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58 John Green Quotes: 'The Fault in Our Stars' Author Shows off His Prose

Dayna Remus
Nov 25, 2022
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Famous author John Green has written many books with great storylines and beautiful prose. Here are 58 quotes to help you get to know the bestselling writer and his work a little better.

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John Green has written many excellent young adult books, but his most popular ones are "The Fault In Our Stars" and "Paper Towns," both of which were made into widely loved movies. "The Fault In Our Stars" follows a tragic and heartbreaking love story, while "Paper Towns" is an endearing coming-of-age story.

However, most individuals don't realize that this author has a significantly longer list of books just waiting to be read, such as "Looking For Alaska" and "An Abundance of Katherines." Read these 58 quotes from all his young adult books to discover what a fantastic writer Green truly is.

John Green's quote from “The Fault In Our Stars”: "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." | Image: AmoDays

John Green's quote from “The Fault In Our Stars”: "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." | Image: AmoDays

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John Green Quotes from "The Fault in Our Stars"

"The definition of humanness is the opportunity to marvel at the majesty of creation." — John Green, "The Fault In Our Stars"

"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"

"Some infinities are bigger than other infinities." — John Green, "The Fault In Our Stars"

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"The world is not a wish-granting factory." — John Green, "The Fault In Our Stars"

"Sometimes, you read a book, and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book." — John Green, "The Fault In Our Stars"

John Green’s quote from "The Fault In Our Stars":  "Some infinities are bigger than other infinities." | Image: AmoDays

John Green’s quote from "The Fault In Our Stars": "Some infinities are bigger than other infinities." | Image: AmoDays

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"That's God, I think, the rising sun, and the light is too bright, and her eyes are losing, but they aren't lost. I don't believe we return to haunt or comfort the living or anything, but I think something becomes of us." — John Green, "The Fault in Our Stars"

"As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once." — John Green, "The Fault In Our Stars"

"I'll fight it. I'll fight it for you. Don't you worry about me, Hazel Grace. I'm okay. I'll find a way to hang around and annoy you for a long time." ― John Green, "The Fault in Our Stars"

"You do not immortalize the lost by writing about them." — John Green, "The Fault In Our Stars"

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"My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations." — John Green, "The Fault In Our Stars"

John Green’s quote from "The Fault In Our Stars" : "The world is not a wish-granting factory." | Image: AmoDays

John Green’s quote from "The Fault In Our Stars" : "The world is not a wish-granting factory." | Image: AmoDays

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"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." — John Green, "The Fault In Our Stars"

"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." ― John Green, "The Fault in Our Stars"

"I told Augustus the broad outline of my miracle: diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer when I was thirteen. (I didn't tell him that the diagnosis came three months after I got my first period. Like: Congratulations! You're a woman. Now die.)" ― John Green, "The Fault in Our Stars"

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"We're as likely to hurt the universe as we are to help it, and we're not likely to do either." ― 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"

John Green Quotes from "Looking for Alaska"

John Green’s quote from "Looking For Alaska" : "When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books." | Image: AmoDays

John Green’s quote from "Looking For Alaska" : "When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books." | Image: AmoDays

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"And if I had cared about her as I should have, as I thought I did, how could I have let her go?" — John Green, "Looking For Alaska"

"What the hell is instant? Nothing is instant. Instant rice takes five minutes, instant pudding an hour. I doubt that an instant of blinding pain feels particularly instantaneous." — John Green, "Looking For Alaska"

"We can't love our neighbors 'till we know how crooked their hearts are." — John Green, "Looking For Alaska"

"When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books." — John Green, "Looking For Alaska"

"You can't just change me and then leave." — John Green, "Looking for Alaska"

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"It's not life or death, the labyrinth. Suffering. Doing wrong and having wrong things happen to you. That's the problem. Bolivar was talking about the pain, not about the living or dying. How do you get out of the labyrinth of suffering?" ― John Green, "Looking for Alaska"

John Green’s quote from “Looking For Alaska": "Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war.” | Image: AmoDays

John Green’s quote from “Looking For Alaska": "Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war.” | Image: AmoDays

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"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." — John Green, "Looking For Alaska"

"'Nothing can last, not even the earth itself. The Buddha said that suffering was caused by desire, we'd learned, and that the cessation of desire meant the cessation of suffering. When you stopped wishing things wouldn't fall apart, you'd stop suffering when they did." ― John Green, "Looking for Alaska"

"Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war." — John Green, "Looking For Alaska"

"We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken." — John Green, "Looking for Alaska"

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"And then something invisible snapped insider her, and that which had come together commenced to fall apart." — John Green, "Looking for Alaska"

John Green Quotes from "An Abundance of Katherines"

John Green’s quote from “An Abundance Of Katherines": "That's who you really like. The people you can think out loud in front of." | Image: AmoDays

John Green’s quote from “An Abundance Of Katherines": "That's who you really like. The people you can think out loud in front of." | Image: AmoDays

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"I love you so much, and I just want you to love me like I love you." — John Green, "An Abundance of Katherines"

"Here's to all the places we went. And all the places we'll go. And here's to me, whispering again and again and again and again: I love you." ― John Green, "An Abundance of Katherines"

