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  • Reading it the night before, I'd wondered if it would be like that for me-if in one moment, I would finally understand her, know her, and understand the role I'd played in her dying. But I wasn't convinced enlightenment struck like lightining.
    (John Green, "Looking for Alaska")
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  • The nature of the labyrinth, I scribbled into my spiral notebook, and the way out of it. This teacher rocked. I hated discussion classes. I hated talking, and I hated listening to everyone else stumble on their words and try to phrase things in the vaguest possible way so they wouldn't sound dumb, and I hated how it was all just a game of trying to figure out what the teacher wanted to hear and then saying it. I'm in class, so teach me.
    (John Green, "Looking for Alaska")
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  • High school is neither a democracy nor a dictatorship - nor, contrary to popular belief, an anarchic state. High school is a divine-right monarchy. And when the queen goes on vacation, things change.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")
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  • 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")
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  • 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")
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  • The abbreviated exam week meant that Wednesday was the last day of school for us. And all day long, it was hard not to walk around, thinking about the lastness of it all.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")
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  • 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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  • She was pondering the option of law school, the great American baby-sitter for directionless postgrads.
    (John Grisham, "The Runaway Jury")
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  • She stared at Peter, and she realized that in that one moment, when she hadn't been thinking, she knew exactly what he'd felt as he moved through the school with his backpack and his guns. Every kid in this school played a role: jock, brain, beauty, freak. All Peter had done was what they all secretly dreamed of: be someone, even for just nineteen minutes, who nobody else was allowed to judge.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")
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  • Reading LOVE JUNKIE is like watching a sleepwalker taking a stroll on a freeway. All you can do is pray. Gorgeously written, piercingly honest.
    (Janet Fitch, "White Oleander")
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  • With the rise of chiefdoms around 7,500 years ago, people had to learn, for the first time in history, how to encounter strangers regularly without attempting to kill them.
    (Jared Diamond, "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies")
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  • Definitely beats my first kiss. Seventh grade, Andrea Williams, behind the gym after school. She came over to my table at lunch, whispered the proposition in my ear, and I had a hard-on for the rest of the day.
    (Jay Asher, "Thirteen Reasons Why")
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  • What you need to learn, children, is the difference between right and wrong in every area of life. And once you learn the difference, you must always choose the right.
    (Jeanne DuPrau, "The City of Ember")
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  • She had her addictions and one of them was reading.
    (Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle")
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  • The best teacher is experience and not through someone's distorted point of view
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")
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