Achingly Beautiful Quotes

Ever since I cracked open the spine of Looking for Alaska, I have fallen in love with John Green’s writing. The way he writes speaks to thoughts that I never dared to express (until recently). Each of his books gives me a little more hope, a little more love, a little more passion.

Here are the most achingly beautiful quotes from his novels:

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“You gave me a forever within the numbered days. For that, I am grateful.” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“I’m starting to realize that people lack good mirrors. It’s so hard for anyone to show us how we look, and so hard for us to show anyone how we feel.” – John Green, Paper Towns

“That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“He wanted to draw out the moment before the moment – because as good as kissing feels, nothing feels as good as the anticipation of it.” – John Green, An Abundance of Being Katherines

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“I’m so proud of you that it makes me proud of me. I hope you know that.” – John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson

“Those awful things are survivable because we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be.” – John Green, Looking for Alaska

“It’s so hard to leave – until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.” – John Green, Paper Towns 

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“I know so many last words. But I will never know hers.” – John Green, Looking for Alaska

“The feeling of loving her and being loved by her welled up in him, and he could taste the adrenaline in the back of his throat, and maybe it wasn’t over, and maybe he could feel her hand in his again and hear her loud, brash voice contort itself into a whisper to say I-Love-You in the very quick and quiet way that she had always said it. She said I love you as if it were a secret, and an immense one.” – John Green, An Abundance of Being Katharines

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“This is why we call people exes, I guess – because the paths that cross in the middle end up separating at the end. It’s too easy to see an X as a cross-out. It’s not, because there’s no way to cross out something like that. The X is a diagram of two paths.” – John Green and David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson

“We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.” – John Green, Looking for Alaska

“You gave me a forever within the numbered days. For that, I am grateful.” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world… but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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