Paper Towns - John Green

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The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. Like, I will probably never be struck by lightning, or win a Nobel Prize, or become dictator of a small nation in the Pacific Islands, or contract terminal ear cancer, or spontaneously combust. But if you consider all the unlikely things together, at least one of them will happen to us.

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dvorakdan 4 years, 11 months ago
This is the first quote I ever gave up on solely because I wanted to shout Shut up with the examples and get to your point already. Terminal ear cancer was the last straw. And overall, I think his point is dumb, how many unlikely things will you need to lump together, and what constitutes unlikely? Hit by lightning is way more likely than win a Nobel Prize--google says about 50 people die per year just in the US (while about 450 get hit but don't die) while only 5 Nobel Prizes are awarded most years. Become dictator even less likely than Nobel. So, is a miracle a million to one shot? Hit by lightning is only about a third of that. And yes if you could somehow think of ONE MILLION things that could happen, that are also about an average of a million to one, then odds are you will get one, but even then, some people will get two or five or more, and plenty will get zero still. Limit
christelhelen 9 years, 1 month ago
I like the quote but a mistake near the end -- 'one' not 'on'

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