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65 The Fault in Our Stars Quotes (to Give You a Good Cry)

by Bob
Hazel and Gus with their heads close together

From talks about life and death, and everything in between- these 65 The Fault in our Stars quotes will surely pull your heartstrings. 


Death is a fact most of us avoid. And why would we not- it’s one of the most painful things we can experience. But death in itself is not the end goal, but having a good journey before that is. 


This is also one of the main themes of The Fault in our Stars (TFIOS). Life is about experiencing the now. No one in this world is immortal, so appreciate the smallest of moments. Life is about taking adventures (similar to Hazel and Gus’ trip to Amsterdam). And it’s about enjoying the smallest wins even though things don’t go as planned.


And while it’s true that the duration of our lives varies from person to person. It’s how we spend that duration that matters in the end. 


TFIOS also taught us that a single box of tissue is not enough to survive this movie. Kidding aside, it taught about life, love, hope, and being content with our choices. That’s what makes it one of the best Teen Fiction books to date. If you have not read the book, then the time is now, we’ll even get you started: Amazon Link.


In this article, we’ve compiled The Fault In Our Stars Book Quotes, and the Best The Fault in Our Stars Dialogue between characters that is sure to pull at your heartstrings. Get your tissues in the ready!


17 The Fault In Our Stars Book Quotes

Why is it called The Fault in our Stars?


Before we start with our list, do you know why the book is entitled “The Fault in our Stars”? Us neither, haha. But according to our research, it came from a line from a famous play by William Shakespeare: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars/ But in ourselves”. John Green refutes this however and says that our destiny is not purely in our own hands, and sometimes stuff happens out of our control. 

Gus and Hazel talking while sitting on a kid’s swing

Source: The Fault in our Stars Movie, from here


To start, here are some of the best John Green The Fault in our Stars quotes.


#1  “I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend.”


#2  “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.”


#3  “All representations of a thing are inherently abstract.”


#4  “Maybe she wasn’t loved widely, but she was loved deeply.”


#5  “That’s the thing about pain … it demands to be felt.”


#6  “The real heroes anyway aren’t the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention. The guy who invented the smallpox vaccine didn’t actually invent anything. He just noticed that people with cowpox didn’t get smallpox.”


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


#8  “Grief does not change you…It reveals you.”


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


#10  “You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice.”


#11  “You are a side effect of an evolutionary process that cares little for individual lives. You are a failed experiment in mutation.”


#12  “Our fearlessness shall be our secret weapon.”


#13  “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.”


#14  “Look, let me just say it: He was hot. A non-hot boy stares at you relentlessly and it is, at best, awkward and, at worst, a form of assault. But a hot boy . . . well.”


#15  “I don’t know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving.”


#16  “I got my wish, I suppose. I left my scar.”


#17  “The world wasn’t made for us, we were made for the world.”

5 of the Best The Fault In Our Stars Dialogue




Gus: “It tastes like…”

Hazel: “Food.”

Gus: “Yes, precisely. It tastes like food, excellently prepared. But it does not taste, how do I put this delicately…?”

Hazel: “It does not taste like God Himself cooked heaven into a series of five dishes which were then served to you accompanied by several luminous balls of fermented, bubbly plasma while actual and literal flower petals floated down around your canal-side dinner table.”

Gus: “Nicely phrased.”

Gus’s father: “Our children are weird.”

Hazel’s dad: “Nicely phrased.”



Gus: “Read me something.”

Hazel: “Read you something?”

Gus: “Do you know any poems?”

Hazel: “I know one.”

Gus: “Read it to me.”



Van: “And I’m sorry for yours. I’m sorry for everything, for being so rude to you two, for ruining your trip –”

Hazel: “You didn’t ruin our trip, you asshole. We had an awesome trip.”



Isaac: “Gus really loved you, you know.”

Hazel: “I know.”

Isaac: “He wouldn’t shut up about it.”

Hazel: “I know.”

Isaac: “It was annoying.”

Hazel: “I didn’t find it that annoying.”



Gus: “Yeah, sure. I’m, uh, I’m Augustus Waters. I’m 18 years old. I had a touch of osteosarcoma about a year and a half ago. And I lost this baby as a result.” 

[pulls up his right trouser leg to reveal a prosthetic leg]

“And now I’m part cyborg, which is awesome. But really I’m just here at Isaac’s request.”

Isaac: “Yeah.”


15 The Fault In Our Stars Quotes About Love

sweet moment between Gus and Hazel who are in a bench in Amsterdam

Source: The Fault in our Stars Movie, from here


Gus’ Letter


The last paragraph of the book gives one of the sweetest, and most hopeful, love quotes from the Fault in our Stars. The paragraph showed how much Gus loved Hazel. And confirms in the end that they are both happy with the choices they’ve made.


#1  “What else? She is so beautiful. You don’t get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. 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. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.”


#2  “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.”


#3  “Oh, I wouldn’t mind Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to my heart broken by you.”


#4  “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.”


#5  “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.”


#6  “Maybe okay will be our always.”


#7  “I love you present tense.”

Gus and Hazel are kissing

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#8  “Because you are beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence.”


