Quotes Taken From: Looking For Alaska

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With nothing having happened to ‘Pudge’ before moving to boarding school, we follow him to his new life and subsequent new, slightly unusual friends. His attention is particularly drawn to Alaska – the girl down the hall, the girl who is as beautiful as she is screwed up. With plenty of pranks, adventures and infatuation to keep the reader interested, nothing stays the same when the almighty twist slaps you in the face.

It’s a lovely coming-of-age novel from John Green, the genius behind The Fault In Our Stars, and there are some beautiful and all too true quotes within the story:

“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 the future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”

Aren’t we all a little guilty of that? This quote kicks you in the bum with motivation and that’s why I love it so much. It’s what I would imagine an Oprah-like talk show host wanting to say whilst reading their prompter.

“There is no best or worst, those are judgements that have no real meaning because there is only what is.”

Sure, I might think my chocolate chip pancakes are the best (because they are) but that’s my opinion. I suppose you could read this quote to say that all opinions are equal because they all matter equally – whether or not you have no taste buds and therefore think my pancakes are the worst. It’s all individual preference. The only way we can measure something is by seeing it for what it is.

“Everything that comes together falls apart. The cells and organs and systems that make you you – they came together, grew together and so must fall apart.”

A take on ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’.

“Awful things are survivable because we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. “

Giving hope to anyone who has suffered emotional pain that they thought could never be escaped. These two sentences spur you and I to keep going. A message of support that’ll never grow obsolete.

“Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations.”

You may be knocked down, stamped on, pulled in different directions, completely torn apart – but you can adapt. You won’t let it stop you, at least not forever, because you can change. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, just like Beyonce.

“What is the most important question human beings must answer?”

As an end of year assignment, Pudge is asked to write an essay for the above question. The all important question I thought of is “How should we measure success?”

Have you guys got any ideas of how to answer this? I’d be more than happy to actually write said essays, so please do let me know what you think is the most important question and I can steal your ideas okay thanks bye.

Anyone else read the book? Let’s have a chat about it!

4 Comments

  • Emily says:

    I have wound my way onto your blog from ‘The Mighty’ magazine, and am having one fo the worst days in my life so any distraction is welcome indeed. I won’t bore you with the sordid details, suffice it to say that you have helped me and I am most grateful. You said that our suffering is survivable… exactly what I say to people with chronic pain who when in the throes of a an acute episode believe the pain will kill them. It’s what we take away from our pain that is so important, the lessons learned, and knowing next time that you survived the time before this. Of course it’s not the pain itself it’s the emotional context in which it lives… here I am hijacking your comment section and discussing another post entirely, but the roundabout point is also in this book, and when God gives me a strong hint I do but humbly obey and have found a cheap copy on Ebay to read. I shall be back once I have read it, so look forward to discussing it with you…. that is, if I live through this awful day… but having read your post, I’m suddenly a lot more sure of that than I was before. My grateful thanks.

    • laugraeva says:

      Hi Emily, so sorry to hear that you are having one of the worst days. Thanks so much for reaching out to me, and I’m glad that my blog has helped in some ways.
      I’ll just say that I really look forward to discussing the book with you soon, and that you are not alone in having those sorts of days. I’m always here to chat (do feel free to use my email as well) if you need someone to talk to!

  • “You just use the future to escape the present”. Quotes like that make me want to run out and buy that book right away! Sighh… on it goes to my wishlist 🙂

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