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Manto Quotes and Sayings

Saadat Hasan Manto

Born: in Ludhiana, Punjab, India, May 11, 1912
Died: January 18, 1955
Genre: Short StoriesBiographies & Memoirs

Saadat Hasan Manto (Urdu: سعادت حسن منٹو, Hindi: सआदत हसन मंटो), the most broadly read and the most questionable brief tale author in Urdu, was brought into the world on 11 May 1912 at Sambrala in Punjab’s Ludhiana District. In a composing vocation traversing more than twenty years he created 22 assortments of brief tales, one novel, five assortments of radio plays, three assortments of articles, two assortments of memories and many contents for films. He was pursued for indecency multiple times, threefold previously and threefold after autonomy. Not generally was he cleared. A portion of Manto’s most prominent work was created over the most recent seven years of his life, a period of extraordinary monetary and passionate difficulty for him. He passed on a couple of months shy of his forty-third birthday celebration, in January 1955, in Lahore.

“And it is also possible, that Saadat Hasan dies, but Manto remains alive.”

“Saadat Hasan Manto All Quotes and Sayings”

  1. “If you cannot bear these stories then the society is unbearable. Who am I to remove the clothes of this society, which itself is naked. I don’t even try to cover it, because it is not my job, that’s the job of dressmakers.”
  2. “Hindustan had become free. Pakistan had become independent soon after its inception but man was still slave in both these countries — slave of prejudice … slave of religious fanaticism … slave of barbarity and inhumanity.”
  3. “If a man has to make a woman the center of his love, why should he integrate animosity into this sacred human emotion? Is love incomplete without it? Is love the name of physical exercise?”
  4. “I feel like I am always the one tearing everything up and forever sewing it Back together.”
  5. “…and it is also possible, that Saadat Hasan dies, but Manto remains alive.”
  6. “You would have realized that it wasn’t Mumtaz, a Muslim, a friend of yours, but a human being you had killed. I mean, if he was a bastard, by killing him you wouldn’t have killed the bastard in him; similarly, assuming that he was a Muslim, you wouldn’t have killed his Muskiness, but him.”
  7. “Her pores were like those of an orange, its skin filled with juice, which, if you applied the slightest pressure, would squirt up into your eyes. She was that fresh.”
  8. “He catches the thieves that lie in the hearts of their pure and respectable wives. And he compares them to the purity in the heart of a whore in a brothel.”
  9. “We’ve been hearing this for some time now — Save India from this, save it from that. The fact is that India needs to be saved from the people who say it should be saved.”
  10. “I wondered why people consider escapism so bad, even the escapism on display right then. At first it might appear unseemly, but in the end its lack of pretension gives it its own sort of beauty.”
  11. “For me, remembrance of things past has always been a waste of time, and what’s the point of tears? I don’t know. I’ve always been focused on today. Yesterday and tomorrow hold no interest for me. What had to happen, did, and what will happen, will.”
  12. “Manta had earlier been prosecuted in Lahore for obscenity, and one of the words alleged to have been obscene was, “breasts”
  13. “War has brought inflation even to the graveyard.”
  14. “Look this is hardly fair. You sold me impure petrol at black-market price and not even one shop could be put to the torch.”
  15. “Literature and film in my opinion are like saloons where bottles have no labels. I want to taste each one myself and figure out which is what. If I’m denied this by labeling, then my entertainment is considerably lessened.”
  16. “The field that cannot feed even its tiller Burn down every stalk that stands on it.”
  17. “He ate off dirty plates and was unfazed. His pillowcase was soiled and stank, but he never thought of changing it. Hamid thought long and Hard, but he couldn’t understand him. He often asked, ‘Babuji, why aren’t you revolted by dirtiness?”
  18. “Literature is a symptom of the state of a society”
  19. “His last years were beset with financial troubles; he drank heavily; he wrote to Chagatai on more than one occasion, pleading with her to find a way for him to come back to India. She was surprised to learn that far from large protests and signed declarations on his behalf, many in Pakistan felt he deserved to be punished. He died on January 18, 1955 in Lahore at the age of forty two.”
  20. “Engulfed by a sudden emptiness, she was reminded of a train which after discharging passengers at various stations, has finally come to rest, empty at a railway shed.”
  21. “She could crowd a thousand thoughts into her head, but it was, at that moment like a strainer — the more she tried to fill up every little corner, the more emptiness there was.”
  22. “When Hamid dropped Late off at her house at nine that night, he felt hollow. The touch of her soft body was sheared from him like bark from a tree, and he spent the entire night tossing and turning.”
  23. “God commands worship but doesn’t five it. After having spent a few moments with nothingness, he gave life to existence … but where is nothingness now? Like a mother it gave birth to existence and then died in childbirth.”
  24. “Allah sends down natural disasters to control population explosion. He encourages us to go to war, He creates Pakistan and AK hand Bharat. In doing this, He teaches humans new and innovative methods of birth control.”
  25. “I thought that the Hindus and Muslims would busy themselves in this war and their blood, which did not mix in mosque and temple, would finally mingle in Bombay’s drains and gutters. I”
  26. “Writers rarely set out to be national writers. They need small, intimate worlds, full of details; the macro scale of countries, especially those as wide and various as India, cannot be their direct material.”
  27. “She carried herself with the thought that she was a decent person and she often wondered why the men in her life were not decent too”
  28. “They both were liars. Both led lives camouflaged in artifice. But Saugandhi was happy. Someone who cannot afford real gold will gladly settle for artificial jewelry.”
  29. “These fragments that have helped shape your fulfillment are a part of my being; is there no connection between these and the rest of my person? Can the rest of me dissociate itself from these fragments? You have made yourself whole, but you have done so at the cost of my integrity. Is this what I defied you for?”
  30. “Today we are called new writers. The coming tomorrow, considering us old, will lock us in closets, but that does not mean we have lived in vain.”
  31. “If you are not familiar with the time period we are passing through, read my stories. If you cannot bear these stories that mean this is an unbearable time. The evils in me are Those of this era.”
  32. “Writers are not prophets. We see one thing, one problem in different conditions and from different angles, and whatever we understand we present to the world, and we never force it to accept it.”
  33. “I am not seditious. I do not want to stir up people’s ideas and feelings. If I take off the blouse of culture and society, then it is naked. I do not try to put clothes back on, because that is not my job.”
  34. “A man is not responsible for the crime he commits, his circumstances are.”
  35. “If there is a God, I implore him — for God’s sake destroy the laws of men, demolish their prisons and make your own prisons in the heavens. Punish them in your own courts, because if nothing else, you are at least, God.”
  36. “When we were enslaved, we could imagine freedom, but now that we are free, how will we imagine subjection?”

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