John Green is an absolute wordsmith, using his incredible prose and insanely creative mind to toy with the heartstrings of readers everywhere. Known for his critically acclaimed books like Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, and his latest, Turtles All the Way Down, Green brought us heart-warming tales filled with love, loss, and everything in between.
He is one of the most popular YA authors, having delivered to young readers some of the most relatable teenage characters in literature, along with moving stories that many readers take comfort in.
While his novels are indeed comforting, entertaining, and all-in-all masterpieces, they also happen to feature some of the most heartbreaking lines ever written. Featuring my two favorite works written by John Green, here are seven lines that broke our hearts (and put them back together).
1. My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations. – The Fault in Our Stars
2. Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see. – Turtles All The Way Down
3. You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. – The Fault in Our Stars
4. The problem with happy endings is that they’re either not really happy, or not really endings, you know? In real life, some things get better and some things get worse. And then eventually you die. – Turtles All The Way Down
5.That’s part of what I like about the book in some ways. It portrays death truthfully. You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence. – The Fault in Our Stars
6. Most adults are just hollowed out. You watch them try to fill themselves up with booze or money or God or fame or whatever they worship, and it all rots them from the inside until nothing is left but the money or the booze or God they thought would save them. Adults think they are wielding power, but really power is wielding them. – Turtles All The Way Down
7. “I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.” – The Fault in Our Stars
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