Bed·ou·in (noun or adj.) ˈbe-də-wən, ˈbed-wən 1. Desert dweller, nomadic Arab of the desert. 2. A wanderer or rover.

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Q: What kind of relationship do you have with your characters?

A: I am conscious that they don’t exist, but I still feel bad for them. This is the same way I feel about house elves, come to think of it.

John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars

“How can I explain in my poor English? I think the Arabs have the same rights as the Jews and I think it is a tragedy of history that people who are refugees make new refugees.”

Shlomo Green (Pity the Nation, Robert Fisk)

“It’s a funny thing, Markos, but most people have it backward. They think they live by what they want. But really what guides them is what they’re afraid of. What they don’t want.”

Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

She keeps walking, the darkness around her like a mother’s womb, and when it lifts, when she looks up in the dawn haze and catches a band of pale light from the east striking the side of a boulder, it feels like being born.

Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed