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  • #1
    Adam Smith
    “The great source of both the misery and disorders of human life, seems to arise from over-rating the difference between one permanent situation and another. Avarice over-rates the difference between poverty and riches: ambition, that between a private and a public station: vain-glory, that between obscurity and extensive reputation. The person under the influence of any of those extravagant passions, is not only miserable in his actual situation, but is often disposed to disturb the peace of society, in order to arrive at that which he so foolishly admires. The slightest observation, however, might satisfy him, that, in all the ordinary situations of human life, a well-disposed mind may be equally calm, equally cheerful, and equally contented. Some of those situations may, no doubt, deserve to be preferred to others: but none of them can deserve to be pursued with that passionate ardour which drives us to violate the rules either of prudence or of justice; or to corrupt the future tranquillity of our minds, either by shame from the remembrance of our own folly, or by remorse from the horror of our own injustice.”
    Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

  • #2
    John Green
    “When adults say, "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.”
    John Green, Looking for Alaska

  • #3
    John Green
    “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #4
    John Green
    “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 us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded 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 within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #5
    John Green
    “The marks humans leave are too often scars.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #6
    J.K. Rowling
    “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • #7
    John Green
    “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

  • #8
    John Green
    “Oh, I wouldn't mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #9
    John Green
    “Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. (...) You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”
    John Green, Looking for Alaska

  • #10
    J.K. Rowling
    “You're a prefect? Oh Ronnie! That's everyone in the family!"
    "What are Fred and I? Next door neighbors?”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  • #11
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

  • #12
    John Green
    “I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. 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 hurricane.”
    John Green, Looking for Alaska

  • #13
    John Green
    “Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #14
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

  • #15
    George R.R. Martin
    “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
    George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

  • #16
    John Green
    “There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #17
    Stephenie Meyer
    “I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars.”
    Stephenie Meyer, Twilight

  • #18
    Cassandra Clare
    “You said you were going for a walk!? What kind of walk takes six hours?"
    "A long one?”
    Cassandra Clare, City of Glass

  • #19
    John Green
    “What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?”
    John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

  • #20
    Cassandra Clare
    “The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he'd learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”
    Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

  • #21
    John Green
    “because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff. Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.”
    John Green

  • #22
    Cassandra Clare
    “That does it," said Jace. "I'm going to get you a dictionary for Christmas this year."
    "Why?" Isabelle said.
    "So you can look up 'fun.' I'm not sure you know what it means.”
    Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

  • #23
    John Green
    “Books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #24
    J.K. Rowling
    “Percy wouldn't notice a joke if it danced naked in front of him wearing one of Dobby's hats.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • #25
    John Green
    “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

  • #26
    John Green
    “What is an "instant" death anyway? How long is an instant? Is it one second? Ten? The pain of those seconds must have been awful as her heart burst and her lungs collapsed and there was no air and no blood to her brain and only raw panic. 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

  • #27
    C.S. Lewis
    “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #28
    Cornelia Funke
    “Stories never really end...even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don't end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page.”
    Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

  • #29
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

  • #30
    John Green
    “I may die young, but at least I'll die smart.”
    John Green, Looking for Alaska



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