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  • A man is truly a man when he wins the love of a good woman, earns her respect, and keeps her trust. Until you can do that, you're not a man.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • I still love you. And sometimes, my friend, the love that I have, and can't give to you, crushes the breath from my chest. Sometimes, even now, my heart is drowning in a sorrow that has no stars without you, and no laughter, and no sleep.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • The contrast between the familiar and the exceptional was everywhere around me. A bullock cart was drawn up beside a modern sports car at a traffic signal. A man squatted to relieve himself behind the discreet shelter of a satellite dish. An electric forklift truck was being used to unload goods from an ancient wooden cart with wooden wheels. The impression was of a plodding indefatigable and distant past that had crashed intact through barriers of time into its own future. I liked it.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • A man trusts another man when he sees enough of himself in him.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • I went to war. .... I survived, while other men around me died. ... men whose lives were crunched up in mistakes, and thrown away by the wrong second of someone else's hate, or love, or indifference.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")


  • The past reflects eternally between two mirrors -the bright mirror of words and deeds, and the dark one, full of things we didn't do or say.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • A wise man once told me- he's a muslim by the way- that he has more in common with a jew than he does a fanatic of his own religion. He has more in common with a rational, reasonable-minded Christian or a Buddhist or Hindu than he does with a fanatic of his own religion. In fact, he has more in common with a ration, reasonable-minded atheist than he does with a fanatic of his own religion
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • In the face of all that is so wrong with the world, the very worst thing you can do is survive. And yet you must survive. It is this dilemma that makes us believe and cling to the lie that we have a soul, and that there is a God who cares about its fate.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • The truth is a bully we all pretend to like
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • And money, if the pile gets high enough, is something like a big political party: it does as much harm as it does good, it puts too much power in too few hands, and the closer you come to it the dirtier you get.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • Indians are the Italians of Asia and vice versa. Every man in both countries is a singer when he is happy, and every woman is a dancer when she walks to the shop at the corner. For them, food is the music inside the body and music is the food inside the heart. Amore or Pyar makes every man a poet, a princess of peasant girl if only for second eyes of man and woman meets.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • The voice, Afghan matchmakers say, is more than half of love.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • Ask people for help. You'll be all right. Don't worry. It's a great adventure, your life, and it has only just begun…
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • It doesnt always help us to love the world,but it does prevent us from hating the world.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • There is no man, and no place, without war. The only thing we can do is choose a side, and fight. That is the only choice we get - who we fight for, who we fight against. That is life.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")


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