Arundhati Roy Quotes

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Arundhati Roy is an Indian author and political activist who is best known for her Man Booker Prize winning novel The God of Small Things. Here on this page, i have compiled down some of the best Arundhati Roy quotes. So if you are searching Arundhati Roy quotes, now you don't need to search for them anymore. Just hope you will like the quote compilation and learn something inspiring from Arundhati's words.

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A sparrow lay dead on the backseat. She had found her way through a hole in the windscreen, tempted by some seat-sponge for her nest. She never found her way out. No one noticed her panicked car-window appeals. She died on the backseat, with her legs in the air. Like a joke.
Arundhati Roy

And the air was full of Thoughts and Things to Say. But at times like these, only the Small Things are ever said. Big Things lurk unsaid inside.
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

And there it was again. Another religion turned against itself. Another edifice constructed by the human mind, decimated by human nature.
Arundhati Roy

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
Arundhati Roy

Being with him made her feel as though her soul had escaped from the narrow confines of her island country into the vast, extravagant spaces of his. He made her feel as though the world belonged to them- as though it lay before them like an opened frog on a dissecting table, begging to be examined.
Arundhati Roy

Change is one thing. Acceptance is another.
Arundhati Roy

Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe.
Arundhati Roy

Either way, change will come. It could be bloody, or it could be beautiful. It depends on us.
Arundhati Roy

Have we raised the threshold of horror so high that nothing short of a nuclear strike qualifies as a 'real' war? Are we to spend the rest of our lives in this state of high alert with guns pointed at each other's heads and fingers trembling on the trigger?
Arundhati Roy

He folded his fear into a perfect rose. He held it out in the palm of his hand. She took it from him and put it in her hair.
Arundhati Roy

I am completely a loner. In my head I want to feel I can be anywhere. There is a sort of recklessness that being a loner allows me.
Arundhati Roy

Humans are animals of habit.
Arundhati Roy

I think that I was quite a grown-up child, and I have been a pretty childish adult.
Arundhati Roy

If he touched her, he couldn't talk to her, if he loved her he couldn't leave, if he spoke he couldn't listen, if he fought he couldn't win.
Arundhati Roy

If you're happy in a dream, does that count?
Arundhati Roy

Insanity hovered close at hand, like an eager waiter at an expensive restaurant.
Arundhati Roy

It's being made out that the whole point of the war was to topple the Taliban regime and liberate Afghan women from their burqas, we are being asked to believe that the U.S. marines are actually on a feminist mission.
Arundhati Roy

It is after all so easy to shatter a story. To break a chain of thought. To ruin a fragment of a dream being carried around carefully like a piece of porcelain. To let it be, to travel with it, as Velutha did, is much the harder thing to do.
Arundhati Roy

It is curious how sometimes the memory of death lives on for so much longer than the memory of the life that is purloined.
Arundhati Roy

It is true that success is the most boring thing, it is tinny and brittle, failure runs deeper. Success is dangerous. I have a very complicated relationship with that word.
Arundhati Roy

It was a time when the unthinkable became the thinkable and the impossible really happened
Arundhati Roy

Little events, ordinary things, smashed and reconstituted. Suddenly, they become the bleached bones of a story.
Arundhati Roy

Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth century. Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people's minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.
Arundhati Roy

Nothing mattered much. Nothing much mattered. And the less it mattered the less it mattered. It was never important enough. Because Worse Things had happened. In the country that she came from poised forever between the terror of war and the horror of peace Worse Things kept happening
Arundhati Roy

Madness slunk in through a chink in History. It only took a moment.
Arundhati Roy

Must we behave like some damn godforsaken tribe that's just been discovered?
Arundhati Roy

People always loved best what they identified most with.
Arundhati Roy

Perhaps it's true that things can change in a day. That a few dozen hours can affect the outcome of whole lifetimes. And that when they do, those few dozen hours, like the salvaged remains of a burned house---the charred clock, the singed photograph, the scorched furniture---must be resurrected from the ruins and examined. Preserved. Accounted for. Little events, ordinary things, smashed and reconstitutred. Imbued with new meaning. Suddenly they become the bleached bones of a story.
Arundhati Roy

She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes. She spoke to no one. She spent hours on the riverbank. She smoked cigarettes and had midnight swims...
Arundhati Roy

Smells, like music, hold memories. She breathed deep, and bottled it up for posterity.
Arundhati Roy

Some things come with their own punishments.
Arundhati Roy

Soviet-style communism failed, not because it was intrinsically evil, but because it was flawed. It allowed too few people to usurp too much power. Twenty-first century market capitalism, American-style, will fail for the same reasons. Both are edifices constructed by human intelligence, undone by human nature.
Arundhati Roy

The American way of life is not sustainable. It doesn’t acknowledge that there is a world beyond America.
Arundhati Roy

That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.
Arundhati Roy

The way her body existed only where he touched her. The rest of her was smoke.
Arundhati Roy

There are things that you can't do - like writing letters to a part of yourself. To your feet or hair. Or heart.
Arundhati Roy

There is a war that makes us adore our conquerors and despise ourselves.
Arundhati Roy

There's really no such thing as the 'voiceless'. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.
Arundhati Roy

Things can change in a day.
Arundhati Roy

This was the trouble with families. Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt.
Arundhati Roy

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.
Arundhati Roy

Wars are never fought for altruistic reasons.
Arundhati Roy

When she looked at him now, she couldn't help thinking that the man he had become bore so little resemblance to the boy he had been. His smile was the only piece of baggage he had carried with him from boyhood into manhood.
Arundhati Roy

When she listened to songs that she loved on the radio, something stirred inside her. A liquid ache spread under her skin, and she walked out of the world like a witch.
Arundhati Roy

When you hurt people, they begin to love you less. That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.
Arundhati Roy

You have come to a stage where you almost have to work on yourself. You know, on finding some tranquility with which to respond to these things, because I realize that the biggest risk that many of us run is beginning to get inured to the horrors.
Arundhati Roy
 
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