“There’s this ayah from the Quran that my dad always quotes when he sees something bad on TV. A fire or a flood or a bombing. ‘Whoever kills one person, it is as if he has killed all of mankind — and whoever saves one person, it is as if he has saved all of mankind.’ When I was a little kid, that always made me feel better. Because no matter how bad things get… There are always people who rush in to help. And according to my dad… They are blessed.“
It’s always the same war.
Only the names of the dead change.
The war is always the same. Only the names and places change.
There are demons upon this earth. They live in our hearts and minds. (A.G. RIDDLE)
It was a kind of sin, certainly, to forget. But it was not easy to remember. Especially when names changed, languages changed. A century-old name held that century. When replaced, a hundred years were wiped out at one stroke. Amnesia set it; reality itself, being metamorphic, was affected. (NINOTCHKA ROSCA)