Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts has been on my list for a while and I finally got around to reading it recently. I loved it. It was rich with beautiful prose and thought-provoking quotes, the highlighting function on my Kindle was put to good use.
‘I don’t know what frightens me more, the power that crushes us or our endless ability to endure it.’
‘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.’
‘We are made out of stars, you and I.’
‘A man has to find a good woman, and when he finds her he has to win her love. Then he has to earn her respect. Then he has to cherish her trust. And then he has to, like, go on doing that for as long as they live. Until they both die. That’s what it’s all about. That’s the most important thing in the world.’
‘A good man is as strong as the right woman needs him to be.’
‘You can’t kill love. You can’t even kill it with hate. You can kill in-love, and loving, and even loveliness. You can kill them all, or numb them into dense, leaden regret, but you can’t kill love itself. Love is the passionate search for a truth other than your own; and once you feel it, honestly and completely, love is forever. Every act of love, every moment of the heart reaching out, is a part of the universal good: it’s a part of God, or what we call God, and it can never die.’