peter van houten

“Contemporaneity,” to quote AIA, “specializes in the kind of battles wherein no one loses anything of any value, except arguably their lives.”

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

But to be perfectly frank, this childish idea that the author of a novel has some special insight into the characters in the novel… it’s ridiculous. That novel was composed of scratches on a page, dear. The characters inhabiting it have no life outside of those scratches. What happened to them? They all ceased to exist the moment the novel ended.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

I have a Churchillian relationship with alcohol: I can crack jokes and govern England and do anything I want to do. Except not drink.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

So Zeno is most famous for his tortoise paradox. Let us imagine that you are in a race with a tortoise. The tortoise has a ten-yard head start. In the time it takes you to run that ten yards, the tortoise has moved one yard. And then in the time it takes you to make up that distance, the tortoise goes a bit farther, and so on forever. You are faster than the tortoise but you can never catch him; you can only decrease his lead.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

I kept thinking there were two kinds of adults: There were Peter Van Houtens – miserable creatures who scoured the earth in search of something to hurt. And then there were people like my parents, who walked around zombically, doing whatever they had to do to keep walking around.

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

What a slut time is. She screws everybody.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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