Vikram Seth

11 Thought-Provoking Vikram Seth Quotes to Celebrate His Birthday

Vikram Seth, the celebrated author of six books of poetry and three novels, turns sixty-five today. Seth is best known for his book A Suitable Boy, which is one of the longest novels ever published in a single volume in English. To celebrate his groundbreaking body of work, here are eleven quotes to add some inspiration to your Wednesday. 


1. “I sometimes seem to myself to wander around the world merely accumulating material for future nostalgias.” 



2. “Is it not love that knows how to make smooth things rough and rough things smooth?”



3. “I’m not sure anyone can understand a whole life, even their own.”



4. “Man without life companion is either god or beast.”



5. “In life’s brief game to be a winner a man must have…oh yes, above all else, of course, someone to love.” 



6. “Every object strives for its proper place. A book seeks to be near its truest admirer. Just as this helpless moth seeks to be near the candle that infatuates him.” 



7. “And the process of reading is such a private one. I once came into a room where a friend of mine was reading one of my books, and he clicked his tongue impatiently and shooed me off.”



8. “Don’t put things off till it’s too late. You are the DJ of your fate.”



9. “Put your backbone where your wishbone is.”



10. “You will get what you want but you must want it and not just wish it.”



11. “Never place your happiness in one person’s power.”



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