Veiling predates Islam and was originally a privilege for noble women only, to symbolize their sexual exclusivity to one man.
The Underground Girls of Kabul, Jenny Nordberg
In fiction, as in life, what matters most is not the beginning or the end but the path that leads from one to the other.
Azar Nafisi, The Republic of Imagination
I found a nation of readers, large and small, old and young, rich and poor, of all colors and backgrounds, united by the shared sense that books matter, that they open up a window into a more meaningful life, that they enable us to tolerate complexity and nuance and to empathize with people whose lives and conditions are utterly different from our own.
The Republic of Imagination, Azar Nafisi