Memorable Quotes: Looking for Alaska

John Green’s Looking for Alaska centers on the experiences of Miles Halter, an ordinary, unadventurous teen who is looking for his “Great Perhaps” at an Alabama boarding school. While there, Miles meets, and immediately becomes enamored of, a girl named Alaska Young, who is as exciting and reckless as he is not. Miles hopes to win Alaska’s heart, or at least her full attention—but this is something no one has quite been able to do. The structure of the book is divided into before and after sections, so it is clear that something will happen to drastically alter their relationship. While the plot of the novel is interesting in and of itself, it is further enhanced by thoughtful writing that elevates each scene to a philosophical meditation. Below, I have included some of the quotes I highlighted when I read the book on my Kindle:

  • Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia.
  • Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war.
  • For she had embodied the Great Perhaps—she had proved to me that it was worth it to leave behind my minor life for grander maybes, and now she was gone and with her my faith in perhaps.
  • We had to forgive to survive in the labyrinth.
  • We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.
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