“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”

“To be alive is to see the world; to be asleep is to see a dream.”

“Istanbul’s fate is my fate: its beauty, its magic, its suffering, its solace are all mine.”

“In every street, on every corner, in every café, people talked of art.”

“Writing is a solitary business. It takes over your life. In some sense, a writer has no life of his own. Even when he’s there, he’s not really there.”

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”

“The beauty of a place is never the whole story.”

“My solitude is my treasure, the best thing I have.”

“The world’s always changing. If you’re not changing with it, you’re not really living.” “The poet Orhan Veli Kanik used to tell me that the first thing you have to do when you wake up in the morning is write.”

“Sometimes, when you’re in the middle of nowhere, you have to be creative to survive.”

“I had buried my nose in books and my shadow in the shadows of buildings.”

“All writers are blind in one eye: they do not see well what is going on in their immediate vicinity.” TENGEN UZUI QUOTES

“I think that life is a series of accidents, a clump of sundry occurrences, and we need to embrace the mess and the chaos.”

“Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.”

“I’m glad I don’t believe in fate because that means we have to choose.”

“In the city’s Afghan and Bukharan ghettoes, in the negro slums of Bahçekapı, in the palaces of the government and in the mansions of Pera, all the world’s fashion passed along the Grande Rue de Pera.”

“You’ll see how much you mean to me – how much I need you for your final callousness to ruin my life completely. And save my life.”

“All strange and terrible events are welcome, but comforts we despise.”

“Spend time with your family and have no regrets. Because the days are long, but the years are short.”

“Perhaps it is beneath our dignity to write trivial stories, but we remember that artists-by our nature-hate to produce trivialities.”

“Though you might think it.”

“Memories are always intruding on our present, never the opposite.”

“Only a writer can see what is beautiful in their work.”