7 Amazing Quotes From Khaled Hosseini’s Books That Talk About Life

Its author Khaled Hosseini’s birthday today. Known for his works like ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, this Afghan-born American author has won the hearts of a lot of readers across the globe.

His books have been critically acclaimed across the globe with a varied readership of all ages. Today, as we celebrate his birthday, here are some of the most profound quotes from his amazing books.

Khaled Hosseini | Photo: bbc.com

1. “And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”

The Kite Runner

That hits the heart. If you are someone who gets infuriated by hollow words and false promises and end up doing exactly what you said you would, you will get this. In a time when faking it is the norm and cheating is common – we really miss the honesty.

2. “I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.” 

And The Mountains Echoed

We are wanting and waiting for something extraordinary to happen to us that will sweep us off our feet. Make it happen instead?

3. “Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.” 

A Thousand Splendid Suns

That excruciating pain that you face when you wait – wait for love, wait for success or even wait for the smallest thing to happen. Hosseini is right when he says it is the most punishing hardship.

4. “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.” 

The Kite Runner

That hits like a bullseye. Everyone of us has been afraid of being happy – you never know when something worse will dawn upon you – we are often scared of smiling.

5. “But then it passed, as all things do.” 

And The Mountains Echoed

It’s a phase. All of it. In a blink of an eye, things can change. They always will.

6. “…the past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion.”

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Nothing needs to be said for this one…we all have been blind and hurt in love.

7. “You’ve always been a tourist here. You just didn’t know it.” 

The Kite Runner

That sums up life in one statement. It is a journey to live, not a suffering to bear. You come, you leave, it is like any other destination.

If you haven’t read Hosseini yet, do read him.

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Heer Khant
Heer Khant

Traveller | Writer | Photographer | Maverick | Social Worker | Lawyer | A freedom-loving woman for whom words are like wings to her soul. She believes in aliens, hates boundaries and lives like the first human on Earth.

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