20+ quotes from Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

Quotes from Burnt Shadows

Kamila Shamsie ·  384 pages

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“So many things you promise yourself you won't get used to, and then you do.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“How to explain to the earth that it was more functional as a vegetable patch than a flower garden, just as factories were more functional than schools and boys were more functional as weapons than as humans.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“If the greatest loss of his life is the loss of a dream he's always known to be a dream, then he's among the fortunate ones.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“The world won’t get more or less terrible if we’re indoors somewhere with a mug of hot chocolate,’ Kim said. ‘Though it’s possible it will seem slightly less terrible if there are marshmallows in the hot chocolate.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“Why didn’t you stay?’ she has whispered against the unyielding stone. Why didn’t you stay? She pressed the berry against her lips. Why didn’t I ask you just one more time to stay.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“....barriers made of metal could turn fluid when touched simultaneously by people on either side...”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“Sitting on the divan, she touched a finger to the bullet wound in his chest. It seemed so small, so incapable of creating the exodus of blood which had drenched his clothes and skin as he lay in the hospital, waiting for her to claim him. Death has been instantaneous, they said, as if there were a relief in that. She did not want death to have been instantaneous; she wanted to have at least held his hand as he lay dying and said goodbye to him in terms other than the, ‘Why are you doing again? You’ll find nothing. Stay. Oh all right, go,’ that had been her farewell to him that morning.

Stay. Stay. Stay. She should have repeated it like a madwoman, banged her head against the wall in a frenzy, hit him and wept. She should have said it just one more time, just a little more forcefully. She should have taken his dear, sweet head in her hands and kissed his eyes and forehead. Stay.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“بالنسبة الي هيروكو، أن تعرف يعني أن تُريد”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“There was little Hiroko Tanaka hadn’t learnt about the shameful resilience of the human heart.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“When the war's over, I'll be kind.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“Why have the English remained to English? Throughout India's history conquerors have come from elsewhere, and all of them --- Turk, Arab, Hun, Mongol, Persian --- have become Indian. If --- when ---this Pakistan happens, those Muslims who leave Delhi, Lucknow and Hyderabad to go there, They will be leaving their homes. But when the English leave, they'll be going home.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“Why didn’t you stay?” she had whispered against the unyielding stone. Why didn’t you stay? She pressed the berry against her lips. Why didn’t I ask you just one more time to stay? Sajjad stood up quietly and walked over to her. “There is a phrase I have heard in English: to leave someone alone with their grief. Urdu has no equivalent phrase. It only understands the concept of gathering around and becoming ‘ghum-khaur’—grief-eaters—who take in the mourner’s sorrow.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“The world won't get more or less terrible if we're indoors somewhere with a mug of hot chocolate.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“Yes, I know everything can disappear in a flash of light. That doesn’t make anything less valuable.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“I’ll read to you,” Elizabeth said. “Any preferences?” “Evelyn Waugh.” “Really? How strange.” “That’s what Konrad said. He said Waugh is for readers who know the English and understand what’s being satirised. And I told him that maybe the books are better when you don’t know it’s satire and just think it’s comedy.” Elizabeth considered this. “You’re probably right. I find him much too cruel. And almost unbearably sad.” Hiroko’s”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“I've lived through Hitler, Stalin, the Cold War, the British Empire, segregation, apartheid, God knows what. The world will survive this, and with just a tiny bit of luck so will everyone you love.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“Ghum-khaur: devorador-de-mágoas, aquele que absorve o desgosto do enlutado.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“Kun ihminen on yhdeksänkymmentäyksi, parasta mitä uskaltaa toivoa on se, että olisi hyvin säilynyt. Mikä tarkoittaa, että näyttää säilykkeeltä.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“...and i will step out of the mirage, into your arms, to lose myself and find myself inside you.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


“Konrad had been right to say barriers were made of metal that could turn fluid when touched simultaneously by people on either side.”
― Kamila Shamsie, quote from Burnt Shadows


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Kamila Shamsie
Born place: in Karachi, Pakistan
Born date August 13, 1973
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