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    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “Once, in my father's bookshop, I heard a regular customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. 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.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

  • #2
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “The moment you stop to think about whether you love someone, you've already stopped loving that person forever.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

  • #3
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren't already complicated enough.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

  • #4
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “that as long as we are being remembered, we remain alive.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón

  • #5
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “Making money isn't hard in itself... What's hard is to earn it doing something worth devoting one's life to.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

  • #6
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “If you really want to possess a woman, you must think like her, and the first thing to do is win over her soul. The rest, that sweet, soft wrapping that steals away your senses and your virtue, is a bonus.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

  • #7
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “A secret's worth depends on the people from whom it must be kept.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

  • #8
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel's Game

  • #9
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “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.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

  • #10
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “No hay lenguas muertas, sino cerebros aletargados.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

  • #11
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

  • #12
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “But in good time you'll see that sometimes what matters isn't what one gives but what one gives up.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

  • #13
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “One loves truly only once in a lifetime, Julian, even if one isn’t aware of it.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
    tags: love

  • #14
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “We seem to live in a world where forgetting and oblivion are an industry in themselves and very, very few people are remotely interested or aware of their own recent history, much less their neighbors'. I tend to think we are what we remember, what we know. The less we remember, the less we know about ourselves, the less we are. (Interview with Three Monkeys Online, October 2008)”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón

  • #15
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “There was no more good or evil in this world than we imagine there to be, either out of greed or out of innocence. Or sometimes madness.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel's Game

  • #16
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “Literature, at least good literature, is science tempered with the blood of art. Like architecture or music.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel's Game

  • #17
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “Envy is the religion of the mediocre. It comforts them, it soothes their worries, and finally it rots their souls, allowing them to justify their meanness and their greed until they believe these to be virtues. Such people are convinced that the doors of heaven will be opened only to poor wretches like themselves who go through life without leaving any trace but their threadbare attempts to belittle others and to exclude - and destroy if possible - those who, by the simple fact of their existence, show up their own poorness of spirit, mind, and guts. Blessed be the one at whom the fools bark, because his soul will never belong to them.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel's Game
    tags: envy

  • #18
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “Poetry is written with tears, fiction with blood, and history with invisible ink.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel's Game

  • #19
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “Human beings believe just as they breathe - in order to survive.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel's Game

  • #20
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “All interpretation or observation of reality is necessarily fiction. In this case, the problem is that man is a moral animal abandoned in an amoral universe and condemned to a finite existence with no other purpose than to perpetuate the natural cycle of the species. It is impossible to survive in a prolonged state of reality, at least for a human being. We spend a good part of our lives dreaming, especially when we're awake.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel's Game

  • #21
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “One is never wholly conscious of the greed hidden in one's heart until one hears the sweet sound of silver.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel's Game

  • #22
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “The nurse knew that those who really love, love in silence, with deeds and not with words.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

  • #23
    Dr. Seuss
    “You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
    Dr. Seuss

  • #24
    Mae West
    “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
    Mae West

  • #25
    H. Jackson Brown Jr.
    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
    H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

  • #26
    Robert Frost
    “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
    Robert Frost

  • #27
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “All that is gold does not glitter,
    Not all those who wander are lost;
    The old that is strong does not wither,
    Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

    From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
    A light from the shadows shall spring;
    Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
    The crownless again shall be king.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #28
    “He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
    Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
    Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
    Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it;
    Who has left the world better than he found it,
    Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
    Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
    Whose life was an inspiration;
    Whose memory a benediction.”
    Bessie Anderson Stanley, More Heart Throbs Volume Two in Prose and Verse Dear to the American People And by them contributed as a Supplement to the original $10,000 Prize Book HEART THROBS

  • #29
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #30
    Maya Angelou
    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    Maya Angelou



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