1. “Meriwether Lewis’s last words were, “I am not a coward, but I am so strong. So hard to die.” I don’t doubt that it is but it cannot be much harder than being left behind."
    Excerpt From: Green, John. “Looking for Alaska.”
  2. “She taught me everything I knew about crawfish and kissing and pink wine and poetry. She made me different. I lit a cigarette and spit into the creek. “You can’t just make me different and then leave,” I said out loud to her. “Because I was fine before, Alaska.
    I was fine with just me and last words and school friends, and you can’t just make me different and then die. For she had embodied the Great Perhaps—she had proved to me that it was worth it to leave behind my minor life for grander maybes, and now she was gone and with her my faith in perhaps.” -Excerpt From: Green, John. “Looking for Alaska.”
  3. “Someday no one will remember that she ever existed, I wrote in my notebook, and then, or that I did. Because memories fall apart, too. And then you’re left with nothing, left not even with a ghost but with its shadow. In the beginning, she had haunted me, haunted my dreams, but even now, just weeks later,
    she was slipping away, falling apart in my memory” Excerpt From: Green, John. “Looking for Alaska.”
  4. “She fell apart because that’s what happens.”
    Excerpt From: Green, John. “Looking for Alaska.”
  5. “I was in a seminar my senior year where we read poems by John Keats. He has this famous one called “Ode on a Grecian Urn” where these two lovers are almost kissing, frozen with their faces cocked beneath a tree. The tragedy, the professor said, is in eternal stasis. She never fades, they never kiss;
    but I remember finding the whole thing vaguely romantic.” Excerpt From: Keegan, Marina. “The Opposite of Loneliness.”
  6. “I’d never really noticed it on my own—I just thought the way she smiled made sense.”
    Excerpt From: Keegan, Marina. “The Opposite of Loneliness.”
  7. “Our lovers are summoned up by the most primal and naked parts of ourselves. Introducing these people to our friends and family is, in a way, more heedlessly exhibitionistic than posting nude photos or sex tapes of ourselves online; it’s like letting everyone watch our uncensored dreams.”
    Excerpt From: Kreider, Tim. “We Learn Nothing.”
  8. “Sam looked at me soft. And she hugged me. And I closed my eyes because I wanted to know nothing but her arms. And she kissed my cheek and whispered so nobody could hear. “I love you.” I knew that she meant it in a friend way, but I didn’t care”
    Excerpt From: Chbosky, Stephen. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”