I read the book, written by John Green quite a while back and have forgotten about it. When the movie came out, with all the raves that have been going around, I thought I should catch it and figure out what the movie was all about. Halfway through the movie, that’s when I realized, “hey, I’ve read this book!”
One thing that I realized is that the movie is a ‘quote monkey’. It has numerous amount of quotes that could help everyone get through their day. I had a couple.
“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.”
This was when Hazel was delivering the original eulogy for Augustus while he was still alive. In my opinion this is all true. For whatever reason that any relationship breaks apart by death or just an end, this is how everyone should feel. Be eternally thankful that it happened although for just a short while rather than not be able to feel that feeling at all.
“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”
While Hazel was reading the letter which Augustus wrote to Van Houten. I’ve absolutely nothing to say about this quote except that it’s so beautiful and that I try not to live in regret.
I called it a nine because I was saving my ten. And here it was, the great and terrible ten, slamming me again and again as I lay still and alone in my bed staring at the ceiling, the waves tossing me against the rocks then pulling me back out to sea so they could launch me again into the jagged face of the cliff, leaving me floating faceup on the water, undrowned.
And my favorite quote of them all – when Hazel was describing her feelings while getting ready to attend Augustus’ funeral. What’s the most painful thing anyone would feel? It’s just losing someone you dearly love (it’s never in the past tense), by no fault of yours or by death. The worst thing of it all, it will come back to you again and again while you fall for it yet again. And again.
Shit hurts but we will have to live through.