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  • A good man is as strong as the right woman needs him to be.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • Heroes only come in three kinds:dead, damaged or dubious.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • The best revenge, like the best sex, is performed slowly, and with the eyes open.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • A man has to find a good woman, and when he finds her he has to win her love. then he has to earn her respect. then he has to cherish her trust. and then he has to, like, go on doing that for as long as they live. Until they both die. That's what it's all about. That's the most important thing in the world. That's what a man is, Yaar. A man is truly a man when he wins the love of a good woman, earns her respect, and keeps her trust. Until you do that, you're not a man.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • I don't know what frightens me more, the power that crushes us, or our endless ability to endure it.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")


  • The burden of happiness can only be relieved by the balm of suffering.
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")

  • 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")


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