Quotes from The Fault in Our Stars

February 13, 2014

So I read John Green's highly raved about "The Fault in Our Stars". While I'm not crazy about the plot, John Green simply has a way with his words that pulls on my heart strings and gives form to my haphazard thoughts and emotions. 

Here are some of my favourite quotes from the book. 

1. "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.” Easy enough to say when you’re a Roman nobleman (or Shakespeare!), but there is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars.

2. I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.

3. Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.

4. You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice.

5. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.
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6. The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, because there was no longer anyone to remember with.

7. We live in a universe devoted to the creation, and eradication, of awareness.

8. Funerals, I had decided, are for the living.

9. So dawn goes down to day, the poet wrote. Nothing gold can stay.

10. Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you..
“I wish I would just die, Patrick. Do you ever wish you would just die?”
“Yes,” Patrick said, without his usual pause. “Yes, of course. So why don’t you?

11. It occurred to me that the voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again.

12. My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations

13. You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you.

What I liked about the book was how blatantly honest John Green was about cancer and its patients. The fights and struggles, we have all heard about; but the moments of feeling down and dejected, when they stop putting a fight, when they accept their fates... that perspective is seldom taken. 

That being said, the major turn off was how Hazel and Augustus fell in love almost immediately upon meeting each other. My tolerance for these kind of love stories has reached its limits. I couldn't help rolling my eyes when I read about their love story. I just can't buy it. So I think it's best I steer clear from love stories for a while since it's quite common for characters to fall in love so "magically" like in a fairy tale. 

Then again, maybe love really is unexplainable. Maybe there really is such a thing as love at first sight. Maybe one day my skepticism would tone down. I feel silly even typing about love.

Good night. 

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