We are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be.
The Side Effects of Dying in Your Pants isn't really funnyâ€¦ Alright, it's a little funny.
I wrote my first novel and my second novel in Chicago. It was the place where I became a writer. It's my favorite city.
Physical intimacy isnâ€™t and can never be an effective substitute for emotional intimacy.
I thought being an adult meant knowing what you believe, but that has not been my experience.
Keys show up when you reconcile yourself to the bus...
If I had a nervous breakdown every time something awful happened in the world, I'd be crazier than a shithouse rat.
This is it. I can't even not smoke anymore
moms arenâ€™t the best audience for medication humor.
I'm sorry. I know you loved her. It was hard not to.
Caroline was always moody and miserable, but I liked it. I liked feeling as if she had chosen me as the only person in the world not to hate, and so we spent all this time together just ragging on everyone, you know?
I'm not embarrassed by my faith, and I'm also not embarrassed by my doubt.
Finally, I decided that the proper strategy was to stare back. Boys do not have a monopoly on the Staring Business.
I expertly angled my raison bran to accomodate the g-forces.
Maybe we're grassâ€”our roots so interdependent that no one is dead as long as someone is still alive.
All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm.
â€¦God, itâ€™s over. Takumi, you gotta stop stealing other peopleâ€™s problems and get some of your own.
It doesnâ€™t matter how long weâ€™ve used something; all that matters is how awesome the thing replacing it is. MP3s and automobiles happen to be really, really awesome, whereas ebooksâ€”at least so farâ€”are fairly limited in their awesomeness.
There's not even real *popularity* at my school." "That," Coli said emphatically, "is a sentence that has only ever been spoken by popular people.
Poetry is just so emo." he said. "Oh, the pain. The pain. It always rains. In my soul.
I think when you're 16, if you have good parents, they generally just fade in the background. I had great parents, and because they were great, I thought very little about them in high school.
That's why those tapes we made are going to be so great one day, because they'll tell stories that time has swallowed up or distorted or whatever.
Because it's kind of great, being an idea that everybody likes. But I could never be the idea to myself, not all the way. And Agloe is a place where a paper creation became real. A dot on the map became a real place, more real than the people who created the dot could never have imagined. I thought
She said 'I love you' as if it were a secret, and an immense one.
I think forever is an incorrect concept," I answered. He smirked. "You're an incorrect concept." "I know. That's why I'm being taken out of the rotation".
Right, except I'm not going to lie to my mom, because what kind of (man) lies to his own mother?
At some point we all look up and realize we are lost in a maze.
Ergo: girls should always make the first move, because (a) they are, on the whole, less likely to be rejected than guys, (b) that way, girls will never get kissed unless they want to be kissed.
Dad had a sign of his own. MY BEAUTIFUL FAMILY, it read, and then underneath that (AND GUS).
I always wondered if there was a purpose to the universe, if there was a plan, if there was some sort of organizing factor, hopefully that I played a role in.