75+ Best Paper Towns Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Paper Towns is a novel written by John Green, primarily for an audience of young adults, and was published on October 16, 2008, by Dutton Books. The novel is about the coming-of-age of the protagonist, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen and his search for Margo Roth Spiegelman, his neighbor and childhood sweetheart. Profoundly inspirational Paper Towns quotes will fire up your brain and encourage you to look at life differently while making you laugh.

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Famous Paper Towns Quotes

Only now, after all this lost time, did I realize how terribly I had misunderstood both her game and the prize for winning it. — Paper Towns

Such was life that morning: nothing really mattered that much, not the good things and not the bad ones. We were in the business of mutual amusement, and we were reasonably prosperous. — Paper Towns

I always liked routine. I suppose I never found boredom very boring. I doubted I could explain it to someone like Margo, but drawing circles through life struck me as a kind of reasonable insanity. — Paper Towns

At some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you’ll look back down and see that you floated away, too. — Paper Towns

New York was the only place in America where a person could actually live a halfway livable life. — Paper Towns

Forever is composed of nows. — Paper Towns

Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for plannning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future–you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college. — Margo

It’s a paper town…all those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm…Everyone demented with the mania of owning things…I’ve lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters. — Margo

You listen to people so that you can imagine them, and you hear all the terrible and wonderful things people do to themselves and to one another, but in the end the listening exposes you even more than it exposes the people you’re trying to listen to. — Paper Towns

What a treacherous thing it is to believe that a person is more than a person. — Paper Towns

Maybe all the strings inside him broke. — Paper Towns

I’m a big believer in random capitalization. The rules of capitalization are so unfair to words in the middle. — Margo

Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl. — Quentin

You will go to the paper towns and you will never come back. — Paper Towns

I am afforded the chance to think one more thought, and I think about her. I blame her for this ridiculous, fatal chase — for putting us at risk, for making me into the kind of jackass who would stay up all night and drive too fast. I would not be dying were it not for her. I would have stayed home, as I have always stayed home, and I would have been safe, and I would have done the one thing I have always wanted to do, which is grow up. — Paper Towns

If it doesn’t happen to you, it doesn’t happen at all. — Paper Towns

I like the clues more than you. — Radar

I know it’s impossible for you to see peers this way, but when you’re older you start to see them – the bad kids and the good kids – as people. They’re just people, who deserve to be cared for. Varying degrees of sick, varying degrees of neurotic, varying degrees of self-actualized. — Quentin’s mom

This was the first time in my life that so many things would never happen again. — Paper Towns

I don’t know how I look, but I know how I feel: Young. Goofy. Infinite. — Paper Towns

And for those two minutes we just stared at each other, and I watched the blue in her eyes. It was nice — in the dark and the quiet, with no possibility of me saying anything to screw it up, and her eyes looking back, like there was something in me worth seeing. — Paper Towns

What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person. — Paper Towns

Once the vessel cracks open, the end becomes inevitable. — Paper Towns

I think the future deserves our faith. — Paper Towns

It is so hard to leave — until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world. — Paper Towns

It’s easy to forget how full the world is of people, full to bursting, and each of them imaginable and consistently misimagined. — Paper Towns

Leaving feels good and pure only when you leave something important, something that mattered to you. Pulling life out by the roots. But you can’t do that until your life has grown roots. — Paper Towns

As long as we don’t die, this is gonna be one hell of a story. — Paper Towns

I wanted to tell her that the pleasure for me wasn’t planning or doing or leaving; the pleasure was in seeing our strings cross and separate and then come back together. — Paper Towns

You can argue…that Ahab is a fool for being obsessed. But you could also argue that there is something tragically heroic about fighting this battle he is doomed to lose. — Paper Towns

I liked routine. I liked being bored. I didn’t want to, but I did. — Quentin

I learn something about fear. I learn that it is not the idle fantasies of someone who maybe wants something important to happen to him, even if the important thing is horrible. It is not the disgust of seeing a dead stranger, and not the breathlessness of hearing a shotgun pumped outside of Becca Arrington’s house. This cannot be addressed by breathing exercises. This fear bears no analogy to any fear I knew before. This is the basest of all possible emotions, the feeling that was with us before we existed, before this building existed, before the earth existed. This is the fear that made fish crawl out onto dry land and evolve lungs, the fear that teaches us to run, the fear that makes us bury our dead. — Paper Towns

The town was paper, but the memories were not. — Paper Towns

Maybe the strings break, or maybe our ships sink, or maybe we’re grass — our roots so interdependent that no one is dead as long as someone is still alive. We don’t suffer from a shortage of metaphors, is what I mean. But you have to be careful which metaphor you choose, because it matters. — Paper Towns

The day passed as it always did — in slow motion, with a thousand plaintive glances at the clock. But now it was even more unbearable, because every minute I waste din school was another minute in which I failed to find her. — Paper Towns

