The Kite Runner Quotes
Length: 1329 words (3.8 double-spaced pages)
1) "that was a long time ago, but it's wrong what they say about the past, i've learned, about how you can bury it. because the past claws its way out."
*the narrator is looking back on what he has once witnessed long ago, and it's haunting him, makes him feel guilty and ashamed.
2) "I thought about something Rahim khan had said just before he hung up... There is a way to be good again."
*the narrator's friend, Rahim Khan, is expressing indirectly that no matter what the narrator has done in his past, he will forgive him, and help him.
1) "Hassan never denied me anything...but he never told on me. never told that the mirror, like shooting walnuts at the neighbor's dog, was always my idea."
*the narrator's friend Hassan would never tell him "no", always went along with his ideas, and never told on him, he was a very loyal friend.
2)"later, in the dark, after the movie had started, i heard Hassan next to me, croaking, tears were sliding down his cheeks."
*Hassan was crying because of the shame he felt after the encounter with the soldier who said he had slep with his mother at some point.
1)"At parties, when all six-foot-five of him thundered into the room, attention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sun."
*Amir was very proud to have a father like Baba, who was very strong, confident, and played such an important role in the community.
2)"If i hadn't seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, i'd never believe he's my son."
*Baba is somehow ashamed to have Amir as a son, he's skeptical because they are so different and Amir is like his opposite in so many ways.
1)"The curious thing was, i never thought of Hassan and me as friends either."
*Although they spent their childhood together, Amir was ashamed to say that Hassan was his friend because of history and religion.
2)"Some day, Inshallah, you will be a great writer... and people all over the world will read your stories."
*Hassan's positive review on Amir's first short story means the world to Amir, providing his loyalty.
1)"You are right, Agha. But perhaps you didn't notice that i'm the one holding the slingshots."
*Hassan is defending himself and Amir to bullies who want to beat them up and are threatening them.
2)"I treated Hassan.
.. like a brother...But...why, when Baba's friends came to visit with their kids, didn't i ever include Hassan in our games?
*Amir was ashamed to have Hassan involved with him when he was with others.
1)"I wished i hadn't started his stupid conversation. i forced a smile. don't be stupid, Hassan. you know i wouldn't."
*Amir is feeling bad about asking Hassan if he would eat dirt for him, which he would.
2)"Inshallah...that was the thing with Hassan. he was so goddamn pure, you always felt like a phony around him."
*Hassan is always kind, positive and loyal to everyone, especially Amir, and Amir would feel bad about not returning the favor.
1)"For you a thousand times over! he said. then he smiled his Hassan smile and disappeared around the corner."
*hassan is providing his loyalty by running after the kite, determined to bring back the kite for Amir, which would be the biggest honor.
2)"Where were you? I looked for you, i said speaking those words was like chewing on a rock."
*Amir was feeling guilty that he was acting as if he didn't see what just happened to Hassan.
1)"A part of me was hoping someone would wake up and hear, so i wouldn't have to live with this lie anymore."
*Amir was feeling incredibly guilty about witnessing Hassan's rape, and the fact that he was going to get away with it, which is his new curse.
2)"I don't Know what i've done, Amir Agha. i wish you'd tell me. i don't know why we don't play anymore."
*Hassan is still searching for a renewed friendship with Amir because he misses him and wants to be friends again.
1)"I didn't want any of it-it was all blood money; Baba would have never thrown me a party like that if i hadn't won the tournament."
*Amir was feeling ashamed of himself because he felt he wasn't worthy of the party thrown for him after all, he wasn't the one who got the kite, it was Hassan.
2)"Hassan's reply was a single word, delivered in a thin, raspy voice: Yes."
*Hassan was lying for Amir proving his loyalty. Amir had betrayed him, but hassan was stilling saving him.
1)"Baba never said so, but i knew he was my car sickness as yet another of my array of weakness-I saw it on his embarrasses face the couple of time my stomach had clenched so badly i had moaned."
*Baba was ashamed of Amir's car sickness. he's always so used to being the strongest and generally the best, while Amir wasn't.
2)"tell him i'll take a thousand of his bullets before i let his indecency take place."
*Baba is defending the woman the Russian soldier wants and he is willing to put his life on the life of her.
1)"A pair of steel hands closed around my wind pipe at the sound of Hassan's name."
*Amir was feeling ashamed so great it was choking him, when Baba said Hassan's name.
2)"Peshawar was good for me. Not good for you."
*Baba was loyal to Amir in wanting the best for him and bringing him to America, although he didn't want to.
1)"I thought of how i had used by literacy to ridicule Hassan. How i had teased him about big words he didn't know."
*Amir was feeling guilty that he abused hassan and made fun of his illiteracy, instead of teaching him how to read.
2)"I want to tell you something... i don't want us to start with secrets..."
*Soraya wanted to have her affair with the man out in the open because she felt Amir should know before they are married.
1)"Just before midnight, Baba asked us to help him into bed. Soraya and i placed his arms on our shoulders and wrapped ours around his back."
* Soraya and Amir is helping Baba to get to his bed because he can't stand up.
2)"My father showed up with a gun that night. he told... him... that he had two bullets in the chamber, one for him and one for himself if i didn't come home."
* Soraya told Amir that her father came one night and threaten her that is she didn't came home he will kill him and himself and that time she actually told her father she wanted him dead.
1)"My suspicions had been right all those years. he knew about Assef, the kite, the money, the watch with the lighting bolt hands."
* Amir was suspicious that Rahim knew everything and then for all those years he was right after Rahim said there is a way to be good again.
2)"The general's shattered hip-and all of the ensuing complications, the pneumonia, blood poisoning, the protracted stay at the nursing home-ended Khala Jamila's long-running soliloquies about her own health."
*Khala Jamila's kidneys are failing because he tripped on a loose carpet edge and he broke his hips.
1)"I had been the entitled half, the society-approved, legitimate half, the unwitting embodiment of Baba's guilt. I looked at Hassan, showing those two missing front teeth, sunlight slanting on his face. Baba's other half. The unentitled, under-privileged half. The half who had inherited what had been pure and noble in Baba. The half that, maybe, in the most secret recesses of his heart, Baba had thought of as his true son."
* This is when they found out that Hassan is half brother of Amir and that Baba is his father not Ali.