#9  “I liked Augustus Waters. I really, really, really liked him. I liked the way his story ended with someone else. I liked his voice. I liked that he took existentially fraught free throws. I liked that he was a tenured professor in the Department of Slightly Crooked Smiles with a dual appointment in the Department of Having a Voice That Made My Skin Feel More Like Skin. And I liked that he had two names. I’ve always liked people with two names, because you get to make up your mind what you call them: Gus or Augustus?”


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


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



#12  “That’s why I like you. Do you realize how rare it is to come across a hot girl who creates an adjectival version of the word pedophile? You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.”


#13  “Only now that I loved a grenade did I understand the foolishness of trying to save others from my own impending fragmentation: I couldn’t unlove Augustus Waters. And I didn’t want to.”


#14  “I willed myself to imagine a world without us and what a worthless world that would be.”


#15  “I’ll fight it. I’ll fight it for you. Don’t you worry about me, Hazel Grace. I’m okay. I’ll find a way to hang around and annoy you for a long time.”

11 The Fault In Our Stars Quotes About Death


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


#2  “People talk about the courage of cancer patients, and I do not deny that courage. I had been poked and stabbed and poisoned for years, and still I trod on. But make no mistake: In that moment, I would have been very, very happy to die.”


#3  “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.”


#4  “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.”



“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 a 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.”


#6  “I’m like a grenade, Mom. I’m a grenade and at some point I’m going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?”

a scene of Hazel putting white flowers on Gus’ casket

Source: The Fault in our Stars Movie, from here


#7 “’I mean, I would just die—’ and then stopped short, looking at me as if to say I’m sorry, as if it were a crime to mention death to the dying.”


#8  “I happen to know the answer to that question,” he said. “There are seven billion living people, and about ninety-eight billion dead people.”


#9  “I’m hopefully I’ll get to attend as a ghost, but just to make sure, I thought I’d—well, not to put you on the spot, but I just this afternoon thought I could arrange a prefuneral…”


#10  “Augustus Waters died eight days after his prefuneral, at Memorial, in the ICU, when the cancer, which was made of him, finally stopped his heart, which was also made of him.”


#11  “Funerals, I’ve decided, are not for the dead. They are for the living.”

12 Funny The Fault in our Stars Quotes

We got some funny The Fault in our Stars quotes to lighten your mood from our last list. 

a funny scene from the Fault in our Stars movie

Source: The Fault in our Stars Movie, from here



“You’re so cold.”

“I’m just under oxygenated.”

“I love it when you talk medical to me.”

a funny scene from the Fault in our Stars movie

Source: The Fault in our Stars Movie, from here


“Shouldn’t we do this in the dark?”

“It’s always dark for Isaac.”

“Dude, I’m blind, I’m not deaf, no I can hear when you make fun of my disability.”



Gus: “A little to the left.”

Isaac: “My throw was a little to the left or I need to aim a little to the left?”



Peter Van Houten wore a white linen suit, tailored to account for his rotundity, a powder-blue dress shirt, and a green tie. He looked like he was dressed for a colonial occupation of Panama, not a funeral.



[Isaac’s eulogy for Gus]

“I’m assuming you’ll get more time, you interrupting bastard!”


#6  “We need to fake-pray now.”



Gus: “Terrible tragedy, that. But can I help my own deadly beauty?”

Hazel: “You cannot.”

Gus: “It is my burden, this beautiful face.”

Hazel: “Not to mention your body.”

Gus: “Seriously, don’t even get me started on my hot bod. You don’t want to see me naked, Dave. Seeing me naked actually took Hazel Grace’s breath away.” [Nods towards Hazel’s oxygen tank]


#8  “We gotta do something about this frigging swing set,’ he said. ‘I’m telling you, it’s ninety percent of the problem.”


#9  “It’s embarrassing that we all just walk through life blindly accepting that scrambled eggs are fundamentally associated with mornings.”


#10  “Quick, give me a throw pillow and some thread because that needs to be an Encouragement,”



Isaac: “I dislike living in a world without Augustus Waters.” 

Computer: “I don’t understand—”

Isaac: “Me neither. Pause.”



Van Houten: “She thinks I have a drinking problem.”

Lidewij: “I also think the Earth is round.”

5 Best Movie Quotes From The Fault In Our Stars



“Wait a minute. Are you only doing this so I’ll kiss you?”

 [A beat. Gus blinks a few times.]

“Cause I’d totally kiss you either way.”


#2  “All your attempts to save yourself from me will fail.”



Hazel: “Even though you have freaking cancer, you are willing to give money to corporations for a chance to acquire even more cancer? Let me just assure you that not being able to breathe? SUCKS. Totally disappointing. Totally.”

Gus: “They don’t kill you unless you light them. And I’ve never lit one. It’s a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing. A metaphor.”


#4  “Oh my God, I’m flying. Oh my God, we’re flying. We’re-we’re flying! Look down! Nothing has ever looked like this in all of human history!”



Gus: “This is it.”

Hazel: “I’m so excited I can barely breathe.”

Gus: “As opposed to normal?”

Wrapping Up


The Fault in our Stars is a definite classic in teen fiction, that’s why it’s one of the top sellers in NYTimes, and Amazon. If you’ve not picked it up yet, then we recommend you start now, you definitely won’t regret it! 


Hopefully, our article helped you let out that much-needed cry. Pain demands to be felt after all. If you want to read more heart-wrenching articles, or if you want a change of pace and just want to laugh your butt off. Then we recommend the following:


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