110+ Khaled Hosseini Quotes On War, Friends And Writing

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  1. hills that stand soft and a sky that stands high and blue, and the sun setting behind a windmill, and always, always, hazy strings of mountains that fall and fall away on the horizon.
  2. One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.
  3. And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.
  4. The desert weed lives on, but the flower of spring blooms and wilts.
  5. 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.
  6. Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it.
  7. A story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop onboard, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.
  8. Tariq tucked the gun into the waist of his denims. Then he said a thing both lovely and terrible. "For you," he said. "I'd kill with it for you, Laila.
  9. Behind every trial and sorrow that He makes us shoulder, God has a reason.
  10. Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.

Khaled Hosseini Short Quotes

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  • But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.
  • True redemption is...when guilt leads to good.
  • A society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated.
  • People say that eyes are windows to the soul.
  • Marriage can wait, education cannot.
  • Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman. Always.
  • You can not stop you from being who you are.
  • There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.
  • Yes, hope is a strange thing. Peace at last. But at what price?
  • Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors.

Khaled Hosseini Quotes On Love

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yet love can move people to act in unexpected ways and move them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with startling heroism — Khaled Hosseini

It was the kind of love that, sooner or later, cornered you into a choice: either you tore free or you stayed and withstood its rigor even as it squeezed you into something smaller than yourself. — Khaled Hosseini

I will follow you to the ends of the world. — Khaled Hosseini

She passed these years in a distant corner of her mind. A dry, barren field, out beyond wish and lament, beyond dream and disillusionment. There, the future did not matter. And the past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and it accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion. — Khaled Hosseini

and yet she was leaving the world as a woman who had love and been loved back. she was leaving it as a friend, a companion, a guardian. a mother. a person of consequence at last. — Khaled Hosseini

And the past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion. And whenever those twin poisonous flowers began to sprout in the parched land of that field, Mariam uprooted them. She uprooted them and ditched them before they took hold. — Khaled Hosseini

In Afghan society, parents play a central role in the lives of their children; the parent-child relationship is fundamental to who you are and what you become and how you perceive yourself, and it is laden with contradictions, with tension, with anger, with love, with loathing, with angst. — Khaled Hosseini

Nothing good came free. Even love. You paid for all things. And if you were poor, suffering was your currency. — Khaled Hosseini

Those who saw Kite Runner loved the film, for the most part, people seemed to really like the film. — Khaled Hosseini

I now know that some people feel unhappiness the way others love: privately, intensely, and without recourse. — Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini Quotes On War

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Equally important is the lack of cultivable land for farmers, a profound problem when you take into account that Afghanistan has always largely been an agricultural country, and that even before the wars destroyed lands and irrigation canals, only 5 per cent of the land was cultivable. — Khaled Hosseini

I laughed. Partly at the joke, partly at how Afghan humor never changed. Wars were waged, the Internet was invented, and a robot had rolled on the surface of Mars, and in Afghanistan we were still telling Mullah Nasruddin jokes. — Khaled Hosseini

I have very fond memories of my childhood in Afghanistan, largely because my memories, unlike those of the current generation of Afghans, are untainted by the spectre of war, landmines, and famine. — Khaled Hosseini

At least, it is encouraging to me that President [Barack] Obama has put Afghanistan front and center in this broader so-called War on terror, and that he is taking a different approach to Afghanistan. — Khaled Hosseini

I wanted to write about Afghanistan before the Soviet war because that is largely a forgotten period in modern Afghan history. — Khaled Hosseini

War doesn't negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace. — Khaled Hosseini

Soon, he would become an adult. And when he did, there would be not going back because adulthood was akin to what his father had once said about being a war hero: one you became one, you died one. — Khaled Hosseini

For many people in the west, Afghanistan is synonymous with the Soviet war and the Taliban. I wanted to remind people that Afghans had managed to live in peaceful anonymity for decades, that the history of the Afghans in the twentieth century has been largely pacific and harmonious. — Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini Quotes On Writing

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I think novelists, when they write their books, end up having occasionally serving a purpose and playing roles that they never really fully either intended or even understood. — Khaled Hosseini

Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth. — Khaled Hosseini

I don't know the nuts and bolts of writing. I studied medicine. I was a pre-med nerd. So everything I learned, I know about writing is very instinctive. — Khaled Hosseini

