I didn't want to look at them, so I looked away, and to look away was to look at Augustus.
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. I wondered if that was sort of the point of architecture.
Teenagers are extremely funny, and extremely clever and intellectually curious. But they're also willing to ask questions about the meaning of life without disguising them around irony, and ask questions about what are our responsibilities to other people without having to couch it in irony.
For many years, the Taft name in Ohio has been greatly respected. The Tafts were men of sober and conservative temperament. They were somewhat seen as stodgy, but they were men of principle and integrity.
One of the reasons that metaphor and symbolism are important in books is because they are also important to life. Like, for example say you're in high school and you're a boy and you say to a girl: "Do you like anyone right now?" - that's not the question you're asking. The question you're asking is
"Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will," she says. The sky is like a monochromatic contemporary painting, drawing me in with its illusion of depth, pulling me up. "Yeah, that's true," I say. But then after I think about it for a second, I add, "But then again, if you don't imagine, nothing e
And I wondered if hurdlers ever thought, you know, 'This would go faster if we just got rid of the hurdles.
Truth defies simplicity.
Why would you try to kill this guy, Kevin? He's a genius. Nuts to your truce.
So she became impulsive, scared by her inaction into perpetual action.
As Alaska zipped through something obvious about linear equations, stoner/baller Hank Walsten said, "Wait, wait. I don't get it." "That's because you have eight functioning brain cells." "Studies show that Marijuana is better for your health than those cigarettes," Hank said. Alaska swallowed a mout
Colin had always preferred baths; one of his general policies in life was never to do anything standing up that could just as easily be done lying down
We imagine people as animals or gods. -But she was just a person, a girl.
I don't see a future where we're all taught by robots. The real life, physical experience of being in a classroom and having conversations with knowledgeable people is immeasurably valuable and irreplaceable.
What happens in the band room stays in the band room.
Augustus Waters was the great star-crossed love of my life. Ours was an epic love story, and I wonâ€™t be able to get more than a sentence into it without disappearing into a puddle of tears. Gus knew. Gus knows. I will not tell you our love story, becauseâ€”like all real love storiesâ€”it will die
At some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you'll look back down and see that you floated away, too.
Dude, you're such a geek. And that's coming from an overweight Star Trek fan who scored a 5 on the AP Calculus test. So you know your condition is grave
The Zâ€™s will kill us all, and then the Zâ€™s will die out and in sixty years there will be no one to remember our silly war, Carolineâ€™s wasted ammunition, my year of zombic survivalism, Rene DesCartesâ€™s musings, or Michelangeloâ€™s sculptures. And that is really only the sadness here as I drin
At least for tonight. In sickness and in health. In good times and in bad. For richer, for poorer. 'Till dawn do us part.
This is what happens: somebodyâ€”girl usuallyâ€”got a free spirit, doesn't get on too good with her parents. These kids, they're like tied-down helium balloons. They strain against the string and strain against it, and then something happens, and that string gets cut, and they just float away. And m
Also, it was a bit hopeless," he said. "A bit defeatist." "If by defeatist you mean honest, then I agree." "I don't think defeatism is honest, " Dad answered. "I refuse to accept that.
I don't think we should see the world of books as fundamentally separate from the world of the Internet. Yes, the Internet contains a lot of videos of squirrels riding skateboards, but it can also be a place that facilitates big conversations about books.
All good American literature is always interested in people who are ambiguously heroic, like Gatsby.
I think forever is an incorrect concept.
She said Robert Joyner had killed himself with a gun. And then I asked why, and then she told me that he was getting a divorce and was sad about it.' 'Lots of people get divorces and don't kill themselves,' I said. 'I know,' she said, excitement in her voice. 'That's what I told her.
Oh, I wouldn't mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.
In general-like not just in fiction but in life-it doesn't work out well when someone imagines someone else as a manic pixie dream girl or an Edward Cullen or anything other than a full, complex human being. That said, while I've tried to reflect that in my books, I don't think I've always succeeded
that while the world wasn't built for humans, we were built for the world.
depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying.