78 Orhan Pamuk Quotes from the Famous Turkish Novelist

Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish author, screenwriter, academic and Nobel Prize winner in the field of Literature.

Orhan Pamuk is the author of novels including The White Castle, Silent House, The Black Book, My Name Is Red and The Museum of Innocence etc.

Orhan Pamuk

Despite facing legal challenges and criticism in Turkey for his political views, he continued to contribute significantly to literature and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006.

Below you will find the best quotes by Orhan Pamuk.

Best Orhan Pamuk Quotes


I don’t want to be a tree; I want to be its meaning. ~ Orhan Pamuk.


Happiness is laughing together… ~ Orhan Pamuk.


When another writer in another house is not free, no writer is free. ~ Orhan Pamuk.


Love is a sacred silence. ~ Orhan Pamuk.


If the soulmate is absent there is no need for the soul. ~ Orhan Pamuk.


Tell me then, does love make one a fool or do only fools fall in love? ~ Orhan Pamuk.

The snow reminded me of the beauty and mystery of creation, of the essential joy that is life. ~ Orhan Pamuk.


Istanbul is a vast place. There are very conservative neighbourhoods, there are places that are upper class, Westernised, consuming Western culture. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Try to discover who I am from my choice of words and colors, as attentive people like yourselves might examine footprints to catch a thief. ~ Orhan Pamuk.


Painting taught literature to describe. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

After all, a woman who doesn’t love cats is never going to be make a man happy. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Censorship should never be allowed. One should be able to say anything. But I refuse to let politics be foisted on me. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

It’s such a shame that we know so little about our own country, that we can’t find it in our hearts to love our own kind. Instead we admire those who show our country disrespect and betray its people. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

True literature is more than just a story someone has told. It must provide the reader with the essence of the world on a moral, philosophical and emotional level. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Famous Orhan Pamuk Quotes

I am an anonymous defender of the unknown heroes who fought for their beliefs and suffered injustices in this secular and materialistic country. I respect human rights and I abhor violence, but I do not belong to any group. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

National consciousness is truly a miraculous thing. When I am not in Turkey I feel even more Turkish than in Istanbul. But when I’m home my European side becomes more apparent. ~ Orhan Pamuk.


I read a book one day and my whole life was changed. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

The first thing I learned at school was that some people are idiots; the second thing I learned was that some are even worse. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

The thing that binds us together is that we have both lowered our expectations of life. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Sometimes I would see them not as mementos of the blissful hours but as the tangible precious debris of the storm raging in my soul. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Inspiring Orhan Pamuk Quotes

When you have inner confidence, you do what your heart dictates and everything will be fine. ~ Orhan Pamuk.


Colour is the touch of the eye, Music to the deaf, A word out of darkness. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

As much as I live I shall not imitate them or hate myself for being different to them. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

I sometimes joke that I am the first writer of historical fiction who can look out his window and point to the objects in his novels. I have a view of the entrance to the Bosporus, the old city, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Now everyone is prouder and poorer. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Any intelligent person knows that life is a beautiful thing and that the purpose of life is to be happy, said my father as he watched the three beauties. “But it seems only idiots are ever happy. How can we explain this?” ~ Orhan Pamuk.

My unhappiness protects me from life. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space. ~ Orhan Pamuk.


Are you an angel that approaching you should be so terrifying? ~ Orhan Pamuk.

When something explosive is kept hidden away, a tension builds within that must ultimately be released. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Top Orhan Pamuk Quotes

In poetically well built museums, formed from the heart’s compulsions, we are consoled not by finding in them old objects that we love, but by losing all sense of Time. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

She looked out the window; in her eyes was the light that you see only in children arriving at a new place, or in young people still open to new influences, still curious about the world because they have not yet been scarred by life. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Before my birth there was infinite time, and after my death, inexhaustible time. I never thought of it before: I’d been living luminously between two eternities of darkness. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Life is short, and we should respect every moment of it. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

It’s very gratifying to me to see my works bringing people closer to my country. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

It’s a great relief for me that no one will ask me anymore: Orhan, when will you get the “Nobel Prize?” ~ Orhan Pamuk.

