30+ quotes from Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Quotes from Shantaram

Gregory David Roberts ·  936 pages

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“Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope. Sometimes we cry with everything except tears.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“Sometimes you break your heart in the right way, if you know what I mean.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“Some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. Some things are so sad that only your soul can do the crying for them.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“Fate gives all of us three teachers, three friends, three enemies, and three great loves in our lives. But these twelve are always disguised, and we can never know which one is which until we’ve loved them, left them, or fought them.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“She loved the guy. She did it for him. She would’ve done anything for him. Some people are like that. Some loves are like that. Most loves are like that, from what I can see. Your heart starts to feel like an overcrowded lifeboat. You throw your pride out to keep it afloat, and your self-respect and your independence. After a while you start throwing people out—your friends, everyone you used to know. And it’s still not enough. The lifeboat is still sinking, and you know it’s going to take you down with it. I’ve seen that happen to a lot of people here. I think that’s why I’m sick of love.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“I don't know what frightens me more, the power that crushes us, or our endless ability to endure it.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured. I realised, somehow, through the screaming of my mind, that even in that shackled, bloody helplessness, I was still free: free to hate the men who were torturing me, or to forgive them. It doesn’t sound like much, I know. But in the flinch and bite of the chain, when it’s all you’ve got, that freedom is an universe of possibility. And the choice you make between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“A man has to find a good woman, and when he finds her he has to win her love. then he has to earn her respect. then he has to cherish her trust. and then he has to, like, go on doing that for as long as they live. Until they both die. That's what it's all about. That's the most important thing in the world. That's what a man is, Yaar. A man is truly a man when he wins the love of a good woman, earns her respect, and keeps her trust. Until you do that, you're not a man.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“The best revenge, like the best sex, is performed slowly, and with the eyes open.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“One of the reasons why we crave love, and seek it so desperately, is that love is the only cure for loneliness, and shame, and sorrow. But some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths about yourself are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. And some things are just so sad that only your soul can do the crying for you.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“at first, when we truly love someone, our greatest fear is that the loved one will stop loving us. what we should fear and dread, of course, is that we wont stop loving them, even after they are dead and gone. for i still love you with the whole of my heart. i still love you. and sometimes, my friend, the love that i have and cant give to you, crushed the breast from my chest. soemtimes, even now, my heart is drowning in a sorrow that has no stars without you, and no laughter, and no sleep.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“Happiness is a myth. It was invented to make us buy new things.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“You know the difference between news and gossip, don't you? News tells you what people did. Gossip tells you how much they enjoyed it.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“It's forgiveness that makes us what we are. Without forgiveness, our species would've annihilated itself in endless retributions. Without forgiveness, there would be no history. Without that hope, there would be no art, for every work of art is in some way an act of forgiveness. Without that dream, there would be no love, for every act of love is in some way a promise to forgive. We live on because we can love, and we love because we can forgive.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“nothing grieves more deeply or pathetically than one half of a great love that isn’t meant to be.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“A good man is as strong as the right woman needs him to be.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“The truth is a bully we all pretend to like”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“Men reveal what they think when they look away, and what they feel when they hesitate. With women, it's the other way around”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“every human heart beat is a universe of possibilities.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“Love is a one-way street. Love, like respect isn't something you get; it's something you give”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“They’d lied to me and betrayed me, leaving jagged edges where all my trust had been, and I didn’t like or respect or admire them any more, but still I loved them. I had no choice. I understood that, perfectly, standing in the white wilderness of snow. You can’t kill love. You can’t even kill it with hate. You can kill in-love, and loving, and even loveliness. You can kill them all, or numb them into dense, leaden regret, but you can’t kill love itself. Love is the passionate search for a truth other than your own; and once you feel it, honestly and completely, love is forever. Every act of love, every moment of the heart reaching out, is a part of the universal good: it’s a part of God, or what we call God, and it can never die.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope. Sometimes we cry with everything except tears. In the end that’s all there is: love and its duty, sorrow and its truth. In the end that’s all we have - to hold on tight until the dawn”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“The truth is that there are no good men, or bad men,' he said. 'It is the deeds that have goodness or badness in them. There are good deeds, and bad deeds. Men are just men - it is what they do, or refuse to do, that links them to good and evil. The truth is that an instant of real love, in the heart of anyone - the noblest man alive or the most wicked - has the whole purpose and process and meaning of life within the lotus-folds of its passion. The truth is that we are all, every one of us, every atom, every galaxy, and every particle of matter in the universe, moving toward God.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“Optimism is the first cousin of love, and it's exactly like love in three ways: it's pushy, it has no real sense of humour, and it turns up where you least expect it.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“A man trusts another man when he sees enough of himself in him.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“A man is truly a man when he wins the love of a good woman, earns her respect, and keeps her trust. Until you can do that, you're not a man.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“Indians are the Italians of Asia and vice versa. Every man in both countries is a singer when he is happy, and every woman is a dancer when she walks to the shop at the corner. For them, food is the music inside the body and music is the food inside the heart. Amore or Pyar makes every man a poet, a princess of peasant girl if only for second eyes of man and woman meets.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“Love is the opposite of power. That's why we fear it so much.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“Heroes only come in three kinds:dead, damaged or dubious.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


“For this is what we do. Put one foot forward and then the other. Lift our eyes to the snarl and smile of the world once more. Think. Act. feel. Add our little consequence to the tides of good and evil that flood and drain the world. Drag our shadowed crosses into the hope of another night. Push our brave hearts into the promise of a new day. With love; the passionate search for truth other than our own. With longing; the pure, ineffable yearning to be saved. For so long as fate keeps waiting, we live on.”
― Gregory David Roberts, quote from Shantaram


About the author

Gregory David Roberts
Born place: in Melbourne, Australia
Born date June 1, 1952
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