My Favorite Quotes From… Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Turtles All The Way Down By John Green


Originally Published: October 10, 2017

“But I was beginning to learn that your life is a story told about you, not one that you tell.”

“Admittedly, I have some anxiety problems, but I would argue it isn’t irrational to be concerned about the fact that you are a skin-encased bacterial colony.”

“–my stomach wouldn’t shut up, which was forcing me deep inside a worry that I’d somehow contracted a parasitic infection.”

“I reminded myself that I didn’t have a fever, and my self replied: You don’t have a fever YET.”

“I could hear Dr. Singh saying I shouldn’t get out my phone, that I mustn’t look up the same questions over and over, but I got it out anyway, and reread the “Human Microbiota” Wikipedia article.”

“Davis and I never talked much, or even looked at each other, but it didn’t matter, because we were looking at the same sky together, which is maybe more intimate than eye contact anyway. Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”

“But we passed under one dead tree, leafless but still standing, and I looked up through its branches, which intersected to fracture the cloudless blue sky into all kinds of irregular polygons.”

“I was so good at being a kid, and so terrible at being whatever I was now.”

The way people talked about fathers could almost make you glad not to have one.”

“Sometimes you happen across a brilliant run of radio songs, where each time one station goes to commercial, you scan to another that has just started to play a song you love but had almost forgotten about, a song you never would’ve picked but that turns out to be perfect for shouting along to.”

“Worrying is the correct worldview. Life is worrisome.”

Applebee‘s is a chain of mid-quality restaurants serving “American food,” which essentially means that Everything Features Cheese.”

“–she told me that beauty was mostly a matter of attention. ‘The river is beautiful because you are looking at it,’ she said.”

“‘There’s no need to suffer.’ Which I’d argue is just a fundamental misunderstanding of the human predicament, but okay.”

I is the hardest word to define.

Him: And the thing is, when you lose someone, you realize you’ll eventually lose everyone.
Me: True. And once you know that, you can never forget it.”

“I wanted to tell her that I was getting better, because that was supposed to be the narrative of illness: It was a hurdle you jumped over, or a battle you won. Illness is a story told in the past tense.”

“‘Well, everyone’s crazy these days, Dr. Singh. Adolescent sanity is so twentieth century.'”

“It’s like I have this demon inside of me, and I want it gone, but the idea of removing it via pill is…I don’t know…weird.”

“I think, You are dying, and there are bugs inside of you that will eat through your skin. I think and I think and I think.”

“‘Being vulnerable is asking to get used.'”

“But you’re slightly tortured, and the way you’re tortured is sometimes also painful for, like, everyone around you.'”

“‘Most adults are just hollowed out. You watch them try to fill themselves up with booze or money or God or fame or whatever they worship, and it all rots them from the inside until nothing is left but the money or booze or God they thought would save them. That’s what my dad is like– he really disappeared a long time ago, which is maybe why it didn’t bother me much. I wish he were here, but I’ve wished that for a long time. Adults think they’re wielding power, but really power is wielding them.'”

“It’s a weird phrase in English, in love, like it’s a sea you drown in or town you live in. You don’t get to be in anything else– in friendship or in anger or in hope. All you can be in is love.”

“I knew that my crazy was no longer a quirk, a simple matter of a cracked finger pad. Now, it was an irritation, like it was to Daisy, like it was to anyone who got close to me.”

“I couldn’t make myself happy, but I could make people around me miserable.”

“When the movie ended, I told him I was tired, because that seemed the adjective most likely to get me where I needed to bealone and in my bed.”

“I turned out the lights and got into bed. I wasn’t tired, exactly, but I wasn’t feeling too keen on consciousness, either.”

“The moment I got back home, I could feel Mom’s nerves jangling about my visit with Dr. Singh, even though she was trying to be calm and normal.”

“Every loss is unprecedented. You can’t ever know someone else’s hurt, not really.”

“It’s so weird, to know you’re crazy and not be able to do anything about it, you know? It’s not like you believe yourself to be normal. You know there is a problem. But you can’t figure a way through to fixing it. Because you can’t be sure, you know?”

“It seemed surreal and miraculous to me that so many cars could drive past one another without colliding, and I felt certain that each set of headlights headed my way would inevitably veer into my path.”

“‘Do you feel like you’re getting better?’ Everyone wanted me to feed them that story– darkness to light, weakness to strength, broken to whole. I wanted it, too.”

Synopsis: “Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.” (via Goodreads)

Genre: YA-Fiction, YA-Literature

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5


22 thoughts on “My Favorite Quotes From… Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

    1. Do you like it so far? 🙂 You should try the Miss Peregrine’s Series, I just finished the last book and they were all amazing. Have you watched the movie?
      Do you only like YA books or do you like all genres?

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      1. Yes I love it it’s very intriguing. I have never heard of that series but I am definitely going to look into it and I love all sorts of genres really anything that has a great plot I am down to read! Thanks so much for the suggestion no one I know really enjoys to read so your suggestion is very helpful ✨


    1. Compared to Looking For Alaska, I’d probably give this even less stars but I really loved that book.
      This book was just boring. The main character was very relatable but the story was messy and rather pointless.


  1. Did you hear that it looks like this book will be made into a movie? When I wrote my book review about Turtles All The Way Down, I said it wouldn’t make a great movie. What do you think?

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          1. Same. I completely forgot about the missing Dad/billionaire while I was reading. The story would basically be the same without that part of the plot. The part I actually did enjoy was its authenticity when it came to mental illness. Plus John Green is a great writer.

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            1. I agree that John Green is a great writer…it’s only my second book by him that I’ve read but I intend to read a few of his other ones even though I found this one was bland.


  2. omg me! lol. so many relatable quotes it’s kind of scary haha. although, judging by some of the quotes, and i’m just making an assumption here, the main character sounds like she’s a hypochondriac but it would make sense if that’s also the anxiety talking because i once felt the same way LOL
    it actually sounds like a pretty good book, i may add it to my list 🙂

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    1. Yes, the main character and how much I related with her was the only reason why I gave it 3 stars! Otherwise I honestly felt the story was boring… they blame it all one her anxiety but yeah she does seem like a hypochondriac though they never call her that.
      You might like it, there are some good reviews. I just don’t recommend it that much!

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