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“Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“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
“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
“As much as I live I shall not imitate them or hate myself for being different to them”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“In a brutal country like ours, where human life is 'cheap', it's stupid to destroy yourself for the sake of your beliefs. Beliefs? High ideas? Only people in rich countries can enjoy such luxuries.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“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
“There's a lot of pride involved in my refusal to believe in god.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“We're not stupid! We're just poor! And we have a right to insist on this distinction”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“The thing that binds us together is that we have both lowered our expectations of life”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“Suddenly Ka realized he was in love with İpek. And realizing that this love would determine the rest of his life, he was filled with dread.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“It's such a shame that we know so little about our own country, that we can't find it in our hearts to love our own kind. Instead we admire those who show our country disrespect and betray its people.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“The real question is how much suffering we've caused our womenfolk by turning headscarves into symbols - and using women as pawns in a political game.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“Heaven was the place where you kept alive the dreams of your memories.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“...every person has a star, every star has a friend, and for every person carrying a star there is someone else who reflects it, and everyone carries this reflection like a secret confidante in the heart.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“I think a lot about the poems I wasn't able to write...I masturbrated...Solitude is essentially a matter of pride; you bury yourself in your own scent. The issue is the same for all real poets. If you've been happy for too long, you become banal. By the same token, if you've been unhappy for a long time, you lose your poetic power...Happiness and poverty can only coexist for the briefest time. Afterword either happiness coarsens the poet or the poem is so true it destroys his happiness.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“Ka knew very well that life was a meaningless string of random incidents”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“Listen to me: Life is not about principles; it`s about happiness.`
`But if you don`t have any principles, and if you don`t have faith, you can`t be happy at all,` said Kadife.
`That`s true. But in a brutal country like ours, where human life is cheap, it`s stupid to destroy yourself for the sake of your beliefs. Beliefs? High ideas? Only people in rich countries can enjoy such luxuries.`
`Actually, it`s the other way round. In a poor country, people`s sole consolation comes from their beliefs.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“The sight of snow made her think how beautiful and short life is and how, in spite of all their enmities, people have so very much in common; measured against eternity and the greatness of creation, the world in which they lived was narrow. That's why snow drew people together. It was as if snow cast a veil over hatreds, greed, and wrath and made everyone feel close to one another.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“Most of the time it's not the Europeans who belittle us. What happens when we look at them is that we belittle ourselves. When we undertake the pilgrimage, it's not just to escape the tyranny at home but also to reach to the depths of our souls. The day arrives when the guilty must return to save those who could not find the courage to leave.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“Immersing oneself in the problems of a book is a good way to keep from thinking of love.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“...the endless repetition of an ordinary miracle.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“The knowledge that she could learn to love a man had always meant more to her than loving him effortlessly, more even than falling in love, and that was why she now felt that she was on the threshold of a new life, a happiness bound to endure for a very long time.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“How much can we ever know about the love and pain in another's 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? Even if the world's rich and powerful were to put themselves in the shoes of the rest, how much would they really understand the wretched millions suffering around them? So it is when Orhan the novelist peers into the dark corners of his poet friend's difficult and painful life: How much can he really see?”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“What was the difference between love and the agony of waiting? Like love, the agony of waiting began in the muscles somewhere around the upper belly but soon spread out to the chest, the thighs, and the forehead, to invade the entire body with numbing force.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“Snow reminds Ka of God! But I’m not sure it would be accurate. What brings me close to God is the silence of snow.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“...in a brutal country like ours where human life is cheap, it's stupid to destroy yourself for the sake of your beliefs. Beliefs, high ideals--only people living in rich countries can enjoy such luxuries.'

'Actually, it's the other way round. In a poor country the only consolation people can have is the one that comes from their beliefs.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“Despite the loss they were suffering, they'd both relaxed - as people do when they realize they've run out of chances for happiness”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“For the traveler we see leaning on his neighbor is an honest and well-meaning man and full of melancholy, like those Chekhov characters so laden with virtues that they never know success in life.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“Ka thought it strangely depressing that the suicide girls had had to struggle to find a private moment to kill themselves. Even after swallowing their pills, even as they lay quietly dying, they’d had to share their rooms with others.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“Ka found it very soothing: for the first time in years, he felt part of a family. In spite of the trials and responsibilities of what was called 'family', he saw now the joys of its unyielding togetherness, and was sorry not to have known more of it in his life.”
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