f: paper towns

You spend your whole life stuck in a labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.
—  Looking for Alaska, John Green
The Signs as John Green Books (& quotes from them)

Fire: Paper Towns

Aries: “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.”

Leo: “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.”

Sagittarius: “It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”

Earth: An Abundance of Katherines

Taurus: “Do you ever wonder whether people would like you more or less if they could see inside you? But I always wonder about that. If people could see me the way I see myself—if they could live in my memories—would anyone, anyone, love me?”

Virgo: “How do you just stop being terrified of getting left behind and ending up by yourself forever and not meaning anything to the world?”

Capricorn: “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”

Air: Looking for Alaska

Gemini: “I wanted to be one of those people who have streaks to maintain, who scorch the ground with their intensity. But for now, at least I knew such people, and they needed me, just like comets need tails.”

Libra: “Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia […]. You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”

Aquarius: “It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn’t the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things.”

Water: The Fault in Our Stars

Cancer: “Much of my life had been devoted to trying not to cry in front of people who loved me, so I knew what Augustus was doing. You clench your teeth. You look up. You tell yourself that if they see you cry, it will hurt them, and you will be nothing but a Sadness in their lives, and you must not become a mere sadness, so you will not cry, and you say all of this to yourself while looking up at the ceiling, and then you swallow even though your throat does not want to close and you look at the person who loves you and smile.”

Scorpio: “That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.”

Pisces: “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”

Es el miedo que hizo que los peces salieran del agua y desarrollaran pulmones, el miedo que nos enseña a correr, el miedo que hace que enterremos a nuestros muertos.
—  John Green
I mean, at some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one these days you’ll look back down and see that you floated away, too
—  Paper Towns|John Green