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    Whatever the readers feel when they're reading my books, I feel it tenfold when I'm writing it.
    tags: writing reading book
    — Khaled Hosseini
    I've been told, and I think I recognize it, that there's a cinematic quality to my writing, with a sense of image and place and scene - and, some would say, my tendency to finish my books the way Hollywood finishes its films.
    tags: film writing book quality
    — Khaled Hosseini
    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.
    tags: women existence law oppression leader example
    — Khaled Hosseini
    I don't think she is underappreciated, certainly not among writers, but Alice Munro is the classic underappreciated writer among readers. It is almost a cliche now to wonder why this living legend is not more widely read.
    tags: living wonder read
    — Khaled Hosseini
    I spent a lot of winters in my childhood flying kites with my brother, with my cousins, with friends in the neighborhood. It's what we did in the winter. Schools close down. There was not much to do.
    tags: friends winter school childhood
    — Khaled Hosseini
    You write because you have an idea in your mind that feels so genuine, so important, so true. And yet, by the time this idea passes through the different filters of your mind, and into your hand, and onto the page or computer screen - it becomes distorted, and it's been diminished.
    tags: time true mind write ideas computer
    — Khaled Hosseini
    I find myself drawn to that period where children are about to leave childhood behind. When you're 12 years old, you still have one foot in childhood; the other is poised to enter a completely new stage of life. Your innocent understanding of the world moves towards something messier and more complicated, and once it does you can never go back.
    tags: children world understanding child childhood year
    — Khaled Hosseini
    Economic chasm between people is something that is of interest to me. And something that I used to write about even as a child. It's something I've revisited a few times in my writings.
    tags: children time people child writing write economics
    — Khaled Hosseini
    The difficulty of writing a second novel is directly proportional to how successful the first novel was, it seems.
    tags: successful novel writing
    — Khaled Hosseini
    For me as a writer, the story has always taken precedence over everything else. I have never sat down to write with broad, sweeping ideas in mind, and certainly never with a specific agenda.
    tags: mind stories write ideas
    — Khaled Hosseini
    A Western-style democracy in Afghanistan is a dream. I don't see that as a reality anytime soon. But I think some form of representative political process is not that far-fetched.
    tags: reality process democracy political dreams
    — Khaled Hosseini
    The only two places where I can read for long stretches are in airplanes and in bed at nighttime.
    tags: read
    — Khaled Hosseini
    There's nothing easy about writing. It's always difficult. It's always a struggle.
    tags: struggle writing
    — Khaled Hosseini
    American high school culture was impenetrable to me, and very cliquey: you had the Hispanics, the African Americans, the surfer guys and the goths and the immigrants. The jocks and the surfers got the girls. By the time I'd got to grips with it, I'd graduated.
    tags: time culture girls school american
    — Khaled Hosseini
    Ultimately, my books are not about the politics, although the toil and the struggle and the wars in Afghanistan have a significant impact on the lives of my characters.
    tags: character live struggle politics war book
    — Khaled Hosseini
    It's a very nice kind of quasi-fame being a writer, because you remain largely anonymous and you can have a private life, which I really cherish. I don't like to be in the public light all that much. I don't crave the whole fame thing at all.
    tags: fame
    — Khaled Hosseini
    My books are love stories at core, really. But I am interested in manifestations of love beyond the traditional romantic notion. In fact, I seem not particularly inclined to write romantic love as a narrative motive or as an easy source of happiness for my characters.
    — Khaled Hosseini
    I lay no claim, it should be clear, to being a historian. So in my books, the intimate and personal have been intertwined inextricably with the broad and historical.
    tags: personal book historical
    — Khaled Hosseini
    I grew up in a society with a very ancient and strong oral storytelling tradition. I was told stories, as a child, by my grandmother, and my father as well.
    tags: children society child strong stories storytelling father
    — Khaled Hosseini
    To me, families are puzzles that take a lifetime to work out - or not, as often is the case - and I like to explore how people within them try to connect, be it through love, duty, or circumstance.
    tags: people work
    — Khaled Hosseini
    I have met so many people who say they've got a book in them, but they've never written a word. To be a writer - this may seem trite, I realize - you have to actually write.
    tags: people book write
    — Khaled Hosseini
    Sad stories make good books
    tags: sad stories book
    — Khaled Hosseini
    Behind every trial and sorrow that He makes us shoulder, God has a reason.
    tags: sorrow god
    — Khaled Hosseini
    Though The Kite Runner was my first completed novel, I had been writing on and off for most of my life, primarily short stories, and primarily for myself.
    tags: novel writing stories
    — Khaled Hosseini
    A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer.
    tags: men goodness conscience
    — Khaled Hosseini
    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.
    tags: heart mother
    — Khaled Hosseini
    The story line of my novel [The Kite Runner] is largely fictional. The characters were invented and the plot imagined.
    tags: character novel stories
    — Khaled Hosseini
    J'aurais dû être plus gentille-I should have been more kind. That is something a person will never regret. You will never say to yourself when you are old, Ah, I wish I was not good to that person. You will never think that.
    tags: people regret wishes
    — Khaled Hosseini
    Nothing good came free. Even love. You paid for all things. And if you were poor, suffering was your currency.
    tags: suffering poor
    — Khaled Hosseini
    Whether you do something or decide to do nothing, either way, you are making a moral choice. And I hope people make the right one.
    tags: people choice right morals hope
    — Khaled Hosseini
    We [in The Khaled Hosseini Foundation] support and fund projects that bring jobs, healthcare, and education to women and children. In addition, we award scholarships to women pursuing higher education in Afghanistan.
    tags: children women job child education
    — Khaled Hosseini
    I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.
    tags: pain forgiveness night
    — Khaled Hosseini
    They say, Find a purpose in your life and live it. But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind.
    tags: live mind
    — Khaled Hosseini
    I opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had. But I didn't.
    — Khaled Hosseini
    There [in The Kite Runner] certainly are, as is always the case with fiction, autobiographical elements woven through the narrative.
    tags: fiction
    — Khaled Hosseini
    But time, it is like charm. You never have as much as you think.
    tags: time charm
    — Khaled Hosseini
    It's tremendous what can happen when suddenly you make an emotional connection.
    tags: emotional
    — Khaled Hosseini
    It's a funny thing... but people mostly have it backward. They think they live by what they want. But really, what guides them is what they're afraid of. What they don't want.
    tags: people funny live afraid
    — Khaled Hosseini
    My family left Afghanistan in 1976, well before the Communist coup and the Soviet invasion. We certainly thought we would be going back. But when we saw those Soviet tanks rolling into Afghanistan, the prospect for return looked very dim. Few of us, I have to say, envisioned that nearly a quarter century of bloodletting would follow.
    tags: thoughts
    — Khaled Hosseini
    One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.
    tags: moon
    — Khaled Hosseini
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    khaled hosseini
    Birth    : March 4, 1965
    Occupation  : Novelist