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The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green

books“What do you mean by meant? Given the final futility of our struggle, is the fleeting jolt of meaning that art gives us valuable? Or is the only value in passing the time as comfortably as possible? What should a story seek to emulate, Augusts? A ringing alarm? A call to arms? A morphine drip? Of course, like all interrogation of the universe, this line of inquiry inevitably reduces us to asking what it means to be human and whether – to borrow a phrase from the angst-encumbered sixteen-year-olds you no doubt revile – there is a point to it all.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Books, Quotes

 

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The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green

booksI think my school friends wanted to help me through my cancer, but they eventually found out that they couldn’t. For one thing, there was no through.

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2013 in Books, Quotes

 

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The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green

booksI told Augusts the broad outline of my miracle: diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer when i was thirteen. (i didn’t tell him that the diagnosis came three months after i got my first period. Like: Congratulations! You are a woman. Now die.)

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2013 in Books, Quotes

 

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The Lethality of Loneliness

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New Republic – click me

“As expected, he found the students with bodily symptoms of distress (poor sleep, high cortisol) were not the ones with too few acquaintances, but the ones who were unhappy about not having made close friends. These students also had higher than normal vascular resistance, which is caused by the arteries narrowing as their tissue becomes inflamed. High vascular resistance contributes to high blood pressure; it makes the heart work harder to pump blood and wears out the blood vessels. If it goes on for a long time, it can morph into heart disease. While Cole discovered that loneliness could hasten death in sick people, Cacioppo showed that it could make well people sick—and through the same method: by putting the body in fight-or-flight mode.”

 

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The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green

booksCancer Perks are the little things cancer kids get that regular kids don’t; basketballs signed by sports heroes, free passes on late homework, unearned driver’s licenses, etc.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Books, Quotes

 

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Only the Lonely

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Stephen Fry – click me

“I used to think it utterly normal that I suffered from “suicidal ideation” on an almost daily basis. In other words, for as long as I can remember, the thought of ending my life came to me frequently and obsessively. But then it’s the thought behind the most famous speech in all history. To be, or not to be.”

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2013 in Antidote, Quotes

 

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Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami

kafka_on_the_shore“Writing things was important, wasn’t it?” Nakata asked.

“Yes, it was. The process of writing was important. Even though the finished product is meaningless.”

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Books, Quotes

 

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