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John Green

“We always think of language as an immovable object, as this set of codified and unbreakable rules. But when you consider that one can rearrange the letters in PRESBYTERIAN and spell BRITNEY SPEARS, it reminds us that language (and the stories we tell with language) can be twisted and molded. Words are not static. Language shapes our memories, and it is also shaped by our memories.”

An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

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. 

An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

You can love someone so much. But you can never love people as much as you can miss them. 

An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

People thought he was a glutton for punishment, that he liked getting dumped. But it wasn’t like that. He couldn’t just never see anything  coming, and as he lay on the solid, uneven ground, his distance from his glasses made him realize the problem: myopia. He was nearsighted. The future lay before him, inevitable but invisible.

An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

Crying adds something: crying is you, plus tears. But the feeling he had was some horrible opposite of crying. It was you, minus something. 

An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

Colin had always preferred baths; one of his general policies in life was never to do anything standing up that could just as easily be done lying down.

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All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

I’m not worried anymore. I’m angry. Angry at him for leaving without a word, angry at myself for being so easy to leave and for not being enough to make him want to stick around. 

All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

I remember her smile and her laugh when I was my best self and she looked at me like I could do no wrong and was whole. I remember how she looked at me the same way even when I wasn’t. 

I remember her hand in mine and how that felt, as if something and someone belonged to me. 

All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

What if life could be this way? Only the happy parts, none of the terrible, not even the mildly unpleasant. What if we could just cut out the bad and keep the good? This is what I want to do with Violet–  give her only the good, keep away the bad, so that good is all we ever have around us.

All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

I take a good long look at her. I know life well enough to know you can’t count on things staying around or standing still, no matter how much you want them to.