Arundhati Roy Quotes – The Author of The God of Small Things

We have curated a list of the best Arundhati Roy Quotes. Let’s get a look at the list of quotes.

Suzanna Arundhati Roy is a super famous Indian author and she is best known for her novel The God of Small Things which was released in 1997. This book also won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997 and became the best-selling book by a non-expatriate Indian author. Arundhati is also a  political activist involved in human rights and environmental causes.

Anyways, we talked a lot about the author, let’s get into the list of quotes from Arundhati Roy.

List of Best Quotes From Arundhati Roy:

1. “To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”

― Arundhati Roy

2. “That’s what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.”

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3. “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.”

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4. “If you’re happy in a dream, does that count?”

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5. “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…”

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

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7. “Change is one thing. Acceptance is another.”

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8. “The only dream worth having is to dream that you will live while you are alive, and die only when you are dead. To love, to be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of the life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”

― Arundhati Roy

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

― Arundhati Roy

10. “Perhaps it’s true that things can change in a day. That a few dozen hours can affect the outcome of whole lifetimes. And that when they do, those few dozen hours, like the salvaged remains of a burned house—the charred clock, the singed photograph, the scorched furniture—must be resurrected from the ruins and examined. Preserved. Accounted for. Little events, ordinary things, smashed and reconstituted. Imbued with new meaning. Suddenly they become the bleached bones of a story.”

― Arundhati Roy

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

― Arundhati Roy

12. “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.”

― Arundhati Roy

13. “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

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

― Arundhati Roy

15. “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.”

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16. “There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.”

― Arundhati Roy

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

― Arundhati Roy

18. “It is after all so easy to shatter a story. To break a chain of thought. To ruin a fragment of a dream being carried around carefully like a piece of porcelain. To let it be, to travel with it, as Velutha did, is much the harder thing to do.”

― Arundhati Roy

19. “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.”

― Arundhati Roy

20. “Things can change in a day.”

― Arundhati Roy

21. “Some things come with their own punishments.”

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22. “The American way of life is not sustainable. It doesn’t acknowledge that there is a world beyond America. ”

― Arundhati Roy

23. “Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe. ”

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24. “Nothing mattered much. Nothing much mattered. And the less it mattered the less it mattered. It was never important enough. Because Worse Things had happened. In the country that she came from poised forever between the terror of war and the horror of peace Worse Things kept happening”

― Arundhati Roy

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

― Arundhati Roy

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