Happy Birthday, Khaled Hosseini, born 4 March 1965
- Nothing happens in a vacuum in life: every action has a series of consequences, and sometimes it takes a long time to fully understand the consequences of our actions.
- Writing for me is largely about rewriting.
- I don’t listen to music when I write - I find it distracting.
- Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work.
- The difficulty of writing a second novel is directly proportional to how successful the first novel was, it seems.
- There’s nothing easy about writing. It’s always difficult. It’s always a struggle.
- 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 realise - you have to actually write.
- The experience of writing ‘The Kite Runner’ is one I will always think back on with fondness. There is an energy, a romance in writing the first novel that can never be duplicated again.
- 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.
Khaled Hosseini: On learning to read at a little bookshop in Kabul
All of this is so true.
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
So, please, oh please, we bet, we pray,
go throw your TV set away,
and in its place you can install,
a lovely bookcase on the wall.
Roald Dahl (via wordpainting)
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