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50+ The Fault in Our Stars Quotes from the Book by John Green

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These 50+ memorable The Fault in Our Stars quotes will make you laugh, cry, and think, as if you were reading the beloved John Green book about death and grief for the first time.

The Fault in Our Stars has earned the following accolades:

  • #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • #1 International Bestseller
  • TIME Magazine's #1 Fiction Book of the Year
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Fiction Book of the Year
  • A Huffington Post Best Novel of the Year
  • An Oprah.com Best Book of the Year
  • Amazon Best Book of the Year
  • Goodreads Choice 2012 Winner

The Fault in Our Stars is the mega bestselling beloved novel by author John Green about "star-crossed" young lovers Augustus "Gus" Waters and Hazel Grace.

Hazel is a depressed teen with a terminal cancer diagnosis, and a tumor-shrinking medical miracle has bought her a few additional years. When she joins a Cancer Kid Support Group she meets Gus and believes her tragic story is about to be completely rewritten.

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The Fault in Our Stars is a heartbreaking, raw, and very real look at life, love, and death through the eyes of an ill-fated young couple, filled with memorable quotes explored in more depth below.

The Fault in Our Stars Quotes

Below are all The Fault in Our Stars quotes you will want to re-read about infinity, love, life, death, and more.

FAQs about The Fault in Our Stars Quotes

Why is it called The Fault in Our Stars?

The title of The Fault in Our Stars comes from Shakespeare's famous quote in Julius Caesar: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, for we are underlings."

This quote is believed in the book to be wrong -- that fate, not humans, dictate destiny, and it also subtly refers to the star-crossed nature of the love of Gus and Hazel.

Through the title of The Fault in Our Stars, John Green conveys the message that despite the imperfections of our destiny, we can thrive and lead a happy and fulfilling life.

What is the first line in The Fault in Our Stars?

"Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death."

What is the last line in The Fault in Our Stars?


"I do, Augustus. I do."


The Fault in Our Stars Infinity Quote

“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”


The Fault in Our Stars Quotes About Love

 “I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

“You realize that trying to keep your distance from me will not lessen my affection for you.”

“I love you present tense.”

“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things.”

"It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you."

"You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

“Sometimes people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them…But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.“

“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.”

“I will not tell you our love story, because—like all real love stories—it will die with us, as it should.”

"I love her. I am so lucky to love her."

"...I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have..."

“You can love someone so much… but you can never love people as much as you can miss them.”


The Fault in Our Stars Quotes About Life

“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”

“The world is not a wish-granting factory.”

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you."

“You say you’re not special because the world doesn’t know about you, but that’s an insult to me. I know about you.”

"I believe humans have souls, and I believe in the conservation of souls."

“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

"The real heroes anyway aren't the people doing things; the real heroes are the people noticing things, paying attention."

“The marks humans leave are too often scars.”

"And I fear that I won't get either a life or a death that means anything."

“We’re as likely to hurt the universe as we are to help it, and we’re not likely to do either.”

“The world wasn't made for us, we were made for the world”

"I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence."

“Sometimes people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them.”

“Don't worry. Worry is useless. I worried anyway”

“Good friends are hard to find and impossible to forget.”

“The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives."

“Everyone was so kind. Strong, too. In the darkest days, the Lord puts the best people into your life.”

“There is no try. There is only do.”

“You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet!”

“I thought being an adult meant knowing what you believe, but that has not been my experience.”

“How strange and how lovely it is to be anything at all.”


The Fault in Our Stars Quotes About Pain

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

“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.”

“If you want the rainbow, you have to deal with the rain.”

“Pain is like fabric: The stronger it is, the more it’s worth.”


The Fault in Our Stars Quotes About Cancer

“Whenever you read a cancer booklet or website or whatever, they always list depression among the side effects of cancer. But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying. (Cancer is also a side effect of dying. Almost everything is, really.)”

“People talk about the courage of cancer patients, and I do not deny that courage. I have been poked and stabbed and poisoned for years, and still I trod on.”

“That was the worst part about having cancer, sometimes: The physical evidence of disease separates you from other people.”


The Fault in Our Stars Quotes About Death

“Grief does not change you... It reveals you.”

“Because there is no glory in illness. There is no meaning to it. There is no honor in dying of.”

“Funerals...are for the living.”

“The dead are visible only in the terrible lidless eye of memory.”


The Fault in Our Stars Quotes About Books

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

“That’s part of what I like about the book in some ways. It portrays death truthfully. You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence”

“I’m a grenade,” I said again. “I just want to stay away from people and read books and think.”

“Neither novels or their readers benefit from any attempts to divine whether any facts hide inside a story. Such efforts attack the very idea that made-up stories can matter, which is sort of the foundational assumption of our species.”

“And okay, fair enough, but there is this unwritten contract between author and reader and I think not ending your book kind of violates that contract.”


Those are the 50+ best The Fault in Our Stars quotes to keep you thinking about the beloved novel long after you read it.

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