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John Green’s “Paper Towns” Quotes (89 Quotes)


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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.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • I think maybe the reason I have spent most of my life being afraid is that I have been trying to prepare myself to train my body for real fear when it comes. But I am not prepared.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • Leaving feels good and pure only when you leave something important, something that mattered to you. Pulling life out by the roots. But you can't do that until your life has grown roots.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • She never acted as if she liked him all that much, but then she never acted as if she liked anyone all that much.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • To be abandoned like that! Shut out when you most need to be loved.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")


  • But once that string gets cut, kid, you can't uncut it. Do you get what I'm saying?
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • I'd had nearly four years of experience looking at these clocks, but their sluggishness never ceased to surprise. If I am ever told that I have one day to live, I will head straight to the hallowed halls of Winter Park High School, where a day has been known to last a thousand years.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • Life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • She spoke quietly then, the tiniest crack in her voice, and all at once Lacey Pemerton was not Lacey Pemberton. She was just-like, a person.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • Tonight, darling, we are going to right a lot of wrongs. And we are going to wrong some rights. The first shall be last; the last shall be first; the meek shall do some earth-inheriting. But before we can radically reshape the world, we need to shop.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • Chuck Parson did not participate in organized sports, because to do so would distract from his larger goal of his life: to one day be convicted of murder
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • If you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • Look at all those cul-de-sacs, the streets that turn in on themselves all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people in their paper houses burning the furniture to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking the beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • She waited for me to play out the string, to find the place where she had stopped and was waiting for me, to follow the breadcrumb tail until it dead-ended into her.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • Traveling, I am finding, teaches you a lot of things about yourself. For instance, I never thought myself to be the kind of person who pees into a mostly empty bottle of Bluefin energy drink while driving through South Carolina at seventy-seven miles per hour - but in face I am that kind of person.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")


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