By then The Kite Runner had become quite successful and I found myself in a position that I had always dreamed of my whole life, which was to write for a living. — Khaled Hosseini

Though The Kite Runner was my first completed novel, I had been writing on and off for most of my life, primarily short stories, and primarily for myself. — Khaled Hosseini

There is an energy, a romance in writing the first novel that can never be duplicated again. I was entirely absorbed in that world as I wrote the book [The Kite Runner] and to see the final page of that manuscript whir out of the printer was a very special feeling indeed. — Khaled Hosseini

I grew up with some kind of storytelling instinct, and when I write, my default setting is to find a story and then to tell it. It's the only way I know how to write. — Khaled Hosseini

The things that have always drawn me to the craft of writing is character, it's story, it's something that becomes like a pebble in my shoe, a voice that I just can't get rid of, and I've got to see it through. — Khaled Hosseini

Even after The Kite Runner was published I continued to practice for another eighteen months. But I had always had a love of writing and a compulsion to do it. — Khaled Hosseini

All stories I write are compulsive. Anything I’ve ever written was because I don’t have a choice. I write stories because I can’t wait to tell it, I can’t wait to see how it ends. — Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini Quotes On Emotional

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It's tremendous what can happen when suddenly you make an emotional connection. — Khaled Hosseini

If you connect emotionally with the plight of those characters, ou feel what they feel and you walk away with a sense of understanding and empathy, and hopefully, something has been illuminated for you. And I tink that's what happendd for a lot of readers with my novels. — Khaled Hosseini

I believe Fabio Celoni's work vividly brings to life not only the mountains, the bazaars, the city of Kabul and its kite-dotted skies, but also the many struggles, conflicts, and emotional highs and lows of Amir's journey [from the The Kite Runner]. — Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini Quotes On Night

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I want to tear myself from this place, from this reality, rise up like a cloud and float away, melt into this humid summer night and dissolve somewhere far, over the hills. But I am here, my legs blocks of concrete, my lungs empty of air, my throat burning. There will be no floating away. — Khaled Hosseini

I found a sad little fairy Beneath the shade of a paper tree. I know a sad little fairy Who was blown away by the wind one night. — Khaled Hosseini

All my life, I'd been around men. That night, I discovered the tenderness of a woman. — Khaled Hosseini

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. — Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini Quotes On Life

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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. — Khaled Hosseini

Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. — Khaled Hosseini

I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us. — Khaled Hosseini

I may not agree with all or even most of the tribal traditions, but it seems ti me that, out there, people live more authentic lives. They have a sturdiness about them. A refreshing humility. Hospitality too. And resilience. A sense of pride. — Khaled Hosseini

Though there were moments of beauty, Mariam knew for the most part that life had been unkind to her. — Khaled Hosseini

All good things in life are fragile and easily lost — Khaled Hosseini

Life goes on, unmindful of beginning, end…crisis or catharsis, moving forward like a slow, dusty caravan of kochis (nomads). — Khaled Hosseini

After all, life is not a Hindi movie. — Khaled Hosseini

Life is a train, get on board. — Khaled Hosseini

Now, especially in public places, you always have that unease. When the children were cast, if I thought that they might be victims of violence because of participating in this movie, we would have chosen children from outside this country. — Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini Quotes On Boys

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Boys, Laila came to see, treated friendship the way they treated the sun: its existence undisputed; its radiance best enjoyed, not beheld directly. — Khaled Hosseini

A boy who won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up to anything. — Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is a story of two boys and a father, and the strange love triangle that binds them. — Khaled Hosseini

And one more thing...You will never again refer to him as 'Hazara boy' in my presence. He has a name and it's Sohrab. — Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini Famous Quotes And Sayings

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The cities, the roads, the countryside, the people I meet - they all begin to blur. I tell myself I am searching for something. But more and more, it feels like I am wandering, waiting for something to happen to me, something that will change everything, something that my whole life has been leading up to. — Khaled Hosseini

J’aurais dû être plus gentille—I should have been more kind. That is something a person will never regret. You will never say to yourself when you are old, Ah, I wish I was not good to that person. You will never think that. — Khaled Hosseini

It's wrong what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. — Khaled Hosseini

Whether you do something or decide to do nothing, either way, you are making a moral choice. And I hope people make the right one. — Khaled Hosseini

Perhaps this is just punishment for those who have been heartless, to understand only when nothing can be undone. — Khaled Hosseini

