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

I just want you to be happy. If that’s with me or with someone else or with nobody. I just want you to be happy.

John Green
Everything's uglier close up," she said. "Not you," I answered.
John Green

We don't tend to write about disease in fiction - not just teen novels but all American novels - because it doesn't fit in with our idea of the heroic romantic epic. There is room only for sacrifice, heroism, war, politics and family struggle.

John Green
…God, it’s over. Takumi, you gotta stop stealing other people’s problems and get some of your own.
John Green

This fear bears no analogy to any fear I knew before. This is the basest of all possible emotions, the feeling that was with us before we existed, before this building existed, before the earth existed. This is the fear that made fish crawl out onto dry land and evolve lungs, the fear that teaches us to run, the fear that makes us bury our dead.

John Green
Great news for someone is always bad news for someone else
John Green

It is worth it to leave behing my minor life for grander maybes -Miles "Pudge

John Green
She's just playing a trick on us. This is just an Alaska Young Prank Extraordinaire. It's Alaska being Alaska, funny and playful and not knowing when or how to put on the brakes.
John Green

When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.

John Green
Maybe this time she wanted to be found, and to be found by me.