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Rohinton Mistry Quote: “In the end, it’s all a question of balance.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “If you ignore little things, they become big problems.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Black money is so much a part of our white economy, a tumour in the centre of the brain – try to remove it and you kill the patient.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Loss is essential. Loss is part and parcel of that necessary calamity called life.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “After all, our lives are but a sequence of accidents – a clanking chain of chance events. A string of choices, casual or deliberate, which add up to that one big calamity we call life.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “You see, you cannot draw lines and compartments, and refuse to budge beyond them, sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping stones to success.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “So we tell the same story, over and over. Just the details are different.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “All fiction relies on the real world in the sense that we all take in the world through our five senses and we accumulate details, consciously or subconsciously. This accumulation of detail can be drawn on when you write fiction.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “In the broad sense, as a processing of everything one hears or witnesses, all fiction is autobiographical – imagination ground through the mill of memory. It’s impossible to separate the two ingredients.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Flirting with madness was one thing; when madness started flirting back, it was time to call the whole thing off.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Money can buy the necessary police order. Justice is sold to the highest bidder.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Distance was a dangerous thing, she knew. Distance changed people.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “The Law is a grim, unsmiling thing. Not Justice, though. Justice is witty and whimsical and kind and caring.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “There was no such thing as perfect privacy, life was a perpetual concert-hall recital with a captive audience.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “You see, we cannot draw lines and compartments and refuse to budge beyond them. Sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping-stones to success. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair.′ He paused, considering what he had just said. ‘Yes’, he repeated. ‘In the end, it’s all a question of balance.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “If there was an abundance of misery in the world, there was also sufficient joy, yes – as long as one knew where to look for it.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “He who spits paan at the ceiling only blinds himself.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “I met my wife when we were both 19 or 20, at a music school where she was taking voice and piano lessons and I was doing classes in music theory and composition.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “The whole quilt is much more important than any single square.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Zoroastrianism is about the opposition of good and evil. For the triumph of good, we have to make a choice. We can enlist on the side of good by prospering, making money and using our wealth to help others.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “But how firm to stand, how much to bend? Where was the line between compassion and foolishness, kindness and weakness? And that was from her position. From theirs, it might be a line between mercy and cruelty, consideration and callousness. She could draw it on this side, but they might see it on that side.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Time had changed the magical to mundane.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Remembering bred its own peculiar sorrow. It seemed so unfair: that time should render both sadness and happiness into a source of pain.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “I think a lot about the past, it’s true. But at my age, the past is more present than the here and now. and there is not much percentage in the future.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Where humans are concerned, the only emotion that made sense was wonder, at their ability to endure...”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “The carnage upon the chessboard of life, left wounded humans in its wake.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “The bhel-puri stall was a sculptured landscape with its golden pyramid of sev, the little snow mountains of mumra, hillocks of puris, and, in among their valleys, in aluminium containers, pools of green and brown and red chutneys.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “At the best of times, democracy is a seesaw between complete chaos and tolerable confusion. You see, to make a democratic omelette you have to break a few democratic eggs. To fight fascism and other evil forces threatening our country, there is nothing wrong in taking strong measures.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “But nobody ever forgot anything, not really, though sometimes they pretended, when it suited them. Memories were permanent. Sorrowful ones remained sad even with the passing of time, yet happy ones could never be recreated – not with the same joy. Remembering bred its own peculiar sorrow. It seemed so unfair: that time should render both sadness and happiness into a source of pain.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “There didn’t seem to her any harm in it, and the make-believe was so comforting.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Walk, first, through the fire, then philosophize...”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Did life treat everyone so wantonly, ripping the good things to pieces while letting bad things fester and grow like fungus on unrefrigerated food? Vasantrao Valmik the proofreader would say it was all part of living, that the secret of survival was to balance hope and despair, to embrace change. But embrace misery and destruction?”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “How can time be long or short? Time is without length or breadth. The question is, what happened during its passing. And what happened is, our lives have been joined together.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair. In the end it’s all a question of balance.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Traffic in the streets of Bombay is chaotic at best. Riding a bicycle is a dangerous occupation. However, there are hundreds of them on the streets competing with the cars and buses and lorries because it is the poor man’s mode of transport.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Lately you are brooding too much about rights. Give up this dangerous habit.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Ishvar left the trunk he was packing on the verandah, and came in. He sat on the bed, putting his around him. “You know, Maneck, the human face has limited space. My mother used to say, if you fill your face with laughing, there will be no room for crying.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “The future was becoming past, everything vanished into the void, and reaching back to grasp for something, one came out clutching – what? A bit of string, scraps of cloth, shadows of the golden time. If one could only reverse it, turn the past into future, and catch it on the wing, on its journey across the always shifting line of the present...”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “But too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart, as my favourite poet has written.’ ‘Who’s that?’ ‘W. B. Yeats. And I think that sometimes normal behaviour has to be suppressed, in order to carry on.’ ‘I’m not sure,’ said Maneck. ‘Wouldn’t it be better to respond honestly instead of hiding it? Maybe if everyone in the country was angry or upset, it might change things, force the politicians to behave properly.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “He kept looking for new experiences, and though he was very successful at everything he attempted, it did not bring him happiness. Remember this, success alone does not bring happiness. Nor does failure have to bring unhappiness.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Birth and death – what could be more monstrous than that? We like to deceive ourselves and call it wondrous and beautiful and majestic, but it’s freakish, let’s face it.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “But so far, the invisible line was holding, separating the potential from its realization. Strange, that invisible lines could be so powerful, thought Maneck – strong as brick walls.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “In foreign countries they fear baldness. They are so rich in foreign countries, they can afford to fear all kinds of silly things.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “The worst part of great poverty is that you become blind to it.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Daughter-in-law is just a word. Call her anything you like. The hand of good fortune is not fussy about words.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Curious, he thought, how, if you knew a person long enough, he could elicit every kind of emotion from you, every possible reaction, envy, admiration, pity, irritation, fury, fondness, jealousy, love, disgust. But in the end all human beings became candidates for compassion, all of us, without exception... and if we could recognize this from the beginning, what a saving in pain and grief and misery.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Hahnji, mister, you must be patient. Before you can name that corner, our future must become past.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “Time is the twine to tie our lives into parcels of years and months. Or a rubber band stretched to suit our fancy. Time can be the pretty ribbon in a little girl’s hair. Or the lines in your face, stealing your youthful colour and your hair.’ He sighed and smiled sadly. ‘But in the end, time is a noose around the neck, strangling slowly.”
Rohinton Mistry Quote: “The joy and laughter and youth they brought was an antidote to the somberness enveloping his flat, the hours when he felt the very walls and ceilings were encrusted with the distress of of unhappy decades.”
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