You keep expecting people not to be themselves. Varying degrees of sick, varying degrees of neurotic, varying degrees of self-actualized. The fundamental mistake I had always made — and that she had, in fairness, always led me to make — was this: Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl. For the longest time, it felt kind of like my chest was cracking open, but not precisely in an unpleasant way.
I know she is t he most important thing to you. But we graduate in, like, a week. It is so hard to leave — until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.
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, and 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. You came here because you wanted to save poor little Margo from her troubled little self, so that I would be oh-so-thankful to my knight in shining armor that I would strip my clothes off and beg you to ravage my body.
But I could never be the idea to myself, not all the way. But as for me: I must ask the wounded man where he is hurt, because I cannot become the wounded man. The only wounded man I can be is me. But imagining being someone else, or the world being something else, is the only way in.
When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside.
But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out. After we kiss, our foreheads touch as we stare at each other. Yes, I can see her almost perfectly in this cracked darkness. Sign In Sign Up. All Themes Perception vs. Teach your students to analyze literature like LitCharts does. Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on LitCharts.
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Paper Town While the meaning of the term changes throughout the book, the final conception of paper town is a fake town on a map that cartographers once placed on maps as "copyright traps" to locate plagiarists. Grass Imagery taken from Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself," which represents a number of things, especially the extent to which human beings are spiritually and imaginatively connected.
Margo's Black Notebook This is the notebook that remains a mystery throughout much of the book but which records Margo's elaborate story about her, Q, and Robert Joyner. Orlando, Florida This is the home town for the book's main characters.
Jefferson High This is Q and Margo's high school. Quentin's Window This is the place where Q viewed Margo for years and the portal through which she entered his life again and left him his first clue. View a FREE sample.
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Agloe is "a fictitious village created by the Esso company in the early s and inserted into tourist maps as a copyright trap, or paper town" (). Cool trick. And since Margo seems to be unhappy wherever she goes, she goes somewhere that doesn't exist.
Paper Towns Quotes (showing of 1,) “What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.” ― John Green, Paper Towns. Paper Towns Quotes. BACK; NEXT ; Find quotes from this novel, with commentary from Shmoop. Pick a theme below to begin.
Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Speak edition of Paper Towns published in Part 1, Chapter 1 Quotes It was so pathetically easy to forget about Chuck, to talk about prom even though I didn’t give a shit about prom. The story is set mainly in modern-day Orlando, Florida, though Quentin does travel outside of that area. This setting is crucial to the story.