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We have a bad habit of seeing books as sort of cheaply made movies where the words do nothing but create visual narratives in our heads.

So too often what passes for literary criticism is "I couldn't picture that guy", or "I liked that part", or "this part shouldn't have happened." That is, we've left language so far behind that sometimes we judge quality solely based on a story's actions.

So we can appreciate a novel that constructs its conflicts primarily through plot - the layered ambiguity of a fatal car accident caused by a vehicle owned by Gatsby but driven by someone else, for instance. But in this image-drenched world, sometimes we struggle to appreciate and celebrate books where the quality arises not exclusively from plot but also from the language itself.


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I don’t know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving.
JOHN GREEN
She has enough black eyeliner on to outline a corpse, and her skin's so pale she looks like she's ju...
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Muhammad brought the promise that anyone could find fulfillment and everlasting life through allegia...
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If only I were as good at life as I am at the internet.
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And then I crawled into his unmade bed, wrapping myself in his comforter like a cocoon, surrounding ...
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YOU WILL GO TO THE PAPER TOWNS
AND YOU WILL NEVER COME BACK
JOHN GREEN
For she had embodied the Great Perhaps--she had proved to me that it was worth it to leave behind my...
JOHN GREEN
I felt the unfairness of it, the inarguable injustice of loving someone who might have loved you bac...
JOHN GREEN
Strahlend wie ein Kind unter dem Weihnachtsbaum sagte sie: "Ihr raucht zum Spaß, ich rauche, um zu ...
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And I was left to ask, Did I help you toward a fate you didn't want, Alaska, or did I assist your wi...
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How can you read and talk at the same time?” I asked.
“Well, I usually can’t, but neither...
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So she became impulsive, scared by her inaction into perpetual action. When the Eagle confronted her...
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Ashes to ashes. Garage sale to garage sale,” I said.
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Not to ask the obvious question, but why Alaska?
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I've gotten thrown out of thirty-seven straight games,' he said. 'Once or twice, I've had to go real...
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You can fight with me," I said. I put my controller down and leaned back on our foam couch and was a...
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I didn't know whether to trust Alaska, and I'd certainly had enough of her unpredictability - cold o...
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That is the fear: I have lost something important, and I cannot find it, and I need it. It is fear l...
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You've got a lifetime to mull over the Buddhist understanding of interconnectedness." He spoke every...
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There were so many of us who would have to live with things done and things left undone that day. Th...
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I hope you didn't bring the Asian kid along thinking he's a computer genius. Because I'm not," Takum...
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But ultimately I do not believe that she was only matter. The rest of her must be recycled, too. I b...
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Last words are always harder to remember when no one knows that someone's about to die.
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How can you seperate those things though? The people are the place is the people.
JOHN GREEN
Tonight, darling, we are going to right a lot of wrongs. And we are going to wrong some rights. The ...
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I hated talking, and I hated listening to everyone else stumble on their words so they wouldn't soun...
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She didn't leave me enough to discover her, but she left me enough to rediscover the Great Perhaps.
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And then I was asleep. That deep, can-still-taste-her-in-my-mouth sleep, that sleep that is not part...
JOHN GREEN
The way young people speak about one another's bodies says a great deal about our society. In today'...
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Not the brightest gem in the jewelry shop, but you've got to admire his single-minded dedication to ...
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The five of us walking confidently in a row, I'd never felt cooler. The Great Perhaps was upon us, a...
JOHN GREEN
I walked to Montevallo.'
'Forty miles?!'
'Forty-two,' he corrected me. 'Well. Forty-two th...
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The Colonel explained to me that 1. this was Alaska's room, and that 2. she had a single room becaus...
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We are greater than the sum of our parts.
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It’s very beautiful over there.” I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, ...
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Basra, carrying a torch in one hand and a bucket of water in the other. When someone asked her what ...
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Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, think...
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Големите не осъзнават колко са прави, когато казват с о...
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Que je croie; que tu croies; qu'il ou qu'elle croie. What a funny thing to say over and over again: ...
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Потом я узнала, что мое имя означает. Оно происходит от ...
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Doing wrong and having wrong things happen to you. That’s the problem. Bolívar was talking about ...
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Her underwear, her jeans, the comforter, my corduroys and my boxers between us, I thought. Five laye...
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He told me this while ripping through his duffel bag, throwing clothes into drawers with reckless ab...
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You never know. It's just. It's like. POOF. And you're gone.
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Suffering is universal. It's the only thing Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims are all worried about...
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Jesus, I'm not going to be one of those people who sits around talking about what they're going to d...
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That's why I love road trips, dude. It's like doing something without actually doing anything." - Ha...
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What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable? How very odd,...
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– Es gracioso lo que la gente está dispuesta a hacer para que la recuerden.
– Bueno, o par...
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Collin Singleton could no more stay cool than a blue whale could stay skinny or Bangladesh could sta...
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The future will erase everything--there's no level of fame or genius that allows you to transcend ob...
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No, I don’t think you’re gonna be single forever, and also I don’t understand your obsession w...
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—¿Qué más? Ella es tan hermosa. No te cansas de verla. Nunca te preocupas si es más inteligent...
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From the front Rdar announces, "Don't you go talking bad about GoFast bars. Do you want me to stop t...
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