Collected Quotes from The Fault in Our Stars

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““You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, […] but you do have some say in who hurts you.”

— Augustus Waters – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 313


“My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations.”

— Augustus Waters – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 311


“I owed a debt to the universe that only my attention could repay, and also that I owed a debt to everybody who didn’t get to be a person anymore and everyone who hadn’t gotten to be a person yet.”

— Hazel Grace Lancaster – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 295


“Do the thing you’re good at. Not many people are lucky enough to be so good at something.”

— Hazel Grace Lancaster – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 287


“Grief does not change you, […] it reveals you.”

— Peter Van Houten – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 286


“Writing does not resurrect. It buries.”

— Peter Van Houten – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 167


“You get all these friends just when you don’t need friends anymore.”

— Hazel Grace Lancaster – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 266


“‘You’ll live forever in our hearts […].’

That particularly galled me, because it implied the immortality of those left behind: You will live forever in my memory, because I will live forever! I AM YOUR GOD NOW, DEAD BOY! I OWN YOU! Thinking you won’t die is another side effect of dying.”

— Hazel Grace Lancaster – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 264-265


“The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, because there was no longer anyone to remember with. It felt like losing your co-rememberer meant losing the memory itself, as if the things we’d done were less real and important than they had been hours before.”

— Hazel Grace Lancaster – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 262


“I don’t care if the New York Times writes an obituary for me. I just want you to write one […] You say you’re not special because the world doesn’t know about you, but that’s an insult to me. I know about you.”

— Hazel Grace Lancaster – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 240


“[…] it’s easy enough to win over people you meet. But getting strangers to love you… now, that’s the trick.”

— Augustus Waters – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 235


“‘Sometimes it seems the universe wants to be noticed.’ […] I think the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am I, living in the middle of history, to tell the universe that it-or my observations of it-is temporary?”

— Hazel’s Dad – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 223


“I thought being an adult meant knowing what you believe, but that has not been my experience.”

— Hazel’s Dad – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 223


“I do not know which to prefer,

The beauty of inflections

Or the beauty of innuendos,

The blackbird whistling

Or just after.”

— Hazel Grace Lancaster – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 204


“For who so firm that cannot be seduced?”

— Shakespeare – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 204


“[…] some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

— Peter Van Houten – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 189


“The thing about dead people, […] is you sound like a bastard if you don’t romanticize them, but the truth is… complicated, I guess.”

— Augustus Waters – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 173


“If you don’t live a life in service of a greater good, you’ve gotta at least die a death in service of a greater good, you know?”

— Augustus Waters – The Fault in Our Stars – Page 168


“Indiana, […] They steal the land from the Indians and leave the name, yes?”

— Dutch Cab Driver – Page 156 – The Fault in Our Stars


“[…] in freedom, most people find sin.”

— Dutch Cab Driver – Page 157 – The Fault in Our Stars


“The weird thing about houses is they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives.”

— Hazel – Page 139 – The Fault in Our Stars


“Given the final futility of our struggle, is the fleeting jolt of meaning that art gives us valuable? Or is the only value in passing the time as comfortably as possible? What should a story seek to emulate […]? A ringing alarm A call to arms? A morphine drip? Of course, like all interrogation of the universe, this line of inquiry inevitably reduces us to asking what it means to be human and whether-to borrow a phrase from a angst-encumbered sixteen-year-olds- you no doubt revile- ‘there is a point to it all’.”

— Peter Van Houten – Page 68 – The Fault in Our Stars


“I was thinking about the word handle, and all the unholdable things that get handled.”

— Hazel – Page 60 – The Fault in Our Stars


“Sometimes people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them.”

— Hazel – Page 60 – The Fault in Our Stars


“[…] to be fair, […] she probably can’t handle it. Neither can you, but she doesn’t have to handle it. And you do.”

— Hazel – Page 60 – The Fault in Our Stars


“‘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, but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not in any way affect the taste of chocolate.”

— Hazel – Page 35 – The Fault in Our Stars


“Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books […] which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal.”

— Hazel – Page 33 – The Fault in Our Stars


“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 did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”

— Hazel – Page 12-13 – The Fault in Our Stars


“A nonhot boy stares at you relentlessly and it is, at best, awkward and, at worst, a form of assault. But a hot boy… well.”

— Hazel – Page 9 – The Fault in Our Stars


“[…] I refuse to pity you in the manner to which you are well accustomed. Like all sick children, you say you dont want pity, but your very existence depends on it. Sick children inevitably become arrested: You are fated to live out your days as the child you were when diagnosed, the child who believes there is life after a novel ends. And we, as adults, we pity this, so we pay for your treatments, for your oxygen machines. We give you food and water though you are unlikely to live long enough. You are a side effect of an evolutionary process that cares little for individual lives. You are a failed experiment in mutation.”

Peter Van Houten – Page 192-193 – The Fault in Our Stars

Things To Note

Most page numbers are retrieved directly from the book with a very few exceptions. The exceptions have their page numbers from a e-book.

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