Orhan Pamuk Quotes

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  • To savour Istanbul's back streets, to appreciate the vines and trees that endow its ruins with accidental grace, you must, first and foremost, be a stranger to them.

    Orhan Pamuk (2011). “Istanbul”, p.331, Faber & Faber
  • Istanbul is a vast place. There are very conservative neighbourhoods, there are places that are upper class, Westernised, consuming Western culture.

  • A letter doesn't communicate by words alone. A letter, just like a book, can be read by smelling it, touching it and fondling it. Thereby, intelligent folk will say, 'Go on then, read what the letter tells you!' whereas the dull-witted will say, 'Go on then, read what he's written!

    Orhan Pamuk (2011). “My Name Is Red”, p.44, Faber & Faber
  • When we lose people we love, we should never disturb their souls, whether living or dead. Instead. we should find consolation in an object that reminds you of them, something...I don't know...even an earring

    People   Soul   Should  
    Orhan Pamuk (2011). “The Museum of Innocence”, p.195, Faber & Faber
  • Turkish football serves the cause of nationalism, but not of the nation.

    Source: www.spiegel.de
  • 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.

    FaceBook post by Orhan Pamuk from Dec 18, 2016
  • There's a lot of pride involved in my refusal to believe in god.

    Atheist   Believe   Pride  
    Orhan Pamuk (2011). “Snow”, p.99, Faber & Faber
  • No one drives me into exile, not even the nationalists.

    "SPIEGEL Interview with Orhan Pamuk 'No One Drives Me into Exile'". Interview with Dieter Bednarz and Annette Grossbongardt, www.spiegel.de. May 2, 2007.
  • Well, on the one hand the Turks have the legitimate need to defend their national dignity - and this includes being recognized as a part of the west and Europe.

    Hands   Europe   Needs  
  • Many great authors of the 19th century wrote under conditions of strict censorship. The great thing about the art of writing a novel, is that you can write about anything. All you have to say is that it's fiction.

    Art   Writing   Fiction  
  • Clocks and calendars do not exist to remind us of the Time we've forgotten but to regulate our relations with others and indeed all of society, and this is how we use them.

    Orhan Pamuk (2011). “The Museum of Innocence”, p.395, Faber & Faber
  • Life can't be all that bad,' i'd think from time to time. 'Whatever happens, i can always take a long walk along the Bosphorus.

  • Life is beautiful if you are on the road to somewhere

    Orhan Pamuk (2014). “The New Life”, p.80, Macmillan
  • Age had not made him less handsome, as is so often the case; it had simply made him less visible.

    Age   Handsome   Made  
    Orhan Pamuk (2011). “The Museum of Innocence”, p.325, Faber & Faber
  • The gap between compassion and surrender is love’s darkest, deepest region.

    Orhan Pamuk (2011). “The Museum of Innocence”, p.140, Faber & Faber
  • After all, a woman who doesn't love cats is never going to be make a man happy.

    Cat   Men  
    Orhan Pamuk (2011). “The Museum of Innocence”, p.317, Faber & Faber
  • She looked out the window; in her eyes was the light that you see only in children arriving at a new place, or in young people still open to new influences, still curious about the world because they have not yet been scarred by life.

    Children   Eye   Light  
    FaceBook post by Orhan Pamuk from Apr 04, 2012
  • I am nothing but a corpse now, a body at the bottom of a well.

    Body   Wells   Bottom  
    Orhan Pamuk (2011). “My Name Is Red”, p.3, Faber & Faber
  • My religion is complicated. Literature is my true religion. After all, I come from a completely non-religious family.

    Source: www.spiegel.de
  • Writing my own diary is the best form of remembrance, but only for my own use. I need these notes; it's like an impulse.

  • When something explosive is kept hidden away, a tension builds within that must ultimately be released.

  • I certainly see myself more as a craftsman than as an artist.

  • People only tell lies when there is something they are terribly frightened of losing.

    Lying   People   Losing  
    Orhan Pamuk (2011). “The Museum of Innocence”, p.70, Faber & Faber
  • The urbanized life has lead to the destruction of the legends.

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

    Orhan Pamuk (2014). “The New Life”, p.6, Macmillan
  • In Europe the rich are refined enough to act as if they're not wealthy. That is how civilized people behave. If you ask me, being cultured and civilized is not about everyone being free and equal; it's about everyone being refined enough to act as if they were. Then no one has to feel guilty.

  • [N]othing is as surprising as life. Except for writing. Except for writing. Yes, of course, except for writing, the only consolation.

  • Happiness is laughing together.

  • We live but for a short time, we see but very little, and we know almost nothing; so, at least, let's do some dreaming. Have yourself a very good Sunday, my dear readers.

    Dream   Sunday   Littles  
  • Heaven was the place where you kept alive the dreams of your memories.

    Dream   Memories   Heaven  
    Orhan Pamuk (2011). “Snow”, p.296, Faber & Faber
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