I’m currently reading “The Kite Runner” and tried to list down my favorite quotes on this book. Feel free to add your favorite quotes as well.
– Behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek. That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize that I’ve been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty six years.
– A boy who doesn’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything.
– But we were kids who had learned to crawl together, and no history, ethnicity, society, or religion was going to change that either.
– It is now your duty to hone that talent, because a person who wastes his God-given talents is a donkey.
– How can I be an open book to him when, half the time, I had no idea what was milling around his head? I was the one who went to school, the one who can read and write. I was the smart one. Hassan couldn’t read a first grade textbook but he’d read me plenty. That was a little unsettling, but also sort of comfortable to have someone who always knew what you needed.
– But this was one chance to become someone who was looked at, not seen; listened to, not heard.
– Then I saw Baba on our roof. He was standing on the edge, pumping both of his fists. Hollering and clapping, and that right there was the single greatest moment of my twelve years of life, seeing Baba on that roof, proud of me at last.
– “Hit me back!” I spat. “Hit me back goddamn you!” I wished he would. I wished he’d give me punishment I craved, so maybe I’d finally sleep at night. Maybe things could return to how they used to be between us.
– “It was Homaira and me against the world. And I’ll tell you this , Amir jan: In the end, the world always wins. That’s just the way of things.”
– Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but because we don’t have to say anything.
– It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime, Amir.
– It always hurts to have and lose than to not have in the first place