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The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

  • And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.
  • There is only one sin. and that is theft… when you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth.
  • It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.
  • Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but because we don’t have to say anything
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • They only let you be this happy if they’re preparing to take something from you.
  • People say that eyes are windows to the soul.
  • A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • War doesn’t negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace.
  • 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 father. 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.