Now as a general rule I usually avoid books and movies where bad things happen to people. I just think there is enough tragedy and unpleasantness in real life I really don’t need to use it for entertainment value.
But after seeing a movie trailer that featured this quote;
“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
I figured I should check it out. The book is incredibly sad (think tears running down your face, snot everywhere, not very attractive crying) but the writing is incredibly poignant, simple and direct. I just adore witty writers!
“Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars