rock formation on body of water during daytime
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The thing is that it could never again feel natural to talk to her.

--John Green

quote by John Green: You see how fake it all is. It's not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It's a paper town. with background image: mountains covered with fog
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You see how fake it all is. It's not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It's a paper town.

--John Green

quote by John Green: We live in a universe devoted to the creation, and eradication, of awareness. with background image: man carrying woman beside seashore
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We live in a universe devoted to the creation, and eradication, of awareness.

--John Green
quote by John Green: She loves mysteries that she became one. with background image: green plant on brown round coins
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She loves mysteries that she became one.

--John Green
quote by John Green: You don't remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened. with background image: pink flower
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You don't remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.

--John Green
quote by John Green: I know love is real because I feel it. with background image: couple kissing under gray clouds
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I know love is real because I feel it.

--John Green
quote by John Green: You had been a paper boy to me all these years -- two dimensions as a character on the page and two different, but still flat, dimensions as a person. But that night you turned out to be real. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

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

--John Green
quote by John Green: Such is life. We grow up. Planets like Tiny get new moons. Moons like me get new planets. with background image: man and woman facing backward while woman's head on man's shoulder on tip of hill
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Such is life. We grow up. Planets like Tiny get new moons. Moons like me get new planets.

--John Green

quote by John Green: I was so good at being a kid, and so terrible at being whatever I was now. with background image: time lapse photography of fire
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I was so good at being a kid, and so terrible at being whatever I was now.

--John Green
quote by John Green: I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. with background image: brown butterfly
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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.

--John Green

Longer Version:

I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout out 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'm in love with you.


quote by John Green: 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. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

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
quote by John Green: That's why I love road trips, dude. It's like doing something without actually doing anything. with background image: brides and groom looking each other
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That's why I love road trips, dude. It's like doing something without actually doing anything.

--John Green
quote by John Green: He really was beautiful. I know boys aren't supposed to be, but he was. with background image: desert grassland
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He really was beautiful. I know boys aren't supposed to be, but he was.

--John Green
quote by John Green: That poem is so damned long. You'd think old Walt could have taken a line or two to tell us how to unscrew the door from its jamb. with background image: body of water
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That poem is so damned long. You'd think old Walt could have taken a line or two to tell us how to unscrew the door from its jamb.

--John Green

quote by John Green: And as paralyzing and upsetting as all the never agains were, the final leaving felt perfect. Pure. The most distilled possible form of liberation. with background image: orange tabby cat lying on white textile
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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

Longer Version:

And as paralyzing and upsetting as all the never agains were, the final leaving felt perfect. Pure. The most distilled possible form of liberation. Everything that mattered except one lousy picture was in the trash, but it felt so great. I started jogging, wanting to put even more distance between myself and school.
It is so hard to leave--until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.


quote by John Green: You can't just make me different, and then leave. Because I was fine before, Alaska. I was just fine with me and last words and school friends, and you can't just make me different and then die. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

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

--John Green
quote by John Green: People always talk like there's a bright line between imagination and memory, but there isn't, at least not for me. I remember what I've imagined and imagine what I remember. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

People always talk like there's a bright line between imagination and memory, but there isn't, at least not for me. I remember what I've imagined and imagine what I remember.

--John Green
quote by John Green: If I'm too old to be Emo, how do you account for the very Emo and very old Edgar Allan Poe? Checkmate! with background image: white and gray cat on brown wooden table
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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!

--John Green
quote by John Green: In my opinion, actual heroism, like actual love, is a messy, painful, vulnerable business--and I wanted to try to reflect that. with background image: purple flowers under sunny sky
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In my opinion, actual heroism, like actual love, is a messy, painful, vulnerable business--and I wanted to try to reflect that.

--John Green
quote by John Green: No headboards were broken. with background image: four orange, green, blue, and red paint rollers
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No headboards were broken.

--John Green
quote by John Green: You never think much about weather when it's good, but once it gets cold enough to see your breath you can't ignore it. The weather decides when you think about it, not the other way around. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

You never think much about weather when it's good, but once it gets cold enough to see your breath you can't ignore it. The weather decides when you think about it, not the other way around.

--John Green
quote by John Green: I liked that he was a tenured professor in the Department of Slightly Crooked Smiles with a dual appointments in the Department of Having a Voice that Made My Skin Feel More Like Skin. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

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.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Look, let me just say it: He was hot. A nonhot boy stares at you relentlessly and it is, at best, awkward and, at worst, a form of assault. But a hot boy ... well. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

Look, let me just say it: He was hot. A nonhot boy stares at you relentlessly and it is, at best, awkward and, at worst, a form of assault. But a hot boy ... well.

--John Green
quote by John Green: I'm telling you, Augustus Waters talked so much that he'd interrupt you at his own funeral. with background image: short-fur brown cat
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I'm telling you, Augustus Waters talked so much that he'd interrupt you at his own funeral.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Funerals...are for the living. with background image: brown and black butterfly on red flower
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Funerals...are for the living.

--John Green
quote by John Green: I went on spouting bullshit Encouragements as Gus's parents, arm in arm, hugged each other and nodded at every word. Funerals, I had decided, are for the living. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

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.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Use your words. with background image: silhouette photo of man and woman on cliff
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Use your words.

--John Green
quote by John Green: We are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be. with background image: road between yellow leaf trees at daytime
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We are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be.

