Quotable quotes: And the Mountains Echoed is full of them!

I rarely gush books. Okay, that is a lie. But I could say the number of books that I hold close to my heart are few and they are special. One of such books is And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hossieni. You can read my raving review about the book here and when you return I still wouldn’t have done fangirling about the writer. There is something so simple and realistic in his writing that never leaves me unmoved.

I recently listened to an old interview of his a short while ago and I had to revisit some of my favorite passages from his books. I thought I will share some of the quotes I love from And the Mountains Echoed. I think these quotes will make it worthwhile even if I decide to re-read And the Mountains Echoed for the third time. So let us get on with it shall we?

1) he didn’t understand why a wave of something, something like the tail end of a sad dream, always swept through him whenever he heard the jingling, surprising him each time like an unexpected gust of wind. But then it passed, as all things do. It passed.

2) Kabul is … A thousand tragedies per square mile.

3) Parwana feels herself standing on the brink of telling her everything, telling Masooma how wrong she is, how little she knows the sister with whom she shared the womb, how for years now Parwana’s life has been one long unspoken apology. But to what end? Her own relief once again at Masooma’s expense? She bites down the words. She has inflicted enough pain on her sister.

4) A story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop onboard, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.

5) She was an extraordinary woman, and I went to bed that night feeling like I was perhaps more than ordinary myself. This was the effect she had on me.

6) I remember that when my parents fought, they did not stop until a clear victor had been declared. It was their way of sealing off unpleasantness, to caulk it with a verdict, keep it from leaking into the normalcy of the next day. Not so with the Wahdatis. Their fights didn’t so much end as dissipate, like a drop of ink in a bowl of water, with a residual taint that lingered.

7) The net effect is that she has made me feel vaguely reprimanded and, what’s more, deserving of it, guilty of wrongs unspoken, offenses I’ve never been formally charged with.

8) a nagging doubt begins to set in. A faint intimation that I have judged Madaline harshly, that we weren’t even that different, she and I. Hadn’t we both yearned for escape, reinvention, new identities? Hadn’t we each, in the end, unmoored ourselves by cutting loose the anchors that weighed us down? I scoff at this, tell myself we are nothing alike, even as I sense that the anger I feel toward her may really be a mask for my envy over her succeeding at it all better than I had.

9) I have waited all my life to hear those words. Is it too late now for this? For us? Have we squandered too much for too long, Mamá and I? Part of me thinks it is better to go on as we have, to act as though we don’t know how ill suited we have been for each other. Less painful that way. Perhaps better than this belated offering. This fragile, trembling little glimpse of how it could have been between us. All it will beget is regret, I tell myself, and what good is regret? It brings back nothing. What we have lost is irretrievable.

10) You’re lucky, Pari. You won’t have to work as hard for men to take you seriously. They’ll pay attention to you. Too much beauty, it corrupts things. She would laugh. Oh, listen to me. I’m not saying I speak from experience. Of course not. It’s merely an observation.

11) You’re saying I’m not beautiful. I’m saying you don’t want to be. Besides, you are pretty, and that is plenty good enough. Je t’assure, ma cherie. It’s better, even.

12) Must have been quite the culture shock, going there.Yes it was. Idris doesn’t say that the real culture shock has been in coming back.

13) I learned that the world didn’t see the inside of you, that it didn’t care a whit about the hopes and dreams, and sorrows, that lay masked by skin and bone. It was as simple, as absurd, and as cruel as that.

14) Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.

15) It’s a funny thing, Markos, but people mostly have it backward. They think they live by what they want. But really what guides them is what they’re afraid of. What they don’t want.

16) the creative process as a necessarily thievish undertaking. Dig beneath a beautiful piece of writing, Monsieur Boustouler, and you will find all manner of dishonor. Creating means vandalizing the lives of other people, turning them into unwilling and unwitting participants. You steal their desires, their dreams, pocket their flaws, their suffering. You take what does not belong to you. You do this knowingly.

