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


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  • Before any of it could make sense, it had to be heard.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • I didn't need you, you idiot. I picked you. And then you picked me back.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • It was nice - in the dark and the quiet... and her eyes looking back, like there was something in me worth seeing.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • People are different when you can smell them and look up close, you know?
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

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


  • You can learn a lot about government from donkey balls.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • Ben Starling, you better not have bought your token black friend a racist shirt
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • I kept waiting for that loneliness and nervousness to make me want to go back. But it never did.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • It's all very dramatic and everything, but so what? I didn't know the guy. People I don't know die all the damned time.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • Q, you're going to go to Duke. You're going to be a very successful lawyer-or-something and get married and have babies and live your whole little life, and then you're going to die, and in the last moments, when you're chocking on your own bile in the nursing home, you'll say to yourself:'Well, I wasted my whole goddamned life, but at least I broke into SeaWorld with Margo Roth Spiegelman my senior year of high school. At least I carpe'd that one diem.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • The true ninja doesn't make a splash at all.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • Your party kicked so much ass!Even though you suck so much! It's like, instead of blood, your heart pumps liquid suck! But thanks for the beer!
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • Ben's tongue is like sunscreen...It's good for your health and should be applied liberally.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • I know it's impossible for you to see your peers this way, but when you're older, you start to see them--the bad kids and the good kids and all kids--as people. They're just people, who deserve to be cared for.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")

  • It's easy to like someone from a distance. But when she stopped being this amazing unattainable thing or whatever, and started being, like, just a regular girl with a weird relationship with food and frequent crankiness wh's kind of bossy--then I had to basically start liking a while different person.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")


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