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Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "There's a lot of pride involved in my refusal to believe in god."

There's a lot of pride involved in my refusal to believe in god.




Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "The only antidote to the loneliness of the streets was the streets themselves."

The only antidote to the loneliness of the streets was the streets themselves.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "Those who can truly see, know."

Those who can truly see, know.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "I'd been living luminously between two eternities of darknness."

I'd been living luminously between two eternities of darknness.




Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "I need the pain of loneliness to make my imagination work."

I need the pain of loneliness to make my imagination work.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "Let me first state forthright that contrary to what we've often read in books and heard from preachers, when you are a woman, you don't feel like the Devil."

Let me first state forthright that contrary to what we've often read in books and heard from preachers, when you are a woman, you don't feel like the Devil.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "I would be pleased if someone would invent a pill to remove my impatience, moodiness, and occasional bursts of anger. But if they did, I wouldn't be able to write my novels or paint."

I would be pleased if someone would invent a pill to remove my impatience, moodiness, and occasional bursts of anger. But if they did, I wouldn't be able to write my novels or paint.




Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "It was the happiest moment of my life, though I didn't know it."

It was the happiest moment of my life, though I didn't know it.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "I do know this much though: If a man resorts to wiles, guile and petty deceptions, it means he's nowhere near being in love."

I do know this much though: If a man resorts to wiles, guile and petty deceptions, it means he's nowhere near being in love.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "The gap between compassion and surrender is love’s darkest, deepest region."

The gap between compassion and surrender is love’s darkest, deepest region.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "We read novels because we want to see the world through other experiences, other beings, other eyes, other cultures."

We read novels because we want to see the world through other experiences, other beings, other eyes, other cultures.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "The secularists in Turkey haven't underestimated religion, they just made the mistake of believing they could control it with the power of the army alone."

The secularists in Turkey haven't underestimated religion, they just made the mistake of believing they could control it with the power of the army alone.




Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "Books, which we mistake for consolation, only add depth to our sorrow."

Books, which we mistake for consolation, only add depth to our sorrow.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "The thing that binds us together is that we have both lowered our expectations of life"

The thing that binds us together is that we have both lowered our expectations of life



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "I asked him about his enemies. He began to count them. The list went on and on...." - Conversations with Yahya Kemal"

I asked him about his enemies. He began to count them. The list went on and on...." - Conversations with Yahya Kemal



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen."

Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "Women kill themselves because they hope to gain something, " said Kadife. "Men kill themselves because they've lost hope of gaining anything."

Women kill themselves because they hope to gain something, " said Kadife. "Men kill themselves because they've lost hope of gaining anything.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "The power of things inheres in the memories they gather up inside them, and also in the vicissitudes of our imagination, and our memory--of this there is no doubt."

The power of things inheres in the memories they gather up inside them, and also in the vicissitudes of our imagination, and our memory--of this there is no doubt.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "These were innocent people, so innocent that they thought poverty a crime that wealth would allow them to forget. --- from the notebooks of Celal Salik"

These were innocent people, so innocent that they thought poverty a crime that wealth would allow them to forget. --- from the notebooks of Celal Salik



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "…he quit drinking coffee, and naturally, his brain stopped working."

…he quit drinking coffee, and naturally, his brain stopped working.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "Where there is a true art and genuine virtuosity the artist can paint an incomparable masterpiece without leaving even a trace of his identity."

Where there is a true art and genuine virtuosity the artist can paint an incomparable masterpiece without leaving even a trace of his identity.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "Life is beautiful if you are on the road to somewhere"

Life is beautiful if you are on the road to somewhere



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "Sometimes I would see them not as mementos of the blissful hours but as the tangible precious debris of the storm raging in my soul."

Sometimes I would see them not as mementos of the blissful hours but as the tangible precious debris of the storm raging in my soul.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "The fictive structure, my work, my imagination, my books are about the details, the huge construction about culture, Islamic culture or modern Turkey. They're all intertwined."

The fictive structure, my work, my imagination, my books are about the details, the huge construction about culture, Islamic culture or modern Turkey. They're all intertwined.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "It's not the content, but the form of thought that counts."

It's not the content, but the form of thought that counts.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "To write is to transform that inward gaze into words, to study the worlds into which we pass when we retire into ourselves, and to do so with patience, obstinacy, and joy."

