When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
Learn this now and learn it well, my daughter: Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam.
A man’s heart is a wretched, wretched thing, Mariam. It isn’t like a mother’s womb. It won’t bleed, it won’t stretch to make room for you.
Everything is permissible if God does not exist, and man is consequently abandoned, for he cannot find anything to rely on – neither within nor without.
The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
One of the hardest labours of the just man is to expunge from his soul a malevolence which it is difficult to efface.