‘How painful it is, after thinking that a woman has given us everything, to see that in truth she has given us nothing.’

– Sabahattin Ali, Madonna in a Fur Coat

‘But to behave differently I would have had to be another person. I knew I was going around in circles, but I had no idea how I might get to the heart of the matter, for I did not know what or where it was.’

– Sabahattin Ali, Madonna in a Fur Coat

‘Love is something altogether different, something that defies analysis. And we are never to know where it comes from, or where it goes on the day it disappears.’

– Sabahattin Ali, Madonna in a Fur Coat

‘All unions are built on falsehood. People can only get to know each other up to a point and then they make up the rest, until one day, seeing their mistake, they turn their backs on sadness and run away.’

– Sabahattin Ali, Madonna in a Fur Coat

‘Now you might have said that you saw that you lacked the courage. But it’s not done, is it, for a man to admit such a thing… I’m talking about you now. Because I do have the courage. I want to make paintings that express how I see people, and sometimes I may even be successful. But that, too, is meaningless.’

– Sabahattin Ali, Madonna in a Fur Coat

‘These strange trees always remind me of all the faraway lands I long to see… I pity them, you know – for having been uprooted from their natural soil and brought here to be grown under artificial conditions, with such exacting care… Can hothouses and artificial lighting ever be enough for leaves accustomed to so much heat and light? Somehow they survive. They manage not to wither away… but can we call this life?’

– Sabahattin Ali, Madonna in a Fur Coat