Hey readers! Welcome to the page. Today we’ll be ‘deliberately’ discussing John Green’s phenomenal debut novel, Looking for Alaska’s quotes. I guess you’ve all read this masterpiece, and ‘felt’ it. Looking for Alaska is filled with quotes, which are emotional, humorous, and often hilarious, but some of them are ‘life-changing’. Believe me or not. Looking for Alaska still continues to be one of the best-loved young adult novels of all time and retains its spot on the New York Times Bestseller’s list, which is quite phenomenal, isn’t it? Looking for Alaska is probably John Green’s best novel and don’t mind if I consider it better than The Fault in Our Stars!
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Let’s get straight to these deep and hilarious Looking for Alaska quotes-
1) “I go seek a great perhaps, so I don’t have to wait until I die to start seeking a great perhaps.”
Miles, the protagonist wanted to seek his ‘great perhaps’. To get out of his boring life and start seeking a life that he wanted, adventurous and remarkable. So he decided to move out of his comfort zone, leave his current place and school, where he’s not so popular kid, with no real friends, and go to Culver Creek boarding school, to seek his ‘great perhaps.’ Well, what do you think about it, have you started seeking your great perhaps, or you’re still stuck in the boring and uninteresting phase of your life?
2) “At some point, you just pull off the Band-Aid, and it hurts, but then it’s over and you’re relieved.”
“We’ll miss you”, said his mom, and sobbed. It was difficult for both his parents and Miles to leave each other and live separately, after living together for 16 years, but these things are inevitable and have to be done at some point. The Band-Aid has to be pulled, even if it’ll hurt, cause after some time, the hurting will stop.
3) “OK, I said, although I wondered: if someone punches me in the face, I’m supposed to insist that I ran into a door.”
Well, that’s probably rule number 1 of hostel life or even school life, if you’re in high or middle school, NEVER RAT. If someone punches you on your face, you’ve gotta punch him back, but aren’t supposed to complain about it to your teacher. If your parents ask about it, just tell em’ that you ran into a door!
4) ‘Someone said, “Mr. President, you sure can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you,’ and then he said, “That’s obvious,” and then he got shot.’
These were the last words of America’s former president, John F. Kennedy before he was shot.
5) ‘He (Simon Bolivar) was shaken by the overwhelming revelation that the headlong race between his dreams and his misfortunes was at that moment reaching the finish line. The rest was darkness.
These were the last words of Simon Bolivar, the former president of de la Grande Colombie. The race, he was running for so long and the misfortunes, that he faced, was near the finish line, as he moved near eternity. The race that we’re a part of, the misfortunes that we go through, won’t last forever, and would eventually come to an end when we’ll move towards eternity, an eternity of ‘peace’ where there’d be no race and no misfortunes.
6) ‘Damn it,’ he sighed. “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?
Words by Simon Bolivar leave us a riddle, that has to be solved by one himself. How will we get out of this labyrinth of suffering? What’s the answer, would we keep wandering through this labyrinth throughout our lives, or we’ll be able to find a way out? Or we’ll keep getting hurt for the rest of our lives?
7) “People are moody, dude. You gotta get used to living with people.”
The charming Alaska Young, the girl Miles fell for at the first sight, is quite moody, and sometimes mean! Well, she’s not supernatural, she’s a human being, and human beings are moody and mean. And you’ve gotta get used to PEOPLE!
8) “In my classes, I’ll talk most of the time and you’ll listen most of the time, because you may be smart. But I’ve been smart longer.”
The first impression of the World Religions teacher, the old man with one lung. Well, you may be smart, but not more than your teacher.
9) “I must talk and you must listen, for we are engaged here in the most important pursuit in history: the search for meaning. What is the nature of being a person? What is the best way to go about being a person? How did we come to be, and what will become of us when we are no longer? In short: What are the rules of this game and how might we best play it?”
In my personal opinion, that’s what religion is all about, how to be a GOOD PERSON, rather than irrational religious practices. The Bible, Vedas, Bhagwat Gita, Quran, etc, all teach us the same thing, ‘What is the nature of being a person.’
10) “Religion is important whether or not we believe in one, in the same way, that historical events are important whether or not you personally lived through them.”
Quite a statement for atheists!
11) “Myth doesn’t mean a lie; it means a traditional story that tells you something about people and their worldview and what they hold sacred.”
12) “The only real geniuses are artists.”
13) “Takumi, you gotta stop stealing other people’s problems and get some of your own.”
14) “I may die young, but at least I’ll die smart.”
Those words are deep, very… very deep. Hilarious yet deep, funny yet sad.
15) “Jesus, I’m not going to be one of those people who sit around talking about what they’re gonna do. I’m just going to do it. Imagining about the future is a kind of nostalgia.”
16) “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 that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”
17) “Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war.”
The eagle, dean of the culver creek, caught Alaska and Miles smoking. This might get Alaska busted. But Alaska’s reaction was quite humorous,” He loves me, he loves y’all too, he just loves the school more. That’s the thing, he thinks busting is good for the school and good for us. It’s the eternal struggle, Pudge. The good versus the naughty.”
18) “I mean, it’s stupid to miss someone you don’t even get along with. But, I don’t know, it was nice, you know, having someone you could always fight with.”
We all have that kind of people in our lives, with whom we fight, we even feel irritated due to their presence, but still, care about them. We still miss them when they’re away from us. Well, that’s probably your siblings or that one special friend.
19) “It’s not life or death, the labyrinth. It’s ‘suffering’.”
20) “Suffering, doing wrong things, and having wrong things happen to you. That’s the problem. Bolivar was talking about the pain, not about living or dying. How do you get out of the labyrinth of suffering?”
21) “Suffering is universal. It’s one thing Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims are all worried about.”
22) “If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”
A poem for Alaska by Miles, which exactly describes how different they are. Miles, being a boring teen and Alaska, probably the most fascinating and interesting creature in this world for Miles.
23) “Does it seem all odd to you that you enjoy biographies of great writers a lot more than you enjoy their actual writings.”
24) “People, wanted security. They couldn’t bear the idea of death being a big black nothing, couldn’t bear the thought of their loved ones not existing, and couldn’t even imagine themselves not existing. I finally decided that people believed in an afterlife because they couldn’t bear not to.”
Afterlife. A very complex question. The most common question- Is there an afterlife or where do people go after death or do they even exist after death? There’s no evidence that states that an afterlife exists, but still people tend to believe it, even atheists and scientists. But why? Well, the answer is straightforward and quite cold- because they can’t bear not to.
25) “Luck is for suckers.”
26) “I imagined a scrawny eight years old Alaska with dirty fingers, looking down at her mother convulsing. So, she sat down with her dead-or-maybe-not-dead mother, who I imagine was not breathing by then but wasn’t yet cold either. And in the time between dying and death, a little Alaska sat with her mother in silence.”
27) “There comes a time when we realize that our parents cannot save themselves or save us, that everyone who wades through time eventually gets dragged out to sea by the undertow- that, in short, we are all going.”
28) “This is fear. I have lost something important, and I cannot find it, and I need it. It is fear like if someone lost his glasses and went to the glasses store and they told him that the world had run out of glasses and he would just have to do without.”
29) “What is an instant death anyway? How long is an instant? Is it one second? Ten? The pain of those seconds must have been awful as her heart burst and her lungs collapsed and there was no air and no blood in her brain and only raw panic. What the hell is instant? Nothing is instant. Instant rice takes five minutes, instant pudding an hour. I doubt that an instant of blinding pain feels particularly instantaneous.”
30) “Rabe’s al-Adiwiyah, a great woman saint of Sufism, was seen running through the streets of her hometown, Basra, carrying a torch in one hand and a bucket of water in the other. When someone asked her what she was doing, she answered, ‘I’m going to take this bucket of water and pour it on the flames of hell, and then I am going to use this torch to burn down the gates of paradise so that people will not love God for want of heaven or fear of hell, but because he is God.”
31) “Everything that comes together falls apart.”
“Everything. The chair I’m sitting on. It was built and so it will fall apart. I’m gonna fall apart, probably before this chair. And you’re gonna fall apart. The cells and organs and systems that make you- they come together, grew together, and must fall apart. The Buddha knew one thing science didn’t prove for millennia after his death: entropy increases. Things fall apart.”
32) “Suffering was caused by desire, we’d learned, and that cessation of desire meant the cessation of suffering.”
When you stopped wishing things wouldn’t fall apart, you’d stopped suffering when they did.
33) “The afterlife is just something we made up to ease the pain of loss, to make our time in the labyrinth bearable.”
The labyrinth of suffering is a maze and the most important question is how to get out of it? Well, maybe there’s no answer to that question and death is not the way out. But there are some things we could do to make our time in the labyrinth bearable, and ‘afterlife’ is one of those things. What can you do to make your time bearable or how would you make your way out of the maze?
I hope you liked Looking for Alaska quotes.
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