94 Inspiring Quotes By Arundhati Roy The Man Booker Prize Winning Author, That Will Implore You To Rise Above All Futilities.

Arundhati Roy is the author of Man Booker Prize winning novel 'God of Small Things'. She is the kind of writer who is unafraid to voice her opinions and break stereotypes. Many of her readers know that God of Small Things was inspired by her childhood memories. But here we bring to you some interesting facts about the writer that are not common knowledge.

1. In a country where it was the norm to marry off girls by sixteen, Arundhati broke all social shackles and left home and pursued a degree in architect from Delhi. She got married to a fellow student and they quit architecture. Settling in Goa, they baked cakes for a living. The marriage ended and Arundhati returned to Delhi.

2. It was during this time that film director Pradeep Krishen noticed her while she was riding a bicycle. It was this encounter that landed her a small part in the movie 'Massey Saab.'

3. Her association with films did not end here and she went on to co-star in the 1989 movie 'In Which Annie Gives It to those Ones.' She even penned scripts for several films and television dramas.

4. At a time when the entire nation was riding high on a tide of patriotism, celebrating the success of Pokhran, Roy condemned the nuclear test:
"All I can say to every man, woman and sentient child here in India, and over there, just a little way away in Pakistan, is: Take it personally. Whoever you are -- Hindu, Muslim, urban, agrarian -- it doesn't matter. The only good thing about nuclear war is that it is the single most egalitarian idea that man has ever had. On the day of reckoning, you will not be asked to present your credentials. The devastation will be indiscriminate."

5. In her book 'Walking with the Comrades', Roy chronicled the experiences she shared with the Maosists during her three week stay in the forests of Chhattisgarh.

That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

If you're happy in a dream, does that count?

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

And the air was full of Thoughts and Things to Say. But at times like these, only the Small Things are ever said. Big Things lurk unsaid inside.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

This was the trouble with families. Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Change is one thing. Acceptance is another.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

When you hurt people, they begin to love you less. That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.

- Arundhati Roy

She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes. She spoke to no one. She spent hours on the riverbank. She smoked cigarettes and had midnight swims...

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

The way her body existed only where he touched her. The rest of her was smoke.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.

- Arundhati Roy

He folded his fear into a perfect rose. He held it out in the palm of his hand. She took it from him and put it in her hair.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

I am completely a loner. In my head I want to feel I can be anywhere. There is a sort of recklessness that being a loner allows me.

- Arundhati Roy

There is a war that makes us adore our conquerors and despise ourselves.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

The American way of life is not sustainable. It doesnt acknowledge that there is a world beyond America.

- Arundhati Roy

Ammu said that human beings were creatures of habit, and it was amazing the kind of things one could get used to.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Things can change in a day.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Some things come with their own punishments.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

If he touched her, he couldn't talk to her, if he loved her he couldn't leave, if he spoke he couldn't listen, if he fought he couldn't win.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

As Estha stirred the thick jam he thought Two Thoughts and the Two Thoughts he thought were these: a) Anything can happen to anyone. and b) It is best to be prepared.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

I think that I was quite a grown-up child, and I have been a pretty childish adult.

- Arundhati Roy

It is curious how sometimes the memory of death lives on for so much longer than the memory of the life that is purloined.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

It was a time when the unthinkable became the thinkable and the impossible really happened

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

There's really no such thing as the 'voiceless'. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.

- Arundhati Roy

Insanity hovered close at hand, like an eager waiter at an expensive restaurant.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Her grief grieved her. His devastated her.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Little events, ordinary things, smashed and reconstituted. Suddenly, they become the bleached bones of a story.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Either way, change will come. It could be bloody, or it could be beautiful. It depends on us.

- Arundhati Roy

There are things that you can't do - like writing letters to a part of yourself. To your feet or hair. Or heart.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

And there it was again. Another religion turned against itself. Another edifice constructed by the human mind, decimated by human nature.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Smells, like music, hold memories. She breathed deep, and bottled it up for posterity.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Pointed in the wrong direction, trapped outside their own history and unable to retrace their steps because their footprints had been swept away.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

People always loved best what they identified most with.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

That it really began in the days when the Love Laws were made. The laws that lay down who should be loved, and how. And how much.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

He could do only one thing at a time. If he held her, he couldn't kiss her. If he kissed her, he couldn't see her. If he saw her, he couldn't feel her.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

By then Esthappen and Rahel had learned that the world had other ways of breaking men. They were already familiar with the smell. Sicksweet. Like old roses on a breeze.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

When she listened to songs that she loved on the radio, something stirred inside her. A liquid ache spread under her skin, and she walked out of the world like a witch.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

What came for them? Not death. Just the end of living.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

The only dream worth having, I told her, is to dream that you will live while you're alive and die only when you're dead.

- The Cost of Living, Arundhati Roy

Must we behave like some damn godforsaken tribe that's just been discovered?

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap peoples minds &amp then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.

- Arundhati Roy

Wars are never fought for altruistic reasons.

- Arundhati Roy

Flat muscled and honey coloured. Sea secrets in his eyes. A silver raindrop in his ear.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Humans are animals of habit.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Madness slunk in through a chink in History. It only took a moment.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

He held her as though she was a gift. Given to him in love. Something still and small. Unbearably precious.

- Arundhati Roy

It is true that success is the most boring thing, it is tinny and brittle, failure runs deeper. Success is dangerous. I have a very complicated relationship with that word.

