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Just finished reading Paper Towns by John Green for the 20th time, and again, the sheer brilliance that is John Green’s mind never fails to amaze me. This book literally made me both laugh out loud and question some fundamental human truths. You see, Mr Green has this extraordinary gift for chucking in a few mind-blowing quotes amidst his stories. For example, I’ve ripped out my favourite quotes from Paper Towns:
“What a treacherous thing to believe a person is more than a person”
“It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”
“It’s only in that time that we can see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs. Once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.”
SEE WHAT I MEAN???? Green chucks in these whoppa quotes willy nilly and just leaves you momentarily spellbound. You literally have to pause for a minute before you can keep reading. So lets break these quotes down:
“What a treacherous thing to believe a person is more than a person” – This quote really nails it. Have you ever gotten so excited about something, hyped and psyched yourself out before the event, and then you finally got to it and is was a massive let down? By nature, we get excited, we dream and we fantasize, we place people, things, events, on this high almighty pedestal that has been purely created by our own thoughts. Particularly when we think about people, we should never, EVER, think of people as their personas, their facades and their outward projections, because on the inside, we are all the same. We are all humans, and we share some fundamental similarities between us. And when we overthink and over-imagine and over-dream, it is indeed a ‘treacherous thing’ to do.
““It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.” – this quote hits really close to home as I am about to leave high school, leaving behind the amazing memories I have created, and leaving the safe cacoon for the real world. Thinking about the end of high school is already making me sad just typing about it. But, I place faith in Mr Green’s beliefs that yes, although the notion of leaving can be difficult, once you have done it, you never want to look back. Perhaps, this will make the pain of leaving that little bit easier.
“It’s only in that time that we can see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs. Once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.” – and this quote is again, perfection. It is only when we let ourselves be vulnerable, we open up and we let love in, that we can truly accept ourselves and others. Humans are imperfect creatures. We can bond over mutual flaws and help others conquer adversity. By allowing ourselves to show our cracks, together, we can light up the world.
I learnt so much about life through reading Paper Towns. John Green also captured many of my own ponderings and managed to put them into cohesive thoughts. And for that, I must thank Margo Roth Spiegelman for taking not only Q on his journey of self-discovery, but me as well.
And if you’ve reached the end of this post and haven’t read Paper Towns, READ. IT.