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I would not send a first story anywhere.
by Jhumpa Lahiri

I would not send a first story anywhere.
I would give myself time to write a number of stories.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

Interpreter of Maladies is the title of one of the stories in the book.
And the phrase itself was something I thought of before I even wrote that story.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

Relationships do not preclude issues of morality.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

Some Indians will come up and say that a story reminded
them of something very specific to their experience.
Which may or may not be the case for non-Indians.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

 

When I sit down to write, I don't think about writing
about an idea or a given message.
I just try to write a story which is hard enough.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

The reactions haven't differed; the concerns have been different.
When I read for a predominantly Indian audience,
there are more questions that are based on issues of
identity and representation.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

You know, since the reviews have come out and people have reacted to it,
I've realized that is in a sense what has happened.
But as I was writing them, I didn't feel a part of any tradition.
I think that would have been too overwhelming,
in a sense.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

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I've seen novels that have grown out of one story in a collection.
But it hasn't occurred to me to take any of those stories and build on them.
They seem very finished for me, so I don't feel like
going back and dredging them up.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

At 6:30, which was when the national news began,
my father raised the volume and adjusted the antennas.
Usually I occupied myself with a book,
but that night my father insisted that I pay attention.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

It's easy to set a story anywhere if you get a good
guidebook and get some basic street names,
and some descriptions, but, for me, yes,
I am indebted to my travels to India for several of the stories.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

He told me he was working as an interpreter in a doctor's office in Brookline,
Massachusetts, where I was living at the time,
and he was translating for a doctor who had a number of Russian patients.
On my way home, after running into him,
I just heard this phrase in my head.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

For years, I sort of would try to write a story that somehow fit the title.
And I don't think it happened for maybe another four
years that I actually thought of a story,
the plot of a story that corresponded to that phrase.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

This story is based on a gentleman who indeed did...
used to come to my parents' house in 1971 from Bangladesh.
He was at the University of Rhode Island.
And I was four, four years old, at the time,
and so I actually don't have any memories of this gentleman.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

I've never had Internet access.
Actually, I have looked at things on other people's
computers as a bystander.
A few times in my life I've opened email accounts,
twice actually, but it's something I don't want in my life right now.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

Winning the Pulitzer is wonderful and it's an honor
and I feel so humbled and so grateful,
but I think that I'll think of it very much as the
final sort of final moment for this book and put it
behind me along with the rest of the book,
as I write more books.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

On the screen I saw tanks rolling through dusty streets,
and fallen buildings, and forests of unfamiliar trees
into which East Pakistani refugees had fled,
seeking safety over the Indian border.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

For that story, I took as my subject a young woman
whom I got to know over the course of a couple of visits.
I never saw her having any health problems -
but I knew she wanted to be married.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

I can't tell you exactly how I found it.
It was just a process of writing a lot of stories and
reading a lot of stories that I admired and just working
and working until the sentences sounded right and I was satisfied with them.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

I've inherited a sense of that loss from my parents
because it was so palpable all the time while I was growing up,
the sense of what my parents had sacrificed in moving to the United States,
and yet at the same time, building a life here and all that that entailed.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If not us, who, if not now, when?
- Anonymous

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

The key to forgiveness is to forgive from the heart -
not from the mind.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It's not whether you get knocked down;
it's whether you get back up.
- Vince Lombardi

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer


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