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Quote #1

"Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten […] and this will have been for naught […] And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that's what everyone else does." (1.64)

This is part of Hazel's diatribe at Support Group that totally wins over Augustus. Because, you know, there's nothing sexier to a seventeen-year-old boy than a girl who can talk about how you're all going to die and be forgotten. Right?

Quote #2

Cancer kids are essentially side effects of the relentless mutation that makes the diversity of life on earth possible. (4.4)

Instead of thinking of herself as an individual, Hazel finds it more comforting to think of herself as part of a big scheme in the universe. How does this affect the way she thinks about her identity?

Quote #3

The only solution was to try to unmake the world, to make it black and silent and uninhabited again, to return to the moment before the Big Bang, in the beginning when there was the Word, and to live in that vacuous space alone with the Word. (7.3)

Hazel has very strange pain regulation methods. Do you think she thinks these big thoughts because she's contemplating her mortality? Or is she just a deep kid through and through?

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