Quotes from The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini ·  371 pages

Rating: (2M votes)


“For you, a thousand times over”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime...”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“There is only one sin. and that is theft... when you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“it always hurts more to have and lose than to not have in the first place.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“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.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“There is a way to be good again...”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn't make everything all right. It didn't make ANYTHING all right. Only a smile. A tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird's flight. But I'll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting. - Amir”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“She said, 'I'm so afraid.' And I said, 'why?,' and she said, 'Because I'm so profoundly happy, Dr. Rasul. Happiness like this is frightening.' I asked her why and she said, 'They only let you be this happy if they're preparing to take something from you.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but because we don't have to say anything”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“People say that eyes are windows to the soul.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“Time can be a greedy thing-sometimes it steals the details for itself.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“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.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“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”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“That same night, I wrote my first short story. It took me thirty minutes. It was a dark little tale about a man who found a magic cup and learned that if he wept into the cup, his tears turned into pearls. But even though he had always been poor, he was a happy man and rarely shed a tear. So he found ways to make himself sad so that his tears could make him rich. As the pearls piled up, so did his greed grow. The story ended with the man sitting on a mountain of pearls, knife in hand, weeping helplessly into the cup with his beloved wife's slain body in his arms.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“I want to tear myself from this place, from this reality, rise up like a cloud and float away, melt into this humid summer night and dissolve somewhere far, over the hills. But I am here, my legs blocks of concrete, my lungs empty of air, my throat burning. There will be no floating away.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“One time, when I was very little, I climbed a tree and ate these green, sour apples. My stomach swelled and became hard like a drum, it hurt a lot. Mother said that if I'd just waited for the apples to ripen, I wouldn't have become sick. So now, whenever I really want something, I try to remember what she said about the apples.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“War doesn't negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace." - Baba”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“In the end, the world always wins. That's just the way of things.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life... you steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a ather. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness... there is no act more wretched than stealing.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“You've always been a tourist here. You just didn't know it.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“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.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“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.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“The problem, of course, was that [he] saw the world in black and white. And he got to decide what was black and what was white. You can't love a person who lives that way without fearing him too. Maybe even hating him a little.”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


“Life goes on, unmindful of beginning, end…crisis or catharsis, moving forward like a slow, dusty caravan of kochis (nomads).”
― Khaled Hosseini, quote from The Kite Runner


Video

About the author

Khaled Hosseini
Born place: in Kabul, Afghanistan
Born date March 4, 1965
See more on GoodReads

Popular quotes

“When I feel particularly tired at the end of the day, or when irritability proves that my nerves are tired, I know beyond question that it has been an inefficient day both as to quantity and quality.”
― Dale Carnegie, quote from How To Enjoy Your Life And Your Job


“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.”
― Ed Viesturs, quote from No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks


“He woke with Max's arms wrapped around his torso and Max's genitals soft against his ass. And for the first time in days he wasn't aware of wanting anything but breakfast. Breakfast and Max. Not necessarily in that order.”
― Josh Lanyon, quote from Come Unto These Yellow Sands


“It was not warm and not cold. There was no wind and the sky was very low and grey but it wasn't raining. It was like they'd completely run out of weather.”
― Chris Cleave, quote from Incendiary


“L'Art d’avoir toujours raison La dialectique 1 éristique est l’art de disputer, et ce de telle sorte que l’on ait toujours raison, donc per fas et nefas (c’est-à-dire par tous les moyens possibles)2. On peut en effet avoir objectivement raison quant au débat lui-même tout en ayant tort aux yeux des personnes présentes, et parfois même à ses propres yeux. En effet, quand mon adversaire réfute ma preuve et que cela équivaut à réfuter mon affirmation elle-même, qui peut cependant être étayée par d’autres preuves – auquel cas, bien entendu, le rapport est inversé en ce qui concerne mon adversaire : il a raison bien qu’il ait objectivement tort. Donc, la vérité objective d’une proposition et la validité de celle-ci au plan de l’approbation des opposants et des auditeurs sont deux choses bien distinctes. (C'est à cette dernière que se rapporte la dialectique.) D’où cela vient-il ? De la médiocrité naturelle de l’espèce humaine. Si ce n’était pas le cas, si nous étions foncièrement honnêtes, nous ne chercherions, dans tout débat, qu’à faire surgir la vérité, sans nous soucier de savoir si elle est conforme à l’opinion que nous avions d’abord défendue ou à celle de l’adversaire : ce qui n’aurait pas d’importance ou serait du moins tout à fait secondaire. Mais c’est désormais l’essentiel. La vanité innée, particulièrement irritable en ce qui concerne les facultés intellectuelles, ne veut pas accepter que notre affirmation se révèle fausse, ni que celle de l’adversaire soit juste. Par conséquent, chacun devrait simplement s’efforcer de n’exprimer que des jugements justes, ce qui devrait inciter à penser d’abord et à parler ensuite. Mais chez la plupart des hommes, la vanité innée s’accompagne d’un besoin de bavardage et d’une malhonnêteté innée. Ils parlent avant d’avoir réfléchi, et même s’ils se rendent compte après coup que leur affirmation est fausse et qu’ils ont tort, il faut que les apparences prouvent le contraire. Leur intérêt pour la vérité, qui doit sans doute être généralement l’unique motif les guidant lors de l’affirmation d’une thèse supposée vraie, s’efface complètement devant les intérêts de leur vanité : le vrai doit paraître faux et le faux vrai.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer, quote from The Art of Always Being Right


Interesting books

The Sky Is Everywhere
(76.7K)
The Sky Is Everywher...
by Jandy Nelson
The Mayor of Casterbridge
(47K)
The Mayor of Casterb...
by Thomas Hardy
Perdido Street Station
(49.1K)
Perdido Street Stati...
by China Miéville
Memoirs of Hadrian
(13.2K)
Memoirs of Hadrian
by Marguerite Yourcenar
Imajica
(18.3K)
Imajica
by Clive Barker
The Complete Fairy Tales
(97.8K)
The Complete Fairy T...
by Hans Christian Andersen

About BookQuoters

BookQuoters is a community of passionate readers who enjoy sharing the most meaningful, memorable and interesting quotes from great books. As the world communicates more and more via texts, memes and sound bytes, short but profound quotes from books have become more relevant and important. For some of us a quote becomes a mantra, a goal or a philosophy by which we live. For all of us, quotes are a great way to remember a book and to carry with us the author’s best ideas.

We thoughtfully gather quotes from our favorite books, both classic and current, and choose the ones that are most thought-provoking. Each quote represents a book that is interesting, well written and has potential to enhance the reader’s life. We also accept submissions from our visitors and will select the quotes we feel are most appealing to the BookQuoters community.

Founded in 2018, BookQuoters has quickly become a large and vibrant community of people who share an affinity for books. Books are seen by some as a throwback to a previous world; conversely, gleaning the main ideas of a book via a quote or a quick summary is typical of the Information Age but is a habit disdained by some diehard readers. We feel that we have the best of both worlds at BookQuoters; we read books cover-to-cover but offer you some of the highlights. We hope you’ll join us.