All quotes from : https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/3364505-paper-towns
"That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfeast cereals based on color instead of taste."
I’m not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.
When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.
It is easy to forget how full the world is of people, full to bursting, and each of them imaginable and consistently misimagined.
I’m starting to realize that people lack good mirrors. It’s so hard for anyone to show us how we look, & so hard for us to show anyone how we feel.
Isn’t it also that on some fundamental level we find it difficult to understand that other people are human beings in the same way that we are? We idealize them as gods or dismiss them as animals.
At some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you’ll look back down and see that you floated away, too
I’ve lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.
The fundamental mistake I had always made - and that she had, in fairness, always led me to make - was this: Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl.
But there are a thousand ways to look at it: maybe the strings break, or maybe our ship s sink, or maybe we’re grass—our roots so interdependent that no one is dead as long as someone is still alive. We don’t suffer from a shortage of metaphors, is what I mean. But you have to be careful which metaphor you choose, because it matters.
She is close enough to me that I can see her, because even now there is the outward sign of visible light, even at night in this parking lot on the outskirts of Algoe. After we kiss, our foreheads touch as we stare at each other. Yes, I can see her almost perfectly in this cracked darkness.
I’m quite a strong person. If something bad happens, more often than not I’ve just cracked on, moved on and forgotten about it. But, there are some things you can’t give up on for whatever reason - whether it’s where your loyalty lies, it’s family related or its something within yourself that won’t let you give up. If there’s one thing i hate though, it’s this notion people go through of forgiving and forgiving and forgiving the same damn person for the same damn thing. I rarely give people second chances, and if you get anything more than that off me? you must be damn special or be dreaming. We need to know our limits. You need to know when to stand up for yourself and express that you’ve had enough. Too many people are damaged by constant betrayals and disloyalty - damaged almost beyond repair. Insecure. No self respect. No view of what is right or wrong any more. No view of what behaviour is acceptable. No strength to walk away because its easier to be treated like crap than start over. Today, I start over. I have put up with lies. I have put up with name calling. I have put up with digs. I have been put down. I have been made to feel inferior and worthless because I might be two sizes bigger than your beautiful self. I have been told i am spoilt because i have grown up with a family around me. No.. I am not spoilt, i am blessed to have a family. I am not fat - i am overweight yes- but i will not be called fat. I am 16 pounds lighter than i was 4 months ago and i am proud of that. I am not a lesser person than you because i am not as pretty. From now on, if you say anything to me, I will simply sit and smile. why? because i’m done. I will sit and smile because i know you’re wrong. I will sit and smile because from now i will only make effort with those who are a positive influence in my life. I will sit and smile thinking of myself. My beautiful self.