Book Quotes


Disclaimer: this post was written not by alphabetical nor chronological, but by random order.
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"That's because happiness, bliss,
is in the hands of Allah, not man.
If we are happy, it is God's will and, likewise,
if we are miserable it is also God's will." 
The Geography of Bliss, page 158
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"Ah, Mas Nganten,
di kota, barangkali di semua kota--
dunia kepunyaan lelaki.
Di kota perempuan berada dalam
dunia yang dipunyai lelaki, Mas Nganten."
Gadis Pantai, hlm 87
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"That like grades, work isn't the most important thing.
Success and accomplishment
aren't the golden "good life" goals."
What I Wish I Had Known, page 140
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"Bung, kesenangan itu tak bertambah atau berkurang.
Kebahagiaan yang mutlak
tak memerlukan apa-apa di luar diri kita."
Khotbah di Atas Bukit. hlm 74
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"Kalian boleh maju dalam pelajaran,
mungkin mencapai gelar kesarjanaan apa saja,
tapi tanpa mencintai sastra,
kalian tinggal hanya hewan yang pandai." 
(Juffrow Magda Peters, guru Bahasa dan Sastra Belanda)
Bumi Manusia, hlm 313
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"'A woman's place is in the home,'
he would say every time he saw a married woman
working in town. Now, I'm older, I sometimes wonder
if Dad's fervor had more to do with his own mother
than with doctrine. I wonder if he just wished that
she had been home, so he wouldn't have been left
for all those long hours with Grandpa's temper."
Educated. page 26
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"Sesuatu yang sempurna tak punya hasrat lagi mencari."
Raden Mandasia Si Pencuri Daging Sapi, hlm 216
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“Bila engkau ingin satu, maka jangan ambil dua.
Karena satu menggenapkan, tapi dua melenyapkan.”
Mencari Herman, Filosofi Kopi
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"Menulislah, agar hidupmu tak seperti hewan ternak, sekadar makan dan tidur sebelum disembelih," kata Loki Tua waktu itu.
Raden Mandasia Si Pencuri Daging Sapi, hlm 320
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