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A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

  • Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.
  • Marriage can wait, education cannot.
  • A society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Perhaps this is just punishment for those who have been heartless, to understand only when nothing can be undone.
  • The past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion.
  • Learn this now and learn it well. Like a compass facing north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman.
  • Behind every trial and sorrow that He makes us shoulder, God has a reason.
  • Each snowflake was a sigh heard by an aggrieved woman somewhere in the world. All the sighs drifted up the sky, gathered into clouds, then broke into tiny pieces that fell silently on the people below. As a reminder of how women suffer.
  • One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,
    Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.
  • And the past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion. And whenever those twin poisonous flowers began to sprout in the parched land of that field, Mariam uprooted them. She uprooted them and ditched them before they took hold.
  • Then I think of all the tricks, all the minutes all the hours and days and weeks and months and years waiting for me. All of it without them. And I can’t breathe then, like someone’s stepping on my heart, Laila. So weak I just want to collapse somewhere.