- Arundhati Roy

Heaven opened and the water hammered down, reviving the reluctant old well, greenmossing the pigless pigsty, carpet bombing still, tea-colored puddles the way memory bombs still, tea-colored minds.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

She was perhaps too young to realize that what she assumed was her love for [him] was actually a tentative, timorous, acceptance of herself.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

&hellip he remained restrained and strangely composed. It was a composure born of extreme provocation. It stemmed from a lucidity that lies beyond rage.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. Maybe many of us won't be here to greet her, but on a quiet day, if I listen very carefully, I can hear her breathing.

- War Talk, Arundhati Roy

Old. A viable die-able age.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

One beach-colored. One brown. One Loved. One Loved a Little Less.

- Arundhati Roy

To call someone 'anti-American', indeed, to be anti-American, is not just racist, it's a failure of the imagination.

- Arundhati Roy

Let's leave one alive so that it can be lonely.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

There are things that can be forgotten. And things that cannot - that sit on dusty shelves like stuffed birds with baleful, sideways staring eyes.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Here they learned to Wait. To Watch. To think thoughts and not voice them.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

His gratitude widened his smile and bent his back.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

They looked at each other. They weren't thinking anymore. The time for that had come and gone. Smashed smiles lay ahead of them. But that would be later. Lay Ter.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

The fact that something so fragile, so unbearably tender had survived, had been allowed to exist, was a miracle.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

To understand history,' Chacko said, 'we have to go inside and listen to what they're saying. And look at the books and the pictures on the wall. And smell the smells.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Humbling was a nice word, Rahel thought. Humbling along without a care in the world

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Some days he walked along the banks of the river that smelled of shit and pesticides bought with World Bank loans.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Neither question nor answer was meant as anything more than a polite preamble to conversation.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

She viewed ethnic cleansing, famine and genocide as direct threats to her furniture.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Margaret Kochamma's tiny, ordered life relinquished itself to this truly baroque bedlam with the quiet gasp of a warm body entering a chilly sea.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

From now on it is not dying we must fear, but living.

- The Cost of Living, Arundhati Roy

They only asked for punishments that fitted their crimes. Not ones that came like cupboards with built-in bedrooms. Not ones you spent your whole life in, wandering through its maze of shelves.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Do we need weapons to fight wars? Or do we need wars to create markets for weapons?

- Capitalism: A Ghost Story, Arundhati Roy

[Internationa] Aid is just another praetorian business enterprise.

- The Cost of Living, Arundhati Roy

But can we, should we, let apprehensions about the future immobilize us in the present?

- Broken Republic: Three Essays, Arundhati Roy

Capitalism is destroying the planet. The two old tricks that dug it out of past crises--War and Shopping--simply will not work.

- Capitalism: A Ghost Story, Arundhati Roy

His eyes were polite yet maleficent, as though he was making an effort to be civil to the photographer while plotting to murder his wife.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

When you recreate the image of man, why repeat God's mistakes?

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

...although you know that one day you will die, you live as if you won't.

- Arundhati Roy

Debating Imperialism is a bit like debating the pros and cons of rape. What can we say? That we really miss it?

- An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire, Arundhati Roy

On Rahel's heart Pappachi's moth snapped open its somber wings. Out. In. And lifted its legs. Up. Down.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

They looked cheerful in the photograph, Lenin and his wife. As though they had a new refrigerator in their drawing room, and a down payment on a DDA flat.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Coercing a woman out of a burka is as bad as coercing her into one. It's not about the burka. It's about the coercion.

- Arundhati Roy

And on Ammu's road (to Age and Death) a small, sunny meadow appeared. Copper grass spangled with blue butterflies. Beyond it, an abyss.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

He gathered her into the cave of his body." (Roy,338)

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Red ants that had a sour farty smell when they were squashed.

- Arundhati Roy

Ammu's tears made everything that had so far seemed unreal, real.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

[b.] be prepared to be prepared.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

The God of Loss. The God of Small Things. He left no footprints in the sand, no ripples in water, no image in mirrors.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

The war against terror is not really about terror. It's about a superpower's self-destructive impulse toward supremacy, stranglehold, global hemegony.

- An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire, Arundhati Roy

And the air was full of Thoughts and Things to Say. But at times like these, only the Small Things are ever said. Big Things lurk unsaid inside. ? Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

It's odd how those who dismiss the peace movement as Utopian proffer the most absurdly dreamy reasons for war.

- An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire, Arundhati Roy

Rahel thought of the someone who had taken the trouble to go up there with cans of paint, white for the clouds, blue for the sky, silver for the jets, and brushes, and thinner.

- Arundhati Roy

La nuit avait les coudes posés sur l'eau où ricochaientles fragiles échardes des étoiles filantes.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Il est capable de mettre au jour la douleur qui est au coeur du bonheur. (p.305)

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

The boat that Ammu would use to cross the river. To love by night the man her children loved by day.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Ammu watched over them fiercely. Her watchfulness stretched her, made her taut and tense. She was quick to reprimand her children, but even quicker to take offense on their behalf.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Politeness. Obedience. Loyalty. Intelligence. Courtesy. Efficiency.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Vinas kvelaka vele&scaronanas bija, lai vinai butu pulkstenis, kam vina varetu mainit laiku, kad vien veletos (tam, vinasprat, Laiks ari domats).

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Bog je zamenjen Marksom, Satana bur9Eoazijom, raj besklasnim dru&scarontvom, a crkva partijom, dok su vrsta i cilj putovanja ostali slicni. Trka s preponama, na cijem cilju ceka nagrada.

- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

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