Selected Excerpts and Quotations from "Nectar in a Sieve"

Literature Related

~"Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve, and hope without an object cannot live."  - Coleridge

~"Such that everybody will remember when all else is a dream forgotten."  - the protagonist Rukmani

~"There is no going back.  Bend like the grass that you do not break."  - Nathan

~"You must cry if you want help.  It is no use whatsoever to suffer in silence.  Who will succour the drowning man if he does not clamour for his life?"  - Kennington (Kenny)

~"Privately I thought well, and what if we gave in to our troubles at every step!  We would be pitiable creatures indeed to be so weak, for is not a man's spirit given to him to rise above his misfortunes?  As for our wants, they are many and unfulfilled, for who is so rich or compassionate as to supply them?  Want is our companion from birth to death, familiar as the seasons or the earth, varying only in degree.  What profit to bewail that has always been and cannot for?"  - Rukmani

~"'Sometimes one loses, sometimes one gains,' a man said philosophically.  'It evens itself out.'"

~"Fire cannot burn in water."  - Rukmani

Author's Notes/Comments: 

"Nectar in a Sieve," written by Kamala Markandaya (really good read!)

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Ruth Lovejoy's picture

I liked all of these but my favorites were by Coleridge, and Rukmani about the area about our wants. Makes me think I will write a piece about that phrase, not tonight though..