17) All my life, she gave to me a shovel and said, Fill these holes inside of me, Pari.

18) Perhaps if she had grimaced at him, said something infantile, full of loathing and hate. An eruption of rancor. Perhaps that might have been better. Instead, a clean, diplomatic dismissal. And this note. Don’t worry. You’re not in it. An act of kindness. Perhaps, more accurately, an act of charity. He should be relieved. But it hurts. He feels the blow of it, like an ax to the head.

Are there any authors that have affected you as much? Are there any books that you read for the writing even though you knew how the story goes? Let us talk. I would love some recommendations.

#100daysofbookquotes: Quote week: 15

#100daysofbookquotes: Quote week: 15

We are finally here. I am super happy and proud to share the final leg aka the Week 15 ofof #100daysofbookquotes.I know there have been times that I thought I was gonna go off the bandwagon but hey, I scrapped through.

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Week 1      Week 2   Week 3    Week 4

Week 5    Week 6    Week 7    Week 8

Week 9    Week 10   Week 11  Week 12

Week 13 Week 14

 099

“Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. “I’m okay” we say. “I’m alright”. But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can’t get it off. That’s when you realize that sometimes it isn’t even an answer–it’s a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

 

100

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” 
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

 

#100daysofbookquotes: Quote week: 15

#100daysofbookquotes: Quote week: 14

The last stretch before I reach my milestone of  #100daysofbookquotes. Stay back and take a look at how things have been around here. 

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092

There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest. – Anaïs Nin

 093

“The battle you are going through is not fueled by the words or actions of others; it is fueled by the mind that gives it importance.” 

― Shannon L. Alder

 095

“We cross our bridges as we come to them and burn them 

behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered.”

—Tom Stoppard, Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead

 

 095

“Of course it’s possible to love a human being if you don’t know them too well.” 

― Charles Bukowski

 096

“I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year.

Scout” 

― Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird

 097

“When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.” 

― Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

098

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” 

― Stephen KingOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

#100daysofbookquotes: Quote week: 15

#100daysofbookquotes: Quote week: 13

So near yet so far to the D Day. Yes almost miraculously we are near the completion of the #100daysofbookquotes. Stay back and take a look at how things have been around here. 

 

 

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85
“Which is the true nightmare, the horrific dream that you have in your sleep or the dissatisfied reality that awaits you when you awake?” 

 

― Justin Alcala

 

 
86
“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.” 

 

― George Carlin

 

87
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” 

 

― Oscar Wilde

 

 
88
“Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.” 

 

 

 

― Benjamin Franklin Wade

 

 
89
 
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do 

 

with your one wild and precious life?” 

 

― Mary Oliver 
90
“Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of 
taking educated people seriously.” 

 

― G.K. Chesterton

 

 
91
“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless
 they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”
 

 

― Voltaire

 

 

 

 
#100daysofbookquotes: Quote week: 15

#100daysofbookquotes: Quote week: 12

Back to the routine. Here is our round  up the week’s quotes and hey we are close to the 100th day. Yippie.
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78
“That’s the whole point of life, you know? To meet new people.”

 

― Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

 

 
 79
“[T]he time your friends need you is when they’re wrong, Jean Louise. They don’t need you when they’re right” 
― Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman
 
 
80
“Baby,” I said, “I’m a genius but nobody knows it but me.” 
― Charles Bukowski, Factotum 
 
 
81
Whenever somebody tells me to do something my instinct’s always to do the opposite. It’s got me into a lot of trouble, but I’ve had a lot of fun.”
― John Updike, Rabbit at Rest
 
82
“I know 
you and I
are not about poems or
other sentimental bullshit
but I have to tell you
even the way 
you drink your coffee
knocks me the fuck out.
Clementine von Radics 
83

“What you burnt, broke, and tore is still in my hands. I am the keeper of fragile things and I have kept of you what is indissoluble.”

― Anaïs Nin, House of Incest
 
 
84
“The first thing I learned at school was that some people are idiots; the second thing I learned was that some are even worse. ” 
― Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories and the City