Khaled Hosseini Quotes

There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.

- Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Find a purpose in your life and live it. But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognise your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind.

- Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

# Life

Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.

- Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

# 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.

- Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin 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 to 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, The Kite Runner

Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman. Always.

- Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

Children aren't colouring books. You don't get to fill them with your favourite colours.

- Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

# Parenting

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

- Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

Behind every trial and sorrow that He makes us shoulder, God has a reason.

- Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

# Spirituality

Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.

- Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

In the end, the world always wins. That's just the way of things.

- Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Men are easy. 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, The Kite Runner

# Men, Women

Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.

- Khaled Hosseini

# Writing

A story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop onboard, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.

- Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

I have a theory about marriage. And it's that nearly always you will know within two weeks if it's going to work. It's astonishing how many people remain shackled for years, decades even, in a protracted and mutual state of self-delusion and false hope when in fact they had their answer in those first two weeks.

- Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

A woman is like a rock in a riverbed, enduring without complaint, her grace not sullied but shaped by the turbulence that washes over her.

- Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

# Women

For you, a thousand times over.

- Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

It always falls on the sober to pay for the sins of the drunk.

- Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns