‘The Kite Runner’ is the first novel published in 2003 by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini.
Even though the story depicted in the book is not true, the plot’s cultural and historical backdrop is accurate to a large extent. Through his poignant use of words, Khaled Hosseini has weaved magic into the book right from chapter one, and each and every character, be it Amir, Hassan, Rahim Khan, or Baba, leaves a lasting impact on the reader’s mind.
The story is largely set in Afghanistan in the 1970s. ‘The Kite Runner’s protagonist is Amir, a wealthy businessman’s son. Amir befriends one of his father’s servant’s son Hassan, who becomes a close friend and confidant of Amir until a fateful day’s events, and Amir’s pre-adolescent course of actions change the dynamics of their relationship forever. The book begins with an adult Amir reminiscing his childhood memory of a traumatic event that, in a way, seems to haunt him still. The book then shifts to Amir and Hassan’s childhood days in Afghanistan and the way Amir strives to build a closer bond with his father. Eventually, Amir sets out to atone for his mistakes by rescuing Sohrab, the son of Hassan. Despite the book being banned in some regions for inappropriate content, quotations from ‘The Kite Runner’ are still a favorite a thousand times over among people who enjoy Khaled Hosseini.
Memorable Quotes From ‘The Kite Runner’
Here are some important quotes from ‘The Kite Runner’ that you’ll find in the book.
1. “Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button…shutting it down. All of it.”
-Amir, chapter 25.
2. “Perspective was a luxury when your head was constantly buzzing with a swarm of demons.”
– Amir, chapter 25.
3. “Never mind any of those things. Because history isn’t easy to overcome. Neither is religion.”
– Amir, chapter four.
4. “Kabul had become a city of ghosts for me. A city of harelipped ghosts.”
– Amir, chapter 11.
5. “The desert weed lives on, but the flower of spring blooms and wilts. Such grace, such dignity, such a tragedy.”
-Old beggar, chapter 20.
6. “Boys and girls must know the legacy of their fathers”
-General Taheri, chapter11.
7. “Sad stories make good books.”
-Soraya, chapter 12.
8. “That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out, looking back now I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.”
-Narrator, chapter one.
9. “Life goes on, unmindful of beginning, end, kamyab, nah-kam, crisis or catharsis, moving forward like a slow, dusty caravan of kochis.”
-Narrator, chapter 25.
Quotes From Hassan
These Hassan quotes are true gems that make his character unforgettable.
10. “I dream that lawla flowers will bloom in the streets of Kabul again and rubab music will play in the samovar houses and kites will fly in the skies.”
11. “Kindness is gone from the land and you cannot escape the killings.”
12. “I am hopeful that one day I will hold one of your letters in my hands and read of your life in America.”
13. “Right now, I’m going to run that blue kite for you.”
14. “Remember, Amir agha. There’s no monster, just a beautiful day.”
15. “For you, a thousand times over!”
Rahim Khan Quotes
Rahim Khan was the closest confidant of Baba and here are some of his wise words.
16. “And that is what true redemption is, Amir Jan, when guilt leads to good.”
17. “A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer.”
18. “Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.”
– Chapter three.
19. “But the most impressive thing about your story is that it has irony…It is something that some writers reach for their entire careers and never attain.”
– Chapter four.
20. “There is a way to be good again.”
– Chapter 18.
Quotes By Amir’s Baba
Amir calls his father ‘Baba’, and here are some things said by Baba that reflect the man’s personality.
21. “When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth.”
22. “War doesn’t negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace.”
23. “There is no act more wretched than stealing.”
24. “When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s…husband, rob his children of a father.”
25. “There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft.”
26. “But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”
27. “It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime, Amir.”
‘The Kite Runner’ Quotes About Hassan
Here are some quotes about Hassan that show first-hand his unadulterated affection for Amir, something that most people would find soul-stirring.
28. “And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”
– Amir, chapter six.
29. “Hassan couldn’t read a first-grade textbook but he’d read me plenty. That was a little unsettling, but also sort of comfortable to have someone who always knew what you needed.”
-Amir, chapter seven.
30. “How could I be such an open book to him when, half the time, I had no idea what was milling around in his head?”
– Amir, chapter seven.
31. “Then he smiled his Hassan smile and disappeared around the corner. The next time I saw him smile unabashedly like that was twenty-six years later, in a faded Polaroid photograph.”
– Amir, chapter seven.
The Kite Runner Quotes
“A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything.”
“That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.”
‘‘‘I know,’ he said, breaking our embrace. ‘Inshallah, we’ll celebrate later. Right now, I’m going to run that blue kite for you,’ he said. He dropped the spool and took off running, the hem of his green chapan dragging in the snow behind him. ‘Hassan!’ I called. ‘Come back with it!’ He was already turning the street corner, his rubber boots kicking up snow. He stopped, turned. He cupped his hands around his mouth. ‘For you a thousand times over!’ he said. Then he smiled his Hassan smile and disappeared around the corner. The next time I saw him smile unabashedly like that was twenty-six years later, in a faded Polaroid photograph.”
“Huddled together in the dining room and waiting for the sun to rise, none of us had any notion that a way of life had ended.”
“That was when Baba stood up. It was my turn to clamp a hand on his thigh, but Baba pried it loose, snatched his leg away. When he stood, he eclipsed the moonlight. ‘I want you to ask this man something,’ Baba said. He said it to Karim, but looked directly at the Russian officer. ‘Ask him where his shame is.’ They spoke. ‘He says this is war. There is no shame in war.’ ‘Tell him he’s wrong. War doesn’t negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace.‘”
“My body was broken—just how badly I wouldn’t find out until later—but I felt healed. Healed at last. I laughed.”
“Then he saw me and waved. Smiled. He motioned for me to wear my mortarboard, and took a picture of me with the school’s clock tower in the background. I smiled for him – in a way, this was his day more than mine. He walked to me, curled his arm around my neck, and gave my brow a single kiss. ‘I am moftakhir, Amir,’ he said. Proud. His eyes gleamed when he said that and I liked being on the receiving end of that look.”
“I opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had. But I didn’t. I just watched. Paralyzed.”
“You’ve always been a tourist here, you just didn’t know it.”
“Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but because we don’t have to say anything”
“With me as the glaring exception, my father molded the world around him to his liking. The problem, of course, was that Baba saw the world in black and white. And he got to decide what was black and what was white. You can’t love a person who lives that way without fearing him too. Maybe even hating him a little.”
“Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.”
“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime…”
“But I hope you will heed this: A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer.”
“For me America was a place to bury memories. For Baba a place to mourn his.”
“I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”
“Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it.”
“Now, no matter what the mullah teaches, there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every sin is a variation of theft.”
“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”