--John Green

quote by John Green: I'm on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend. with background image: pink and white flowers on white surface
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I'm on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend.

--John Green
quote by John Green: A paper town for a paper girl. with background image: three person pointing the silver laptop computer
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A paper town for a paper girl.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Imagine others complexly. with background image: person holding black and orange box
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Imagine others complexly.

--John Green
quote by John Green: What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person. with background image: sunset grasslands
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What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we're quoting. with background image: white oriental lily flower
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Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we're quoting.

--John Green
quote by John Green: The darkest nights produce the brightest stars. with background image: person holding gray and beige roman numeral alarm clock
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The darkest nights produce the brightest stars.

--John Green

quote by John Green: The clock was always punishing, but feeling like I was closer to unraveling the knots made time seem to stop entirely. with background image: married couple walking in field wallpaper
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The clock was always punishing, but feeling like I was closer to unraveling the knots made time seem to stop entirely.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Someone who--because no one thought she was a person--had no one to really talk to. with background image: blue butterfly sticker lot
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Someone who--because no one thought she was a person--had no one to really talk to.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Maybe she had sat here in the cacophonous darkness and felt some kind of desperation take her over, and maybe she found it impossible to unthink the thought of death. I could imagine that, of course. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

Maybe she had sat here in the cacophonous darkness and felt some kind of desperation take her over, and maybe she found it impossible to unthink the thought of death. I could imagine that, of course.

--John Green
quote by John Green: I remembered that morning, and I felt something twist at my gut in the remembering of it. with background image: silhouette of person jumping in mid air
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I remembered that morning, and I felt something twist at my gut in the remembering of it.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Maybe she deserved to be forgotten. But at any rate, I couldn't forget her. with background image: woman standing on cliff
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Maybe she deserved to be forgotten. But at any rate, I couldn't forget her.

--John Green
quote by John Green: She never really got what it's all about. The adventure. She seemed pretty depressed, actually. with background image: purple petaled flower
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She never really got what it's all about. The adventure. She seemed pretty depressed, actually.

--John Green
quote by John Green: This raw pleasure was worth all the worry that preceded it. with background image: clear blue sea under blue sky
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This raw pleasure was worth all the worry that preceded it.

--John Green
quote by John Green: And finally it was too much. I could not talk myself down from the feeling, and the feeling became unbearable. with background image: white and yellow flower in close up photography
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And finally it was too much. I could not talk myself down from the feeling, and the feeling became unbearable.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Yeah, well, she's known me since I was a baby. And she cares about us. But she also gets paid to care about us, you know? And if she didn't... I mean, she'd have to find a different job. with background image: photo of author John Green with quote

Yeah, well, she's known me since I was a baby. And she cares about us. But she also gets paid to care about us, you know? And if she didn't... I mean, she'd have to find a different job.

--John Green
quote by John Green: My children are grown-ups., so you and Noah are my only little boys I have left. with background image: pot on window with flowers
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My children are grown-ups., so you and Noah are my only little boys I have left.

--John Green
quote by John Green: All along, I kept thinking, I will never do this again, I will never be here again. with background image: short-fur brown cat
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All along, I kept thinking, I will never do this again, I will never be here again.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Let's continue this awkward silence in person. with background image: four coffee cups on floor
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Let's continue this awkward silence in person.

--John Green
quote by John Green: You seemed locked inside of your mind, and I can't know what's going on in there, and it scared me. with background image: black and yellow butterfly
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You seemed locked inside of your mind, and I can't know what's going on in there, and it scared me.

--John Green
quote by John Green: I don't want to be part of an us that makes a them of the world's most vulnerable people. with background image: landscape photography of waves and clouds
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I don't want to be part of an us that makes a them of the world's most vulnerable people.

--John Green
quote by John Green: You and I are just kids. We've got the best and the worst of it in front of us. with background image: man and woman sitting on dock
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You and I are just kids. We've got the best and the worst of it in front of us.

--John Green
quote by John Green: We think of infinity as a really big number, but it's not. It's endlessness. Endlessness is a really strange idea in a universe that is defined by its endings. with background image: gray concrete road between green trees during daytime
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We think of infinity as a really big number, but it's not. It's endlessness. Endlessness is a really strange idea in a universe that is defined by its endings.

--John Green
quote by John Green: And even though he felt pitiful and ridiculous, he didn't want it to end, because he knew the absence of her would hurt more than any breakup ever could. with background image: rocky mountain under starry night
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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.

--John Green
quote by John Green: It was a lame string, for sure, but it was the one I had left and every paper girl needs at least one string, right? with background image: long exposure photography of beach
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It was a lame string, for sure, but it was the one I had left and every paper girl needs at least one string, right?

--John Green
quote by John Green: You are somebody's something, but you are also your you. with background image: butterfly perching on leaves
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You are somebody's something, but you are also your you.

--John Green
quote by John Green: Dumpers may not always be the heartbreakers, and the Dumpees may not always be the heartbroken. But everyone has a tendency. with background image: person on road at sunset
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Dumpers may not always be the heartbreakers, and the Dumpees may not always be the heartbroken. But everyone has a tendency.

--John Green
quote by John Green: This is it. I can't even not smoke anymore. with background image: two women holding flowers
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This is it. I can't even not smoke anymore.

--John Green

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