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Azar Nafisi Quote: “You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place, I told him, like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “I am suddenly left alone again on the sunny path, with a memory of the rain.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “You need imagination in order to imagine a future that doesn’t exist.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “The best work of literature to represent the American Dream is ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It shows us how dreaming can be tainted by reality, and that if you don’t compromise, you may suffer.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “The dearer a book was to my heart, the more battered and bruised it became.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “It takes courage to die for a cause, but also to live for one.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “The novels were an escape from reality in the sense that we could marvel at their beauty and perfection. Curiously, the novels we escaped into led us finally to question and prod our own realities, about which we felt so helplessly speechless.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “Do not, under any circumstances, belittle a work of fiction by trying to turn it into a carbon copy of real life; what we search for in fiction is not so much reality but the epiphany of truth.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “She was one of those people who are irrevocably, incurably honest and therefore both inflexible and vulnerable at the same time.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “Most great works of the imagination were meant to make you feel like a stranger in your own home. The best fiction always forced us to question what we took for granted. It questioned traditions and expectations when they seemed to immutable.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “Reality has become so intolerable, she said, so bleak, that all I can paint now are the colors of my dreams.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “I no longer believe that we can keep silent. We never really do, mind you. In one way or another we articulate what has happened to us through the kind of people we become.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “Memories have ways of becoming independent of the reality they evoke. They can soften us against those we were deeply hurt by or they can make us resent those we once accepted and loved unconditionally.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “I see people who talk about America, and then undermine it by not paying attention to its soul, to its poetry. I see polarization, reductionism and superficiality.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “Poor reading, like poor writing, is imposing what you already know on texts. You should go into reading to discover, not to reaffirm what you know.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “The more we die, the stronger we will become.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “Art is as useful as bread.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “Thus the regime has deprived Iranian women not just of their present rights, but also of their history and their past.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “Lots of times you can feel as an exile in a country that you were born in.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “I eat my heart out alone.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “If I turned towards books, it was because they were the only sanctuary I knew, one I needed in order to survive, to protect some aspect of myself that was now in constant retreat.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “Once we know of atrocities we cannot remain silent, and knowledge inevitably leads to an urge to protect the innocent.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “With fear come the lies and the justifications that, no matter how convincing, lower our self-esteem.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “The worst crime committed by totalitarian mind-sets is that they force their citizens, including their victims, to become complicit in their crimes. Dancing with your jailer, participating in your own execution, that is an act of utmost brutality.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “That, of course, is what great works of imagination do for us: They make us a little restless, destabilize us, question our preconceived notions and formulas.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “Basically, fundamentalism is a modern phenomenon. In the same way that Hitler evoked a mythological religion of German purity and the glory of the past, the Islamists use religion to evoke emotions and passions in people who have been oppressed for a long time in order to reach their purpose.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “The existence of the writer is to write, and to write is to tell the truth.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “There is little consolation in the fact that millions of people are unhappier than we are. Why should other people’s misery make us happier or more content?”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “Every culture has something to be ashamed of, but every culture also has the right to change, to challenge negative traditions, and create to new ones.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “None of us can avoid being contaminated by the world’s evils; it’s all a matter of what attitude you take towards them.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “My passion has always been books and literature, and teaching.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “Every fairy tale offers the potential to surpass present limits, so in a sense the fairy tale offers you freedoms that reality denies.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “Empathy lies at the heart of Gatsby, like so many other great novels-the biggest sin is to be blind to others problems and pains. Not seeing them means denying their existence.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “When I was teaching at the University of Tehran we were struggling against the implementation of the revolution rules.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “What we search for in fiction is not so much reality, but the epiphany of truth.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “Art is no longer snobbish or cowardly. It teaches peasants to use tractors, gives lyrics to young soldiers, designs textiles for factory women’s dresses, writes burlesque for factory theatres, does a hundred other useful tasks. Art is as usueful as bread.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “Once evil is individualized, becoming part of everyday life, the way of resisting it also becomes individual. How does the soul survive? is the essential question. And the response is: through love and imagination.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “In the past 30 years, officials of the Iranian regime and its apologists have labeled criticism, especially with regard to women’s rights, as anti-Islamic and pro-Western, justifying its brutalities by ascribing them to Islam and Iran’s culture.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “The stories from Iran’s present and past are reminders that freedom, democracy and human rights, or fundamentalism, fascism and terrorism are not geographically and culturally determined, but universal.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “The revolution taught me not to be consoled by other people’s miseries, not to feel thankful because so many others had suffered more. Pain and loss, like love and joy, are unique and personal; they cannot be modified by comparison to others.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “When I walked down the streets, I asked myself, are these my people?, is this my hometown, am I who I am?”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “We in ancient countries have our past- we obsess over the past. They, the Americans, have a dream: they feel nostalgia about the promise of the future.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “I would like to say how much I resent people who say of the Islamic Republic that this is our culture – as if women like to be stoned to death, or as if they like to be married at the age of nine.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “I think Islam is in a sense, in crisis. It needs to question and re-question itself.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “When I first left Iran at the age of 13, Iran had become such a shining star – it was the point to which all my desires and dreams returned.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “The reason I am so popular is that I give others back what they need to find in themselves. You need me not because I tell you what I want you to do but because I articulate and justify what you want to do.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “America was based on a poetic vision. What will happen when it loses its poetry?”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “It is amazing how, when all possibilities seem to be taken away from you, the minutest opening can become a great freedom.”
Azar Nafisi Quote: “Khatami is a symptom and not the cause of change in Iran.”
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