A landscape might be denuded, a human settlement abandoned or lost, but always, just beneath the ground lies history of preposterous grandeur. They are everywhere, these individuals of undaunted humankind, irrepressibly optimistic and proud.
– The Carpet Wars, Christopher Kremmer
Yet even at their most turbulent, the Afghans have tended to impress travellers with their dignity and hospitality
as much as their fierce independence.
– William Dalrymple, author of
Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839–42
In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself
solely as an individual.
You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a
cousin to somebody, an uncle to somebody.
You are part of something bigger than yourself.
– Khaled Hosseini
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