Monday, 1 February 2010

Few Good Lines of Shantaram

Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts

We are helpless, usually, in the face of it; and the cost of knowing it, like the cost of knowing love is sometimes greater than any heart would willingly pay. It doesn't always help us to love the world, but it does prevent us from hating the world.

'I want everything,' she replied with a faint, wry smile. 'You know, I said that once, to a friend of mine, and he told me that the real trick in life is to want nothing, and to succeed in getting it.'

'Tomorrow,' she said, 'when you go to Prabaker's village, try to relax completely, and go with the experience. Just .... let yourself go. Sometimes, in India, you have to surrender before you win.'

I'd rather be clever that wise, any day. .... If I was giving wise advice ---- which I'm not ---- I'd say don't get drunk, don't spend all your money, and don't fall in love with a pretty village girl. That would be wise. That's the difference between clever and wise. I prefer to be clever, and that's why I told you to surrender, when you get to the village, no matter what you find when you get there.

We can compel men not to be bad, but we cannot compel them to be good.

A politician is someone who promise you a bridge, even when there's no river.

'Nothing, my old friend. Only, is it not true that some of our strength comes from suffering? That suffering hardship makes us stronger? That those of us who have never known a real hardship, and true suffering cannot have the same strength as others, who have suffered much? And if that is true, does that not mean that your argument is the same thing as saying that we have to weak to suffer, and we have to suffer to be strong, so we have to weak to be strong?

You are not a man until you give your love, truly and freely, to a child. And you are not a good man until you earn the love, truly and freely, of a child in return.

You know the difference between news and gossip, don't you? News tells you what people did. Gossip tells you how much they enjoyed it.

Some of the worst wrongs, were caused by people who tried to change things.

It isn't a secret, unless keeping it hurts.'

A man trusts another man when he sees enough of himself in him OR may be when he sees the things he wishes he had in himself.

'These Afghans may not be the best men in the world to live with, but they are certainly the best men in the world to die with!'

A strong men make the luck to happen. A strong man makes his own luck.

Luck is what happens to you when fate gets tired of waiting.