To write is to transform that inward gaze into words, to study the worlds into which we pass when we retire into ourselves, and to do so with patience, obstinacy, and joy.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "After all, isn't the purpose of the novel, or of a museum, for that matter, to relate our memories with such sincerity as to transform individual happiness into a happiness all can share?"

After all, isn't the purpose of the novel, or of a museum, for that matter, to relate our memories with such sincerity as to transform individual happiness into a happiness all can share?



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "We're not stupid! We're just poor! And we have a right to insist on this distinction"

We're not stupid! We're just poor! And we have a right to insist on this distinction



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "In a brutal country like ours, where human life is 'cheap', it's stupid to destroy yourself for the sake of your beliefs. Beliefs? High ideas? Only people in rich countries can enjoy such luxuries."

In a brutal country like ours, where human life is 'cheap', it's stupid to destroy yourself for the sake of your beliefs. Beliefs? High ideas? Only people in rich countries can enjoy such luxuries.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "To read a novel is to wonder constantly, even at moments when we lose ourselves most deeply in the book: How much of this is fantasy, and how much is real?"

To read a novel is to wonder constantly, even at moments when we lose ourselves most deeply in the book: How much of this is fantasy, and how much is real?



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "Believing that Sibel was saying these things to me to make me angry, I got angry. But this is not to say that the fury owed nothing to my partial awareness that she was right."

Believing that Sibel was saying these things to me to make me angry, I got angry. But this is not to say that the fury owed nothing to my partial awareness that she was right.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "Einstein...even failed physics once, but he'd never thought of giving up school to make a living."

Einstein...even failed physics once, but he'd never thought of giving up school to make a living.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "After all, a woman who doesn't love cats is never going to be make a man happy."

After all, a woman who doesn't love cats is never going to be make a man happy.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "Despite the loss they were suffering, they'd both relaxed - as people do when they realize they've run out of chances for happiness"

Despite the loss they were suffering, they'd both relaxed - as people do when they realize they've run out of chances for happiness



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "The real question is how much suffering we've caused our womenfolk by turning headscarves into symbols - and using women as pawns in a political game."

The real question is how much suffering we've caused our womenfolk by turning headscarves into symbols - and using women as pawns in a political game.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "...the waiting was torture, the worst Ka had ever known. It was this pain, this deadly wait, he now remembered, that had made him afraid to fall in love."

...the waiting was torture, the worst Ka had ever known. It was this pain, this deadly wait, he now remembered, that had made him afraid to fall in love.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "A novelist is essentially a person who covers distance through his patience, slowly, like an ant. A novelist impresses us not by his demonic and romantic vision, but by his patience."

A novelist is essentially a person who covers distance through his patience, slowly, like an ant. A novelist impresses us not by his demonic and romantic vision, but by his patience.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "I read a book one day and my whole life was changed."

I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "The essential reason for my loneliness is that I don't even know where I belong."

The essential reason for my loneliness is that I don't even know where I belong.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world."

Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "Remembering the past always comes with an image or a view attached."

Remembering the past always comes with an image or a view attached.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "The sea was as dark as dreams and as deep as sleep."

The sea was as dark as dreams and as deep as sleep.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "As much as I live I shall not imitate them or hate myself for being different to them"

As much as I live I shall not imitate them or hate myself for being different to them



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "Life is short, and we should respect every moment of it."

Life is short, and we should respect every moment of it.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "The writer's secret is not inspiration - for it is never clear where it comes from - it is his stubbornness, his patience."

The writer's secret is not inspiration - for it is never clear where it comes from - it is his stubbornness, his patience.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "What we essentially want is to draw something unknown to us in all its shadowiness, not something we know in all its illumination."

What we essentially want is to draw something unknown to us in all its shadowiness, not something we know in all its illumination.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "The greatest happiness is when the eye discovers beauty where neither then mind conceived of nor the hand intended any."

The greatest happiness is when the eye discovers beauty where neither then mind conceived of nor the hand intended any.



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "Yet does illustrating in a new way signify a new way of seeing?"

Yet does illustrating in a new way signify a new way of seeing?



Orhan Pamuk Quotes: "To be left with only the trace of a memory is to gaze at an armchair that's still molded to the form of a love who has left never to return: It is to grieve, dear reader, it is to weep."

To be left with only the trace of a memory is to gaze at an armchair that's still molded to the form of a love who has left never to return: It is to grieve, dear reader, it is to weep.