The effectiveness of short and sharp quotes often overwhelms that of long and great writings and speeches. All that is needed, is to come across the right quote at the right time. Keeping that need in mind, we have brought together the most famous and thought-provoking quotes of Urdu writers and poets at one place. One click, and you’ll find a range of quotes by Manto, Prem Chand, Mirza Ghalib and many others, at your fingertips.

1928 -2011

Popular short story writer, novelist and playwright, known for his romantic style of rendition

1911 -2002

One of the founders of modern Urdu criticism.

1911 -1977

Prominent critic ,scholar, fiction writer and poet also known for his romantic poetry.


Prominent Urdu fiction writer from Pakistan who also occasionally writes poetry

1959 -2020

One of prominent short story writers, known for his literary journalism.

1935 -2016

Most prominent modernist fiction writer, celebrated for his symbolic stories; also the compiler of journal 'Shuoor'.

1921 -1986

Noted progressive fiction writer.

1928 -2017

Prominent Pakistani short story writer, novelist and playwright, well-known for his novel 'Raja Gidh'.

1927 -2006

Radical Urdu critic who wrote unconventional poetry.

1904 -1955

A poet and Journalist. Famous especially for his humorous columns.

1896 -1982

One of the most influential Pre-modern poets who paved the way for the modern Urdu ghazal. Known for his perceptive critical comments. Recipient of Gyanpeeth award.

1930 -2012

Prominent short story writer from Pakistan to highlight the excesses of the male-dominated society.

1927 -1978

Pakistani poet known for his ghazal "kal chaudhanvi ki raat thi, shab bhar raha charcha tera".

1925 -2016

Most prominent fiction writer, known for his stories woven around the experience of Partition and for his individual style of telling tales. The first Urdu writer to have been shortlisted for Man Booker prize.

1927 -1982

Noted novelist and story writer, famous for her novel Aangan; also a recipient of prestigious Adamji award.

1938 -2019

Prominent fiction writer known for her stories on existential issues; also wrote a novel called "Kaaghazi Ghaat".

1912 -1949

One of the founding fathers of modern Urdu nazm. Known for his mystical association with Indian metaphysical tradition. Died young.

1919 -1978

A prominent critic, translator and short story writer who made a mark for his critical views; he introduced Western thought and influenced the Urdu critical scenario. He worked on the reconstruction of Islamic thought during the fag end of his career.


Popular poet having dominating presence in mushairas.

1962 -2021

Postmodernist fiction writer, author of stories on sensitive social and political issues.

1923 -2018

Most prominent humorist and satirist of Pakistan; author of extraordinary works "Chiaargh Tale" and "Aab-e-Gum". He received Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the highest literary honours by the Government of Pakistan.


One of the most read fiction and travelogue writers from Pakistan; known for his unique creativity and appeal.

1936 -2017

Prominent short story writer, known for writing fictional narratives of the traditional mores of Lucknowi life and times. Also wtote critical and autobiographical books.

1915 -1984

One of the most prominent short story writers and novelists of Urdu, a contemporary of Manto, known for his narratives representing Indian ethos and use of mythological references. He also wrote plays and penned dialogues and stories for films.

1912 -1955

One of the renowned Urdu fiction writers. Known for writing some masterpieces like Thanda Gosht, Khol Do, Toba Tek Singh etc.

1920 -2000

A celebrated humorist, satirist and short story writer, known for his individual tone of voice.

1935 -2020

Poet, fiction writer and one of the leading Urdu critics

1912 -1972

One of the most prominent literary critics associated with Progressive Movement.


One of the most prominent fiction writers known for his stories drawing upon the cultural heritage of the past. Also the first one to make animals and non-living things the central metaphors in his stories.

1935 -2010

Prominent fiction writer and poet representing acute feminist views with remarkable insights into the Eastern male and female psyche especially in relation to their sexual, psychological and social issues. Some of her stories were made into films.