From Shantaram

“The starving, the dead, the slaves. And through it all, the purr and rustle of Prabaker’s voice. there’s a truth that’s deeper than experience. It’s beyond what we see, or even what we feel. It’s an order of truth that separates the profound from the merely clever, and the reality from the perception. We’re helpless, usually, in the face of it; and the cost of knowing it, like the cost of knowing love, is sometimes greater than any heart would willingly pay. It doesn’t always help us to love the world, but it does prevent us from hating the world. And the only way to know the truth is to share it, from heart to heart, just as Prabaker told it to me just as I’m telling it to you now.”

-Lin from Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts

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