Alaska Young Quotes

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John Green
“Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“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
“I'm really not up for answering any questions that start with how, when, where, why or what.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“When she fucked up, all those years ago, just a little girl terrified into paralysis, she collapsed into the enigma of herself. And that could have happened to me, but I saw where it led for her. So I still believe in the Great Perhaps, and I can believe in it in spite of having lost her.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“This is so much fun, but I’m so sleepy. To be continued?”
John Green

John Green
“Her underwear, her jeans, the comforter, my corduroys and my boxers between us, I thought. Five layers, and yet I felt it, the nervous warmth of touching – a pale reflection of the fireworks of one mouth on another, but a reflection nonetheless. And in the almostness of the moment, I cared at least enough. I wasn’t sure whether I liked her, and doubted whether I could trust her, but I cared at least enough to try to find out. Her on my bed, wide green eyes staring down at me. The enduring mystery of her sly, almost smirking, smile. Five layers between us.”
John Green

John Green
“Ya'all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“Wait, wait. I don't get it.'

'That is because you only have eight functioning brain cells.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“Night falls fast. Today is the past.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“they love their hair because they're not smart enough to love anything more interesting”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“Doing wrong and having wrong things happen to you. That’s the problem. Bolívar 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
“She'd obviously read the book many times before, and so she read flawlessly and confidently, and I could hear her smile in the reading of it, and the sound of that smile made me think that maybe I would like novels better if Alaska Young read them to me.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“This one's for Alaska Young!”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“if people were rain ,
i was drizzle
and she was a hurricane .”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“The whole passage was underlined in bleeding, water-soaked black ink. But there was another ink, this one a crisp blue, post-flood, and an arrow led from “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!" to a margin note written in her loop-heavy cursive: Straight & Fast.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“Best day of my life was January 9, 1997. I was eight years old and my mom and I went to the zoo on a class trip. I liked the bears. She liked the monkeys. Best day ever. End of story.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“When she fucked up, all those years ago, just a little girl terrified. into paralysis, she collapsed into the enigma of herself. And I could have done that, but I saw where it led for her. So I still believe in the Great Perhaps, and I can believe in it spite of having lost her.

Beacause I will forget her, yes. That which came together will fall apart imperceptibly slowly, and I will forget, but she will forgive my forgetting, just as I forgive her for forgetting me and the Colonel and everyone but herself and her mom in those last moments she spent as a person. I know that she forgives me for being dumb and sacred and doing the dumb and scared thing. I know she forgives me, just as her mother forgives her.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“I thought at first she was just dead. Just darkness. Just a body being eaten by bugs. I thought about her a lot like that, as something's meal. What was her-green eyes, half a smirk, the soft curves of her legs-would soon be nothing, just the bones I never saw. I thought about the slow process of becoming bone and then fossil and then coal that will, in millions of years, be mined by humans of the future, and how they would their homes with her, and then she would be smoke billowing out of a smokestack, coating the atmosphere.

I still think that, sometimes. I still think that, sometimes, think that maybe "the afterlife" is just something we made up to ease the pain of loss, to make our time in the labyrinth bearable. Maybe she was just a matter, and matter gets recycled.”
John Green , Looking for Alaska

John Green
“You didn't sleep?"

"No! The dreams are terrible. In my dreams, she doesn't even look like herself anymore. I don't even remember what she looked like.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“Yeah,” I said. “What is that? A bird? "It’s the swan,” he said. “Wow. A school with a swan. Wow.”
“That swan is the spawn of Satan. Never get closer to it than we are now.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“And I was left to ask, Did I help you toward a fate you didn't want, Alaska, or did I assist your willful self-destruction? Because they are different crimes, and I didn't know whether to feel angry at her for making me part of her suicide or just to feel angry at myself for letting her go.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“And as I walked back to give Takumi’s note to the Colonel, I saw that I would never know. I would never know her well enough to know her thoughts in those last minutes, would never know if she left us on purpose. But the not-knowing would not keep me from caring, and I would always love Alaska Young, my crooked neighbor, with all my crooked heart.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“And if Alaska took her own life, that is the hope I wish I could have given her. Forgetting her mother, failing her mother and her friends and herself -those are awful things, but she did not need to fold into herself and self-destruct. Those awful things are survivable because we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be. 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.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“Life's about disappointing those who are in charge of us.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“Strahlend wie ein Kind unter dem Weihnachtsbaum sagte sie: "Ihr raucht zum Spaß, ich rauche, um zu sterben.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“Jezus, ik ga niet zo iemand worden die het er altijd maar over heeft wat hij gaat doen. Ik ga het gewoon doen. Je de toekomst voorstellen is een soort nostalgie.'

'Huh?' vroeg ik.

'Je zit je hele leven in het labyrint vast, overdenkend hoe je er ooit uit zult ontsnappen, en hoe geweldig dat zal zijn, en dat beeld van de toekomst houdt je op de been, maar je doet het nooit. Je gebruikt de toekomst alleen maar om aan het heden te ontsnappen.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska