It means we’ll mess things up, we’ll blur lines. We’ll bring irreconcilable ideas and unlikely people together. Imagine, an Islamophobe develops a crush on a Muslim woman… or an anti-Semite becomes best friends with a Jew… on and on, until we grasp categories for what they really are: figments of our imagination. The faces we see in the mirrors are not really ours. Just reflections. We can find our true selves only in the faces of the Other. We strive for the opposite: to multiply everyone into a hundred belongings, a thousand beating hearts. If I am a human, I should be big enough to feel for people everywhere. Look at history. Observe life. It evolves from simplicity to complexity. Not vice versa, that would be devolution.” – Elif Shafak, Three Daughters of Eve.

“Your idea of you creates your reality. I say: everything is God. Whereas you say: everything is God’s. That little apostrophe makes a huge difference.” – Elif Shafak, Three Daughters of Eve.

“There’s no wisdom without love. No love without freedom. And no freedom unless we dare to walk away from what we have become.” – Elif Shafak, Three Daughters of Eve.

  • ‘If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?’ – Rumi
  • ‘The highest activity a human being can attain is learning to understand, because to understand is to to be free.’ – Spinoza

“You see, what a toxic cocktail is ignorance and power.” – Elif Shafak, Three Daughters of Eve.

“Maybe, but I don’t want an extra skin. I touch the flame, I burn; I hold ice, I’m cold. The world is that it is. We’ll all die. What’s the point in safety in crowds?” – Elif Shafak, Three Daughters of Eve.

“I think God comes in many pieces and colours. I can build a peaceful God, all-loving. Or I can build an angry God, punishing. Or maybe I’ll build nothing. God is a Lego set.” – Elif Shafak, Three Daughters of Eve.

“God was a maze without a map, a circle without a centre; the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that never seemed to fit together. If only she could solve this mistery, she could bring meaning to senselessness, reason to madness, order to chaos, and perhaps, too, she could learn to be happy.” – Elif Shafak, Three Daughters of Eve.

“Is there really no other way, no other space for things that fall under neither belief nor disbelief – neither pure religion nor pure reason? A third path for people such as me? For those of us who find dualities too rigid and don’t wish to conform to them? Because there must be others who feel as I do. It is as if I’m searching for a new language . An elusive language spoken by no one but me.” – Elif Shafak, Three Daughters of Eve.

“Some unseen hand in the universe had dismantled my life as easily as one sweeps a hand across a messy desk and clears it.” – Julia Kent, Shopping for a Billionaire’s Fiancee.

“Bride. I like that word. Could get used to saying it, especially since it has the word ‘ride’ tucked right in there.” – Julia Kent, Shopping for a Billionaire’s Fiancee.

“Remember that you haven’t wasted your time here. If you’ve come to know what is not good for you, you may also think of it all as having been a sort of magical way of finding out what is truly good for you.” – Naguib Mahfouz, Miramar.

“It seems you’re leaving a trail of kerosene, not thinking that you might be putting yourself in a ring of fire.” – Kalan Chapman Lloyd, These Boots Are Made For Butt-Kickin’ 

“For the first time in my life I understood the meaning of the word ‘never’. And it’s really awful. You say the word a hundred times a day but you don’t really know what you’re saying until you’re faced with a real never again.” – Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

“The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.” – Charles Dickens, David Copperfield.