Orient Quotes

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Agatha Christie
“You've a pretty good nerve," said Ratchett. "Will twenty thousand dollars tempt you?"

It will not."

If you're holding out for more, you won't get it. I know what a thing's worth to me."

I, also M. Ratchett."

What's wrong with my proposition?"

Poirot rose. "If you will forgive me for being personal - I do not like your face, M. Ratchett," he said.”
Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie
“At the small table, sitting very upright, was one of the ugliest old ladies he had ever seen. It was an ugliness of distinction - it fascinated rather than repelled.”
Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express

Robert Fisk
“When I arrived in Beirut from Europe, I felt the oppressive, damp heat, saw the unkempt palm trees and smelt the Arabic coffee, the fruit stalls and the over-spiced meat. It was the beginning of the Orient. And when I flew back to Beirut from Iran, I could pick up the British papers, ask for a gin and tonic at any bar, choose a French, Italian, or German restaurant for dinner. It was the beginning of the West. All things to all people, the Lebanese rarely questioned their own identity.”
Robert Fisk, Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon

Edward W. Said
“فلم يكن القصد من وصف شخص ما بأنه شرقي، على نحو ما دأب عليه المستشرقون، ينحصر في الإشارة إلى أن لغة هذا الشخص وجغرافية بلاده وتاريخه من موضوعات الدراسة العلمية، بل كثيراً ما كان ذلك التعبير يرمي إلى الحط من شأن الشخص ويعني أنه ينتمي إلى سلالة دنيا من البشر، وإن كان ذلك لاينفي أن كلمة "الشرق" كانت ترتبط في أذهان بعض المبدعين مثل نيرفال وسيجالين ارتباطاً رائعاً وخلاباً بالغرابة، والبهاء، والغموض، والوعد، ولكن الكلمة كانت بمثابة تعميم تاريخي مغرق في شموله.”
Edward W. Said, Orientalism

Edward W. Said
“Every writer on the Orient (and this is true even of Homer) assumes some Oriental precedent, some previous knowledge of the Orient, to which he refers and on which he relies. Additionally, each work on the Orient affiliates itself with other works, with audiences, with institutions, with the Orient itself. The ensemble of relationships between works, audiences, and some particular aspects of the Orient therefore constitutes an analyzable formation[…]whose presence in time, in discourse, in institutions (schools, libraries, foreign services) gives it strength and authority.”
Edward W. Said, Orientalism

Edward W. Said
“إن مناقشات الشرق كانت تتسم بالغياب الكامل للشرق، لكن المرء يحس بأن المستشرق ومايقوله حاضران، ومع ذلك فيجب ألا ننسى أن الذي يمكِّن المستشرق من الحضور هو الغياب الفعلي للشرق.”
Edward W. Said, Orientalism

“We are often given pills or fluids to help remedy illness, yet little has been taught to us about the power of smell to do the exact same thing. It is known that the scent of fresh rosemary increases memory, but this cure for memory loss is not divulged by doctors to help the elderly. I also know that the most effective use of the blue lotus flower is not from its dilution with wine or tea – but from its scent. To really maximize the positive effects of the blue lily (or the pink lotus), it must be sniffed within minutes of plucking. This is why it is frequently shown being sniffed by my ancient ancestors on the walls of temples and on papyrus. Even countries across the Orient share the same imagery. The sacred lotus not only creates a relaxing sensation of euphoria, and increases vibrations of the heart, but also triggers genetic memory - and good memory with an awakened heart ushers wisdom.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Edward W. Said
“الإستشرق في جوهره مذهب سياسي فُرِضَ فَرْضاً على الشرق لأن الشرق كان أضعف من الغرب، وإنه تجاهل اختلاف الشرق الراجع إلى ضعفه.”
Edward W. Said, Orientalism

Yasunari Kawabata
“From the way of Go the beauty of Japan and the Orient had fled. Everything had become science and regulation.”
Yasunari Kawabata, The Master of Go

“Sie, welche erkennen
das Dorf der Himmlischen Hügel-
Sie lassen Felder und Trennen,
suchend Gott nahe zu sein.

Sie, welche entstammen
dem Dorf der Himmlischen Hügel,
Sie rollen die Bücher zusammen,
suchend Gott nahe zu sein.

Wer nach dem Staube sich sehnt
des Dorfes der Himmlischen Hügel,
Geld und Gut er verläßt,
suchend Gott nahe zu sein.

Wer einmal den Duft empfing
des Dorfes der Himmlischen Hügel,
Er läßt das bunte Gewand,
suchend Gott nahe zu sein.

Das Dorf der Himmlischen Hügel:
wer es nur einmal gesichtet,
der hat den Körper vernichtet,
Suchend Gott nahe zu sein.”
Schah Abdul Latif

Idries Shah
“He that is purified by love is pure; and he that is absorbed in the Beloved and hath abandoned all else is a Sufi.

