20 Best The White Tiger Quotes By Aravind Adiga
In this article, we’ll talk about some of the best quotes from The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. And I’ve selected these quotes after reading the book. And if you want to read my review of the book, you can also find it here: The White Tiger Book Review.
The White Tiger Quotes
1. Free people don’t know the value of freedom, that’s the problem.
2. We’re driving past Gandhi, after just having given a bribe to a minister. It’s a fucking joke, isn’t it.
3. My country is the kind where it pays to play it both ways: the Indian entrepreneur has to be straight and crooked, mocking and believing, sly and sincere, at the same time.
4. Entrepreneurs are made from half-baked clay.
5. You see, I am in the Light now, but I was born and raised in Darkness.
6. Please understand, Your Excellency, that India is two countries in one: an India of Light, and an India of Darkness.
7. They remain slaves because they can’t see what is beautiful in this world.
8. I am not an original thinker but I am an original listener.
9. Stories of rottenness and corruption are always the best stories, aren’t they?
10. In the old days there were one thousand castes and destinies in India. These days, there are just two castes: Men with Big Bellies, and Men with Small Bellies. And only two destinies: eat, or get eaten up.
11. But in India, or, at least in the Darkness, the rich don’t have drivers, cooks, barbers, and tailors. They simply have servants.
12. These are the three main diseases of this country sir, typhoid, cholera, and election fever. This last one is the worst; it makes people talk and talk about things that they have no say in.
13. I was looking for the key for years but the door was always open.
14. Remember, Mr Premier, that Delhi is the capital of not one but two countries- two Indias. The Light and the Darkness both flow in to Delhi.
15. I’m sick of the food I eat, Balram. I’m sick of the life I lead. We rich people, we’ve lost our way, Balram. I want to be a simple man like you, Balram.
16. A handful of men in this country have trained the remaining 99.9 per cent – as strong, as talented, as intelligent in every way to exist in perpetual servitude; a servitude so strong that you can put the key of his emancipation in a man’s hands and he will throw it back at you with a curse.
17. Standing around books, even books in a foreign language, you feel a kind of electricity buzzing up towards you.
18. My whole life, I have been treated like a donkey. All I want is that one son of mine, at least one should live like a man.
19. The trustworthiness of servants is the basis of the entire Indian economy.
20. The one infallible law of life in the Darkness is that good news becomes bad news and soon.
I hope you like this article. Thanks for reading. Jai Hind.
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