Top Ten Tuesday: Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines lists and books.  This week asks for our favorite quotes from books.

Sometimes I have to severely limit my lists in order to be able to narrow them down to a top ten.  Even narrowing it down to a single author was hard for this one.  This is definitely one of those times.  These are my favorite John Green Quotes:

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.” The Fault In Our Stars

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you.”  The Fault In Our Stars

“Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.
“Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.” The Fault In Our Stars

“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.” Looking For Alaska

I’m not going to be one of those people who sits around talking about what they’re gonna do. I’m just going to do it. Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia.”  Looking For Alaska

“I wanted to be one of those people who have streaks to maintain, who scorch the ground with their intensity. But for now, at least I knew such people, and they needed me, just like comets need tails.”  Looking For Alaska

“Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war”  Looking For Alaska

Unfortunately for Mr. Green, I like the puff
better than his author photo.

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”  Paper Towns

“It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.” Paper Towns

“I’m not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.” Paper Towns

Bonuses… quotes not from books:

“Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting.”

“Saying ‘I notice you’re a nerd’ is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?’ In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even ‘lame’ is kind of lame. Saying ‘You’re lame’ is like saying ‘You walk with a limp.’ Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he’s done all right for himself.”

“…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’.”


  1. Grad Student @ Young Adult Fiction and Whiskey Sours says


    1. I love that particular ven diagram.
    2. I have Looking for Alaska on my bureau calling ‘read me, read me’!
    3. It might be impossible to make this list without a TFIOS quote. I suspect they will be everywhere.
    4. Have you seen the first Crash Course about “will this be on the test?” an another amazing life quote!

    dftba (you and I are going to spend this week leaving that, apparently :-))

  2. Laura says

    Woo! Great list, Steph! I love those Paper Towns quotes. I have a few others tucked away somewhere. I find John Green extremely quoteable. Good stuff. I like the puff too.

    I am really going to have to read Looking for Alaska. For some reason it is the only John Green book I have tried to read and not been immediately sucked into.

  3. Christina says

    Oh, John Green, he is just the best. I love his face and pretty much everything he’s ever said. He better live to be 100, and write awesome books pretty much every year til then. Just saying.

    That venn diagram is correct.

  4. Ashley says

    AAAH, TFiOS. I’m so scared to read that because I might just deplete the world supply of tissues. It’s very possible. Lovely quotes, by the way!

    This is one of my favorites from John,

    “…but all I could think about now, as night fell, was how much you can love made-up people, and how much you can miss them.” – Thoughts on Places: Amsterdam video

    New Follower! DTFBA!
    My TTT!

  5. Hollie says

    Oh goodness, I love everything about this list! John Green is just so, so, so awesome! The venn diagram quote is possibly my favourite ever John Green quote. There are several quotes from all of his books that I could have easily put into my top ten.

    Thanks for stopping by my list!

  6. Jenny says

    John Green amuses me and definitely has some great quotes in his books but the two I’ve read didn’t do it for me. :( I’ll keep trying.

  7. Bittner says

    I love all these quotes and more! Every time I hear stuff from John Green it makes me nostalgic for more John Green! Maybe I’ll give one of his audio books a try…once I finish Fifty Shades of Grey

  8. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase says

    When I saw that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday was book quotes, off the top of my head all I could think of were quotes from John Green and David Levithan. So I decided not do participate this week. But I LOVE your list! John has such great quotes, even ones that aren’t in his books! Great list!!!!

  9. Lori says

    OMG! What a great list! I LOVE John Green (and Hank too). All of these quotes are gorgeous. The TFiOS ones still bring tears to my eyes!

  10. Cayce says

    Great quotes! John Green is amazing, and I really need to read The Fault In Our Stars. :)
    I loved this: “Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting.”

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