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Amitav Ghosh Quotes

Hold a bottle by the neck and a woman by the waist. Never the other way around.
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To use the past to justify the present is bad enough-but it's just as bad to use the present to justify the past.

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That unthinkable, adult truth: that need is not transitive, that one may need without oneself being needed.

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You see, in our family we don't know whether we're coming or going - it's all my grandmother's fault. But, of course, the fault wasn't hers at all: it lay in language. Every language assumes a centrality, a fixed and settled point to go away from and come back to, and what my grandmother was looking for was a word for a journey which was not a coming or a going at all; a journey that was a search for precisely that fixed point which permits the proper use of verbs of movement.

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Hold a bottle by the neck and a woman by the waist. Never the other way around.

— Amitav Ghosh

Nobody knows, nobody can ever know, not even in memory, because there are moments in time that are not knowable.

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I thought of how much they all wanted to be free; how they went mad wanting their freedom; I began to wonder whether it was I that was mad because I was happy to be bound; whether I was alone in knowing that I could not live without the clamour of the voices within me.

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Is it not amazing, Puggly dear, that whenever we begin to congratulate ourselves on the breadth of our knowledge of the world, we discover that there are multitudes of people, in every corner of the earth, who have seen vastly more than we can ever hope to?

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Well sir, if slavery is freedom then I'm glad I don't have to make a meal of it. Whips and chains are not much to my taste.

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It's something you don't see until it's gone-the shapes and things have and the ways in which the people around you mould the shapes.

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It was a single poppy seed ... she rolled it between her fingers and raised her eyes past the straining sails, to the star-filled vault above. On any other night she would have scanned the sky for the planet she had always thought to be the arbiter of her fate - but tonight her eyes dropped instead to the tiny sphere she was holding between her thumb and forefinger. She looked at the seed as if she had never seen one before, and suddenly she knew that it was not the planet above that governed her life: it was this minuscule orb - at once bountiful and all-devouring, merciful and destructive, sustaining and vengeful. This was her Shani, her Saturn.

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She had talked of this at length with Kadambari-Mrs. Dutt: Why should it not be possible for these freedoms to be universally available for women everywhere? And Mrs. Dutt had said that of course, this was one of the great benefits of British rule in India; that it had given women rights and protections that they'd never had before. At this, Uma had felt herself, for the first time, falling utterly out of sympathy with her new friend. She had known instinctively that this was a false argument, unfounded and illogical. How was it possible to imagine that one could grant freedom by imposing subjugation? that one could open a cage by pushing it inside a bigger cage? How could any section of a people hope to achieve freedom where the entirety of a populace was held in subjection?

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He said: 'You don't understand. We never thought that we were being used to conquer people. Not at all: we thought the opposite. We were told that we were freeing those people. That is what they said-that we were going to set those people free from their bad kings or their evil customs or some such thing. We believed it because they believed it too. It took us a long time to understand that in their eyes freedom exists wherever they rule.

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We must be the willow, not the oak, in the lowering storm.

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Have we not done enough by our duty, Shireen? Do we not also have a duty to ourselves?

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We knew, didn't we, that it would have to end one day? Apparently that day has come and we must accept it.

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He (Kesri) understood that the gap left by his departure from home had been filled by the continuing flow of their lives.

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The only way to find out was to try.

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