Top Balkan Quotes

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Favorite Balkan Quotes

1. "Turkey is a European country, an Asian country, a Middle Eastern country, Balkan country, Caucasian country, neighbor to Africa, Black Sea country, Caspian Sea, all these."
Author: Ahmet Davutoglu
2. "His books commingled democratically, united under the all-inclusive flag of Literature. Some were vertical, some horizontal, and some actually placed behind others. Mine were balkanized by nationality and subject matter."
Author: Anne Fadiman
3. "If you write anything meaningful over there, June, keep it far away from this city. They will turn a story about glue-addicted gypsy children in the Balkans into an animated musical about a tribe of pixie-sized fairy-dust-loving flamenco dancers who live happily ever after with their dancing bears."
Author: Annie Ward
4. "Remember all those references to Macedonia as the oasis of peace in the Balkans. You only really appreciate it when you have lost it."
Author: Boris Trajkovski
5. "WHITE AMERICANS HAVE A VERY UNUSUAL SENSE OF HISTORY. They make it up as they go along, constantly revising to suit their tastes in a manner that would make Stalin blush. Very few of them saw any irony in the fact that during a recent nasty Balkans conflict, when Uncle Sam intervened to stop the Serbs from ethnically cleansing the Bosnians, the military action was performed using Apache helicopter gunships. Helicopters named after a people that had been ethnically cleansedin the United States less than one hundred years previously. Sixteen lane highways across the sacred burial grounds. Yee-hah."
Author: Craig Ferguson
6. "Ko li ce goreti u Paklu?Oni što prodaju, oni što kupuju, ili oni što to gledaju a cute? Uh, davo ce raditi u tri smene kadmu naide naša generacija... Još malo pa nestalo...Na Velikom Balkanskom Vašaru trguje se robusno, bez cenjkanja, nacinom koji je još AtilaHun doveo do perfekcije, ali mnogi nisu tu samo iz koristi...O, nikako...Mnogi su tu iz cistog zadovoljstva...Ovo je narod Nebeskih Ratnika, Granicara Hrišcanstva, narod vojnicki toliko superioran, dapar poslednjih ratova vodi sam protiv sebe, u nedostatku dostojnih protivnika...Pa slušaj, pedeset godina apstinencije teško je palo?Zardali oklopi vitezova poraženih na Kosovu Polju žestoko su ulubljeni od silnog busanja ugrudi..."
Author: Ðorde Balaševic
7. "In the Ottoman times, there were itinerant storytellers called "meddah. " They would go to coffee houses, where they would tell a story in front of an audience, often improvising. With each new person in the story, the meddah would change his voice, impersonating that character. Everybody could go and listen, you know ordinary people, even the sultan, Muslims and non-Muslims. Stories cut across all boundaries. Like "The Tales of Nasreddin Hodja," which were very popular throughout the Middle East, North Africa, the Balkans and Asia. Today, stories continue to transcend borders"
Author: Elif Shafak
8. "We are not only talking about waves of refugees coming to Greece, to Italy, and elsewhere. Destabilizing the Balkans means Lebanonization, and that means destabilizing all of Europe."
Author: Fatos Nano
9. "May in Varanasi. 25° and wet. It's like the 6th circle of the inferno here, Edith - where they flail the arses off the howling heretics and the men who fuck marine life etc. NATO's stomping on the Balkans while India and Pakistan threaten one another with nukes. "Dead From the Waist Down" on MTV. The humidity's making me horny and mad. I miss Robin. In his new book, Ken Wilbur calls it "skin hunger". I feel like I'm building up a charge. Monsoon's on its way."
Author: Grant Morrison
10. "Suviše je ovaj narod patio od nereda, nasilja i nepravde, i suviše navikao da ih podnosi sa podmuklim roptanjem ili da se buni protiv njih, vec prema vremenima i okolnostima. Izmedu zlokovarnih, osvetnickih misli i povremenih pobuna prolazi im gorak i pust vek. Za sve drugo oni su neosetljivi i nepristupni. Ponekad se covek pita da nije duh vecine balkanskih naroda zauvek otrovan i da, možda, nikad više nece ni moci ništa drugo do jedno: da trpi nasilje ili da ga cini."
