35 Best The Kite Runner Quotes

In Khaled Hosseini’s mesmerising novel, The Kite Runner, we come across the story of Amir and Hassan. In fact, other than the tale, the novel also contains some very important quotes that also deserve attention. And in this article we’ll talk about some of the quotes from The Kite Runner. 


Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner Quotes

1. The kinship I felt suddenly for the old land it suprised me. I thought I had forgotten about this land. But I hadn’t. Maybe Afghanistan hadn’t forgotten me either.

The Kite Runner Quote on Afghanistan


2. There is a way to be good again. 

The Kite Runner Quote by Hassan


3. They do nothing but thumb their prayer beads and recite a book written in a tongue they don’t even understand. God helps us all if Afghanistan ever falls into their hands.

The Kite Runner Baba Quote


4. A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up for anything.

The Kite Runner Quote by Baba


5. If the kite was the gun, then tar, the glass-coated cutting line, was the bullet in the chamber.

Khaled Hosseini quote about Kite


6. Afghans cherish custom but abhor rules.

Quote on Afghans


7. But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.

The Kite Runner Quote about truth


8. For you a thousand times over.

The Kite Runner Quote by Khaled Hosseini


9. You don’t order someone to polish your shoes one day and call them ‘sister’ the next.

The Kite Runner quote about dignity


10. When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to be a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. There is no act more wretched than stealing.

The Kite Runner Baba Quote about stealing


11. He says this is a war. There is no shame in war.

Quote about war


12. War doesn’t negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace.

Khaled Hosseini quote about war


13. Long before the Roussi army marched into Afghanistan, long before villages were burned and schools destroyed, long before mines were planted like seeds of death and children buried in rock-piled graves, Kabul had become a city of ghosts for me. A city of harelipped ghosts.

Quote about Kabul


14. Well, people need stories to divert them at difficult times like this.

Quote about stories


15. It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even in a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.

Khaled Hosseini quote about fate


16. The man is a Pashtun to the root. He has nang (honor) and namoos (pride).

Quote about Pashtun


17. We may be hardheaded and I know we’re far too proud, but, in the hour of need, believe me that there’s no one you’d rather have at your side than a Pashtun.

Khaled Hosseini quote about Pashtuns


18. I’m happy you came. It means the world to me.

Khaled Hosseini quote about happiness


19. Life is a train. Get on board.

Quote about life


20. We’re a melancholic people, we Afghans, aren’t we? Often, we wallow too much in ghamkhori and self-pity. We give in to loss, to suffering, accept it as a fact of life, even see it as necessary. Zendagi migzara, we say, life goes on.

Quote about Afghans


21. But time can be a greedy thing, sometimes it steals all the details for itself.

Quote about time


22. As an Afghan, I knew it was better to be miserable than rude.

Quote about Afghan


23. I’m sorry we can’t offer you meat. Only the Taliban can afford meat now.

Khaled Hosseini quote about the Taliban


24. The wars had made fathers a rare commodity in Afghanistan.

Quote about wars


25. Returning to Kabul was like running into an old, forgotten friend and seeing that life hadn’t been good to him, that he’d become homeless and destitute.

The Kite Runner quote about Kabul


26. The desert weed lives on, but the flower of spring blooms and wilts. Such grace, such dignity, such a tragedy.

The Kite Runner quote about tragedy


27. Take two Afghans who’ve never met, put them in a room for ten minutes, and they’ll figure out how they’re related.

Khaled Hosseini quote about Afghans


28. Wars were waged, the internet was invented, and a robot had rolled on the surface of Mars, and in Afghanistan we were still telling Mullah Nasruddin jokes.

Khaled Hosseini quote about Afghanistan


29. Public justice is the greatest kind of show, my brother. Drama. Suspense. And, best of all, education en masse.

The Kite Runner quote about public justice


30. Afghanistan is like a beautiful mansion littered with garbage, and someone has to take out the garbage.

Best lines on Afghanistan


31. A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer.

Quote about conscience


32. There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.

Quote about children of Afghanistan


33. Father used to say it’s wrong to hurt even bad people. Because they don’t know any better, and because bad people sometimes become good.

The Kite Runner quote about Hassan


34. I think he loved us equally but differently.

Khaled Hosseini quote about love


35. For me, America was a place to bury my memories.

Khaled Hosseini quote about America



I hope you like these, The Kite Runner quotes. 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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