Everyone is an ocean inside. Every individual walking the street. Everyone is a universe of thoughts, and insights, and feelings. But every person is crippled in his or her own way by our inability to truly present ourselves to the world. — Khaled Hosseini

If there's a God out there, then i would hope he has more important things to attend to than my drinking scotch or eating pork. — Khaled Hosseini

Now, no matter what the mullah teaches, there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. — Khaled Hosseini

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. — Khaled Hosseini

I have a theory about marriage, Monsieur Boustouler. And it’s that nearly always you will know within two weeks if it’s going to work. It’s astonishing how many people remain shackled for years, decades even, in a protracted and mutual state of self-delusion and false hope when in fact they had their answer in those first two weeks. — Khaled Hosseini

It so happens that the major relationships in the novel [The Kite Runner] are between men, dictated not by any sort of prejudice or discomfort with female characters, but rather by the demands of the narrative. — Khaled Hosseini

I've read that if an avalanche buries you and you're lying there underneath all that snow, you can't tell which way is up or down. You want to dig yourself out but pick the wrong way, and you dig yourself to your own demise. — Khaled Hosseini

A man's heart is a wretched, wretched thing. It isn't like a mother's womb. It won't bleed. It won't stretch to make room for you. — Khaled Hosseini

He said that if culture is a house, then language was the key to the front door; to all the rooms inside. Without it, he said, you ended up wayward, without a proper home or a legitimate identity. — Khaled Hosseini

You're gutless. It's how you were made. And that's not such a bad thing because your saving grace is that you've never lied to yourself about it. Not about that. Nothing wrong with cowardice as long as it comes with prudence. But when a coward stops remembering who he is... God help him. — Khaled Hosseini

At last, she makes her choice. She turns around, drops her head, and walks toward a horizon she cannot see. After that, she does not look back anymore. She knows that if she does, she will weaken. — Khaled Hosseini

A sudden happiness catches me unawares. I feel it trickling into me, and my eyes go liquid with gratitude and hope. — Khaled Hosseini

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. — Khaled Hosseini

I don't know what this feather means, the story of it, but I know it means he was thinking of me. For all these years. He remembered me. — Khaled Hosseini

The Chinese say it's better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one. — Khaled Hosseini

Your job today is to pass gas. You do that and we can start feeding you liquids. No fart, no food. — Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan has always been sort of a fractured nation, very tribal, where the countryside and the distant provinces have been run by custom, by tribal law and by tribal leaders rather than edicts from the central government in Kabul. — Khaled Hosseini

Her impulse, her need, to be the corrector of injustices, warden of the downtrodden flock. And — Khaled Hosseini

And that, ...is the story of our country, one invasion after another...Macedonians. Saddanians. Arabs. Mongols. Now the Soviets. But we're like those walls up there. Battered, and nothing pretty to look at, but still standing. — Khaled Hosseini

I entered the literary world, really, from outside. My entire background has been in sciences; I was a biology major in college, then went to medical school. I've never had any formal training in writing. So what I know about writing, I know from my own instincts, and whatever the narrative voice is in my own head. — Khaled Hosseini

For courage, there must be something at stake. I come here with nothing to lose. — Khaled Hosseini

and every day I thank [God] that I am alive, not because I fear death, but because my wife has a husband and my son is not an orphan. — Khaled Hosseini

Human behavior is messy and unpredictable and unconcerned with convenient symmetries. — Khaled Hosseini

Sad stories make good books — Khaled Hosseini

The story of what has happened to women in Afghanistan, however, is a very important one, and fertile ground for fiction. — Khaled Hosseini

The rope that pulls you from the flood can become a noose around your neck. — Khaled Hosseini

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. — Khaled Hosseini

I brought Hassan’s son from Afghanistan to America, lifting him from the certainty of turmoil and dropping him in a turmoil of uncertainty — Khaled Hosseini

Kabul is... a thousand tragedies per square mile. — Khaled Hosseini

I’ll die if you go. The Jinn will come, and I’ll have one of my fits. You’ll see, I’ll swallow my tongue and die. Don’t leave me, Mariam jo. Please stay. I’ll die if you go. — Khaled Hosseini

Give sustenance, Allah. Give sustenance to me. — Khaled Hosseini

They tell me I must wade into waters, where I will soon drown. Before I march in, I leave this on the shore for you. I pray you find it, sister, so you will know what was in my heart as I went under. — Khaled Hosseini

