"Whatever happens, they say afterwards, it must have been fate. People are always a little confused about this, as they are in the case of miracles. When someone is saved from certain death by a strange concatenation of circumstances, they say that’s a miracle. But of course if someone is killed by a freak chain of events — the oil spilled just there, the safety fence broken just there — that must also be a miracle. Just because it’s not nice doesn’t mean it’s not miraculous."
"There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel."
"When Allah blesses you financially, don’t raise your standard of living, rather raise your standard of giving."
"When she is happy, she can’t stop talking, when she is sad she doesn’t say a word."
"I have fallen into poetry and it has swallowed me up."
"If you get angry, stay silent."
"I remember crying over you and I don’t mean a couple of tears and I’m blue. I’m talking about collapsing and screaming at the moon."