Quotes by Gulzar

Suicide is not all that easy a thing to do… to give up your life. What kind of pain compels people to do this? I don’t know what word to use in English… it’s horrifying that a human can be in this condition. What have they provided them with?
– Gulzar

I have one little complaint with the younger generation. They always look at the present as very shrunken and defective. It’s no good. The older generation may live in its past, in nostalgia. The streets were small, then. The homes were small. Life itself was small. Society was small. Nothing was open like it is today. Today is much bigger.
– Gulzar

I believe words should amaze or amuse. Only then will the listener want to understand the meaning of the song.
– Gulzar

The tune. That’s what stays in your mind. When the tune starts galloping, you need reins to hold on to it. The words become useful there. They are the reins that allow you to ride the horse.
– Gulzar

Human relations do not always rely on meeting each other in person every day. When we talk about relationships between people on either side of the border, just a few thousand miles can’t keep love from growing and blooming into a beautiful bonding.
– Gulzar

You can’t progress unless you learn not only to receive criticism, but also invite criticism.
– Gulzar

You can’t always live in your dhun (own world)
– Gulzar

When people meet me and call me by my real name, I don’t appreciate it. I feel as if they are boasting that they know my real name (Sampooran Singh Kalra).
– Gulzar

Poems of any length are inherently complete in themselves.
– Gulzar

They say he’s watching us from the heavens. If he doesn’t answer, I tell him in this poem that I’m going to pull this curtain of the sky and forget about him. It is a way of expressing my anguish, written when I felt helpless.
– Gulzar

I usually write words on the meter of the tune. It could be the other way round, and the composer will write the tune based on my words and meter.
– Gulzar

All I wanted was moment alone, to sit and weep.
– Gulzar

I feel that India’s story is like walking up a spiral on a mountain. You walk and walk and then you turn and you can see the sky.
– Gulzar

Your generation is very selfish. They don’t want India for its Ganga, but for their economic pride and self-respect. I’m hopeful because the chaos and crisis has reached a saturation point. This is our only chance. If it goes down a little bit more, then there is no scope. The youngsters have to realise that things are in their hands now.
– Gulzar

But when I get feedback from people that my imagery is difficult to understand, I get to know whether or not I communicated my thoughts well. A tree can’t grow by itself, it can only grow when someone prunes it.
– Gulzar

My father couldn’t understand what was the need for me to go away, if I just wanted to write. He used to tell me, “Kitaaban likhniya ne taa ghar bai ke likh le, par hatti te taan jaana payega (If you want to write books then do so sitting at home, but you have to go to the shop).” I was tickled to read that something like this had happened to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, too. He was busy reading his books when his father asked him, “Majj da gataava othe rakh de (Go and keep the buffalo’s mixture there).” He was so immersed in reading that he didn’t hear his father. So his father said, with a note of exasperation, “Inaa ki padh raha hai tu, kaida pradhan mantri ban jaana hai? (Why are you studying so much, are you going to become the prime minister?)” This is what happens. Pata thode hi hota hai (nobody can foretell).
– Gulzar

I have always said that in print, a poem needs space to breathe
– Gulzar

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I want him to come and answer. He’s there, right? And if god is responsible for everything, why doesn’t he come and see it? And why doesn’t he answer how it can be his will to kill 150 children in Peshawar? That’s what they said about it, that it is god’s will.
– Gulzar

The poems on fame are more of a question than an answer. I want to know what people see in me when they put that garland on me.
– Gulzar

I’m not that sophisticated.
– Gulzar

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