Friday, August 26, 2011

Quotes for Friday from Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner

[T]here is only one sin, only one. And that is the sin of theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. Do you understand that? ... When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. ... There is no act more wretched than stealing. Page 19/20

A few times, I'd even come close to winning the winter tournament - once, I'd made it to the final three. But coming close wasn't the same as winning, was it? He had won because winners won and everyone else just went home. Page 59

But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie. Page 61

For you a thousand times over. Page 71

And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too

I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.

it always hurts more to have and lose than to not have in the first place.

One time, when I was very little, I climbed a tree and ate these green, sour apples. My stomach swelled and became hard like a drum, it hurt a lot. Mother said that if I'd just waited for the apples to ripen, I wouldn't have become sick. So now, whenever I really want something, I try to remember what she said about the apples.
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10 comments:

  1. Wonderful lines, i think. I have finally laid hands on a copy.

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  2. where you got yours from? Mine was part of a book Amy of Amy Reads sent me.

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  3. From Ghana book Trust. have you visited there before? There are tons and tons of books at cheaper rates.

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  4. near IPS? Being there but mainly for textbooks. At the time most of their fiction were 'not my type'. It was mainly tiny romance and some others. Now that you say it, I'd pass there one of these days. Not far from where I stay actually.

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  5. I remember reading this one and loving it, but being destroyed emotionally by the complex themes in the book. You've picked some great quotes. This is a book I need to reread.

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  6. thanks Zibilee. The book is complex and interesting at all levels.

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  7. The scenes are really very pulsating and moving. My favourite quote is "for you a thousand times over." Sheer loyalty and sincerity.

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  8. and after this beautiful loyal statement the person un whom it was said betrayed the person who said it. Irony?

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  9. Always a pleasure, when i intrude into these thoughts.

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