Sea of Poppies Quotes.

1. "The government to you is what God is to agnostics--only to be invoked when your own well being is at stake."
- Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies

2. "How was it that no one had ever told her that it was not love itself, but its treacherous gatekeepers which made the greatest demands on your courage: the panic of acknowledging it; the terror of declaring it; the fear of being rebuffed? Why had no one told her that love's twin was not hate but cowardice?"
- Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies

3. "Hold a bottle by the neck and a woman by the waist. Never the other way around."
- Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies

4. "How had it happened that when choosing the men and women who were to be torn from this subjugated plain, the hand of destiny had stayed so far inland, away from the busy coastlines, to alight on the people who were, of all, the most stubbornly rooted in the silt of the Ganga, in a soil that had to be sown with suffering to yield its crop of story and song? It was as if fate had thrust its fist through the living flesh of the land in order to tear away a piece of its stricken heart."
- Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies

5. "The truth is, sir, that men do what their power permits them to do. We are no different from the Pharaohs or the Mongols: the difference is only that when we kill people we feel compelled to pretend that it is for some higher cause. It is this pretence of virtue, I promise you, that will never be forgiven by history."
- Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies

6. "Well sir, if slavery is freedom then I'm glad I don't have to make a meal of it. Whips and chains are not much to my taste."
- Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies

7. "It was a single poppy seed...she rolled it between her fingers and raised her eyes past the straining sails, to the star-filled vault above. On any other night she would have scanned the sky for the planet she had always thought to be the arbiter of her fate - but tonight her eyes dropped instead to the tiny sphere she was holding between her thumb and forefinger. She looked at the seed as if she had never seen one before, and suddenly she knew that it was not the planet above that governed her life: it was this minuscule orb - at once bountiful and all-devouring, merciful and destructive, sustaining and vengeful. This was her Shani, her Saturn."
- Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies

8. "Whatever the case, he saw now that it was a rare, difficult and improbable thing for two people from worlds apart to find themselves linked by a tie of pure sympathy, a feeling that owed nothing to the rules and expectations of others. He understood also that when such a bond comes into being, its truths and falsehoods, its obligations and privileges, exist only for the people who are linked by it, and then in such a way that only they can judge the honour and dishonour of how they conduct themselves in relation to each other."
- Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies

9. "The wind is rising and we must make sail. Anchors aweigh! We must be off!"
- Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies

10. "How was it that no one had ever told her that it was not love itself, but its treacherous gatekeepers which made the greatest demands on your courage: the panic of acknowledging it; the terror of declaring it; the fear of being rebuffed? Why had no one told her that love’s twin was not hate but cowardice?"
- Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies

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