“Much of my life had been devoted to trying not to cry in front of people who loved me, so I knew what Augustus was doing. You clench your teeth. You look up. You tell yourself that if they see you cry, it will hurt them, and you will be nothing but a sadness in their lives, and you must not become a mere sadness, so you will not cry, and you say all of this to yourself while looking up at the ceiling, and then you swallow even though your throat does not want to close and you look at the person who loves you and smile.”—John Green, The Fault in Our Stars (via larmoyante)
“The fundamental mistake I had always made - and that she had, in fairness, always led me to make - was this: Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl.”—John Green’s Paper Towns (via underagecinephile)
“Standing before this building, I learn something about fear. I learn that it is not the idle fantasies of someone who maybe wants something important to happen to him, even if the important thing is horrible. It is not the disgust of seeing a dead stranger, and not the breathlessness of hearing a shotgun pumped outside of Becca Arrington’s house. This cannot be addressed by breathing exercises.”—Quentin Jacobsen - Paper Towns by John Green (via ajestrella)
“But I did get to see the sunrise from 36,000 feet above the ground, and it occurred to me that until a century ago, no one in all of human history had ever seen that.”—John Green (via cloudywindowseats)
“She turns over toward me and puts her head onto my shoulder, and we lie there, as I long ago imagined lying on the grass at SeaWorld. It has taken us thousands of miles and many days, but here we are: her head on my shoulder, her breath on my neck, the fatigue thick inside both of us. We are now as I wished we could be then.”—
Quentin Jacobsen - Paper Towns by John Green
These are simple words that are put together to create something magical: a feeling.
When you go into the ER, one of the first things they ask you to do is rate your pain on a scale of one to ten, and from there they decide which drugs to use and how quickly to use them. I’d been asked this question hundreds of times over the years, and I remember once early on when I couldn’t get my breath and it felt like my chest was on fire, flames licking the inside of my ribs fighting for a way to burn out of my body, my parents took me to the ER. A nurse asked me about the pain, and I couldn’t even speak, so I held up nine fingers.
Later, after they’d given me something, the nurse came in and she was kind of stroking my head while she took my blood pressure and said, “You know how I know you’re a fighter? You called a ten a nine.”
But that wasn’t quite right. I called it a nine because I was saving my ten.
And here it was, the great and terrible ten, slamming me again and again as I lay still and alone in my bed staring at the ceiling, the waves tossing me against the rocks then pulling me back out to sea so they could launch me again into the jagged face of the cliff, leaving me floating faceup on the water, undrowned.
“The venn diagram of boys who don’t like smart girls and boys you don’t wanna date is a circle.” --This one is from the video called "advice on dumb boyfriends, going to college, and more." But he's said it before in some other video..
"Everything that comes together falls apart. When you stopped wishing things wouldn’t fall apart, you stopped suffering when they did." is from Looking For Alaska. “The venn diagram of boys who don’t like smart girls and boys you don’t wanna date is a circle.” is from the video Advice On Dumb Boyfriends, Going To College And More (sorry, no clue about all the others)
Well I was wrong, Looking for Alaska. Thank you for all the help.
The "facets of us" quote is from "Nerdfighting in Bangladesh," and the Venn Diagram one is from "Advice on Dumb Boyfriends, Going to College, and More." The quote about suffering is actually from Looking For Alaska.
What video are these from? "I try to live life so that I can live with myself." and “There are only facets of Us.” and “The venn diagram of boys who don’t like smart girls and boys you don’t wanna date is a circle.” and “We all matter - maybe less then a lot but always more than none.” and “Everything that comes together falls apart. When you stopped wishing things wouldn't fall apart, you stopped suffering when they did.” If you don't know can you post this and let followers answer :)
Goodness I am terrible at remembering these off the top of my head. My followers as you’ve noticed are much better than me. <3 It’s part of what makes them so wonderful.
“Everything that comes together falls apart. When you stopped wishing things wouldn’t fall apart, you stopped suffering when they did.” I’m almost positive that one is from Paper Towns.
“Each of us starts out as a watertight vessel. And these things happen - these people leave us, or don’t love us, or don’t get us, or we don’t get them, and we lose and fail and hurt one another. And the vessel starts to crack open in places. And, I mean yeah, once the vessel cracks open, the end becomes inevitable. […] But there is all this time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And it’s only in that time that we can see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs. When did we see each other face to face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get out.”—John Green (Paper Towns) via We’re All Stories in The End:
“It occurred to me that the voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again.”—John Green (via veronicaisfightingthefuture)
“Do you ever wonder whether people would like you more or less if they could see inside you? I mean, I’ve always felt like the Katherines dump me right when they start to see what I look like from the inside-well, except K-19. But I always wonder about that. If people could see me the way I see myself- if they could live in my memories- would anyone, anyone, love me?”—from An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (via autumn-useyourtelescope)
“What else? She is so beautiful. You don’t get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.”—Augustus Waters - John Green, The Fault In Our Stars (via theactof-living)
People never seem to stop asking the question about the "doing yourself a disservice" thing and just in case you don't know/need to for future reference, it's from the swoodilypoopers video Axl Rose, right at the end.
“I think that the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am I, living in the middle of history, to tell the universe that it- or my observation of it- is temporary?”—John Green, The Fault in Our Stars (via onedayofforever)
“The good times and the bad times both will pass. It will pass. It will get easier. But the fact that it will get easier does not mean that it doesn’t hurt now. And when people try to minimize your pain they are doing you a disservice. And when you try to minimize your own pain you’re doing yourself a disservice. Don’t do that. The truth is that it hurts because it’s real. It hurts because it mattered. And that’s an important thing to acknowledge to yourself. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t end, that it won’t get better. Because it will.”—John Green, for Anon
“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I wanted more numbers for you. But, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”—The Fault in Our Stars (via alittlehighonsummertime)