"That's who you really like. The people you can think out loud in front of." — John Green, "An Abundance Of Katherines"

"If people could see me the way I see myself ―if they could live in my memorieswould anyone love me?" — John Green, "An Abundance Of Katherines"

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"Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down, and they'll wait for you forever; pay attention to them, and they always love you back." ― John Green, "An Abundance of Katherines"

John Green’s quote from “An Abundance Of Katherines": "What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?" | Image: AmoDays

John Green’s quote from “An Abundance Of Katherines": "What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?" | Image: AmoDays

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"There's some people in this world who you can just love and love and love no matter what." ― John Green, "An Abundance of Katherines"

"You don't remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened." — John Green, "An Abundance Of Katherines"

"What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?" — John Green, "An Abundance of Katherines"

John Green Quotes from "Paper Towns"

"That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste." — John Green, "Paper Towns"

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"I'm starting to realize that people lack good mirrors. It's so hard for anyone to show us how we look, & so hard for us to show anyone how we feel." ― John Green, "Paper Towns"

John Green’s quote from “Paper Towns": "The town was paper, but the memories were not." | Image: AmoDays

John Green’s quote from “Paper Towns": "The town was paper, but the memories were not." | Image: AmoDays

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"You know your problem, Quentin? You keep expecting people not to be themselves. I mean, I could hate you for being massively unpunctual and for never being interested in anything other than Margo Roth Spiegelman, and for, like, never asking me about how it's going with my girlfriendbut I don't give a [expletive], man, because you're you." ― John Green, "Paper Towns"

"As much as life can suck, it always beats the alternative." ― John Green, "Paper Towns"

"I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met." — John Green, "Paper Towns"

"The town was paper, but the memories were not." ― John Green, "Paper Towns"

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"But if you consider all the unlikely things together, at least one of them will probably happen to each of us. I could have seen it rain frogs. I could have stepped foot on Mars. I could have been eaten by a whale. I could have married the Queen of England or survived months at sea. But my miracle was different. My miracle was this: out of all the houses in all the subdivisions in all of Florida; I ended up living next door to Margo Roth Spiegelman." ― John Green, "Paper Towns"

John Green's quote from “Paper Towns": “I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met." | Image: AmoDays

John Green's quote from “Paper Towns": “I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met." | Image: AmoDays

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"…maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one." ― John Green, "Paper Towns"

"By the power of the superglue beer sword, I designate you my driver!" ― John Green, "Paper Towns"

"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… once the vessel cracks, the light can get in." — John Green, "Paper Towns"

"I actually had to face a Dark Lord in order to make the world safe for wizards." — John Green, "Paper Towns"

"It was a lame string, for sure, but it was the one I had left, and every paper girl needs at least one string, right?" — John Green, "Paper Towns"

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John Green's quote from “Paper Towns": "…maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one." | Image: AmoDays

John Green's quote from “Paper Towns": "…maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one." | Image: AmoDays

"I don't know how I look, but I know how I feel. Young. Goofy. Infinite." — John Green, "Paper Towns"

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"The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle." — John Green, "Paper Towns"

John Green’s Poetic Quotes

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

"You are never, ever choosing whether to use symbols. You are choosing which symbols to use." — John Green

"You are valuable and rare and worthy of love." — John Green

John Green's quote from “Paper Towns":  "Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we're quoting." | Image: AmoDays

John Green's quote from “Paper Towns": "Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we're quoting." | Image: AmoDays

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"My interest is in trying to reflect the reality of experience." — John Green

"Part of the reason we don't hear about the continuing decline in absolute poverty or childhood mortality or death by violence is that they aren't events, they're processes that occur over decades or centuries." — John Green, "Accio Decade Hallows"

"I was so good at being a kid, and so terrible at being whatever I was now." — John Green, "Turtles All the Way Down"

John Green's quote: "You are valuable and rare and worthy of love." | Image: AmoDays

John Green's quote: "You are valuable and rare and worthy of love." | Image: AmoDays

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"From 'Twilight' to 'Romeo And Juliet' to 'The Little Mermaid,' no work of the imagination is truly apolitical because the world and our hopes for it are always part of our stories." — John Green

"I try to live life so that I can live with myself." ― John Green

"The world may be broken, but hope is not crazy." ― John Green

"Reading is always an act of empathy. It's always an imagining of what it's like to be someone else." — John Green

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John Green's quote from “Looking For Alaska”: "You are valuable and rare and worthy of love." | Image: AmoDays

John Green's quote from “Looking For Alaska”: "You are valuable and rare and worthy of love." | Image: AmoDays

The adaptation of Green's novel "The Fault In Our Stars" won many awards, such as a 2015 Golden Trailer Award, with the book itself taking home a Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction.

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"Paper Towns" was also a hit, taking home a 2015 Teen Choice Award for Movie of the Summer, with the novel winning an Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Fiction in 2009.

Of course, his other books gained acclamation as well. For example, "An Abundance of Katherines" was a finalist in the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Get to know another brilliant writer by reading quotes from the best-selling book "Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas.

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