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And the Mountains Echoed And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
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“I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“It's a funny thing... 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.”
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“They say, Find a purpose in your life and live it. But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“I now know that some people feel unhappiness the way others love: privately, intensely, and without recourse.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“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, And the Mountains Echoed
“Out beyond ideas
of wrongdoing and right doing,
there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“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, And the Mountains Echoed
“A story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop onboard, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“All good things in life are fragile and easily lost”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“When you have lived as long as I have, the div replied, you find that cruelty and benevolence are but shades of the same color.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“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, And the Mountains Echoed
“You say you felt a presence, but I only sensed an absence. A vague pain without a source. I was like a patient who cannot tell the doctor where it hurts, only that it does.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“The rope that pulls you from the flood can become a noose around your neck.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“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, And the Mountains Echoed
“For courage, there must be something at stake. I come here with nothing to lose.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“Kabul is... a thousand tragedies per square mile.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“The finger cut, to save the hand.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“But it is important to know this, to know your roots. To know where you started as a person. If not, your own life seems unreal to you. Like a puzzle. Vous comprenez? Like you have missed the beginning of a story and now you are in the middle of it, trying to understand.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“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, And the Mountains Echoed
“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, And the Mountains Echoed
“She is furious with herself for her own stupidity. Opening herself up like this, voluntarily, to a lifetime of worry and anguish. It was madness. Sheer lunacy. A spectacularly foolish and baseless faith, against enormous odds, that a world you do not control will not take from you the one thing you cannot bear to lose. Faith that the world will not destroy you.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“I have lived a long time, and one thing I have come to see is that one is well served by a degree of both humility and charity when judging the inner workings of another person's heart”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“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, And the Mountains Echoed
“Human behavior is messy and unpredictable and unconcerned with convenient symmetries.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“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, And the Mountains Echoed
“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.”
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“No one has to know. No one would. It would be her secret, one she would share with the mountains only. The question is whether it is a secret she can live with, and Parwana thinks she knows the answer. She has lived with secrets all her life.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“Nothing good came free. Even love. You paid for all things. And if you were poor, suffering was your currency.”
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
“Gone.
Vanished.
Nothing left.
Nothing said.”
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