7 Looking For Alaska Quotes That Live in Our Heads Rent Free

Looking For Alaska is full of memorable quotes that live in our heads rent free. Keep reading for just seven of our favorite ones!

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Remember Looking For Alaska by John Green from 2005? We remember too, all these years later. That’s because of the many evocative quotes and scenes from the book that stay with you! It’s a young adult book following Miles (aka Pudge) and his adventures and misadventures with his friends at boarding school. The book takes a turn midway, and you remember it forever. John Green wrote the book nearly 20 years ago, but it is still so memorable. In this piece, we will remember the book’s best quotes that have glued to our obsessive souls for years!

The Labyrinth of Suffering

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”

This quote sticks out because anyone can learn from this. Forgiveness can be difficult, but it is the only way out of certain emotional situations we feel.

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It’s Very Beautiful Over There

Thomas Edison’s last words were ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”

Not knowing what is in store for us can be scary, but knowing it is beautiful no matter what can be comforting. Having faith in this belief can help move us forward. We do not know what the future holds, but it can always be something great.

Invincible

“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. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.”

When we are teenagers, we truly believe we are invincible, but this can be reality! It always seems like the end of the world but it never actually is when you are young. As we grow older, we forget that it is okay to change. But changing can be a good thing if we make it.

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She Was a Hurricane

“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.”

This quote circulated the internet for years, and for good reason. It is a memorable quote because we can all feel small while others are extravagant beings in our eyes. This is especially true when you are younger and have feelings for someone else.

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Stuck in the Labyrinth

“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. (…) 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.”

It is important to remember people dwell on the future and make plans. However, it is so important to participate in the present or else we can feel stuck in that labyrinth Miles always talks about.

A Girl Who Loves Books

“When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.”

As readers, we can relate to having a huge collection of books. It tells of our personalities and our tastes. Simply having a huge bookshelf can really show our love for reading. We had to include this one since we love books so much!

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The Only Person in the World

“It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn’t the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things.”

It’s easy to forget that we are not actually alone in the world. It’s important to remember that we aren’t alone in feeling terrible, and that can be a great comfort.

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These quotes have been stuck in our heads for years because they are unforgettable. John Green wrote a haunting book about what it’s like to be a teenager and navigate grief. It’s full of amazing quotes and lessons that will stick with you for a long time. If you haven’t read the book, hopefully, these have convinced you.


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