42+ Best A Thousand Splendid Suns Quotes: Exclusive Selection

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a 2007 novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. It is his second, following his bestselling 2003 debut, The Kite Runner. Mariam is an illegitimate child, and suffers from both the stigma surrounding her birth along with the abuse she faces throughout her marriage. Profoundly inspirational A Thousand Splendid Suns quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous A Thousand Splendid Suns Quotes

And the past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion. Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

I’m sorry Laila says, marveling at how every Afghan story is marked by death and loss and unimaginable grief. And yet, she sees, people find a way to survive, to go on

One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls. Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

A man’s heart is a wretched, wretched thing, Mariam. It isn’t like a mother’s womb. It won’t bleed. It won’t stretch to make room for you

She is the noor of my eyes and the sultan of my heart. Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

A woman who will be like a rock in a riverbed, enduring without complaint, her grace not sullied but shaped by the turbulence that washes over her

Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but because we don’t have to say anything. Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

And the past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion. And whenever those twin poisonous flowers began to sprout in the parched land of that field, Mariam uprooted them. She uprooted them and ditched them before they took hold

Boys, Laila came to see, treated friendship the way they treated the sun: its existence undisputed; its radiance best enjoyed, not beheld directly

A man’s heart is a wretched, wretched thing. It isn’t like a mother’s womb. It won’t bleed. It won’t stretch to make room for you. Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

Laila has moved on. Because in the end she knows that’s all she can do. That and hope

She was leaving the world as a woman who had loved and been loved back. She was leaving it as a friend, a companion, a guardian. A mother. Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting

Love can move people to act in unexpected ways and move them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with startling heroism Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

Perhaps this is just punishment for those who have been heartless, to understand only when nothing can be undone

I will follow you to the ends of the world. Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

She would never leave her mark on Mammy’s heart the way her brothers had, because Mammy’s heart was like a pallid beach where Laila’s footprints would forever wash away beneath the waves of sorrow that swelled and crashed, swelled and crashed

Tariq tucked the gun into the waist of his denims. Then he said a thing both lovely and terrible For you he said. Id kill with it for you, Laila Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

Though there were moments of beauty, Mariam knew for the most part that life had been unkind to her

Tell your secret to the wind, but don’t blame it for telling the trees. Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

You see, some things I can teach you. Some you learn from books. But there are things that, well, you have to see and feel

And whenever those twin poisonous flowers began to sprout in the parched land of that field, Mariam uprooted them. She uprooted them and ditched them before they took hold. Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls

Learn this now and learn it well. Like a compass facing north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting

Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

Behind every trial and sorrow that He makes us shoulder God has a reason

Mariam saw now the sacrifices a mother made. Decency was but one Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

Learn this now and learn it well. Like a compass facing north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam

A woman who will be like a rock in a riverbed, enduring without complaint, her grace not sullied but shaped by the turbulence that washes over her Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

You see, some things I can teach you. Some you learn from books. But there are things that, well, you have to see and feel

The Chinese say it’s better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one. Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

Laila has moved on. Because in the end she knows that’s all she can do. That and hope

Perhaps this is just punishment for those who have been heartless, to understand only when nothing can be undone. Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

A woman who will be like a rock in a riverbed, enduring without complaint, her grace not sullied but shaped by the turbulence that washes over her

Mariam lay on the couch, hands tucked between her knees, watching the whirlpool of snow twisting and spinning outside the window. She remembered Nana saying once that each snowflake was a sigh heaved by an aggrieved woman somewhere in the world. That all the sighs drifted up the sky, gathered into clouds, then broke into tiny pieces that fell silently on the people below. As a reminder of how people like us suffer, she’d said. How quietly we endure all that falls upon us

The Chinese say it’s better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one

Laila has moved on. Because in the end she knows that’s all she can do. That and hope  Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007

Laila remembered Mammy telling Babi once that she had married a man who had no convictions. Mammy didn’t understand. She didn’t understand that if she looked into a mirror, she would find the one unfailing conviction of his life looking right back at her

Miriam wished for so much in those final moments. Yet as she closed her eyes, it was not regret any longer but a sensation of abundant peace that washed over her. She thought of her entry into this world, the harami child of a lowly villager, an unintended thing, a pitiable, regrettable accident. A weed. And yet she was leaving the world as a woman who had loved and been loved back. She was leaving it as a friend, a companion, a guardian. A mother. A person of consequence at last. No. It was not so bad, Miriam thought, that she should die this way. Not so bad. This was a legitimate end to a life of illegitimate belongings

She would grab whatever she could a look, a whisper, a moan  to salvage from perishing, to preserve. But time is most unforgiving of fires, and she couldn’t, in the end, save it all 

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