The Best Orhan Pamuk quotes

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Orhan Pamuk is one of the most celebrated contemporary Turkish authors. A winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Pamuk is known for his rich and resonant novels that explore the cultural and political landscape of modern Turkey. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at Pamuk’s life and work, exploring what makes him one of the world’s most important writers today.

Here are the most known Work, Culture, Turkish, Feelings, Time, Writing, Life, World quotes from Orhan Pamuk, and much more.


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About Orhan Pamuk

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7 June 1952

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Novelist, Screenwriter, Professor Of Comparative Literature And Writing

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Literary Movement:
Postmodern Literature

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Notable Works:
Cevdet Bey And His Sons, Silent House, The White Castle, The Black Book, The New Life, My Name Is Red And More.

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Notable Awards:
International Dublin Literary Award 2003 Nobel Prize In Literature 2006 Sonning Prize 2012


Life is short, and we should respect every moment of it. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

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

My unhappiness protects me from life. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

The urbanized life has lead to the destruction of the legends. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

life is short and we should respect every moment of it Orhan Pamuk quote

Let everyone know, I lived a very happy life. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

At the age of 60, I am less experimental and more mature. I want most of all to convey my understanding of life. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

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

A museum should not just be a place for fancy paintings but should be a place where we can communicate our lives through our everyday objects. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

For the traveler we see leaning on his neighbor is an honest and wellโ€“meaning man and full of melancholy, like those Chekhov characters so laden with virtues that they never know success in life. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

whatever anybody says the most important thing in life is to be happy Orhan Pamuk quote

I have the legacy of my father and his nocturnal automatic waking up. But I like those periods. I immediately have a different vision of humanity and my life. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

In a brutal country like ours, where human life is ‘cheap’, it’s stupid to destroy yourself for the sake of your beliefs. Beliefs? High ideas? Only people in rich countries can enjoy such luxuries. โ€” 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. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

A nation could change its way of life, its history, its technology, its art, literature, and culture, but it would never have a real chance to change its gestures. โ€” Orhan Pamuk


I think less than people think I do about politics. I care about writing. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

i think less than people think i do about politics i care about writing Orhan Pamuk quote

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. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

N]othing is as surprising as life. Except for writing. Except for writing. Yes, of course, except for writing, the only consolation. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

Nothing can be as astounding as life. Except for writing. Yes, of course, except for writing, the sole consolation. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

Painting taught literature to describe. โ€” Orhan Pamuk


I write a world where everyone is partly right. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

i write a world where everyone is partly right Orhan Pamuk quote

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

How different from the cosy world of Rรผya’s detective novels, where authors never vexed a hero with more signs than he needed. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges through affection, attention, interest and compassion . . . open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details and irony. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

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

for if a lover s face survives emblazoned on your heart the world is still your home Orhan Pamuk quote

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. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

My decision to view the world through novels, as it were, which is a typically European way of looking at things, became a heavy burden for me. But I took it on consciously, even though it was torture for me. โ€” Orhan Pamuk


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

I need the pain of loneliness to make my imagination work. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

More than anything I am a novelist. But for me, an author’s job is not only to create linguistically accomplished works. As an author I also want to stimulate discussion. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

it s very gratifying to me to see my works bringing people closer to my country Orhan Pamuk quote

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

I work seven days a week, from 9 in the morning till 8 at night. I have the titles of the next eight novels I want to write. I feel myself pitiable, degraded on a day that I don’t write. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

Turks have a dismissive phrase: he works like a clerk. I have turned this insult around: I am proud to say that I work like a clerk. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

Being a fiction writer makes you someone who works with irresponsibility. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

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I think novelists should be disciplined and selfโ€“imposed working hours. I work a lot, but I don’t feel that I’m working. I always feel that there is a child in me, healthy, and I’m playing. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

i need the pain of loneliness to make my imagination work Orhan Pamuk quote

The fictive structure, my work, my imagination, my books are about the details, the huge construction about culture, Islamic culture or modern Turkey. They’re all intertwined. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

In the mornings I used to say goodbye to my wife like someone going to work. I’d leave the house, walk around a few blocks, and come back like a person arriving at the office. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

Snow reminds Ka of God! But I’m not sure it would be accurate. What brings me close to God is the silence of snow. โ€” 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. โ€” 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. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

real museums are places where time is transformed into space Orhan Pamuk quote

Life can’t be all that bad,’ i’d think from time to time. ‘Whatever happens, i can always take a long walk along the Bosphorus. โ€” 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. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

I need a moment of time for myself every day, like a child playing with his things. When I travel, I routinely find a quiet place, open my diary and write something in it. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

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. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

My diary has its own kind of magic. It gives me the feeling of having accomplished something. On days when I don’t have time for this, I feel tortured. โ€” 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. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

I sometimes feel nervous because I give stupid answers to certain pointless questions. It happens in Turkish as much as in English. I speak bad Turkish and utter stupid sentences. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

I do not believe in a personal connection to God; that’s where it gets transcendental. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

There’s a lot of pride involved in my refusal to believe in god. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

< figure>i do not believe in a personal connection to god that s where it gets transcendental Orhan Pamuk quote


I am proud to be a Turk, and to write in Turkish about Turkeyโ€“and to have been translated into about 40 languages. But I don’t want to politicize things by dramatizing them. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

The fueling of antiโ€“Turkish sentiment in Europe is resulting in an antiโ€“European, indiscriminate nationalism in Turkey. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

Turkish football serves the cause of nationalism, but not of the nation. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

I hope the leaders of the eu when they are shakIng hands wIth turkIsh leaders … would also occasIonally talk about free speech. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

These political movements flourish on the margins of Turkish society because of poverty and because of the people’s feeling that they are not being represented. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

turkish football serves the cause of nationalism but not of the nation Orhan Pamuk quote


It is not my intention to explain Turkey, its culture and its problems. My literature has a universal concern: I want to bring people and their emotions closer to my readers, not explain Turkish politics. โ€” 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. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

Museums are western inventions where the rich and the powerful or the government and the state tend to exhibit the signs and symbol and images of their culture. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

I identify with my culture, but I am happy to be living on a tolerant, intellectual island where I can deal with Dostoyevsky and Sartre, both great influences for me. โ€” Orhan Pamuk

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

ORHAN PAMUK Quotes Take Away

Pamukโ€™s words offer a different perspective on life and art, one that we can all learn from. If you are looking for more inspiration, or want to explore the creative process in more depth, be sure to check out our upcoming courses. We have classes on writing and art, as well as ones that focus on how to find your creative voice and make time for creativity in your busy life. Whatever your goals may be, we hope that Orhan Pamukโ€™s words will help you achieve them.

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