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  • #1
    Markus Zusak
    “She walked down the basement steps. She saw an imaginary framed photo seep into the wall - a quiet-smiled secret. No more than a few meters, it was a long walk to the drop sheets and the assortment of paint cans that shielded Max Vandenburg. She removed the sheets closest to the wall until there was a small corridor to look through. The first part of him she saw was his shoulder, and through the slender gap, she slowly, painfully, inched her hand in until it rested there. His clothing was cool. He did not wake.
    She could feel his breathing and his shoulder moving up and down ever so slightly. For a while, she watched him. Then she sat and leaned back.
    Sleepy air seemed to have followed her.
    The scrawled words of practice stood magnificently on the wall by the stairs, jagged and childlike and sweet. They looked on as both the hidden Jew and the girl slept, hand to shoulder.
    They breathed.
    German and Jewish lungs.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #2
    Markus Zusak
    “Sometimes people are beautiful.
    Not in looks.
    Not in what they say.
    Just in what they are.”
    Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger


  • #3
    Markus Zusak
    “Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of.”
    Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger


  • #4
    Markus Zusak
    “I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #5
    Markus Zusak
    “Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #6
    Markus Zusak
    “Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you've finished just to stay near it.”
    Markus Zusak


  • #7
    Markus Zusak
    “A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #8
    Markus Zusak
    “I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn't already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #9
    Markus Zusak
    “Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. "I'm okay" we say. "I'm alright". But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can't get it off. That's when you realize that sometimes it isn't even an answer--it's a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #10
    Markus Zusak
    “Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #11
    Markus Zusak
    “Even death has a heart.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #12
    Markus Zusak
    “He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It’s his only detriment. He steps on my heart. He makes me cry.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #13
    Markus Zusak
    “A small but noteworthy note. I've seen so many young men over the years who think they're running at other young men. They are not. They are running at me.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #14
    Markus Zusak
    “I carried [Rudy] softly through the broken street...with him I tried a little harder [at comforting]. I watched the contents of his soul for a moment and saw a black-painted boy calling the name Jesse Owens as he ran through an imaginary tape. I saw him hip-deep in some icy water, chasing a book, and I saw a boy lying in bed, imagining how a kiss would taste from his glorious next-door neighbor. He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It's his only detriment. He steps on my heart. He makes me cry.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #15
    Markus Zusak
    “If only she could be so oblivious again, to feel such love without knowing it, mistaking it for laughter. ”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #16
    Markus Zusak
    “His soul sat up. It met me. Those kinds of souls always do - the best ones. The ones who rise up and say "I know who you are and I am ready. Not that I want to go, of course, but I will come." Those souls are always light because more of them have been put out. More of them have already found their way to other places.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #17
    Markus Zusak
    “Somewhere, far down, there was an itch in his heart, but he made it a point not to scratch it. He was afraid of what might come leaking out.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #18
    Markus Zusak
    “Often I wish this would all be over, Liesel, but then somehow you do something like walk down the basement steps with a snowman in your hands.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #19
    Markus Zusak
    “How about a kiss, Saumensch?"

    He stood waist-deep in the water for a few moments longer before climbing out and handing her the book. His pants clung to him, and he did not stop walking. In truth, I think he was afraid. Rudy Steiner was scared of the book thief's kiss. He must have longed for it so much. He must have loved her so incredibly hard. So hard that he would never ask for her lips again and would go to his grave without them.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #20
    Markus Zusak
    “People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spot blues. Murky darkness. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #21
    Markus Zusak
    “She was saying goodbye and she didn't even know it.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #22
    Markus Zusak
    “Together, they would watch everything that was so carefully planned collapse, and they would smile at the beauty of destruction.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #23
    Markus Zusak
    “Hair the color of lemons,'" Rudy read. His fingers touched the words. "You told him about me?"

    At first, Liesel could not talk. Perhaps it was the sudden bumpiness of love she felt for him. Or had she always loved him? It's likely. Restricted as she was from speaking, she wanted him to kiss her. She wanted him to drag her hand across and pull her over. It didn't matter where. Her mouth, her neck, her cheek. Her skin was empty for it, waiting.

    Years ago, when they'd raced on a muddy field, Rudy was a hastily assembled set of bones, with a jagged, rocky smile. In the trees this afternoon, he was a giver of bread and teddy bears. He was a triple Hitler Youth athletics champion. He was her best friend. And he was a month from his death.

    Of course I told him about you," Liesel said.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #24
    Markus Zusak
    “It was a Monday and they walked on a tightrope to the sun.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #25
    Markus Zusak
    “On many counts, taking a boy like Rudy Steiner was robbery--so much life, so much to live for--yet somehow, I'm certain he would have loved to see the frightening rubble and the swelling of the sky on the night he passed away. He'd have cried and turned and smiled if only he could have seen the book thief on her hands and knees, next to his decimated body. He'd have been glad to witness her kissing his dusty, bomb-hit lips.
    Yes, I know it.
    In the darkness of my dark-beating heart, I know. He'd have loved it all right.
    You see?
    Even death has a heart.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #26
    Markus Zusak
    “Believe it or not--it takes a lot of love to hate you like this.”
    Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger


  • #27
    Markus Zusak
    “A book floated down the Amper River.
    A boy jumped in, caught up to it, and held
    it in his right hand. He grinned. He stood
    waist-deep in the icy, Decemberish water.
    “How about a kiss, Saumensch?” he said.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #28
    Markus Zusak
    “I think she ate a salad and some soup.
    And loneliness.
    She ate that, too. ”
    Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger


  • #29
    Markus Zusak
    “In years to come, he would be a giver of bread, not a stealer - proof again of the contradictory human being. So much good, so much evil. Just add water.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


  • #30
    Markus Zusak
    “Two weeks to change the world, fourteen days to destroy it.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief




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