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The fault in our stars quote

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I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Accepting life is just as important as accepting death. Sometimes, it’s even harder, despite the fact that we live life everyday and we die only once. I swore to myself that I will never read another young adults novel again, but my curiosity got the better of me. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green left my eyes welling up throughout the story. It shouldn’t surprise me or you, considering how emotional I can get about a book, but what intensified my emotions was the depth of the story. It’s not just about two young teenagers who are suffering from cancer falling in love with each other. It is about everything life puts you through when your stars are faulty.

The story is narrated by 16 year old Hazel Grace Lancaster who has terminal lung cancer. She has an oxygen tank attached to her via the tubes through her nose. At a Cancer Children Support Meeting, she meets Augustus Waters, a former basketball player who has lost a leg to osteosarcoma. They lend each other their favourite books. Augustus lends Hazel “The Price of Dawn,” a “brilliant and haunting novelization” of his favourite video game, and she lends hers: “An Imperial Affliction” by Peter Van Houten, about a girl who has cancer. Van Houten ends his novel abruptly in the middle of a sentence, and Hazel is obsessed with finding out what happened to the characters. Augustus too becomes fascinated with the novel just as much she is. He then uses his ‘wish’ from The Genie Foundation to send himself and Hazel to Amsterdam to meet Van Houten.

Augustus shows Hazel what it’s like to be unconditionally loved. He becomes her much needed strength and support. Gus encourages her to chase her dreams and not to give up on her hopes. The humour and companionship he brings to her is truly inspiring. The readers can almost feel his caring warmth. As the story continues we also see his vulnerable side. His strong and attractive exterior breaks down, showing the reader his flaws, fears and humiliations. This is what makes him more lovable. The gut-wrenching, heart-breaking humanness in his struggle to stay alive and feel alive is absolutely heart warming.

Through this story we are reminded that “the world is not a wish-granting factory.” Hazel’s narration brought me closer to her feelings and the suffering of her friends. The beauty of this story lies in its lesson about the reality of life. It is an exploration into our fragile human side, the one which manages to take us by surprise.

They say our destiny is written in the stars. And I believe that more strongly than before. Life doesn’t treat everybody the same way. And no matter how much you wish or hope, what’s meant to happen will always happen. The only thing we have control over is making our existence worthwhile. The love story of Hazel and Gus gives their lives a new meaning. Neither Hazel’s oxygen tank nor Gus’ prosthetic leg come in the way of their beautiful romance. Those things only make their love much more meaningful and moving. They see each other’s emotional and physical ordeals and accept each other no matter what. It is more romantic than a walk on a twilight beach or a white wedding. I didn’t just read about compassion, kindness, frailty, love and courage; I felt them through this story.

When unpleasant things happen to us, we fall from grace. But the most noble of ways to get through our hard times is to hold on to our greatest strengths. If you are capable of true love, kindness, empathy and hope; you need to carry them on. It may be other people we are helping while we are down ourselves, but life doesn’t have to be a game of profit. The Fault in Our Stars is a realistic depiction of the nature of genuine love, pain of loss and brutality of sickness. It isn’t a depressing novel, neither is it a joyful one; but it is a moving and insightful story which helps us understand life and how we should come to terms with it in a positive manner. And it is bound to shake your emotions free.

My favourite quotes from The Fault in Our Stars:

“That’s the thing about pain…it demands to be felt.” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“You are so busy being YOU that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“You realize that trying to keep your distance from me will not lessen my affection for you. All efforts to save me from you will fail.” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, because there was no longer anyone to remember with. It felt like losing your co-rememberer meant losing the memory itself, as if the things we’d done were less real and important than they had been hours before.” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“But it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he has Cassius note, ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“But I believe in true love, you know? I don’t believe that everybody gets to keep their eyes or not get sick or whatever, but everybody should have true love, and it should last at least as long as your life does.” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.

“Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“there is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars