The best bits from the book (quotes/excerpts followed by my commentary, because I like to talk).
The world wasn’t built for humans, we were built for the world.
Humility and optimism, a rare combination captured really well.
The voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again.
Something that is quite well known, but John says it rather well.
Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.
This makes so much sense! It is beautiful.
Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin
Well said John. Makes me want to visit Amsterdam and.. umm.. sin, I mean experience freedom.
The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives.
Desperately Lonely Swing Set Needs Loving Home : One swing set, well worn but structurally sound, seeks new home. Make memories with your kid or kids so that someday he or she or they will look into the backyard and feel the ache of sentimentality as desperately as I did this afternoon. It’s all fragile and fleeting, dear reader but with this swing set, your child(ren) will be introduced to the ups and downs of human life gently and safely, and may also learn the most important lesson of all: No matter how hard you kick, no matter how high you get, you can’t go all the way around.
This is an ad that Hazel and Augustus write together for a swing in her backyard. So well crafted; funny and poignant at the same time. That analogy is absolute genius!
The dead are visible only in the terrible lidless eye of memory. The living, thank heaven, retain the ability to surprise and to disappoint.
John knows how to paint a picture with words.
The BiPAP essentially took control of my breathing away from me, which was intensely annoying, but the great thing about it was that it made all this noise rumbling with each inhalation and whirring as I exhaled. I kept thinking that it sounded like a dragon breathing in time with me, like I had this pet dragon who was cuddled up next to me and cared enough about me to time his breaths to mine
See? You can always trust John Green to bring dragons into a story. Even a teenage love story!
Hazel – ‘You don’t always get what you want.’
Augustus – ‘Is that so? I’d always thought the world was a wish-granting factory.’
Augustus is an intelligent and charming young man.
“You don’t even know me,” I said. I grabbed the book from the center console. “How about I call you when I finish this?” “But you don’t even have my phone number,” he said. “I strongly suspect you wrote it in the book.” He broke out into that goofy smile. “And you say we don’t know each other”
Hahaha! Augustus trying to be cute.
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 like An Imperial Affliction, which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.
This is Hazel’s monologue somewhere in the beginning of the book. She has a lot of these and some are really good.
The senses must feast while there is yet hunger and whatever
Wow! And that whatever towards the end. Just perfect.