November 14, 2016

Saadat Hasan Manto Quotes

“But love, whether in Multan or on Siberia’s icy tundra, whether in the winter or the summer, whether among the rich or the poor, whether among the beautiful or the ugly, whether among the crude or refined, love is always just love. There’s no difference.”

“Here in Manto’s own words that he wanted to mark his grave with: “In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Here lies Saadat Hasan Manto and with him lie buried all the secrets and mysteries of the art of short-story writing…. Under tons of earth he lies, still wondering who among the two is greater short-story writer: God or He.”

“Hindustan had become free. Pakistan had become independent soon after its inception but man was still slave in both these countries — slave of prejudice … slave of religious fanaticism … slave of barbarity and inhumanity.”

“I feel like I am always the one tearing everything up and forever sewing it back together.”

“I wondered why people consider escapism so bad, even the escapism on display right then. At first it might appear unseemly, but in the end its lack of pretension gives it its own sort of beauty.”

“If a man has to make a woman the center of his love, why should he integrate animality into this sacred human emotion?…Is love incompelete without it?…Is love the name of physical excersize ?”

“If you cannot bear these stories then the society is unbearable. Who am I to remove the clothes of this society, which itself is naked. I don’t even try to cover it, because it is not my job, that’s the job of dressmakers.”

“If you find my stories dirty, the society you are living in is dirty. With my stories, I only expose the truth”

“Some people kiss as if they were eating watermelon”