The Fault in our Stars

I just want to stay away from people and read books.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Dutch is not so much a language as an ailment of the throat.

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

This is it. I can’t even not smoke anymore.

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

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

All salvation is temporary.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Nothing to be gained by worrying between now and then.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Television is a passivity.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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