Book Quotes | Looking for Alaska by John Green

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I picked Looking for Alaska by John Green this week because I just finished my reread a couple days ago (I needed to reread it because of the mini-series on Hulu and it had been a while since I read it the first time). I just recently started highlighting and writing a little in my books so it makes it a little easier to keep up with all of the quotes that I liked. 

There were quite a few quotes that I really liked from this book, so let’s check them out:

“Um, I know a lot of people’s last words.’ It was an indulgence, learning last words. Other people had chocolate, I had dying declarations.”

— John Green, Looking For Alaska (Miles Halter/Pudge)

I think I liked this quote because of how and when Miles said it. He had just gotten to Culver Creek and met Chip and Alaska. In my head, it sounded all nervous like I figured he would have been.

“You can say a lot of bad things about Alabama, but you can’t say that Alabamans as a people are unduly afraid of deep fryers.”

— John Green, Looking for Alaska

I live in Alabama, so I thought this quote was hilarious. 

“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.”

— John Green, Looking for Alaska (Miles Halter/Pudge)

When Miles was thinking about this, I could literally feel his emotions. He knows he’s not the leader of the group, but he’s definitely a part of it. 

“You spend your 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.”

— John Green, Looking for Alaska (Alaska Young)

I really liked this quote because it’s true and easily relatable. A lot of us look to the future when times get rough without even realizing what we have at that moment. 

“Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war.”

— John Green, Looking for Alaska (Alaska Young)

I liked this one simply because all the pranks they pull throughout the book are hilarious and very mischievous.

“The Great Perhaps was upon us, and we were invincible.”

— John Green, Looking for Alaska 

Miles was finally feeling like he fit in and found a great group of friends when he was thinking this, and it made me smile, so naturally, I highlighted it.

“There comes a time when we realize that our parents cannot save themselves or save us, that everyone who wades through time eventually gets dragged out to sea by the undertow — that, in short, we are all going.”

— John Green, Looking for Alaska 

Miles was talking to his parents during one of his Sunday phone calls when he was thinking this. It was after learning something about one of the other characters, which made him understand them more. I think this quote was just really fitting and that’s why I liked it so much.

“…if people were rain, I was a drizzle and she was a hurricane.”

— John Green, Looking for Alaska

What a great choice of words to admire someone. 

That is the fear: I have lost something important, and I cannot find it, and I need it.It is fear like if someone lost his glasses and went to the glasses store, and they told him that the world had run out of glasses and he would just have to go without.”

— John Green, Looking for Alaska

This quote breaks my heart a little and I think that’s why I liked it. It’s full of emotion without using too many words. 

“When you stopped wishing things wouldn’t fall apart, you’d stop suffering when they did.”

— John Green, Looking for Alaska

This quote is simple but true and that’s why I like it.

“He was gone, and I did not have time to tell him what I had just now realized: that I forgave him, and that she forgave us, and that we had to forgive to survive in the labyrinth.”

— John Green, Looking for Alaska 

This quote is towards the end of the book, and I can’t say much because I don’t want to spoil it, but I’m sure if you read the book you’ll probably like this quote too. I like this quote because to me it feels like closure. Closure for the reader and closure for Miles.

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