Here are some quotes from David Gregory Roberts. Who is he? Check this out.

“Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope. Sometimes we cry with everything except tears.” 

“Some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. Some things are so sad that only your soul can do the crying for them.” 

“She loved the guy. She did it for him. She would’ve done anything for him. Some people are like that. Some loves are like that. Most loves are like that, from what I can see. Your heart starts to feel like an overcrowded lifeboat. You throw your pride out to keep it afloat, and your self-respect and your independence. After a while you start throwing people out—your friends, everyone you used to know. And it’s still not enough. The lifeboat is still sinking, and you know it’s going to take you down with it. I’ve seen that happen to a lot of people here. I think that’s why I’m sick of love.” 

“I don’t know what frightens me more, the power that crushes us, or our endless ability to endure it.” 

“One of the reasons why we crave love, and seek it so desperately, is that love is the only cure for loneliness, and shame, and sorrow. But some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths about yourself are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. And some things are just so sad that only your soul can do the crying for you.” 

“Happiness is a myth. It was invented to make us buy new things.” 

“There are no mistakes. Only new paths to explore.” 

“The truth is a bully we all pretend to like” 

“A man trusts another man when he sees enough of himself in him.” 

“At first, when we truly love someone, our greatest fear is that the loved one will stop loving us. What we should fear and dread, of course, is that we won’t stop loving them, even after they’re dead and gone.” 

“The past reflects eternally between two mirrors -the bright mirror of words and deeds, and the dark one, full of things we didn’t do or say.” 

“Friendship is an Algebra test that nobody passes.” 

“Nothing ever fits the palm so perfectly, or feels so right, or inspires so much protective instinct as the hand of a child” 

“There’s too much love in the world. Sometimes I think that’s what heaven is—- a place where everybody’s happy because nobody loves anybody else, ever.” 

“when you judge the power that is in a person, you must judge their capacities as both friend and as enemy.” 

“One of the ironies of courage, and the reason why we prize it so highly, is that we find it easier to be brave for someone else than we do for ourselves alone.” 

“Every virtuous act is inspired by a dark secret.” 

“Ask people for help. You’ll be all right. Don’t worry. It’s a great adventure, your life, and it has only just begun…” 

“Didier once told me, in a rambling, midnight dissertation, that a dream is the place where a wish and a fear meet. When the wish and the fear are exactly the same, he said, we call the dream a nightmare.” 

“But in a way you can say that after leaving the sea, after all those millions of years of living inside of the sea, we took the ocean with us. When a woman makes a baby, she gives it water, inside her body, to grow in. That water inside her body is almost exactly the same as the water of the sea. It is salty, by just the same amount. She makes a little ocean, in her body. And not only this. Our blood and our sweating, they are both salty, almost exactly like the water from the sea is salty. We carry oceans inside of us, in our blood and our sweat. And we are crying the oceans, in our tears.” 

“Some things are just so sad that only your soul can do the crying for you..” 

“hate has no literature: real fear and real hate have no words” 

“A politician is someone who promises a bridge even when there’s no water” 

“The most precious gift you can bring to your lover is your suffering.” 

“The real trick in life is to want nothing, and to succeed in getting it.

“The truth is that, no matter what kind of game you find yourself in, no matter how good or bad the luck, you can change your life completely with a single thought or a single act of love” 

“A lot of bad stuff in the world wasn’t really that bad until someone tried to change it.” 

“The touch was exactly what the touch of a lover’s hand should be: familiar, yet exciting as a whispered promise. I felt an almost irresistible urge to take her hand and place it flat against my chest, near my heart. Maybe I should’ve done it. I know now that she would’ve laughed, if I’d done it, and she would’ve liked me for it. But strangers that we were then, we stood for five long seconds and held the stare, while all the parallel worlds, all the parallel lives that might’ve been, and never would be, whirled around us.” 

“She said I was interested in everything and committed to nothing.” 

“But I smiled, and smiling was easy, no matter how strange and disorienting the street seemed to be. I was a fugitive. I was a wanted man, a hunted man, with a price on my head. And I was still one step ahead of them. I was free. Every day, when you’re on the run, is the whole of your life. Every free minute is a short story with a happy ending.”

“Friendship is something that gets harder to understand, every damn year of my life.Friendship is like a kind of algebra test that nobody passes. In my worst moods, I think the best you can say is that a friend is anyone you don’t despise.” 

“Civilization, after all, is defined by what we forbid, more than what we permit.”

“Its a fact of being in love that we often pay no attention whatsoever to the substance of what a lover says, while being intoxicated to ecstasy by the way it’s said. I was in love with her eyes, but I didn’t read them. I loved her voice, but I didn’t really hear the fear & the anguish in it.” 

“Waiting for nothing, that is what kills the heart of a man, isn’t it?” 

“Anything that can be put in a nutshell, should remain there.” 

“It’s said that you can never go home again, and it’s true enough, of course. But the opposite is also true. You must go back, and you always go back, and you can never stop going back, no matter how hard you try.” 

“Every virtuous act has some Dark secret in its heart; every risk we take contains a mystery that can’t be solved.” 

“The more you try to be like someone else, the more you find yourself standing in the way.” 

“Every human heartbeat, he’s said many times, is a universe of possibilities.” 

“Fear dries a man’s mouth, and hate strangles him. That’s why hate has no great literature: real fear and real hate have no words.” 

“When the heart has its moment of truth & sorrow, the soul can’t be stilled.” 

“Remember,’ Khader said insistently, resting his hand on my forearm to emphasise his words. ‘Sometimes it is necessary to do the wrong thing for the right reasons. The important thing is to be sure that our reasons are right, and that we admit the wrong–that we do not lie to ourselves, and convince ourselves that what we do is right.” 

Love, like respect, isn’t something you get; it’s something you give.” 

“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.” 

“The end mirrors the beginning. In the end, its about a woman & a city.” 

“If you stare into its cold dead eye, the camera always mocks you with the truth.” 

“Personality and personal identity are in some ways like co-ordinates on the street map drawn by our intersecting relationships.” 

“So it begins, this story, like everything else—with a woman, and a city, and a little bit of luck.” 

“There are few things more discomfiting than a spontaneous outburst of genuine decency from someone you’re determined to dislike for no good reason.” 

“if we envy someone for all the right reasons, we’re half way to wisdom.” 

“But I didn’t know that then. I washed my hands in the cold, uncaring sea, and my conscience was as silent and remote as the mute, unreachable stars.” 

“It was just that all the hope had been so empty, so meaningless. And if you prove to a man how vain his hope is, how vain his hoping was, you kill the bright, believing part of him that wants to be loved.” 



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