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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Quotes from Khushwant Singh with Humra Quraishi ‘The Good The Bad And The Ridiculous’




This was my first Khushwant Singh book and I didn’t know if I would like it. I did expect frankness the author was famous for and the content doesn’t disappoint. 

The narrative is frank, contemplative and sometimes a bit funny. One thing I wasn’t expecting – quotes. Something I didn’t find much, but enough for a short post.


"Suffering knows no caste." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: The Good the Bad and the Ridiculous)



"I have no fear of people being nasty to me in print. If I cannot ignore the criticism or venom I join in the laughter. I wish everyone would do that. Instead, some of them get very angry. And when they cannot do you physical harm or prove you wrong by fair means, they take you to court for libel or worse." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: The Good the Bad and the Ridiculous)



"People can be divided into givers and takers, suckers and sponges." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: The Good the Bad and the Ridiculous)



"My worry today is the rise of right wing fascist politics in the country. The youth of today should be aware of the rise in communal politics and the dangers involved. If we love our country, we have to save it from communal force. And thought the liberal class is shrinking, I do hope that the present generation totally rejects communal and fascist policies." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: The Good the Bad and the Ridiculous)



"I have been criticized most severely for writing uncomplimentary things about dead people. No one seems to disagree with me that the person concerned was a wind boy or a liar or a brute. Their objection is that I do not respect the dead. I find this hypocritical. Death does not wipe away the sins of nastiness or idiocy. A man should be judged in death as he would be in life." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: The Good the Bad and the Ridiculous)



"The truly good and the great are not diminished when their faults are exposed; on the contrary, they earn greater respect for rising to admirable heights despite their very human flaws." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: The Good the Bad and the Ridiculous)


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Hope you enjoyed reading this small collection of quotes.