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“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”
Orhan Pamuk, The New Life
“I don't want to be a tree; I want to be its meaning.”
Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red
“How much can we ever know about the love and pain in another heart? How much can we hope to understand those who have suffered deeper anguish, greater deprivation, and more crushing disappointments than we ourselves have known?”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“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
“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”
Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red
“Books, which we mistake for consolation, only add depth to our sorrow. ”
Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red
“Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight.”
Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red
“Tell me then, does love make one a fool or do only fools fall in love?”
Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red
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“My unhappiness protects me from life.”
Orhan Pamuk
“There are two kind of men,' said Ka, in a didatic voice. 'The first kind does not fall in love until he's seen how the girls eats a sandwich, how she combs her hair, what sort of nonsense she cares about, why she's angry at her father, and what sort of stories people tell about her. The second type of man -- and I am in this category -- can fall in love with a woman only if he knows next to nothing about her.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.”
Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence
“Sometimes I sensed that the books I read in rapid succession had set up some sort of murmur among themselves, transforming my head into an orchestra pit where different musical instruments sounded out, and I would realize that I could endure this life because of these musicales going on in my head.”
Orhan Pamuk, The New Life
“In fact no one recognizes the happiest moment of their lives as they are living it. It may well be that, in a moment of joy, one might sincerely believe that they are living that golden instant "now," even having lived such a moment before, but whatever they say, in one part of their hearts they still believe in the certainty of a happier moment to come. Because how could anyone, and particularly anyone who is still young, carry on with the belief that everything could only get worse: If a person is happy enough to think he has reached the happiest moment of his life, he will be hopeful enough to believe his future will be just as beautiful, more so.”
Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence
“It may not happen in the first instant, but within ten minutes of meeting a man, a woman has a clear idea of who he is, or at least who he might be for her, and her heart of hearts has already told her whether or not she's going to fall in love with him.”
Orhan Pamuk
“After all, a woman who doesn't love cats is never going to be make a man happy.”
Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence
“As much as I live I shall not imitate them or hate myself for being different to them”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“When you love a city and have explored it frequently on foot, your body, not to mention your soul, gets to know the streets so well after a number of years that in a fit of melancholy, perhaps stirred by a light snow falling ever so sorrowfully, you'll discover your legs carrying you of their own accord toward one of your favourite promontories”
Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red
“People only tell lies when there is something they are terribly frightened of losing.”
Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence
“When we lose people we love, we should never disturb their souls, whether living or dead. Instead. we should find consolation in an object that reminds you of them, something...I don't know...even an earring”
Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence
“Any intelligent person knows that life is a beautiful thing and that the purpose of life is to be happy," said my father as he watched the three beauties. "But it seems only idiots are ever happy. How can we explain this?”
Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence
“For if a lover's face survives emblazoned on your heart, the world is still your home.”
Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red
“أحب القراءة فقط كما أحببت الذهاب لمشاهدة الأفلام، أو تصفح الجرائد و المجلات، لم أكن أفعل هذه الأشياء لأكتسب نوعاً من المميزات، أو للحصول على نتيجة ما، أو ربما لأفكر فى نفسى كشخص فوق العادى، أو أكثر معرفة، أو أكثر عمقاً من الآخرين، أستطيع حتى أن أقول إن كونى دودة كتب علمنى نوعاً من التواضع”
Orhan Pamuk, The New Life
“عندما تفكر فى الأمر, الظلم و الشر موجودان فى كل مكان فى العالم... المهم هو أن تعيش بحيث تبقى الطيبة بداخلك سليمة”
Orhan Pamuk, The New Life
“What is the thing you want most from me? What can I do to make you love me?'

Be yourself,' said Ipek.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges through affection, attention, interest and compassion . . . open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details and irony.”
Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red
“Try to discover who I am from my choice of words and colors, as attentive people like yourselves might examine footprints to catch a thief.”
Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red
“الحب هو رغبة ملحة فى العثور على مرفأ آمن لروحك الإنسانية”
Orhan Pamuk, The New Life
“I hear the question upon your lips: What is it to be a colour?

Colour is the touch of the eye, music to the deaf, a word out of the darkness. Because I’ve listened to souls whispering – like the susurrus of the wind – from book to book and object to object for tens or thousands of years, allow me to say that my touch resembles the touch of angels. Part of me, the serious half, calls out to your vision while the mirthful half sours through the air with your glances.

I’m so fortunate to be red! I’m fiery. I’m strong. I know men take notice of me and that I cannot be resisted.

I do not conceal myself: For me, delicacy manifests itself neither in weakness nor in subtlety, but through determination and will. So, I draw attention to myself. I’m not afraid of other colours, shadows, crowds or even of loneliness. How wonderful it is to cover a surface that awaits me with my own victorious being! Wherever I’m spread, I see eyes shine, passions increase, eyebrows rise and heartbeats quicken. Behold how wonderful it is to live! Behold how wonderful to see. I am everywhere. Life begins with and returns to me. Have faith in what I tell you.”
Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red
“A letter doesn't communicate by words alone. A letter, just like a book, can be read by smelling it, touching it and fondling it. Thereby, intelligent folk will say, 'Go on then, read what the letter tells you!' whereas the dull-witted will say, 'Go on then, read what he's written!”
Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red

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