7 ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ Quotes We Still Think About

Are your John Green books filled with “an abundance of highlighted lines”? Ours too. Here are 7 ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ quotes we still think about today.

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If you’re like me, the John Green books on your shelf are filled with highlighted sentences, sticky notes, and bookmarks because you can’t get enough of that one quote from Looking for Alaska or the way Hazel says something to Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars. John Green gives us beautifully poetic words in all of his novels, so we are looking back at seven quotes from Turtles All the Way Down that still cross our minds.

John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down follows a young 16-year-old girl named Aza as she tries to find a missing billionaire. She also struggles with anxiety and OCD, which the best-selling author opened up about struggling with himself.

According to Penguin, John Green noted,

“This is my first attempt to write directly about the kind of mental illness that has affected my life since childhood, so while the story is fictional, it is also quite personal.”

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The novel is real and raw and has Star Wars fan fiction. Could you ask for anything more? The film rights were repurchased in December 2017 and began filming in April 2022. With hopes of a movie coming to us soon, we can look back at these seven quotes from Turtles All the Way Down.


“Your now is not your forever.” 

John Green, Turtles All the Way Down


“We never really talked much or even looked at each other, but it didn’t matter because we were looking at the same sky together, which is maybe even more intimate than eye contact anyway. I mean, anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.” 

John Green, Turtles All the Way Down


“You’re both the fire and the water that extinguishes it. You’re the narrator, the protagonist, and the sidekick. You’re the storyteller and the story told. You are somebody’s something, but you are also your you.” 

John Green, Turtles All the Way Down


“The worst part of being truly alone is you think about all the times you wished that everyone would just leave you be. Then they do, and you are left being, and you turn out to be terrible company.” 

John Green, Turtles All the Way Down


“You remember your first love because they show you, prove to you, that you can love and be loved, that nothing in this world is deserved except for love, that love is both how you become a person and why.”

John Green, Turtles All the Way Down


“I is the hardest word to define.” 

John Green, Turtles All the Way Down


“One of the challenges with pain—physical or psychic—is that we can really only approach it through metaphor. It can’t be represented the way a table or a body can. In some ways pain is the opposite of language.” 

John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

John Green never fails us with a young adult novel. If you haven’t read Turtles All the Way Down, hopefully, these quotes inspired you to add it to your TBR list.

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