Quotes of John Green

“ When things break, it's not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It's because a little piece gets lost - the two remaining ends couldn't fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape has changed. ”

- John Green

“ If you don't believe, nothing ever happens at all. ”

- John Green

“ He was gone and did not have time to tell him what I had just now realized: that I forgave him, and that she forgave us, and that we had to forgive to survive in the labyrinth. ”

- John Green

“ That's the great thing about being in the third grade. If you've got one polysyllabic adjective, everyone thinks you're a genius. ”

- John Green

“ I can’t talk about our love story, so I will talk about math. I am not a mathematician, but I know this: There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get. But, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful. ”

- John Green

“ If the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. ”

- John Green

“ If you were to go [to the Rijksmuseum], and hopefully someday you will, you would see a lot of paintings of dead people. You'd see Jesus on the cross, and you'd see a dude getting stabbed in the neck, and you'd see people dying at sea and in battle and a parade of martyrs. But Not. One. Single. Cancer. Kid. Nobody biting it from the plague or smallpox or yellow fever or whatever, because there is no glory in illness. There is no meaning to it. There is no honor in dying of. ”

- John Green

“ It has been my experience that maximizing income is a helluva lot less important than maximizing passion and fulfillment in your both professionally and personally. ”

- John Green

“ When I was in college, I remember fearing that the dreary grind of adulthood would feature infinitely more existential dread than frat parties had, but the opposite has been true for me. I'm much less likely to feel that gnawing fear of aimlessness and nihilism than I used to be and that's partly because education gave me job opportunities, but it's mostly because education gave me perspective and context. ”

- John Green

“ How you matter is defined by the things that matter to you. You matter as much as the things that matter to you do. ”

- John Green

“ The future will erase everything—there’s no level of fame or genius that allows you to transcend oblivion. The infinite future makes that kind of mattering impossible. ”

- John Green

“ 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

“ We are like a bunch of dogs squirting on fire hydrants. We poison the groundwater with our toxic piss, marking everything MINE in a ridiculous attempt to survive our deaths. ”

- John Green

“ Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin. ”

- John Green

“ I was thinking about the universe wanting to be noticed, and how I had to notice it as best I could. I felt that I owed a debt to the universe that only my attention could repay, and also that I owed a debt to everybody who didn’t get to be a person anymore and everyone who hadn’t gotten to be a person yet. ”

- John Green

“ Grief does not change you, it reveals you. ”

- John Green

“ I thought about how wonderfully strange it would be to live in a place where almost everything had been built by the dead. ”

- John Green

“ The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives. ”

- John Green

“ Ya gotta live somewhere, but also you GET to live somewhere. ”

- John Green

“ I thought being an adult meant knowing what you believe, but that has not been my experience. ”

- John Green

“ That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt. ”

- John Green

“ You don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened. ”

- John Green

“ Just a word of advice. Whenever you're furious with your parents or you think they're terrible, just remember, you vomited on them and they kept you. ”

- John Green

“ The United States Congress, like a lot of rich people, lives in two houses. ”

- John Green

“ Sometimes people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them. Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway. ”

- John Green

“ In English, we don't have a word for people who aren't virgins. What the non-virgin lexical gap really made me think was that our obsession with sexual purity is such that once you are no longer this THING, you are indescribable. ”

- John Green

“ Sexuality is important, but it's certainly not the most interesting or important thing happening to you right now. We live in a world that tells us that there are only two important things. One is the acquisition of goods and the other is either the acquisition or avoidance of sex, but it turns out that the question of who's a virgin and who's a virgout is not the most interesting question. ”

- John Green

“ I started thinking about little kids putting a cylindrical peg through a circular hole, and how they do it over and over again for months when they figure it out, and how basketball was basically just a slightly more aerobic version of that same exercise. ”

- John Green

“ In general, watching children's television is a dark and surreal descent into madness where the characters on the screen talk directly to you. ”

- John Green

“ ...myopia. He was nearsighted. The future lay before him, inevitable but invisible. ”

- John Green
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