Elif Safak


French-born Turkish Writer, Political Scientist, awarded Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters

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The child had indeed shut up but all the questions that had accumulated on his tongue circulated in his mouth, moved through the passages of his nose and climbed up from there to tickle into his teardrop ducts, so in his moss green pupils, curious, insistent, accusing sparks of questions continued to light up and fade away like fireflies flitting about on summer nights.

What is the point of Roaming the world When it's the Same Everywhere misery?

The Iron Rule of prudence for an Istanbulite Woman: If you are as fragile as a tea glass, either find a way to never encounter burning water and hope to marry an ideal husband or get yourself laid and broken as soon as possible. Alternatively, stop being a tea-glass woman!

Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighborhood of despair. Even when all doors remained closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful! It is easy to be thankful when all is well. A Sufi is thankful not only for what he has been given but also for all that he has been denied.

The real dirt is inside us. The rest is simply washed away. There is only one dirt that can not be removed with clean water, and it is the stain of hatred and fanaticism infected soul. You can cleanse with abstinence and post body, but his heart is purified only by love.

Whatever you do Shams, made ​​it for my perfection. Here's what you do not understand the people in the city. He deliberately blew the flames of intrigues, affected patients questions uttered words to ordinary ears sounded like blasphemy, stunned and challenged people, even those who loved him. Threw my books in the water to make me force you to forget what I know. Although everyone had heard what attacks to make sheikhs and scribes, few knew how capable he was tafsira30. Had deep knowledge of alchemy, astrology, astronomy, theology, philosophy and logic, but had knowledge hidden from ignorant eyes. Was fakih31 and acted like fakr32. opened our home to a prostitute and forced us to eat at the same table with her. Send me to the pub to encourage me to talk to drunks. Once made ​​me go and beg at the mosque, where I preached to put in place a Nish, a leper. Tore me from my first pilgrimage and then and nobles to get touch with ordinary people. Thanks to him I met people who otherwise would not have met. Because of the belief that you need to destroy all the idols standing between man and God, including fame, wealth, social status and even religion Shams destroy everything that kept me connected to life as we know it. Have you seen any mental limitations, prejudices and taboos, grabbed the bull by the horns and stood against it. Because it passed inspection and testing different states and stages, after each of which looked into the eyes of his most loyal followers more more deranged. Before I had a bunch of pilgrims, now I got rid of the need to have an audience. Blow after blow Shams managed to ruin my good name. Because of him, I learned how much insanity and by the time I knew the taste of loneliness, of helplessness, intrigues, privacy and ultimately heartbreak. Seest thou gain, run! Poison drink and my personal living water! certainty quit scary places go! strikeout good your name, get disgraced and shameless! Ultimately, we are all put to the test. Every day, every minute God asks us: Remember how we made ​​a covenant before being sent to this world? Do you understand his role in this reveal my riches? Usually we are not ready to answer these questions. they frighten us too much. Yet God velikotarpeliv. He asked again and again. - Elif Shafak , The Forty Rules of Love

The road to truth is the effort of the heart, not the mind.

When you see a hand from afar, Kimya, can you do that there is only one school. But you dive into the water, you realize that there is more than a river. The river is hidden inside various currents and they all run in harmony, yet are completely separate from one another.

The truth is that I have not sought to understand the world. I tried to change it.

Where there is love, there is bound to be heartache.

The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation. Do no harm. Practise compassion. And do not gossip behind anyone's back - not even seemingly innocent remark! The words that come out of our mouth do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space, and they will come back to us in due time. One man's pain will hurt us all. One man's joy will make everyone smile.

While the parts change, the whole always remains the same. For every thief who departs this world, a new one is born. And every decent person who passes away is replaced by a new one. In this way not only does nothing remain the same but also nothing ever really changes.

Patience is not to clench your teeth and do nothing. It means to be prescient enough to trust the end result of the process. What is patience? It means looking at the thorns and see the rose, to look at the night and see the dawn. Impatience means to be so myopic as to see the result. Whoever loves God remains patient, because he knows that it takes time incomplete moon to be full.

The way we see what God is only a reflection of the way we see Anfsnna. If not God brings to our minds to fear and blame, it means that a great deal of fear and blame is flowing in our souls, but if we saw God full of love and compassion , we will be well

Why is it that, in creative writing courses today, the very first thing we teach students is write what you know? Perhaps that's not the right way to start at all. Imaginative literature is not necessarily about writing who we are or what we know or what our identity is about. We should teach young people and ourselves to expand our hearts and write what we can feel. We Should Get out of our Cultural Ghetto Go and visit the next one and the next.

Perhaps it took a stranger to make a woman like her speak her mind.

The words that come out of our mouths do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space, and they will come back to us in due time.

Why, what's wrong! Religions are like rivers: all flow into a sea. Mother Mary embodies compassion, mercy, love and unconditional love. It is personal, but belongs to everyone. Never mind that you're a Muslim, you can still love her and even called his daughter Maria.

Perhaps this is why lunatics have a harder time dating, not because they are off the wall but because it is hard to find someone who is willing to date so many people in one person.

The world does not move through time as if it were a straight line, proceeding from the past to the future. Instead time moves through and within us, in endless spirals. Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness.

Writers are selfish people who do not like to draw attention to this fact.

Rebelliousness is Not A good quality in A novice.

The writer is to be selfish. And motherhood is based on the giving.

Writers write without thinking. These theories are applied later, when literary critics and scholars weigh every sentence of the writer. And when you read these theories, people have the impression that novelists deliberately create stories like this, which is not true.

Rule number forty - Ella said slowly. - Life without love is not life. Do not ask for what you seek love, spiritual or material, divine or earthly, east or west. You begin to share things arises new and new division. Love has no labels, no definitions. It just is what it is Love is living water. A lover is a soul of fire! world revolves otherwise love when the fire water. - Elif Shafak , The Forty Rules of Love

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French-born Turkish Writer, Political Scientist, awarded Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters