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The Fault in Our Stars | Quotes


And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it.

Hazel Grace Lancaster, Chapter 1

This represents Hazel's view of the world at the outset of the novel. She thinks death is inevitable and the goal of life is to decrease the amount of pain one causes in the world. This is also the first time Gus really notices her individuality rather than compare her to his ex-girlfriend, Caroline Mathers.


You put the killing thing ... between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing.

Augustus "Gus" Waters, Chapter 1

Gus puts an unlit cigarette in his mouth every so often. He sees this act as metaphorical. This act is important to Gus in part because it allows him to feel as if he has control over death.


I've always liked people with two names ... Me, I was always just Hazel.

Hazel Grace Lancaster, Chapter 2

This represents how Hazel sees herself initially as unimportant and not special. Gus's naming of her as "Hazel Grace" places an importance on her she feels is unwarranted.


Hazel Grace, you are the only teenager in America who prefers reading poetry to writing it.

Augustus "Gus" Waters, Chapter 2

Gus is commenting on Hazel's ability to use literature to make sense of the world, which draws readers' attention to the uniqueness of her character.


That's the thing about pain ... it demands to be felt.

Augustus "Gus" Waters, Chapter 4

This quote is a line from An Imperial Affliction and represents Gus's agreement with Hazel that feeling pain is okay even though it can and does make other people feel uncomfortable.


I'm a grenade ... and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?

Hazel Grace Lancaster, Chapter 6

Hazel is commenting on her fear that the sudden aggressiveness of cancer can take her life in a short time. She does not know when that time will come but is sure it will. She doesn't want to get close to people so as not to hurt them as a weapon would.


You do not immortalize the lost by writing about them. Language buries, but does not resurrect.

Peter Van Houten, Chapter 7

Van Houten is responding to Gus's argument to him that Hazel is being irrational for not wanting to get too close to Gus because she is afraid of hurting him. Van Houten thinks people should be more concerned about their impact on other people during their lifetimes rather than what is written about them after death. He argues that if Hazel wishes to spare Gus pain, he should allow her this decision as much as it hurts him to do so.


I'm not saying it was your fault. I'm saying it wasn't nice.

Hazel Grace Lancaster, Chapter 9

Hazel is referring to Isaac's blindness and the overall unfairness of life. Even when things are not a person's fault, it does not mean other people will not feel hurt.


That was the worst part about having cancer ... the physical evidence ... separates you from other people.

Hazel Grace Lancaster, Chapter 10

Hazel feels separate from the people around her because she has cancer. A large portion of the novel revolves around how Hazel, Gus, and other people with cancer deal with this distance and the methods they use to cope, such as Gus's metaphorical use of an unlit cigarette.


She would probably like ... her home to have become a place where the ... irreparably broken sink into love.

Hazel Grace Lancaster, Chapter 12

Hazel reclaims Anne Frank's house as a place where the ill and broken can find love and happiness. This reflects her own understanding of the experience of the Frank family as somehow still giving the possibility of love for the young.


I guess I had a hamartia after all.

Augustus "Gus" Waters, Chapter 13

In this sense, hamartia is a fatal flaw. Gus's statement references two of his fatal flaws: the recurrence of his cancer, and his fear he will not be known for doing anything of importance in his life.


I believe the universe wants to be noticed.

Mr. Lancaster, Chapter 14

At the beginning of the novel, Hazel despairingly views death as oblivion. There is no afterlife. Her father talks to her several times to try to convince her otherwise. As the story progresses, she begins to see there can be happiness either in this life or possibly the next, if one believes that, just by living day to day and taking notice of what's around.


You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.

Hazel Grace Lancaster, Chapter 20

This quote is a recognition by Hazel that Gus was an integral part of changing her view of the world, of life, and of death.


The real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention.

Augustus "Gus" Waters, Chapter 25

This is a comment that reflects Gus's changing perspective of what makes a hero and how Hazel was able to change his views on life. By the end of his days, he realizes that a hero is not necessarily someone recognized for an act of great valor but for the positive impact someone has on other people's lives.


You don't get to choose if you get hurt ... but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.

Augustus "Gus" Waters, Chapter 25

Gus is writing a eulogy for Hazel and tells her he is glad they had the time they did to meet and fall in love. He recognizes her death would hurt him, but he is willing to take the risk and love her fully. As he is dying first, he can only hope she will feel the same.

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