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Quote #1

"That's the thing about pain," Augustus said, and then glanced back at me. "It demands to be felt." (4.110)

Just because you're brave, doesn't mean you can't feel trophy-smashing rage and pain.

Quote #2

"I'm a grenade," I said again. "I just want to stay away from people and read books and think" (6.72)

Hazel's all about not hurting other people—even when it hurts here. She wants to be as passive as possible in order to not be responsible for any pain. Is this courageous? Or just silly?

Quote #3

People talk about the courage of cancer patients, and I do not deny that courage. I have been poked and stabbed and poisoned for years, and still I trod on. (7.4)

Hazel recognizes how tough it is to be a cancer kid. And that means she also knows how courageous she's been.

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