Azar Nafisi Quotes.

1. "A novel is not an allegory.... It is the sensual experience of another world. If you don't enter that world, hold your breath with the characters and become involved in their destiny, you won't be able to empathize, and empathy is at the heart of the novel. This is how you read a novel: you inhale the experience. So start breathing."
- Quote by Azar Nafisi

2. "She was one of those people who are irrevocably, incurably honest and therefore both inflexible and vulnerable at the same time."
- Quote by Azar Nafisi

3. "There is little consolation in the fact that millions of people are unhappier than we are. Why should other people's misery make us happier or more content?"
- Quote by Azar Nafisi

4. "Most great works of the imagination were meant to make you feel like a stranger in your own home. The best fiction always forced us to question what we took for granted. It questioned traditions and expectations when they seemed to immutable."
- Quote by Azar Nafisi

5. "We do not read in order to turn great works of fiction into simplistic replicas of our own realities, we read for the pure, sensual, and unadulterated pleasure of reading. And if we do so, our reward is the discovery of the many hidden layers within these works that do not merely reflect reality but reveal a spectrum of truths, thus intrinsically going against the grain of totalitarian mindsets."
- Quote by Azar Nafisi

6. "When I walked down the streets, I asked myself, are these my people?, is this my hometown, am I who I am?"
- Quote by Azar Nafisi

7. "علينا ان ندس المزاح في قلب مأساتنا ، ونسخر من تعاساتنا لكيما نبقى على قيد الحياة"
- Quote by Azar Nafisi

8. "Going away isn't going to help as much as you think. The memory stays with you, and the stain. It's not something you slough off once you leave."
- Quote by Azar Nafisi

9. "أتذكر أنني قرأت لبناتي عبارة (نابوكوف) : ( لقد ولد القراء أحرارا ولا بد لهم أن يبقوا كذلك )"
- Quote by Azar Nafisi

10. "More than anything else, I miss the hope. In jail, we we had the hope that we might get out, go to college, have fun, go to the movies. I am twenty-seven. I don't know what it means to love. I don't want to be secret and hidden forever. I want to know, to know who this Nassrin is.You'd call it the ordeal of freedom, I guess."
- Quote by Azar Nafisi

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