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Quotes of the day: John Green

Published Sunday, August 23, 2015 @ 9:28 PM EDT
Aug 23 2015

John Michael Green (b. August 24, 1977) is an American author of young adult fiction, YouTube video blogger (vlogger) and creator of online educational videos. He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, Looking for Alaska, and his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars debuted at number 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list in January 2012. The 2014 film adaptation opened at #1 at the box office. In 2014 Green was included in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Being in a relationship, that's something you choose. Being friends, that's just something you are.

Caring doesn't sometimes lead to misery. It always does.

Grief does not change you... It reveals you.

I don't have facts on my side... but I still think I'm right. That's the American way.

I don't know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving.

I may die young, but at least I'll die smart.

I'm not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.

If you are rich, you have to be an idiot not to stay rich. And if you are poor, you have to be really smart to get rich.

It is very sad to me that some people are so intent on leaving their mark on the world that they don't care if that mark is a scar.

Luck is for suckers.

Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we're quoting.

My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.

People don't object if someone has special beliefs. They just don't want to hear about them.

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.

Some people have lives; some people have music.

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.

Talking to a drunk person was like talking to an extremely happy, severely brain-damaged three-year-old.

The funny thing about writing is that whether you're doing it well or you're doing it poorly, it looks the exact same. That is actually one of the main ways that writing is different from ballet dancing.

The marks humans leave are too often scars.

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.

The United States Congress, like a lot of rich people, lives in two houses.

The Venn Diagram of guys who don't like smart girls and guys you don't want to date is a circle.

The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives.

The world is not a wish-granting factory.

There is no them, there are only facets of us.

What a slut time is. She screws everybody.

What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?

What's the meaning of life? Other people.

When people have to choose between civilization and warm genitals, they choose warm genitals

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.

You can say a lot of things about Alabama, but you can't say that Alabamans as a people are unduly afraid of deep fryers.

You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world... but you do have some say in who hurts you.

You don't remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.


(August 24 is also the birthday of Jorge Luis Borges, Max Beerbohm, Paulo Coelho, and Theodore Parker.)

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