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Khaled Hosseini quotes

Nothing happens in a vacuum in life: every action has a series of consequences, and sometimes it takes a long time to fully understand the consequences of our actions.

My wife is my in-home editor and reads everything I write.

People find meaning and redemption in the most unusual human connections.

I am always revolted when Islamic leaders, from Afghanistan or elsewhere, deny the very existence of female oppression, avoid the issue by pointing to examples of what they view as Western mistreatment of women, or even worse, justify the oppression of women on the basis of notions derived from Sharia law.

In Afghan society, parents play a central role in the lives of their children; the parent-child relationship is fundamental to who you are and what you become and how you perceive yourself, and it is laden with contradictions, with tension, with anger, with love, with loathing, with angst.

In Afghanistan, you don't understand yourself solely as an individual. You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a cousin to somebody, an uncle to somebody. You are part of something bigger than yourself.

When I go to Afghanistan, I realize I've been spared, due to a random genetic lottery, by being born to people who had the means to get out. Every time I go to Afghanistan I am haunted by that.

Afghan women, as a group, I think their suffering has been equaled by very few other groups in recent world history.

For a novelist, it's kind of an onerous burden to represent an entire culture.

I don't listen to music when I write - I find it distracting.

I give novels as gifts, and there is nothing I like to receive more as a gift.

I have this almost pathological fear of boring the reader.

I think that to fully appreciate baseball, it helps to have been born in the U.S.

I think the emancipation of women in Afghanistan has to come from inside, through Afghans themselves, gradually, over time.

I was good at being a doctor; my patients liked me. At times people trust you with things they wouldn't tell their spouses. It was a real privilege.

I'm a pretty uncomplicated person. I live a very simple life with my family and I enjoy very ordinary things.

In many parts of the world, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman. But I think we need women to solve the problems that men create.

Kabul was very popular with the hippies in the Sixties and Seventies. It was very quiet and peaceful.

Literary fiction is kept alive by women. Women read more fiction, period.

Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work.