The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
Read: 2017-04-02, Rating: 9/10.
My Favourite Quotes
Depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying. (Cancer is also a side effect of dying. Almost everything is, really.)
There will come a time, when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything.
And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.
Hamartia – a fatal flaw
Without pain, how could we know joy? This is an old argument in the field of Thinking About Suffering, and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries.
All salvation is temporary.
That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.
You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence.
The world is not a wish-granting factory.
My cancer. And what is my cancer? My cancer is me. The tumors are made of me. They’re made of me as surely as my brain and my heart are made of me. It is a civil war, with a predetermined winner.
There is no try. There is only do.
You still secretly believe that there is an element of magic to this world? It’s all just soulless molecules bouncing against each other randomly.
I don’t know what I believe. I thought being an adult meant knowing what you believe, but that has not been my experience.
Some infinites are bigger than other infinites.
We live in a universe devoted to the creation, and eradication, of awareness.
Writing does not resurrect. It burries.
Omnis cellula e cellula – Rudolf Virchow
All cells come from cells. Every cell is born of a previous cell, which was born of a previous cell. Life comes from life. Life begets life.
The problem is not suffering itself or oblivion itself but the depraved meaninglessness of these things, the absolutely inhuman nihilism of suffering.
The universe wants to be noticed. But what we want is to be noticed by the universe.
The real heroes anyway aren’t the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention.
Gives you an idea how I feel about you.