November 12, 2016

R. K. Narayan Quotes

“All the jarring, rattling and clanking, spurting and hissing of the moving train of the train dissolved in the distance into something that was half a sob and half a sigh. “

“But there is this peculiarity about heat: it appears to affect only those that think of it. “

“But you are not my wife. You are a woman who will go to bed with anyone who flatters your antics. That’s “

“Certain things acquired an evil complexion if phrased, but remained harmless in the mind. “

“Death and its associates, after the initial shock, produce callousness.”

“Do you realize how few ever really understand how fortunate they are in their circumstances? “

“Even when you realize that the one before you is an enemy and must be treated sternly, do not hurt with words. “

“How can two living entities possessing intelligence and judgement ever be tied together for a lifetime?”

“I came in several times and spoke, but perhaps you were asleep when I thought you were awake.'”

“If someone should ask, “how should an Opposition function?” the best answer would be, “in the manner of a traditional mother-in-law who watches the performance of household work by a daughter-in-law and follows her about with her comments. “

“if you threw a stone into a gutter it would only spurt filth in your face.”

“In a few months I was a seasoned guide. I had viewed myself as an amateur guide and a professional shopman, but now gradually I began to think of myself as a part-time shop-keeper and a full-time tourist guide. “

“In a world where we are accustomed to rivalries over possession, authority, and borders, and people clashing over the issue, Ours, or Mine, not yours, it is rather strange to find two people debating whose the kingdom is not, and asserting: Yours, not mine.”

“It is stimulating to live in a society that is not standardized or mechanized, and is free from monotony. “

“It seems to me that we generally do not have a correct measure of our own wisdom. “

“life is about making right things and going on.. “

“No one ever accepts criticism so cheerfully. Neither the man who utters it nor the man who invites it really means it. “

“Past is gone, present is going, and tomorrow is day after tomorrow’s yesterday. So why worry about anything? God is in all this. “

“The compartment built to ‘seat 8 passengers; 4 British Troops, or 6 Indian Troops’ now carried only nine. “

“The gods grow jealous of too much contentment anywhere, and they show their displeasure all of a sudden. “

“The only trouble was that the scripture master, Mr. Ebenzar, was a fanatic. “

“The sun set beyond the sea, so says the poet – and when a poet mentions a sea, we have to accept it; no harm in letting a poet describe his vision, no need to question his geography. “

“The unbeaten brat will remain unlearned, “

“This is my child. I planted it. I saw it grow. I loved it. Don’t cut it down… “

“We always question the bonafides of the man who tells us unpleasant facts. “

“What can we do with a creature who returns to his doom with such a free heart?”

“you threw a stone into a gutter it would only spurt filth in your face. “