The fundamental mistake I had always made - and that she had, in fairness, always led me to make - was this: Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl.

-John Green
John Green

This is so much fun, but I’m so sleepy. To be continued?

John Green
... I didn't know whether to feel angry at her for making me part of her suicide or just to feel angry at myself for letting her go.
John Green

Imagine others complexly.

John Green
...But there's always suffering, Pudge. Homework or malaria or having a boyfriend who lives far away when there's a good-looking boy lying next to you. Suffering is universal. It's the one thing Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims are all worried about.
John Green

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.

John Green
It is saying these things that keeps us from falling apart. And maybe by imagining these futures we can make them real, and maybe not, but either way we must imagine them. The light rushes out and floods in.
John Green

We are all going, I thought, and it applies to turtles and turtlenecks, Alaska the girl and Alaska the place, because nothing can last, not even the earth itself. The Buddha said that suffering was caused by desire, we'd learned, and that the cessation of desire meant the cessation of suffering. When you stopped wishing things wouldn't fall apart, you'd stop suffering when they did.

John Green
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, "do you like me right now."
John Green

I felt the unfairness of it, the inarguable injustice of loving someone who might have loved you back but can't due to deadness.

John Green
Breaking up isn't something that gets done to you; its something that happens with you.