Quotations From HAN KANG


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  • “The feeling that she had never really lived in this world caught her by surprise. It was a fact. She had never lived. Even as a child, as far back as she could remember, she had done nothing but endure. She had believed in her own inherent goodness, her humanity, and lived accordingly, never causing anyone harm. Her devotion to doing things the right way had been unflagging, all her successes had depended on it, and she would have gone on like that indefinitely. She didnt understand why, but faced with those decaying buildings and straggling grasses, she was nothing but a child who had never lived.”
    Han Kang, The Vegetarian
  • “Why, is it such a bad thing to die?”
    Han Kang, The Vegetarian
  • “Or perhaps it was simply that things were happening inside her, terrible things, which no one else could even guess at, and thus it was impossible for her to engage with everyday life at the same time.”
  • “Her life was no more than a ghostly pageant of exhausted endurance, no more real than a television drama. Death, who now stood by her side, was as familiar to her as a family member, missing for a long time but now returned.”
  • “Shes a good woman, he thought. The kind of woman whose goodness is oppressive.”
    Han Kang, The Vegetarian
  • “I want to swallow you, have you melt into me and flow through my veins.”
    Han Kang, The Vegetarian
  • “When a person undergoes such a drastic transformation, theres simply nothing anyone else can do but sit back and let them get on with it.”
    Han Kang, The Vegetarian
  • “Time was a wave, almost cruel in its relentlessness”
    Han Kang, The Vegetarian
  • “Sister,” Yeong-hye said, her voice low and calm as if intending to comfort her. Yeong-hye’s old black sweater gave off the faint scent of mothballs. When In-hye didn’t answer, Yeong-hye whispered one more time. “Sister…all the trees of the world are like brothers and sisters.”
    Han Kang, The Vegetarian
  • “the sight of her lying there utterly without resistance, yet armored by the power of her own renunciation, was so intense as to bring tears to his eyes.”
    Han Kang, The Vegetarian
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