John Green Quotes

What are your favorite John Green quotes? Anyone who has ever read one of his books has at least one… Here are some of ours! Feel free to leave your own in the comments and we will add them!


  • “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” – The Fault in Our Stars
  • “That’s the thing about pain, It demands to be felt.” – The Fault in Our Stars
  • “At some point, you just pull off the band-aid, and it hurts, but then it’s over and you’re relieved.” – Looking For Alaska
  • “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say on who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.” – The Fault in Our Stars
  • “Maybe there’s something you’re afraid to say, or someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhere you’re afraid to go. It’s gonna hurt. It’s gonna hurt because it matters.” – Will Grayson, Will Grayson
  • “You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot.” – Will Grayson, Will Grayson
  • “Maybe okay will be our always.” – The Fault in Our Stars
  • “The marks humans leave are too often scars.” – The Fault in Our Stars
  • “It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn’t the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things.” – Looking for Alaska
  • “You don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.” – An Abundance of Katherines
  • “Some people have lives; some people have music.” – Will Grayson, Will Grayson
  • “Because you are beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence” – The Fault in Our Stars
  • “Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting.”

11 thoughts on “John Green Quotes

  1. “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. A writer we used to like taught me that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbound set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, 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 in the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

  2. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane. – Looking for Alaska

    Y’all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die. -Looking for Alaska

  3. “Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.”
    ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  4. “I hate the idea that, when it comes to books and learning, hard is often seen as the opposite of fun. It’s strange to me that we should be so quick to give up on a book or a math problem when we are so willing to grapple, for centuries if necessary, with a single level of Angry Birds.”

  5. “I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly at first and then all at once.” -The Fault in Our Stars

  6. “Sometimes , you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelic zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book”

  7. This is one of my personal favorites because it’s really deep and meaningful and really just speaks to my soul:

    “We fatties have a bond, dude. It’s like a secret society. We got all kinds of shit you don’t know about. Handshakes, special fat people dances-we got these secret fugging lairs in the center of the earth and we go down there in the middle of the night when all the skinny kids are sleeping and eat cake and friend chicken and shit. Why d’you think Hollis is still sleeping, kafir? Because we were up all night in the secret lair injecting butter frosting into our veins. …A fatty trusts another fatty.”
    -An Abundance of Katherines

  8. “…staring at the chair that was older than he would ever be.”

    “Isaac: I miss Augustus.
    Game: I don’t understand.
    Isaac: Neither do I. Pause.”

    “Hazel: And so important is the blue lipped boy with the malfunctioning g-tube erupting from his gut.
    Gus: And you said you don’t write poetry.”

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