ARUNDHATI ROY QUOTES

“The only dream worth having is to dream that you will live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

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

“There’s no such thing as the voiceless. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.”

“The power of the elite is a whole architecture of knowledge, and the knowledge is constructed and sustained by the elite institutions.”

“An unalterable and unquestioned law of the political scene is that the media always want blood.”

“The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There’s no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.”

“The only thing worth globalizing is dissent.”

“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.”

“Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.”

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories.”

“The trouble with fascism is that it’s built on lies. And when it falls, all the lies are exposed.”

“A responsible citizen would never blindly follow any leader, but would always be quick to question and challenge divisive and corrupt policies and statements.”

“Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways?” QUOTES ABOUT SELF SABOTAGE

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories.”

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”

“A thing does not exist merely because men have forgotten it.”

“The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving. I didn’t want to destroy anything or anybody. I just wanted to slip quietly out the back door, without causing any fuss or consequences, and then not stop running until I reached Greenland.”

“Language allows us to reach out to people, to touch them with our innermost fears, hopes, disappointments, victories. To reach out to people we’ll never meet. It’s the greatest legacy you could ever leave your children or your loved ones: The history of how you felt.”

“The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.”

“India is a wounded civilization. Its nationalism is an unthinking, unquestioning, self-destructive nationalism that points to the past instead of the future.”

“It is important to tell our own story, and not wait for others to define what we are.”

“We are not looking for any greater success without justice, any greater peace without freedom.”

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories.”

“The people who are marginalized by the global economy are the people to whom we should be turning if we want to change the world.”