Quotes I Liked – The Kite Runner (Part 2)

“‘It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime’” – page 131

“‘Sad stories make good books’” – page 135

“It turned out that, like Satan, cancer had many names.” – page 143

“Baba had wrestled bears his whole life.” – page 160

“I wanted to be just like Baba and I wanted to be nothing like him.” – page 169

“I guess some stories do not need telling.” – page 195

“[…] it always hurts more to have and lose than to not have in the first place.” – page 196

“‘And sometimes the dead are luckier’” – page 225

“‘And that, I believe, is what true redemption is, Amir jan, when guilt leads to good.’” – page 277

“There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.” – page 291

“Perspective was a luxury when your head was constantly swarming with demons.” – page 326

Quotes I Liked – The Kite Runner (Part 1)

“That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out.” – page 1

For you, a thousand times over.” – page 2

“With me as the glaring exception, my father molded the world around him to his liking. The problem, of course, was that Baba saw the world in black and white. And he got to decide what was black and what was white. You can’t love a person who lives that way without fearing him too. Maybe even hating him a little.” – page 15

“‘Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.’” page 21

“That Hassan would grow up illiterate like Ali and most Hazards had been decided the minute he had been born, perhaps even the moment he had been conceived in Sanaubar’s unwelcoming womb – after all, what use did a servant have for the written word.” – page 26

“The generation of Afghan children whose ears would know nothing but the sounds of bombs and gunfire was not yet born.” – page 34

“Baba and I lived in the same house, but in different spheres of existence. Kites were the one paper-thin slice of intersection between those spheres.” – page 46

“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.” – page 51

“‘But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.’” – page 54

“But this was my one chance to become someone who was looked at, not seen, listened to, not heard.” – page 62

“‘It was Homaira and me against the world. And I’ll tell you this, Amir jan: In the end, the world always wins. That’s just the way of things.’” – page 92

“[…] I wondered how and when I’d become capable of causing this kind of pain.” – page 97

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner made me very sad and then left me very hopeful.

We follow Amir through his life story. From his youth in Afghanistan to his new home in America. We experience his inner turmoil as he deals with his past and tries to come to terms with what kind of man he thinks he is, and tries to make amends by being someone, he never thought he would be.

This book was so sad! It was mostly miserable event piled on to miserable event. An emotional roller coaster with a plot twist that almost sends you off the tracks. This book has left me shocked, in tears and at very few, precious moments, smiling.

The Kite Runner is smart, heart wrenching, haunting and every once in a while extremely precious in its own way. My words cannot do this books justice. It’s just so good! So I will keep this short and just highly recommend it to everyone interested.


“‘Sad stories make good books’” – page 135