With words that bring introspection to the viewer, "The Kite Runner" quotes spark internal debate as well as shared discourse. Strife and prejudice as well as love and understanding get equal screen time as they interact across the film. Come prepared to ponder as you expose yourself to the thinking behind these lines.




A line that will stick with you for quite some time while you roll it around in your mind. Truth has become more of a privilege than a right but imagine if you had a right to the truth in all that you experience. The essence of this statement from "The Kite Runner" is that in covering the truth you haven't merely hidden it but stolen it like an owned property. A beautiful distilment of the damage a lie can do.

"Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors."

Analogies can break under pressure or they can stand strong like this one from "The Kite Runner". A child may reflect some of your attributes but they are their own individual and thus should grow their own attitudes and perspectives. When you place only the things that you like, ignoring the child's personality you run the risk of making a vessel instead of encouraging the growth of a separate entity.

"There is only one sin, only one and that is theft."

Baba's description of the prime sin has a beauty all its own. You can steal an object, an emotion, a person, even a smile off the face of someone based on your actions and that shows the power behind Baba's views in "The Kite Runner". This quote also shows the time and introspection that Baba has spent on the concept of sin. Staying in the deep end of the thinking pool, "The Kite Runner" provokes thought and discourse throughout the movie and long after it's ended.

"The Mullahs want to rule our souls and the Communists tell us we don't have any."

Would you rather have a sou knowing that others wish to confine and control it or not have a soul and perhaps believe then that you're nothing more than an animal on this planet? Whether you have a belief in some sort of soul or other spark of consciousness, these are two hard, unbending views that the characters get to deal with unendingly. "The Kite Runner" deals with both common and uncommon issues but makes them both applicable to everyone.

"My family? We're originally from Russia."

A simple line from "The Kite Runner" but because of Baba's hatred for anything Russian, the forceful shove he gives the doctor who says this line shows that he has yet to free himself from his anger. Prejudice writes its own history in a person's views and until it stops getting fed through behavior and rote thoughts, it won't ever wither away. A telling line that illustrates one of the foibles of humanity while giving the viewer something to root for that Baba can overcome.