“You see, unlike in the movies, there is no THE END sign flashing at the end of books. When I've read a book, I don't feel like I've finished anything. So I start a new one.”
“إذا لم تتمكني من إيجاد سبب كي تحبي الحياة التي تعيشينها، فلا تتظاهري بأنك تحبين الحياة التي تعيشينها”
“Perhaps this is why lunatics have a harder time dating, not because they are off the wall but because it is hard to find soemone who is willing to date so many people in one person.”
“إن الروح بحاجة لأن ترتعش لكي تستيقظ”
“Either grant me the bliss of the ignorant or give me the strength to bear the knowledge.”
“Because time is a drop in the ocean, and you cannot measure off one drop against another to see which one is bigger, which one is smaller.”
“إن الأغلبية الساحقة من الناس لا يفكرون مطلقاً، و الذين يفكرون لا يصبحون الأغلبية الساحقة أبداً، فاختاري في أي فئة تريدين أن تكوني”
“ علي عكس ما يحدث في الأفلام، فإن اشارة النهاية" لا تومض في نهاية الكتاب، فعندما أقرأ كتاباً، لا أشعر بأنني أنهيت أي شيء. لذلك فأنا أبدأ كتاباً جديداً”
“The Iron Rule of prudence for an Istanbulite Woman: If you are as fragile as a tea glass, either find a way to never encounter burning water and hope to marry an ideal husband or get yourself laid and broken as soon as possible. Alternatively, stop being a tea-glass woman!”
“Article Five: If you have no reason or ability to accomplish anything, then just practice the art of becoming.”
“لا أستطيع تغيير اتجاه الريح لكني استطيع أن أعدل أشرعتي كي أصل إلى غايتي”
“كل شيء يتوقف على موقفك إزاء الأمور. فإن كنت تبحث عن وحيد القرن الأرجواني اللون, فلن تستغرق وقتاً طويلاً حتى تبدأ في رؤيته في كل مكان.”
“The past lives within the present, and our ancestors breathe through our children.”
“لا يجوز أن تلعن أي شيء يهطل من السماء.. حتى لو كان مطرا”
“Imagination was a dangerously captivating magic for those compelled to be realistic in life, and words could be poisonous for those destined always to be silenced.”
“We're stuck. We're stuck between the East and the West. Between the past and the future. On the one hand there are the secular modernists, so proud of the regime they constructed, you cannot breathe a critical word. They've got the army and half of the state on their side. On the other hand there are the conventional traditionalist, so infatuated with the Ottoman past, you cannot breathe a critical word. They've got the general public and the remaining half of the state on their side.”
“لم تكن عبارة " أوصى لي به كثيرون" معياراً جيداً, و خاصةلأنها كانت تحذر دائماً من عبارة أكثر الكتب مبيعاً التي " يوصي بقراءتها كثيرون".”
“Ways of loving from a distance, mating without even touching-Amor platonicus! The ladder of love one is expected to climb higher and higher, elating the Self and the Other. Plato clearly regards any actual physical contact as corrupt and ignoble because he thinks the true goal of Eros is beauty. Is there no beauty in sex? Not according to Plato. He is after `more sublime pursuits.' But if you ask me, I think Plato's problem, like those of many others, was that he never got splendidly laid.”
“قد لا يعجبك المطر, وليس بالضرورة أن يعجبك”
“It is so demanding to be born into a house full of women, where everyone loves you so overwhelmingly that they end up suffocating with their love; a house where you, as the only child, have to be more mature than all the adults around....
But the problem is that they want me to become everything they themselves couldn't accomplish in life.....
As a result, I had to work my butt off to fulfill all their dreams at the same time.”
“That was the one thing about the rain that likened it to sorrow: You did your best to remain untouched, safe and dry, but if and when you failed, there came a point in which you started seeing the problem less in terms of drops than as an incessant gush, and thereby you decide you might as well get drenched.”
“Mourning is like virginity. You should give it to the one who deserves it most.”
“فعندما لا تفضي لأحد بشيء استثنائي، فأنه سيعتبر أن كل شيء يسير علي ما يرام”
“It never took her long to darken any conversation, as from birth she was inclined to see misery in each and every story, and to fabricate some when there was none.”
“لكنها كانت واثقة من أنها لا تستطيع أن تعرف حدودها إلا عندما تتجاوزها”
“That is why we can suicidally fall in love with others but can rarely reciprocate the love of those suicidally in love with us.”
“كان الأمر بتلك الدرجة من السوء, مثل أن تخسر جائزة اليانصيب الكبرى بسبب اختلاف رقم واحد فقط.”
“لكن ألا تظنين أنه يوجد فرق كبير بين الجنسين عندما يتعلق الأمر بالشفاء من علاقة حبّ؟
أقصد عندما تخرج المرأة من زواج أو من علاقة حبّ فاشلة، و كل هذا الخراء، فهي تتجنب عادة أن تقيم علاقة أخرى لفترة من الزمن.
أما الرجل، فهو على عكس ذلك تمامًا. فما إن يخرج أحدهم من كارثة حتى يبدأ مسيرة البحث عن أخرى. إن الرجل لا يستطيع أن يعيش وحيدًا.”
“الحياة مجرد مصادفات مع ان الامر يحتاج الى جني لكي يتسوعب هذا اامر”
“Yeah, we should all line up along the Bosphorus Bridge and puff as hard as we can to shove this city in the direction of the West. If that doesn't work, we'll try the other way, see if we can veer to the East. It's no good to be in between. International politics does not appreciate ambiguity.”
“almost met in the middle. From either hand the notes of the small birds that had not yet given up singing went winging out across the water, and so quiet it was that though they were only such thin songs as those of willow wrens and robins, you could hear them all across the mere. Even on such a burning day as this, when I pulled the honeysuckle wrathes, there was a sweet, cool air from the water, very heady and full of life. For though Sarn was an ill place to live, and in the wintry months a very mournful place, at this one time of the year it left one dreaming of sorrow and was as other fair stretches of wood and water. All around the lake stood the tall bulrushes with their stout heads of brown plush, just like a long coat Miss Dorabella had. Within the ring of rushes was another ring of lilies, and at this time of the year they were the most beautiful thing at Sarn, and the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. The big bright leaves lay calm upon the water, and calmer yet upon the leaves lay the lilies, white and yellow. When they were buds, they were like white and gold birds sleeping, head under wing, or like summat carven out of glistering stone, or, as I said afore, they were like gouts of pale wax. But when they were come into full blow they wunna like anything but themselves, and they were so lovely you couldna choose but cry to see them. The yellow ones had more of a spread of petals, having five or six apiece, but the white ones opened their four wider and each petal was bigger. These petals are of a glistening white within, like the raiment of those men who stood with Christ upon the mountain top, and without they are stained with tender green, as if they had taken colour from the green shadows in the water. Some of the dragon-flies look like this also, for their lacy wings without other colour are sometimes touched with shifting”
“If you want to know your past life, look into your present condition; if you want to know your future life, look at your present actions.”
“In philosophy class I think we finally decided that 'good' is an infinitely recursive term - it can't be defined except in terms of itself. Good is good because it's better than bad, though why it's better to be good than bad depends on how you define good, and on and on.”
“The ability to find sparks may be buried so deep in you that you stop believing there's a God. Until someone comes along, with so much light in her that you can't help but see your own, and when you're together,that light grows even brighter.”
“Thank you for nothing, you stupid reptile.”
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