Istanbul: Memories and the City Quotes.

1. "The first thing I learned at school was that some people are idiots; the second thing I learned was that some are even worse."
- Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories and the City

2. "Life can't be all that bad,' i'd think from time to time. 'Whatever happens, i can always take a long walk along the Bosphorus."
- Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories and the City

3. "Hüzün does not just paralyze the inhabitants of Instanbul, it also gives them poetic license to be paralyzed."
- Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories and the City

4. "After a time,my hand had become as skilled as my eyes.So if I was drawing a very fine tree , it folt as if my hand was moving without me directly it.As I wathced the pencil race across the page,I would look on it in amazement ,as if the drawing were the proof of another presence , as if someone else had taken up residence in my body.As I marvelled at his work aspiring to beome his equal , another part of my brain was busy inspecting the curves of the branches , the placement of mountains , the composition as a whole , reflecting that I had created this scene on a blank piece of paper.My mind was at the tip of my pen , acting before I could think ; at the same time it could survey what I had already done.This second line of perception , this ability to analyse my progress , was the pleasure this small artist felt when he looked at the discovery of his courage and freedom.To step outside myslef , to know the second pesron who had taken up residence inside me , was to retrace the dividing line that appeared as my pencil slipped across the paper.like a boy sledding in the snow. pg.135"
- Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories and the City

5. "And before long , the msuic , the views rushing past the window , my fathers voice and the narrow cobblestone streets all merged into one , and it seemed to me that while we would never find answers to these fundamental questions , it was good for us to ask them anyway . pg. 284"
- Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories and the City

6. "My fear was not the fear of God but, as in the case of the whole Turkish secular bourgeoisie, fear of the anger of those who believe in God too zealously(...) I experienced the guilt complex as something personal, originated less from the fear of distancing myself from God than from distancing myself from the sense of community shared by the entire city ."
- Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories and the City

7. "Benim için kitap okurken hala önemli olan anlamaktan çok, okuduğum şeye uygun düşler kurmaktır."
- Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories and the City

8. "If I see my city as beautiful and bewitching, then my life must be so too."
- Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories and the City

9. "Zengin olmak belki de sürekli bir "gibi yapmak" haliydi.(s.188)"
- Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories and the City

10. "It was in Cihangir that i first learned Istanbul was not an anonymous multitude of walled-in lives - a jungle of apartments where no one knew who was dead or who was celebrating what - but an archipelago of neighbourhoods in which everyone knew each other."
- Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories and the City

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