It hurts because it mattered.
Mental health days only exist for people who have the luxury of saying 'I don't want to deal with things today' and then can take the whole day off, while the rest of us are stuck fighting the fights we always fight, with no one really caring one way or another, unless...
People always get used to beauty though.
People talk about the courage of cancer patients, and I do not deny that courage. I had been poked and stabbed and poisoned for years, and still I trod on. But make no mistake: In that moment, I would have been very, very happy to die.
You matter as much as the things that matter to you. And I got so backwards trying to matter to him. All this time, there were real things to care about: real, good people who care about me, and this place. It's so easy to get stuck. You just get caught in being something, being special or cool or w
I am crying, he thought, opening his eyes to stare through the soapy, stinging water. I feel like crying, so I must be crying, but it's impossible to tell because I'm underwater. But he wasn't crying. Curiously, he felt too depressed to cry. Too hurt. It felt as if she'd taken the part of him that c
I inherited that penchant for intellectualism, a character flaw that these days can only be thoroughly eradicated by getting Zâ€™ed up.
No," I said. And maybe it was only because Alaska couldn't hit the brakes and I couldn't hit the accelerator.
The pure and simple truth Is rarely pure and never simple. What's a boy to do When lies and truth are both sinful?
In those fifty, the Old Man made me take religion seriously. I'd never been religious, but he told us that religion is important whether or not we believed in one, the same way that historical events are important whether or not you personally lived through them.
â€¦God, itâ€™s over. Takumi, you gotta stop stealing other peopleâ€™s problems and get some of your own.
...It sounded like a dragon breathing in time with me, like I had this pet dragon who was cuddled up next to me and cared enough about me to time his breaths to mine.
Whenever I'm asked what advice I have for young writers, I always say that the first thing is to read, and to read a lot. The second thing is to write. And the third thing, which I think is absolutely vital, is to tell stories and listen closely to the stories you're being told.
My days had a pleasant identicalness about them. I had always liked that: I liked routine. I liked being bored. I didnâ€™t want to but I did.
Let's make a deal: You figure out what the labyrinth is and how to get out of it, and i'll get you laid. -Alaska Young
I love you present tense,â€ I whispered, and then put my hand on the middle of his chest and said, â€œItâ€™s okay, Gus. Itâ€™s okay. It is. Itâ€™s okay, you hear me?â€ I hadâ€”and haveâ€”absolutely no confidence that he could hear me. I leaned forward and kissed his cheek. â€œOkay,â€ I said. â€œOkay
You live for pretentious metaphors.
The five of us walking confidently in a row, I'd never felt cooler. The Great Perhaps was upon us, and we were invincible. The plan may have had faults, but we did not.
When you go to a great concert, you feel this arc, almost like the music of a well-chosen set takes you on this trip through emotions and through various forms of intellectual engagement.
â€¦because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuffâ€¦ Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-canâ€™t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what theyâ€™re saying is â€˜you like stuff.â€™ Which is just not a goo
She fell apart because that's what happens.
Books are seldom useful unless they are also beautiful.
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.
When we think of death, we often imagine it as happening in degrees: We think of a sick person becoming less and less alive until finally they are gone.
It lit up like a Christmas Tree Hazel Grace...
You will not kill my girlfriend today, International Terrorists of Ambiguous Nationality!
What's the meaning of life? Other people.
I love making YouTube videos. I love Tumblr, I love Twitter. I love talking with people I find interesting about stuff I find interesting, and the Internet is a great way to do that.
Nothing to be gained by worrying between now and then.
Come over here so I can examine your face with my hands and see deeper into your soul than a sighted person ever could.