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The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

  • “Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.” 
  • “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” 
  • “The moment you stop to think about whether you love someone, you’ve already stopped loving that person forever.” 
  • “Making money isn’t hard in itself… What’s hard is to earn it doing something worth devoting one’s life to.” 
  • “I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day.” 
  • “I carried the trace of her lips, of her breath on my skin through streets full of faceless people escaping from offices and shops.”
  • “These scars are the least important. The worst scars remain inside.” 
  • “People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren’t already complicated enough.”
  • “Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen.”
  • “Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later—no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget—we will return.” 
  • “Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.
  • “The words with which a child’s heart is poisoned, whether through malice or through ignorance, remain branded in his memory, and sooner or later they burn his soul.” 
  • “Memories are worse than bullets.” 
  • “Destiny is usually just around the corner. Like a thief, a hooker, or a lottery vendor: its three most common personifications. But what destiny does not do is home visits. You have to go for it.” 
  • “Life has enough torturers as it is, without you going around moonlighting as a Grand Inquisitor against yourself.”
  • “A secret’s worth depends on the people from whom it must be kept.”
  • “There are few reasons for telling the truth, but for lying the number is infinite.”
  • “But in good time you’ll see that sometimes what matters isn’t what one gives but what one gives up.”
  •  “It was a well-known fact that the richness of buttery foods led to the moral ruin and confusion of the intellect.”
  • “Time goes faster the more hollow it is. Lives with no meaning go straight past you, like trains that don’t stop at your station.” 
  • “I started off for home, where I planned to recruit a good book and hide away from the world.” 
  • “Those who really love, love in silence, with deeds and not with words.”
  • “One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn’t have to understand something to feel it. By the time the mind is able to comprehend what has happened, the wounds of the heart are already too deep.”
  • “You only love truly once in your lifetime, even if you aren’t always aware of it.”
  • “He used to say that we exist as long as somebody remembers us.”