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On the screen I saw tanks rolling through dusty streets,
by 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

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

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

Relationships do not preclude issues of morality.
- 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

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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fly Life on Free Wings, and Sing to its Glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Happiness walks on busy feet.
- Kitte Turmell

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

Trust your own inner guidance.
Have faith that your steps are
carrying you toward your dreams.
Keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
- John Lubbock

Today is your day to Spread Wing and Soar.
Fly Life on Free Wings, and Sing to its Glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.
- Rabindranath Tagore

It is easier to put on slippers
than to carpet the entire world
- Al Franken

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.
- Carl Jung

Know thyself.
- Socrates (inscribed on the ancient Greek temple at Delphi)

Do you feel stuck?
Whether in a project, a job, a relationship,
or some other situation,
there is a time for perseverance,
and a time for letting go and moving on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people stay for awhile,
and move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to a new understanding,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never, ever the same.
- Flavia Weedn

Love like you've never been hurt,
dance like no one is watching,
live as though heaven is on earth.
- Satchel Paige

Our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions
and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

The greatest test of courage on earth
is to bear defeat without losing heart.
- Robert Ingersoll

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,
it is time to pause and reflect.
- Mark Twain

The acceptance of oneself is
the essence of the whole moral problem
and the epitome of a whole outlook on life.
- Carl Jung

Vision stands on the shoulders of what is actual
to get a better view of what is possible.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Know the power of choice.
Fly life on free wings,
and sing to its glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

One movement toward light becomes a clear signpost on a long road.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It is important to expect nothing,
to take every experience,
including the negative ones,
as merely steps on the path,
and to proceed.
- Ram Dass

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor,
nor should life rest on a single hope.
- Epictetus

It is any day better to stand erect
with a broken and bandaged head
then to crawl on one's belly,
in order to be able to save one's head.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Letting go doesn't mean giving up...
it means moving on.
- Anonymous

Each one of us has our own perspective
on everything we see in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anger is an acid that can do more harm
to the vessel in which it is stored
than to anything on which it is poured.
- Mark Twain

Go to the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Love them
Serve them
Plan with them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have.
- Jimmy Yen (Y. C. James Yen)

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion.
You must set yourself on fire.
- Reggie Leach

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

You must not under any pretense allow
your mind to dwell on any thought
that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind.
- Emmet Fox

You can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

Success seems to be largely a matter
of hanging on after others have let go.
- William Feather

Don't Wait!
Start on your dreams, your impulses,
your longings, your special occasions today.
Because this is your moment.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To live a satisfying life requires two steps...
1. Plan your life goals.
2. Act on your plan - every day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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