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    I think instead writers and publishers and readers need to go to the places where people are, and make the argument that there is great value to the quiet, contemplative process of reading a novel, that reading great books carefully offers pleasures and consolations that no iPad app ever can.
    — John Green
    Teenage readers also have a different relationship with the authors whose work they value than adult readers do. I loved Toni Morrison, but I don't have any desire to follow her on Twitter. I just want to read her books.
    — John Green
    We don't tend to write about disease in fiction - not just teen novels but all American novels - because it doesn't fit in with our idea of the heroic romantic epic. There is room only for sacrifice, heroism, war, politics and family struggle.
    — John Green
    I'm a very introverted person. Nothing that's happened has changed that, but one of the reasons I write for teens is it's a real privilege to have a seat at the table in the lives of young people when they're figuring out what matters to them.
    — John Green
    tags: people  live  young  real  teen  write 
     
    When you're writing a novel, you spend four years sitting in your basement and a year waiting for the book to come out and then you get the feedback. When you do work online, the moment you're finished making it, people start responding to it which is really fun and allows for a kind of community development you just can't have in novels.
    — John Green
    There is a lot of talk in publishing these days that we need to become more like the Internet: We need to make books for short attention spans with bells and whistles - books, in short, that are as much like 'Angry Birds' as possible. But I think that's a terrible idea.
    — John Green
    tags: attention  book  ideas 
     
    I enjoy writing about people falling in love, probably because I think the first time you fall in love is the first time that you have to figure out how you're going to orient your life. What are you going to value? What's going to be most important to you? And I think that's really interesting to write about.
    — John Green
    tags: time  people  writing  write 
     
    I was enrolled in divinity school and thought I was going to become a minister - I'm Episcopalian - but I was disavowed of that notion pretty quickly while working at the hospital. I found myself really unfulfilled by the answers that are traditionally offered to questions of why some people suffer and why others suffer so little.
    — John Green
    One of the pitfalls of writing about illness is that it is very easy to imagine people with cancer as either these wise, beyond-their-years creatures or else these sad-eyed, tragic people. And the truth is people living with cancer are very much like people who are not living with cancer.
    — John Green
    When you go to a great concert, you feel this arc, almost like the music of a well-chosen set takes you on this trip through emotions and through various forms of intellectual engagement.
    — John Green
    tags: emotion  music 
     
    How strange and how lovely it is to be anything at all.
    — John Green
    Because you are beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence
    — John Green
    Just move to the Internet, its great here. We get to live inside where the weather is always awesome.
    — John Green
    tags: live  internet 
     
    Nerd life is just so much better than regular life.
    — John Green
    Come over here so I can examine your face with my hands and see deeper into your soul than a sighted person ever could.
    — John Green
    tags: people  soul 
     
    I just want to do something that matters. Or be something that matters. I just want to matter.
    — John Green
    Life works best when we think of people as people.
    — John Green
    tags: people  work 
     
    Maybe there's something you're afraid to say, or someone you're afraid to love, or somewhere you're afraid to go. It's gonna hurt. It's gonna hurt because it matters.
    — John Green
    tags: hurt  afraid 
     
    You're funny, and you're smart, and you may show up late, but you always show up eventually.
    — John Green
    tags: smart  funny 
     
    Beware of that monster called 'self-loathing'.
    — John Green
    The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.
    — John Green
    tags: suffering 
     
    All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm.
    — John Green
    tags: people  living  future 
     
    Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.
    — John Green
    tags: grief 
     
    I don't know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving.
    — John Green
    tags: people  loving  worth 
     
    I write about broken people who need other people in order to go on. But those are the only kind of people I know to exist. We are all broken.
    — John Green
    tags: people  broken  write 
     
    If you don't say the honest thing, it never becomes true.
    — John Green
    tags: true 
     
    Think for one minute of those who have loved you up into this day.
    — John Green
    Our role as humans is to recognize the complexity of others.
    — John Green
    Just a word of advice. Whenever you're furious with your parents or you think they're terrible, just remember, you vomited on them and they kept you.
    — John Green
    tags: advice  parent 
     
    Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.
    — John Green
    tags: help  book 
     
    Love is keeping the promise anyway.
    — John Green
    You can love someone so much...But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.
    — John Green
    tags: people 
     
    The human tongue is like wasabi: it's very powerful, and should be used sparingly.
    — John Green
    tags: human  powerful 
     
    Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they'll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.
    — John Green
    tags: attention  book 
     
    You either have a great social life and shitty taste in music, or a fantastic taste in music with barely any social life.
    — John Green
    tags: music 
     
    It is so hard to leave-until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.
    — John Green
    tags: world 
     
    Not that smart. Not that hot. Not that nice. Not that funny. That's me: I'm not that.
    — John Green
    tags: smart  funny 
     
    So here's my advice: Study broadly and without fear. Learn a language if you can, because that will make your life more interesting. Read a little bit every day. But more importantly, surround yourself with people who you like and make cool stuff with them. In the end, what you do isn't going to be nearly as interesting or important as who you do it with.
    — John Green
    tags: fear  people  language  learn  read 
     
    That smile could end wars and cure cancer.
    — John Green
    tags: smile  war 
     
    I don't think your missing pieces ever fit inside you again once they go missing.
    — John Green
    tags: missing 
     
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