I started a foundation, called The Khaled Hosseini Foundation. The mission has been to help the most vulnerable groups in Afghanistan. So the focus has been on women, children, and homeless refugees, most of whom are in fact women and children. — Khaled Hosseini

[Flying kite with my friends] is one of the seminal memories of growing up for me. — Khaled Hosseini

I also felt The Kite Runner was a story that would lend itself well to a visual retelling in a graphic novel. — Khaled Hosseini

A stubborn ass needs a stubborn driver — Khaled Hosseini

There was brotherhood between people who had fed from the same breast, a kinship that even time could not break. - Amir — Khaled Hosseini

The ordinary, utterly mundane reason behind the massacre makes it somehow more terrible, and far more depressing. The word 'senseless' springs to mind, and Idris thwarts it. It's what people always say. A senseless act of violence. A senseless murder. As if you could commit sensible murder. — Khaled Hosseini

Literature and film have a way of lifting you from your own existence and transporting you to some foreign place and putting you in the shoes with an experience different than your own. — Khaled Hosseini

The [George W.] Bush administration tripled its aid package to Afghanistan. [Hamid] Karzai finally (and courageously) announced that warlords will be forbidden from holding office in the future government. And finally, NATO agreed to expand the peacekeeping forces to troubled areas outside of Kabul. — Khaled Hosseini

[Barack Obama] is sending more troops [to Afghanistan], but they have also realized that we are not going to win that war through guns and tanks. We have to engage the neighbors, and it is good that there is a non-military strategy in addition to a military strategy. It is, at least, encouraging. Whether it will work or not, the jury is still put. — Khaled Hosseini

She wished she could visit Mariam's grave, to sit with her awhile, leave a flower or two. But she sees now that it doesn't matter. Mariam is never very far.... Mariam is in her own heart, where she shines with the bursting radiance of a thousand suns. — Khaled Hosseini

[Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns] is not just unique to books, but films and music. — Khaled Hosseini

Years later, I learned an English word for the creature that Assef was, a word for which a good Farsi equivalent does not exist: sociopath. — Khaled Hosseini

i want to give up my bearings, slip out of who i am, shed everything, the way a snake discards old skin. — Khaled Hosseini

I'm sorry," Laila says, marveling at how every Afghan story is marked by death and loss and unimaginable grief. And yet, she sees, people find a way to survive, to go on. — Khaled Hosseini

You have these crops of poppies that supply something like 90% of the heroin sold in Europe and actually represents more than half of the Afghanistan's GDP. — Khaled Hosseini

I came to the US as an immigrant and I recall vividly those first few years in California, the brief time we spent on welfare, and the difficult task of assimilating into a new culture. — Khaled Hosseini

On a high mountain I stood, And cried the name of Ali, Lion of God.O Ali, Lion of God, King of Men, Bring joy to our sorrowful hearts. — Khaled Hosseini

There is a way to be good again... — Khaled Hosseini

I would give them (aspiring writers) the oldest advice in the craft: Read and write. Read a lot. Read new authors and established ones, read people whose work is in the same vein as yours and those whose genre is totally different. You've heard of chain-smokers. Writers, especially beginners, need to be chain-readers. And lastly, write every day. Write about things that get under your skin and keep you up at night. — Khaled Hosseini

Her beauty was the talk of the valley.It skipped two generations of women in our family, but it sure didn't bypass you, Laila. — Khaled Hosseini

You are never alone in Afghanistan. You are always in the company of others, usually family. You don't understand yourself really as an individual, you understand yourself as part of something bigger than yourself. Family is so central to your identity, to how you make sense of your world, it is very dramatic, and therefore an amazing source of storytelling, a source of fiction for me. — Khaled Hosseini

A pathetic shadow, torn between her envy and thrill of being seen with Masomma, sharing in the attention as a weed would, lapping up water meant for the lily upstream. — Khaled Hosseini

In Afghanistan, you don't understand yourself solely as an individual. You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a cousin to somebody, an uncle to somebody. You are part of something bigger than yourself. — Khaled Hosseini

Life Lessons by Khaled Hosseini

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  1. Khaled Hosseini's work emphasizes the importance of compassion and understanding in order to bridge cultural and religious divides.
  2. His stories also illustrate the power of resilience in the face of adversity and the importance of family and community.
  3. Hosseini's work also emphasizes the need to recognize one's own privilege and to use it to help those less fortunate.

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