Is it even possible to not love John Green? I don’t think so.
I loved his writing immediately, starting with Looking For Alaska which I read well out of my teen years and still adored.
And then I fell in love with him as a person, after having stalked some of his social media.
My new reason to love him is Crash Course, a YouTube show put together by John and his brother, Hank. I’ve watched Crash Course Literature in its entirety, and dabbled in others (U.S. History, World History). They even have science ones, if you’re into that shit.
Regardless, all these reasons to love him well make up for the reasons to dislike him, like the ending of The Fault in Our Stars, which caused me to say aloud, “Oh fuck you, John Green.”
Anyway, here are sixteen of my favorite John Green quotes!
Looking For Alaska
“You just use the future to escape the present.”
“It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn’t the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things.”
“And then something invisible snapped insider her, and that which had come together commenced to fall apart.”
“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.”
The Fault in Our Stars
I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”
“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.”
An Abundance of Katherines
“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”
“You don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.”
“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”
“It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”
“As long as we don’t die, this is gonna be one hell of a story.”
“Isn’t it also that on some fundamental level we find it difficult to understand that other people are human beings in the same way that we are? We idealize them as gods or dismiss them as animals.”
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
“Some people have lives; some people have music.”
“When things break, it’s not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It’s because a little piece gets lost – the two remaining ends couldn’t fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape has changed.”
And One I Just Like Though It Came From No Book 🙂
“…because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.”
What About You?
What’s your favorite John Green book/moment/quote?