hazel grace

You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you can not even imagine yet.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

According to Maslow, I was stuck on the second level of the pyramid, unable to feel secure in my health and therefore unable to reach for love and respect and art and whatever else, which is, utter horseshit: The urge to make art or contemplate philosophy does not go away when you are sick. Those urges just become transfigured by illness. Maslow’s pyramid seemed to imply I was less human than other people, and most people seemed to agree with him.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

I want to minimize the number of deaths I am responsible for.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

If we’d put them in a vase in the living room, they would have been everyone’s flowers. I wanted them to be my flowers.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Girls think they’re only allowed to wear dresses on formal occasions, but I like a woman who says, you know, I’m going over to see a boy who is having a nervous breakdown, a boy whose connection to the sense of sight itself is tenuous, and gosh dang it, I am going to wear a dress for him.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

I missed the future. Obviously I knew even before his recurrence that I’d never grow old with Augustus Waters. But thinking about Lidewij and her boyfriend, I felt robbed. I would probably never again see the ocean from thirty thousand feet above, so far up that you can’t make out the waves or any boats, so that the ocean is a great and endless monolith. I could imagine it. I could remember it. But I couldn’t see it again, and it occurred 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, The Fault in Our Stars

You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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, The Fault in Our Stars

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.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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