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John Green

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