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The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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“No hay lenguas muertas, sino cerebros aletargados.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“vous avez poison au coeur”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Nothing feeds forgetfulness better than war.... We all keep quiet and they try to convince us that what we've seen, what we've done, what we've learned about ourselves and about others, is an illusion, a passing nightmare. Wars have no memory, and nobody has the courage to understand them until there are no voices left to tell what happened, until the moment comes when we no longer recognize them and they return, with another face and another name, to devour what they left behind.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
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“They had parted as boys, and now life presented one of them with a fugitive and the other with a dying man. Both wondered whether this was due to the cards they'd been dealt or to the way they had played them.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Some things have to be seen in the shadows”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Una de las trampas de la infancia es que no hace falta comprender algo para sentirlo. Para cuando la razón es capaz de entender lo sucedido, las heridas en el corazón ya son demasiado profundas.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Television, my dear Daniel, is the Antichrist, and I can assure you that after only three or four generations, people will no longer even know how to fart on their own. Humans will return to living in caves, to medieval savagery, and to the general state of imbecility that slugs overcame back in the Pleistocene era. Our world will not die as a result of the bomb, as the papers say - it will die of laughter, of banality, of making a joke of everything, and a lousy joke at that.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Disarmed, I realized how easily you can lose all animosity toward someone you've deemed your enemy as soon as that person stops behaving as such.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“There are yokels out there who think that if they touch a woman's behind and she doesn't complain, they've hooked her. Amateurs. The female heart is a labryinth of subtleties, too challenging for the uncouth mind of the male racketeer. If you really want to possess a woman, you must think like her, and the first thing to do is to 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
“According to the biographical notes, Monsieur Julian Carax was twenty-seven, born with the century in Barcelona, and currently living in Paris; he wrote in French and worked at night as a professional pianist in a hostess bar. The blurb, written in the pompous, moldy style of the age, proclaimed that this was a first work of dazzling courage, the mark of a protean and trailblazing talent, and a sign of hope for the future of all of European letters. In spite of such solemn claims, the synopsis that followed suggested that the story contained some vaguely sinister elements slowly marinated in saucy melodrama, which, to the eyes of Monsieur Roquefort, was always a plus: after the classics what he most enjoyed were tales of crime, boudoir intrigue, and questionable conduct.

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.

She laughed nervously. She had around her a burning aura of loneliness. "You remind me a bit of Julian," she said suddenly. "The way you look and your gestures. He used to do what you are doing now. He would stare at you without saying a word, and you wouldn't know what he was thinking, and so, like an idiot, you'd tell him things it would have been better to keep to yourself."

"Someone once said that the moment you stop to think about whether you love someone, you've already stopped loving that person forever."

I gulped down the last of my coffee and looked at her for a few moments without saying anything. I thought about how much I wanted to lose myself in those evasive eyes. I thought about the loneliness that would take hold of me that night when I said good-bye to her, once I had run out of tricks or stories to make her stay with me any longer. I thought about how little I had to offer her and how much I wanted from her.

"You women listen more to your heart and less to all the nonsense," the hatter concluded sadly. "That's why you live longer."

But the years went by in peace. 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.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Contrary to what you believe, the earth does not revolve around the desires of your crotch.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Remember me, even if it's only in a corner and secretly. Don't let me go.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Me sentí rodeado de millones de páginas abandonadas, de universos y almas sin dueño, que se hundían en un océano de oscuridad mientras el mundo que palpitaba fuera de aquellos muros perdía la memoria sin darse cuenta día tras día, sintiéndose más sabio cuanto más olvidaba.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, La sombra del viento
“I had never known the pleasure of reading, of exploring the recesses of the soul, of letting myself be carried away by imagination, beauty, and the mystery of fiction and language. For me all those things were born with that novel.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Yo creo que nada sucede por casualidad, ¿sabes? Que, en el fondo, las cosas tienen su plan secreto, aunque nosotros no lo entendamos.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, La sombra del viento
“I was secretly convinced that with such a marvel one would be able to write anything, from novels to encyclopedias, and letters whose supernatural power would surpass any postal limitations--a letter written with that pen would reach the most remote corners of the world, even that unknowable place to which my father said my mother had gone and from where she would never return.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Pocas cosas marcan tanto a un lector como el primer libro que realmente se abre camino hasta su corazón. Aquellas primeras imágenes, el eco de esas palabras que creemos haber dejado atrás, nos acompañan toda la vida y esconden un palacio en nuestra memoria al que, tarde o temprano –no importa cuántos libros leamos, cuántos mundos descubramos, cuánto aprendamos u olvidemos–, vamos a regresar.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Time has taught me not to loose hope , yet not to trust too much in hope either”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“How many lost souls do You need, Lord, to satisfy Your hunger? the hatter asked. God, in His infinite silence, looked at him without blinking.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“We humans are willing to believe anything rather than the truth.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not for the merits of who receives them,”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind
“El destino suele estar a la vuelta de la esquina. Como si fuese un chorizo, una furcia o un vendedor de lotería: sus tres encarnaciones más socorridas. Pero lo que no hace es visitas a domicilio. Hay que ir a por él.
-Fermín Romero de Torres.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Los libros son espejos: sólo se ve en ellos lo que uno ya lleva dentro.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Destiny is usually just around the corner. Like a thief, a hooker, or a lottery vendor: it's three most common personifications. But what destiny does not do is home visits. You have to go for it.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Hay peores cárceles que las palabras.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Making money isn't hard in itself,what's hard is to earn it doing something worth devoting your life to”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“... und in der schwärzesten Nacht meines Lebens sah ich Sterne.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“His soul is in his stories. I once asked him who inspired him to create his characters, and his answer was no one. That all his characters were himself.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Cada vez que un libro cambia de manos, cada vez que alguien desliza la mirada por sus páginas, su espíritu crece y se hace fuerte. (Sempere)”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Write," he said.

"I'll write to you as soon as I get there," answered Julian.

"No. Not to me. Write books. Not letters. Write them for me, for Penelope.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

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