Sirdar Ikbal Ali Shah.”
Idries Shah, Sufi Thought and Action

Gary Shteyngart
“We're people of the Orient. We know everything. And what we don't know, we can sense.”
Gary Shteyngart, Absurdistan

Jules Verne
“Die Schönheiten dieser neuen Gegenden setzten mich über die Maßen in Erstaunen. Prachtvolle Gestaltungen, Lagen und Stellungen der Eisblöcke. Hier sahen sie aus wie eine orientalische Stadt mit zahllosen Minaretts und Moscheen; dort wie eine durch Erdbeben zerfallene Stadt. Ansichten, die in den schief fallenden Sonnenstrahlen unaufhörlich wechselten oder inmitten der Schneestürme sich in graue Nebel verloren. Dann allerwärts polterndes Zusammenstürzen hinpurzelnder Eisberge mit wechselnden Dekorationen wie in einem Diorama.”
Jules Verne, Zwanzigtausend Meilen unter Meer 2

Billy Collins
“You are turning me
like someone turning a globe in her hand,
and yes, I have another side
like a China no one,
not even me, has ever seen.

So describe to me what's there,
say what you are looking at
and I will close my eyes
so I can see it too,
the oxcarts and all the lively flags.

I love the sound of your voice
like a little saxophone
telling me what I could never know
unless I dug a hole all the way down
through the core of myself.”
Billy Collins, Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems

Peter A. Lorge
“... the very appearance of the word ‘‘oriental’’ as a serious geographic or cultural term triggers alarm bells for any American academic. The late Edward Said’s Orientalism argued that the word ‘‘oriental’’ is a fundamentally pejorative term for certain parts of the non-Western world, not only indicating that they are inferior but also justifying Western colonization or domination of them.”
Peter A. Lorge, The Asian Military Revolution

Orhan Pamuk
“ตอนอยู่ที่เยอรมนี...ไม่ว่าผมกำลังเดินอยู่แถวไหน จะต้องมีคนเยอรมันคนหนึ่งที่เด่นสะดุดตากลางฝูงชน เป็นจุดที่น่าพิศวงสำหรับผม สิ่งสำคัญไม่ได้อยู่ที่ว่าผมคิดอย่างไรกับเขา แต่สำคัญว่าผมคิดว่า "เขา" กำลังคิดอะไรเกี่ยวกับ "ตัวผม" ผมจะพยายามมองตัวเองผ่านนัยน์ตาของเขา และจินตนาการว่าเขาคิดอย่างไรเกี่ยวกับรูปลักษณ์ เสื้อผ้า การเคลื่อนไหว ประวัติความเป็นมาของผม ผมเพิ่งไปไหนมาและกำลังจะไปที่ไหนต่อ ผมเป็นใคร มันทำให้ผมรู้สึกแย่มาก แต่ผมก็ทำแบบนั้นจนกลายเป็นนิสัย ผมชินที่จะรู้สึกว่าตัวเองต้อยต่ำ จนทำให้เริ่มเข้าใจว่าพี่น้องของผมรู้สึกเช่นไร ส่วนใหญ่แล้วไม่ใช่พวกคนยุโรปหรอกที่ดูหมิ่นเรา สิ่งที่เกิดขึ้นเมื่อเรามองดูคนยุโรปก็คือเราดูถูกตัวเอง”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow

Mathias Énard
“Bei der Lektüre von Sarahs Randnotizen (Krähenfüße, schwarze Marginalia, die ich mehr entziffern als lesen musste)konnte ich eine der fundamentalen Fragen erahnen, oder glaubte, sie zu erahnen, die nicht nur Sarahs Werk zugrunde lagen, sondern die auch die Texte von Annemarie Schwarzenbach so fesselnd machten – der Orient als Resilienz, als Suche nach Heilung von einer geheimnisvollen Krankheit, einer tiefliegenden Angst. Eine psychologische Suche. Eine mystische Suche ohne Gott, ohne andere Transzendenz als die innersten Bereiche des Selbst, eine Fahndung, die im Fall von Schwarzenbach mit einem traurigen Scheitern endete.”
Mathias Énard, Compass

“The historical relativist is the one who adopts an eagle's-eye view on the past, lofty enough not to need to prefer one epoch to another. Warburg was no such relativist. For him the European Renaissance, Burckhardt's Renaissance, the fifteenth century, held the keys to the present. He was fully absorbed by the epic of Europe. The 'Orient' figured for Warburg only as a mystifying threat to Mediterranean reason, a passive source of fascination, coded as female. The non-Western here is the image of a hidden weakness within the West. America, meanwhile, sheltered the remnants of the archaic societies it destroyed and at the same time promised a telecommunicational future of 'instantaneous electric connection' where 'mythical and symbolic thinking.' which once formed 'spiritual bonds between humanity and the surrounding world, shaping distance into the space required for devotion and reflection,' would no longer be needed.”
Christopher S. Wood, A History of Art History

Peter Frankopan
“Those whose minds were open, curious and generous were based in the east, and certainly not in Europe.”
Peter Frankopan, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World - Illustrated Edition

E.K. Johnston
“Потоп всегда может прийти, стремительно и без предупреждения, ибо земля не способна приготовиться к нему. А значит, бояться его не стоит.”
E.K. Johnston, A Thousand Nights