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13 ‘Paper Towns’ quotes proving it’s John Green’s best book

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❶And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one. I should have expected that from John Green!

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What a treacherous thing it is to believe that a person is more than a person. Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventurer. She was not some fine, precious thing. She was a girl. It took me a long time to realize how wrong I was Okay, you see this? This is your comfort zone. It's this big, Quentin. All the things that you want in the world are way out there.

Everything's uglier up close. I heard someone say she was in the resurrection of a play on Broadway. I heard another person say She was giving surfing lessons off the coast of the Bahamas. But I stopped listening to those stories. Because whatever Margo is doing, wherever she is now, I'm sure it's something special. That's her story to tell. Last time I was this scared, I had to sleep in my mom's bed. If I were you, I'd get that scared every single night. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!

Edit Paper Towns All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail.

And all the people, too. At least for tonight. In sickness and in health. In good times and in bad. For richer, for poorer. Till dawn do us part. And I wanted to tell her that the pleasure for me was in planning or doing or leaving: Maybe this time she wanted to be found, and to be found by me.

Maybe — just as she had chosen me on the longest night, she had chosen be again. And maybe untold riches awaited he who found her. Standing before this building, I learn something about fear. I learn that it is not the idle fantasies of someone who maybe wants something important to happen to him, even if the important thing is horrible … This fear is bears no analogy to any fear I knew before. This is the basest of all possible emotions, the feeling that was with us before we existed, before this building existed, before the earth existed.

This is the fear that made fish crawl onto dry land and evolve lungs, the fear that teaches us to run, the fear that makes us bury our dead. You keep expecting people not to be themselves. Varying degrees of sick, varying degrees of neurotic, varying degrees of self-actualized.

The fundamental mistake I had always made — and that she had, in fairness, always led me to make — was this: Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl. For the longest time, it felt kind of like my chest was cracking open, but not precisely in an unpleasant way.

I know she is t he most important thing to you. But we graduate in, like, a week. It is so hard to leave — until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world. I blame her for this ridiculous, fatal chase — for putting us at risk, for making me into the kind of jackass who would stay up all night and drive too fast.

I would not be dying were it not for her. I would have stayed home, and I have always stayed home, and I would have been safe, and I would have done the one thing I have always wanted to do, which is grow up. You came here because you wanted to save poor little Margo from her troubled little self, so that I would be oh-so-thankful to my knight in shining armor that I would strip my clothes off and beg you to ravage my body. But I could never be the idea to myself, not all the way.

But as for me: I must ask the wounded man where he is hurt, because I cannot become the wounded man. The only wounded man I can be is me. But imagining being someone else, or the world being something else, is the only way in.

When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out. After we kiss, our foreheads touch as we stare at each other. Yes, I can see her almost perfectly in this cracked darkness.

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