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by John Green

❶You can see how fake it all is. But I could not believe she had left for a perpetual journey.

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For richer, for poorer. Till dawn do us part. And I wanted to tell her that the pleasure for me was in planning or doing or leaving: Maybe this time she wanted to be found, and to be found by me.

Maybe — just as she had chosen me on the longest night, she had chosen be again. And maybe untold riches awaited he who found her. Standing before this building, I learn something about fear. I learn that it is not the idle fantasies of someone who maybe wants something important to happen to him, even if the important thing is horrible … This fear is bears no analogy to any fear I knew before. This is the basest of all possible emotions, the feeling that was with us before we existed, before this building existed, before the earth existed.

This is the fear that made fish crawl onto dry land and evolve lungs, the fear that teaches us to run, the fear that makes us bury our dead. You keep expecting people not to be themselves. Varying degrees of sick, varying degrees of neurotic, varying degrees of self-actualized.

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. For the longest time, it felt kind of like my chest was cracking open, but not precisely in an unpleasant way. I know she is t he most important thing to you. But we graduate in, like, a week. It is so hard to leave — until you leave.

And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world. I blame her for this ridiculous, fatal chase — for putting us at risk, for making me into the kind of jackass who would stay up all night and drive too fast. I would not be dying were it not for her. I would have stayed home, and I have always stayed home, and I would have been safe, and I would have done the one thing I have always wanted to do, which is grow up.

You came here because you wanted to save poor little Margo from her troubled little self, so that I would be oh-so-thankful to my knight in shining armor that I would strip my clothes off and beg you to ravage my body. But I could never be the idea to myself, not all the way. But as for me: I must ask the wounded man where he is hurt, because I cannot become the wounded man.

The only wounded man I can be is me. But imagining being someone else, or the world being something else, is the only way in. 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. After we kiss, our foreheads touch as we stare at each other.

Yes, I can see her almost perfectly in this cracked darkness. Sign In Sign Up. All Themes Perception vs. Teach your students to analyze literature like LitCharts does. Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on LitCharts.

The original text plus a side-by-side modern translation of every Shakespeare play. LitCharts From the creators of SparkNotes, something better. Paper Towns by John Green. Download this Lit Guide! Find the Perfect Quote. LitCharts makes it easy to find quotes by chapter, character, and theme. We assign a color and icon like this one. It is easy to forget how full the world is of people, full to bursting, and each of them imaginable and consistently misimagined. That night,I lay on my side,staring out the window into the invisible world outside.

I kept trying to fall asleep,but then my eyes would dart open,just to check. I couldn't help but hope that Margo Roth Spiegelman would return to my window and drag my tired ass through one more night I'd never forget.

Lacey put a hand to her face, ashamed. There was no planning. No time for planning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer,and people started having more and more future, and so they spent more time thinking about it.

And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future Technically, I added, you should be embarrassed of him. She rolled her eyes, smiling. A girl accustomed to compliments.

As I took those two steps back, Margo took two equally small and quiet steps forward. I'm a big believer in random capitalization. The rules of capitalization are so unfair to words in the middle. Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will I learn something about fear. I learn that it is not the idle fantasies of someone who maybe wants something important to happen to him, even if the important thing is horrible. But it was more than that. You can't divorce Margo the person from Margo the body.

You can't see one without seeing the other. My miracle was this: Do I just keep leaving places, and leaving them, and leaving them, tramping a perpetual journey? It is so hard to leave — until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world. Every moment of your life is lived for the future—you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.

That is really lovely, my. But this problem rather pales in comparison to the other problem, which is that both T-shirts are embossed with huge Confederate flags. Ben Starling, you better not have bought your token black friend a racist shirt.

She kind of hates Orlando; she called it a paper town. Like, you know, everything so fake and flimsy. Maybe she was weird, or maybe the rest of us were weird. But is it the kind of thing she likes to actually do? Because Margo knows the secret of leaving, the secret I have only just now learned: Pulling life out by the roots.

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Quotes tagged as "paper-towns" (showing of ) “What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.” ― John Green, Paper Towns. PAPER TOWNS QUOTES AND PAGE NUMBERS "I always got very nervous whenever I heard that Margo was about to show up, on account of how she was the most fantastically gorgeous creature that God had ever created." (pg. 4) "All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm." (pg. 57) "Everyone demented with the mania of owning things.

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“The town was paper, but the memories were not. All the things I’d done here, all the love and pity and compassion and violence and spite, kept welling up inside me.” Paper Towns 0 When I wake up, the dying light of the day makes everything seem to matter, from the yellowing sky to the stalks of grass above my head, waving in slow motion like a beauty queen.