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Khaled Hosseini quotes

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

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.

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.

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.

Life just doesn't care about our aspirations, or sadness. It's often random, and it's often stupid and it's often completely unexpected, and the closures and the epiphanies and revelations we end up receiving from life, begrudgingly, rarely turn out to be the ones we thought.

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 a particular disdain for Islamic extremism, and of course, in both 'The Kite Runner' and 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' that's obvious.

I have this almost pathological fear of boring the reader.

I read actual physical books and have thus far avoided the electronic lure.

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.