I realized that the longing for art, like the longing for love, is a malady that blinds us, and makes us forget the things we already know, obscuring reality. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Heroic dreams are the consolation of the unhappy. After all, when people like us say we’re being heroic, it usually means we’re about to kill each other – or kill ourselves. ~ Orhan Pamuk.


I need the pain of loneliness to make my imagination work. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

East and West are coming together. Whether in peace or anarchy – they are coming together. There needn’t be a clash between East and West, between Islam and Europe. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

For if a lover’s face survives emblazoned on your heart, the world is still your home. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

People only tell lies when there is something they are terribly frightened of losing. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Popular Orhan Pamuk Quotes

A writer in someone who spends years patiently trying to discover the second being inside him, and the world that makes him who he is. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

All great masters, in their work, seek that profound void within color and outside time. ~ Orhan Pamuk.


Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Writing my own diary is the best form of remembrance, but only for my own use. I need these notes; it’s like an impulse. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Where there is true art and genuine virtuosity the artist can paint an incomparable masterpiece without leaving even a trace of his identity. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Clocks and calendars do not exist to remind us of the Time we’ve forgotten but to regulate our relations with others and indeed all of society, and this is how we use them. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

The gap between compassion and surrender is love’s darkest, deepest region. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Every person has a star, every star has a friend, and for every person carrying a star there is someone else who reflects it, and everyone carries this reflection like a secret confidante in the heart. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

When we lose people we love, we should never disturb their souls, whether living or dead. Instead. we should find consolation in an object that reminds you of them, something, I don’t know, even an earring. ~ Orhan Pamuk.


The urbanized life has lead to the destruction of the legends. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Great changes in the direction of peace have often come from people who were no great advocates of peace to begin with. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

As always after drinking too much, I felt like my own ghost trying to take it’s first solo walk outside the body. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Ultimate Orhan Pamuk Quotes

Immersing oneself in the problems of a book is a good way to keep from thinking of love. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

To read a novel is to wonder constantly, even at moments when we lose ourselves most deeply in the book: How much of this is fantasy, and how much is real? ~ Orhan Pamuk.

As soon as I observed myself from outside myself, I recognized and understood that I had a long-standing habit of keeping an eye on myself. That’s how I managed to pull myself together, over the years, checking myself from the outside. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Heaven was the place where you kept alive the dreams of your memories. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

I believe that it isn’t victories but defeats that promote nationalism. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

The silence of snow, thought the man sitting just behind the bus driver. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

I was at the end of my tether when my first book was published. For eight years I didn’t make a penny, I worked so hard, didn’t drink, didn’t enjoy life. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Mankind’s greatest error, the biggest deception of the past thousand years is this: to confuse poverty with stupidity. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Wise Orhan Pamuk Quotes

If we give what we treasure most to a Being we love with all our hearts, if we can do that without expecting anything in return, then the world becomes a beautiful place. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

I consider myself a person who comes from a Muslim culture. In any case, I would not say that I’m an atheist. So I’m a Muslim who associates historical and cultural identification with this religion. ~ Orhan Pamuk.


The writer’s secret is not inspiration – for it is never clear where it comes from – it is his stubbornness, his patience. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

I am a highly disciplined person. I get up at seven every morning and, still in my pajamas, sit down at my desk where my checkered ring binders and my fountain pen are ready for use. I try to write two pages every day. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Without patience and the skill of a craftsman, even the greatest talent is wasted. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Yet does illustrating in a new way signify a new way of seeing? ~ Orhan Pamuk.

How much can we ever know about the love and pain in another heart? How much can we hope to understand those who have suffered deeper anguish, greater deprivation, and more crushing disappointments than we ourselves have known? ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Life is beautiful if you are on the road to somewhere. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

We live but for a short time, we see but very little, and we know almost nothing; so, at least, let’s do some dreaming. Have yourself a very good Sunday, my dear readers. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

Whatever anybody says, the most important thing in life is to be happy. ~ Orhan Pamuk.


The endless repetition of an ordinary miracle. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

I hear the question upon your lips: What is it to be a colour? Colour is the touch of the eye, music to the deaf, a word out of the darkness. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

So these were the 78 top Orhan Pamuk quotes and sayings.

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