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Elif Safak Quotes

A true friend is someone who accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future
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The darkest nights produce the brightest stars
If cats could talk, they wouldn't
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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken
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And then you meet one person and your life changes forever
I like me a little bit more when i'm with you
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Together is my favorite place to be
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Isn’t connecting people to distant lands and culture one of the strengths of good literature?  (Elif Safak Quotes) For me, writing stories is one way of feeling connected to the universe and God  (Elif Safak Quotes) Obviously, Turkey is not a typical authoritarian regime, and obviously it’s very important that there are free elections. But it’s also obvious that this is not a liberal, mature democracy. This is why I call Turkey a wobbly democracy. At any time, it can tip over and fall down.  (Elif Safak Quotes) Sometimes I feel I have more faith in European ideals than some of my British or French friends. For them, it’s a financial burden. For me, Europe is primarily about values, about fundamental rights, freedom, women’s rights.  (Elif Safak Quotes) In a normal democracy, you protect the individual from the excessive power of the state. In Turkey, power elites try to protect the state - as if this state were fragile and needed protection - when in fact, it’s too powerful already.  (Elif Safak Quotes) The digital world is developing with such force and such a pace that you simply can’t ban or control it. People want to be globally connected.  (Elif Safak Quotes) Turkey has a very young, dynamic, curious population. In Europe, Facebook and Twitter are mostly about sharing daily experiences while for Turkish people, social networks are political platforms.  (Elif Safak Quotes) God is the biggest storyteller, and when we create stories, we connect with him and with each other across cultural, religious and gender boundaries.  (Elif Safak Quotes) No reason to feel depressed about being depressed. A depression can be a golden opportunity to collect the pieces and build ourselves anew. Global Souls are always on the move, nomads at heart, connected to various cities, commuters between cultures, both from here and everywhere  (Elif Safak Quotes) The Iron Rule of prudence for an Istanbulite Woman: If you are as fragile as a tea glass, either find a way to never encounter burning water and hope to marry an ideal husband or get yourself laid and broken as soon as possible. Alternatively, stop being a tea-glass woman!  (Elif Safak Quotes) The past lives within the present, and our ancestors breathe through our children  (Elif Safak Quotes) Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness  (Elif Safak Quotes) Knowledge that takes you, not beyond yourself is far worse than ignorance  (Elif Safak Quotes) Believers are each other’s mirrors  (Elif Safak Quotes) A saint belongs to all humanity  (Elif Safak Quotes) Perhaps it took a stranger to make a woman like her speak her mind  (Elif Safak Quotes) Where there is love, there is bound to be heartache  (Elif Safak Quotes) Stop running after the waves. Let the sea come to you  (Elif Safak Quotes) Love cannot be explained, yet it explains all  (Elif Safak Quotes) Do not go with the flow. Be the flow  (Elif Safak Quotes) If you want to change the way others treat you, you should first change the way you treat yourself. Unless you learn to love yourself, fully and sincerely, there is no way you can be loved. Once you achieve that stage, however, be thankful for every thorn that others might throw at you. It is a sign that you will soon be showered in roses  (Elif Safak Quotes) Feminists are now being vilified in politics, erdogan used to speak more embracingly, saying he was the leader of everyone, whether they voted for him or not. He sounds as if he puts a distance between himself and half the nation  (Elif Safak Quotes) If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment  (Elif Safak Quotes) Personally, I didn’t think there was anything wrong with sadness. Just the opposite – hypocrisy made people happy and truth made them sad  (Elif Safak Quotes) Real filth is the one inside. The rest simply washes off. There is only one type of dirt that cannot be cleansed with pure waters, and that is the stain of hatred and bigotry contaminating the soul. You can purify your body through abstinence and fasting, but only love will purify your heart  (Elif Safak Quotes) To each his own way and his own prayer. God does not take us at our word. He looks deep into our hearts. It is not the ceremonies or rituals that make a difference, but whether our hearts are sufficiently pure or not  (Elif Safak Quotes) Submission does not mean being weak or passive. It leads to neither fatalism nor capitulation. Just the opposite. True power resides in submission. A power that comes from within. Those who submit to the divine essence of life will live in unperturbed tranquility and peace even when the whole wide world goes through turbulence after turbulence  (Elif Safak Quotes) Love exists within each of us from the moment we are born and waits to be discovered from then on  (Elif Safak Quotes) Moments are born and moments die. For new experiences to come to life, old ones need to wither away  (Elif Safak Quotes) If you want to destroy something in this life, be it acne, a blemish or the human soul, all you need to do is to surround it with thick walls. It will dry up inside  (Elif Safak Quotes)
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