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Here are the most popular passages of John Green's books, according to Kindle

Through his bestselling and beloved books, John Green speaks directly to our emotional cores. He has ways of describing sensations you didn’t realize could be put into words, like this quote from The Fault in Our Stars: “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” In advance of the film adaptation of Paper Towns, which hits theaters July 24, take a moment to let Green’s words into your bloodstream. Here, EW exclusively presents the top Kindle highlights from some of Green’s most popular works: Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska.

Paper Towns 

  • “It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”
  • “That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people would want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.”
  • “What a treacherous thing it is to believe that a person is more than a person.”
  • “The town was paper, but the memories were not. All the things I’d done here, all the love and pity and compassion and violence and spite, kept welling up inside me. These whitewashed cinder-block walls. My white walls. Margo’s white walls. We’d been captive in them for so long, stuck in their belly like Jonah.”
  • “I’m not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.”
  • “I mean, at some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you’ll look back down and see that you floated away, too.”
  • “Forever is composed of nows,” she says. I have nothing to say to that; I am just chewing through it when Margo says, “Emily Dickinson.”
  • “The more I realize that humans lack good mirrors. It’s so hard for anyone to show us how we look, and so hard for us to show anyone how we feel.”
  • “Yeah. I’m a big believer in random capitalization. The rules of capitalization are so unfair to words in the middle.”
  • “Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.”

The Fault in Our Stars 

  • “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
  • “That’s the thing about pain,” Augustus said, and then glanced back at me. “It demands to be felt.”
  • “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. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.”
  • “You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.”
  • “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.”
  • “You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice:”
  • “The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives. I wondered if that was sort of the point of architecture.”
  • “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.”
  • “You do not immortalize the lost by writing about them. Language buries, but does not resurrect.”
  • “The dead are visible only in the terrible lidless eye of memory. The living, thank heaven, retain the ability to surprise and to disappoint.”

Looking for Alaska 

  • “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.”
  • “Just like that. From a hundred miles an hour to asleep in a nanosecond. 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 a hurricane.”
  • “That is the fear: I have lost something important, and I cannot find it, and I need it. It is fear like if someone lost his glasses and went to the glasses store and they told him that the world had run out of glasses and he would just have to do without.”
  • “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.”
  • “Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war.”
  • “The Great Perhaps was upon us, and we were invincible. The plan may have had faults, but we did not.”
  • “He was gone, and I did not have time to tell him what I had just now realized: that I forgave him, and that she forgave us, and that we had to forgive to survive in the labyrinth.”
  • “I must talk, and you must listen, for we are engaged here in the most important pursuit in history: the search for meaning. What is the nature of being a person? What is the best way to go about being a person? How did we come to be, and what will become of us when we are no longer? In short: What are the rules of this game, and how might we best play it?”
  • “I would always love Alaska Young, my crooked neighbor, with all my crooked heart.”
  • “Is it so hard to die, Mr. Lewis? Is that labyrinth really worse than this one?”