Author: Ivo Andric
11. "Well, that is all the notes and there is not much else in the paper of any importance. I never take much interest in foreign parts. Who's this Archduke man who has been murdered?""What does it matter to us?" asked Miss Cornelia, unaware of the hideous answer to her question, which destiny was even then preparing. "Someone is always murdering or being murdered in those Balkan States. It's their normal condition and I don't really think that our papers ought to publish such shocking things."
Author: L.M. Montgomery
12. "The online musical universe has become Balkanized, with many sites focusing on minute niches. That works well for reaching very specific demographics, which is wonderful for advertising, but it flies in the face of the common wisdom that people's tastes have become more diverse as music of any description has become a mouse-click away."
Author: Michael Azerrad
13. "Svako leto krajem avgusta i pocetkom septembra preko Princevskih ostrva prelecu jata roda koja stižu sa severozapada, sa Balkana, spuštajuci se na jug da tu provedu zimu. I sada sam izlazio u baštu dok su preletala jata roda kao u mom detinjstvu i zadivljen posmatrao odlucno i misteriozno putovanje "hodocasnika", ciji se lepet krila mogao cuti u tišini. Kad sam bio dete, dve nedelje po prolasku jata roda, s tugom bismo se vracali brodom u Istanbul. Dok bih kod kuce citao tri meseca stare vesti u novinama okacenim na prozore i požutelim od letnjeg sunca, osecao bih se opcinjen i razmišljao koliko vreme sporo prolazi."
Author: Orhan Pamuk
14. "One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans (1888)."
Author: Otto Von Bismarck
15. "Some slight friction threatening in the Balkans, sir."
Author: P.G. Wodehouse
16. "Nilai yang diwariskan oleh kemanusiaan hanya untuk mereka yang mengerti dan membutuhkan. Humaniora memang indah bila diucapkan para mahaguru—indah pula didengar oleh mahasiswa berbakat dan toh menyebalkan bagi mahasiswa-mahasiswa bebal. Berbahagialah kalian, mahasiswa bebal, karena kalian dibenarkan berbuat segala-galanya(Rumah Kaca, h. 39)"
Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer
17. "The networks found themselves having to compete for an increasingly Balkanized audience."
Author: Roger Mudd
18. "A history of perceived humiliation, after all, lurks behind many acts of terror. And competing narratives of victimhood and insults sustain conflicts in the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Middle East and many other regions."
Author: Serge Schmemann
19. "What's the harm in forgetting? What does remembering do? Kugel had read that the war in the Balkans was referred to as the War of the Grandmothers; that after 50 years of peace, it was the grandmothers who reminded their offspring to hate each other, the grandmothers who reminded them of past atrocities, of indignities long gone. Never forget! shouted the grandmothers. So their grandchildren remembered, and their grandchildren died."
Author: Shalom Auslander
20. "Secam se da sam jedno jutro video ispred samoposluge nekog popa kako ljušti kikiriki, odmah mi je bilo jasno da nece biti mira na Balkanu."
Author: Slobodan Tišma
21. "...mencintai itu, kadang mengumpulkan segala tabiat menyebalkan dari seseorang yang engkau cintai, memakinya, merasa tak sanggup lagi menjadi yang terbaik untuk dirinya, dan berpikir tak ada lagi jalan kembali, tapi tetap saja engkau tak sanggup benar-benar meninggalkannya."
Author: Tasaro G.K.
22. "If this war is not fought with the greatest brutality against the bands both in the East and in the Balkans then in the foreseeable future the strength at our disposal will not be sufficient to be able to master this plague."
Author: Wilhelm Keitel

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