There are so many people. It is easy to forget how full the world is of people, full to bursting, and each of them imaginable and consistently misimagined. — Paper Towns

I like this. I like the consistency. I like that I can drive fifteen hours from home without the world changing too much. — Paper Towns

The physical space between us evaporates. We play the broken strings of our instruments one last time. — Paper Towns

We can hear others, and we can travel to them without moving, and we can imagine them, and we are all connected one to the other by a crazy root system like so many leaves of grass — but the game makes me wonder whether can really ever fully become another. — Paper Towns

It is easy to forget how full the world is of people, full to bursting, and each of them imaginable and consistently misimagined. — Quentin

We bring the fucking rain, Q. Not the scattered showers. — Paper Towns

I have nothing to gain from kissing her. But I am no longer looking to gain anything. — Paper Towns

Doing stuff never feels as good as you hope it will feel. — Paper Towns

I can almost imagine a happiness without her, the ability to let her go, to feel our roots are connected even if I never see that leaf of grass again. — Paper Towns

I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one. — Paper Towns

That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people would want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on colour instead of taste. — Margo

I’m not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is. — Paper Towns

I imagine it is hard to go back once you’ve felt the continents in your palm. — Paper Towns

At least I carpe’d that one diem. — Paper Towns

I’ve never seen her eyes dead like that, but then again, maybe I’ve never seen her eyes before. — Paper Towns

I always felt like you had to be important to have enemies. — Paper Towns

Everything’s uglier close up. — Paper Towns

Nothing is as boring as other people’s dreams. — Paper Towns

Sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are…People are different when you can smell them and see them up close. — Paper Towns

Maybe she had sat here in the cacophonous darkness and felt some kind of desperation take her over, and maybe she found it impossible to unthink the thought of death. — Paper Towns

Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thing and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I’ve lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters. — Paper Towns

I leave, and the leaving is so exhilarating I know I can never go back. But then what? Do I just keep leaving places, and leaving them, and leaving them, tramping a perpetual journey? — Paper Towns

We are now as I wished we could be then. — Paper Towns

Tonight, darling, we are going to right a lot of wrongs. And we are going to wrong some rights. The first shall be the last; the last shall be the first; the meek shall do some earth-inheriting. But before we can radically reshape the world, we need to shop. — Paper Towns

I decided to clean out my locker, because I didn’t really want to come back here and again have to feel like my lungs were drowning in this perverse nostalgia. — Paper Towns

It’s kind of great, being an idea that everybody likes. — Paper Towns

I didn’t need you, you idiot. I picked you. And then you picked me back…And that’s like a promise. At least for tonight. In sickness and in health. In good times and in bad. For richer, for poorer. Till dawn do us part. — Paper Towns

She’d told me: the pleasure isn’t in doing the thing; the pleasure is in planning it. — Paper Towns

You keep expecting people not to be themselves. — Paper Towns

You know your problem, Quentin? You keep expecting people not to be themselves. I mean, I could hate you for being massively unpunctual and for never being interested in anything other than Margo Roth Spiegelman, and for, like, never asking me about how it’s going with my girlfriend – but I don’t give a shit, man, because you’re you. My parents have a shit ton of black Santas, but that’s okay. They’re them. I’m too obsessed with a reference website to answer my phone sometimes when my friends call, or my girlfriend. That’s okay, too. That’s me. You like me anyway. And I like you. You’re funny, and you’re smart, and you may show up late, but you always show up eventually. — Radar

The town was paper, but the memories were not. All the things I’d done here, all the love and pity and compassion and violence and spite, kept welling up inside me. — Paper Towns

And when I say that her hand brushes up against mine, and I just grab hers because it feels like there is less to ruin now. — Paper Towns

Isn’t it also that on some fundamental level we find it difficult to understand that other people are human beings in the same way that we are? We idealize them as gods or dismiss them as animals. — Paper Towns

It is saying these things that keeps ups from falling apart. And maybe by imagining these futures we can make them real, and maybe not, but either way we must imagine them. The light rushes out and floods in. — Paper Towns

She either trusted me or wanted me to fall. — Paper Towns

I think maybe the reason I have spent most of my life being afraid is that I have been trying to prepare myself, to train my body for the real fear when it comes. But I am not prepared. — Paper Towns

And this is what I was trying to do, too. I guess: to listen to all the little sounds of her, because before any of it could make sense, it had be heard. — Paper Towns

I knew these halls so well — and finally it was starting to feel like they knew me, too. — Paper Towns

Humans lack good mirrors. It’s so hard for anyone to show us how we look, and so hard for us to show anyone how we feel. — Paper Towns

Even though I could see her there, I felt entirely alone among these big and empty buildings, like I’d survived the apocalypse and the world had been given to me, this whole and amazing and endless world, mine for the exploring. — Paper Towns

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