21 Best The Namesake Quotes

In this article, the topic of discussion is Jhuma Lahiri’s novel, “The Namesake Quotes.” These selective and important quotations were selected after I finished reading the book. Those of you who are interested in reading my review of The Namesake can read it here: The Namesake Book Review.


Jhumpa Lahiri The Namesake quotes

1. Until now it has not occurred to Gogol that names die over time, that they perish just as people do.

The Namesake Quote Gogol


2. Like pregnancy, being a foreigner, Ashima believes, is something that elicits the same curiosity from strangers, the same combination of pity and respect.

Jhumpa Lahiri The Namesake Quote


3. Within Bengali families, individual names are sacred, inviolable. They are not meant to be inherited or shared.

The Namesake Names Quote


4. Pet names are a persistent remnant of childhood, a reminder that life is not always so serious, so formal, so complicated. They are a reminder, too, that one is not all things to all people.

The Namesake Quote About Names


5. In America anything is possible. Do as you wish.

Jhumpa Lahiri The Namesake America Quote


6. Remember that you and I made this journey, that we went together to a place where there was nowhere left to go.

Jhumpa Lahiri Quote


7. American-born confused deshi.

Quote about America


8. Like the rest of their Bengali friends, his parents expect him to be, if not an engineer, then a doctor, a lawyer, an economist at the very least.

Quote on Bengalis


9. There’s no such thing as a perfect name.

Quote about name


10. She has the gift of accepting her life; as he comes to know her, he realizes that she has never wished she were anyone other than herself, raised in any other place, in any other way.

Jhumpa Lahiri Quote


11. He was teaching me how to live alone.

Quote about being alone


12. Gogol is reminded that in all his life he has never witnessed a single moment of physical affection between his parents. Whatever love exists between them is an utterly private, uncelebrated thing.

Jhumpa Lahiri Gogol Quote


13. I think I’m officially at the age when I want people to forget my birthday.

Quote about birthday and age


14. The nickname had irritated and pleased her at the same time. It made her feel foolish, but she was aware that in renaming her he had claimed her somehow, already made her his own.

The Nickname Quote The Namesake


15. She has adopted his surname but refuses, for propriety’s sake, to utter his first.

Jhumpa Lahiri Name Quote


16. You’re going to break hearts, you know.

The Namesake book quote


17. Read all the Russians, and then reread them. They will never fail you.

Quote about reading russian literature


18. But you’re Indian. I’d think the climate wouldn’t affect you, given your heritage.

The Namesake Being Indian Quote


19. The fact that he is single doesn’t worry him, and yet he is conscious of the degree to which it troubles his mother.

Gogol Quote Jhumpa Lahiri


20. True to the meaning of her name, she will be without borders, without a home of her own, a resident everywhere and nowhere.

The Namesake Quote Jhumpa Lahiri


21. The reader should realize himself that it could not have happened otherwise, and that to give him any other name was quite out of the question.

Nikolai Gogol Name Quote



I hope you like these quotes from The Namesake. Thanks for reading. Jai Hind. 

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Yash Sharma

Namaste reader, My name is Yash, and books for me are like a medicine, which removes my ignorance and also helps me in behaving more like a human.Though I live in the world’s largest democracy, India, but when I look around, I realized that this democratic nation of mine has turned into a kind of feudal oligarchy or kleptocracy, where people from a particular community or I would say particular surname has hijacked this democracy, and the political parties in India has turned itself into a kind of family enterprises where the family members are the only shareholders. And I want to change this, and books are a weapon which is helping me, so that I can help others and my nation.Shukriya for reading this Thought of mine.

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