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Quotes from An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Bookish Mardi: Quotes from An Abundance of Katherines 
by John Green



"If people could see me the way I see myself - if they could live in my memories - would anyone love me?" - John Green 






Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Authors: John green
Publisher: Speaks
Publication Date: January 01, 2006
Pages: 228
Format: Trademark Paperback
Source: Given as birthday present from Janica Chee



Book Summary

Katherine V thought boys were gross.
Katherine X just wanted to be friends.
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail.
K-19 broke his heart.
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times to be exact. 

On a road trip mile from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hope will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpeess everywhere, and finally the girl. Love, friendshipand a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to  surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered  comic novel about reinventing oneself. (Source: Goodreads)

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Remarkable Lines from the Book
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". . . never do anything standing up that could just as easily be done lying down." - Coli

"But mother lie. It's in the job description." 

". . . people do stuff that involves baby-making parts that does not actually involve making babies, like for instance kiss each other in places that are not on the face." - Colin
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"Crying adds something: crying is you plus tears." - Colin

- Colin 

"Famous is the new popular." - Colin

"Kafir", you have a very complicated problem with  very simple solution." - Hassan 

". . .  what kind of bastard lies to his own mother?" - Hassan

". . . the world contained exactly two kinds of people: Dumpers and Dumpee. A lot of people will claim to be both, but those people miss the pint entirely: You are iether predisposed to either one fate or other. Dumpers  may not always  be the heartbreakers, and the Dumpees may not always be the hearbroken. But everyone has the tendency.

Dumper/Dumpee Dichotomy

". . .reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his (Colin's) head."

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"Everywhere man blames nature and fate, yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passions, his mistakes and weaknesses." - Democritus
"That smile could end wars and cure cancer."

"That's why I love road trips, dude. It's like doing something without actually doing anything." - Hassan

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- Colin

". . . the problem: myopia. He was nearsighted. The future lay before him, inevitable but invisible."

". . . maybe everything big and heartbreaking and incomprehensible is a paradox." - Colin

". . . sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.What a dirty lie." - Colin

"Love is graphable." - Colin

"Amour aime aimer amour. Love loves to love love." - James Joyce

". . . not all people are COMPLETE Dumpers and Dumpees." - Colin

". . . road trips have destinations." - Hassan

". . . people are basically lazy and incurious." - Colin

"When  you spend your entire life in and around the city, you fail to fully apprehend certain facets of rural life." - Colin

"Maybe that's why she dumped you, always anagramming, never listening." - Hassan

Rejection Minimization Theorem (RMT)

". . . coffee had been for centuries associated with sophisticates and intellectuals."  - Colin 

"I'm coward. They were cowards, too. Everyone is." - Colin 

"I don't think God gives a shit if we have a dog or if a woman wears shorts. I think He gives a shit about whether you're a good person." - Hassan

"I just want to so something that matters. Or be something that matters, I just want to matter." - Colin
" The bigger a deal you are, the worse your life is." - Lindsey

- Colin

". . . romantic behavior was baiscally monotonous and predictable." - Colin

"You can love someone so much. But you can never love people as much as you can miss them." - Colin

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"People are so damned predictable." - Colin

". . . attractiveness matters." - Colin

". . . if there's one thing I know, it's that there's some people in this world who can just love and love and love no matter what."  - Roy

"How do you stop being terrified of getting left behind and ending up by yourself forever and not meaning anything to the world?"  - Hassan

". . . popularity is complicated."  - Colin 

". . . the best way to get people to like you is not to like them too much." - Lindsey

"Do you ever wonder whether people would like you more or less if they could see inside you?"  - Colin

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"The body always listens to the brain."  - Colin

"My best friend is a walking cautionary tale of what happens to you when romantic relationships don't involve marriage. Like you always say, kafir, everything ends in breakup, divorce, or death. I want to narrow my misery options to divorce or death - that's all." - Hassan

". . . getting cheated on is counted as getting dumped." - Colin

"Relief is a Dumper emotion." - Colin

"The world ain't gonna stay like you imagine it." - Hollis

"It's a hard life, kafir."  - Hassan

"People are supposed  to care. It's good that people mean something to you, that you miss people when they're gone." - Lindsey

". . . how you matter is defined by the things that matter to you. You matter as much as the things that matter to you do."  - Lindsey

"It's easy to get stuck. You just get caught in being something,  being special or cool or whatever, to the point where you don't even know why you need it; you just think you do."  - Lindsey

"I don't think you can fill the empty space with the thing you lost."  - Colin


"It's funny what people will do to be remembered." - Colin 

". . .  you don't remember what happened. . ."



"The past is a logical story. It's the sense of what happened. But since it is not yet remembered, the future need not any fugging sense at all."  - Colin

"The future is unpredictable."  - Hassan 

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". . . there's a place in the brain for knowing what cannot be remembered."  - Colin





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