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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Khaled Hosseini on life, kite, writing, fair, marriage, education, honesty, women, forgiveness and anticipation.

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Khaled Hosseini is a U.S-based author of Afghan-origin best known for his debut novel, ‘The Kite Runner’. Khaled debuted as a novelist with ‘The Kite Runner’ in 2003. The book received huge critical acclaim and commercial success and went on to become an international best-seller of all times. The novel stayed on the best-seller list of ‘The New York Times’ for 101 consecutive weeks, staying at the number one slot for four weeks. ‘Kite Runner’ was later adapted into a major motion picture and was premiered in December 2007. In 2007, Khaled published his second novel ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ which also won the hearts of many readers. The book was critically acclaimed and sold well. The novel stayed on ‘The New York Times Best- Seller’ list for 103 weeks consecutively, spending 15 weeks at numero uno spot. The same year, Khaled made a trip to Afghanistan with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and his experience in his home country inspired him to establish the ‘Khaled Hosseini Foundation’ through which he has been providing humanitarian assistance in the war-torn country. In 2013, Khaled published his third novel ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ which stayed on ‘The New York Times Best-Seller’ list for 33 consecutive weeks. Khaled is presently a Goodwill Envoy for UNHCR. His books, thoughts, interviews and other writings are source of his famous quotations. Here is a compilation of quotations and sayings by Khaled Hosseini on life, kite, writing, fair, marriage, education, honesty, women, forgiveness and anticipation..

But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.

- Khaled Hosseini

It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime...

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

For you, a thousand times over

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

There is only one sin. and that is theft... when you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Marriage can wait, education cannot.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman. Always.

- Khaled Hosseini

Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors.

- Khaled Hosseini

It always hurts more to have and lose than to not have in the first place.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

A society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated...

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

There is a way to be good again...

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but because we don't have to say anything

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Behind every trial and sorrow that He makes us shoulder, God has a reason.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

People say that eyes are windows to the soul.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

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.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

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.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

A man's heart is a wretched, wretched thing. It isn't like a mother's womb. It won't bleed. It won't stretch to make room for you.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

I will follow you to the ends of the world.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

Time can be a greedy thing-sometimes it steals the details for itself.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

It's wrong what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. - Amir

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Learn this now and learn it well. Like a compass facing north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

I now know that some people feel unhappiness the way others love: privately, intensely, and without recourse.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

She is the noor of my eyes and the sultan of my heart.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

You changed the subject." "From what?" "The empty-headed girls who think you're sexy." "You know." "Know what?" "That I only have eyes for you.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

A boy who won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up to anything.

- Khaled Hosseini

War doesn't negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace." - Baba

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

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.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

In the end, the world always wins. That's just the way of things.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

You see, some things I can teach you. Some you learn from books. But there are things that, well, you have to see and feel.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Perhaps this is just punishment for those who have been heartless, to understand only when nothing can be undone.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

Some stories don't need telling

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

Men are easy,' he said, fingers tapping on his mahogany desk. 'A man's plumbing is like his mind: simple, very few surprises. You ladies, on the other hand...well, God put a lot of thought into making you.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

You've always been a tourist here. You just didn't know it.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

I'm so afraid. Because I'm so profoundly happy. Happiness like this is frightening...They only let you this happy if they're preparing to take something from you.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.

- Khaled Hosseini

A story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop onboard, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

All good things in life are fragile and easily lost

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

Boys, Laila came to see, treated friendship the way they treated the sun: its existence undisputed; its radiance best enjoyed, not beheld directly.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

Life goes on, unmindful of beginning, end…crisis or catharsis, moving forward like a slow, dusty caravan of kochis (nomads).

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

And yet she was leaving the world as a woman who had love and been loved back. she was leaving it as a friend, a companion, a guardian. a mother. a person of consequence at last.

- Khaled Hosseini

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.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

Laila has moved on. Because in the end she knows that’s all she can do. That and hope.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

But the game involves only male names. Because, if it's a girl, Laila has already named her

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

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.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

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.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

I opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had. But I didn’t.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

The rope that pulls you from the flood can become a noose around your neck.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

Yet love can move people to act in unexpected ways and move them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with startling heroism

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

Tariq tucked the gun into the waist of his denims. Then he said a thing both lovely and terrible. "For you," he said. "I'd kill with it for you, Laila.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

Life is a train, get on board.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

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.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

Attention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sun.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

For courage, there must be something at stake. I come here with nothing to lose.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

Kabul is... a thousand tragedies per square mile.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

I'm sorry," Laila says, marveling at how every Afghan story is marked by death and loss and unimaginable grief. And yet, she sees, people find a way to survive, to go on.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

The finger cut, to save the hand.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

And every day I thank [God] that I am alive, not because I fear death, but because my wife has a husband and my son is not an orphan.

- Khaled Hosseini

Go slowly, my lovely moon, go slowly.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

There was so much goodness in my life. So much happiness. I wondered whether I deserved any of it.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Sad stories make good books

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

The past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

And suddenly, just like that, hope became knowledge. I was going to win. It was just a matter of when.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

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.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

It's wrong to hurt even bad people. Because they don't know any better, and because bad people sometimes become good.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

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.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

Though there were moments of beauty, Mariam knew for the most part that life had been unkind to her.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

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

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

Blood is a powerful thing

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

That's how children deal with terror, they fall asleep.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Yes, hope is a strange thing. Peace at last. But at what price?

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

The desert weed lives on, but the flower of spring blooms and wilts.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Human behavior is messy and unpredictable and unconcerned with convenient symmetries.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

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.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

He knew I'd seen everything in that alley, that I'd stood there and done nothing. He knew that I'd betrayed him and yet he was rescuing me once again, maybe for the last time.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

I brought Hassan’s son from Afghanistan to America, lifting him from the certainty of turmoil and dropping him in a turmoil of uncertainty

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

It turned out that, like Satan, cancer had many names.

- El caçador d'estels, Khaled Hosseini

Nothing good came free. Even love. You paid for all things. And if you were poor, suffering was your currency.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

It is now your duty to hone that talent, because a person who wastes his God-given talents is a donkey.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

All my life, I'd been around men. That night, I discovered the tenderness of a woman.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

As far as I know, he never asked where she had been or why she had left and she never told. I guess some stories do not need telling.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Gone. Vanished. Nothing left. Nothing said.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

I think that everything he did, feeding the poor, giving money to friends in need, it was all a way of redeeming himself. And that, I believe, is what true redemption is, Amir jan, when guilt leads to good.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

She thought of Aziza's stutter, and of what Aziza had said earlier about fractures and powerful collisions deep down and how sometimes all we see on the surface is a slight tremor.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

I thought about you all the time. I used to pray that you’d live to be a hundred years old. I didn’t know. I didn’t know that you were ashamed of me.

- Khaled Hosseini

I want to give up my bearings, slip out of who i am, shed everything, the way a snake discards old skin.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

I wished I could be alone in my room, with my books, away from these people.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

I don't know what this feather means, the story of it, but I know it means he was thinking of me. For all these years. He remembered me.

- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

He stopped, turned. He cupped his hands around his mouth. ''For you a thousand times over!'' he said. Then he smiled his Hassan smile and disappeared around the corner.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

A woman who will be like a rock in a riverbed, enduring without complaint, her grace not sullied but shaped by the turbulence that washes over her.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

Love was a damaging mistake and its accomplice,hope, a treacherous illusion".

- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini