Barcelona Quotes

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“In fact I don't think of literature, or music, or any art form as having a nationality. Where you're born is simply an accident of fate. I don't see why I shouldn't be more interested in say, Dickens, than in an author from Barcelona simply because I wasn't born in the UK. I do not have an ethno-centric view of things, much less of literature. Books hold no passports. There's only one true literary tradition: the human.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Carmen Laforet
“Me parece que de nada vale correr si siempre ha de irse por el mismo camino, cerrado, de nuestra personalidad. Unos seres nacen para vivir, otros para trabajar, y otros para mirar la vida. Yo tenia un pequeño y ruin papel de espectadora. Imposible salirme de él. Imposible libertarme. Una tremenda congoja fue para mí lo único real en aquellos momentos.”
Carmen Laforet, Nada

Woody Allen
“Our love, our love will last forever. It's forever but it just doesn't work. That's why it will always be romantic because it can not be complete.”
Woody Allen

Woody Allen
“Your still searching for me in every woman. You'll always seek to duplicate what we had. You know it.”
Woody Allen

Roman Payne
“This was the first time I thought of S— that day. Her music was beautiful, her voice was beautiful, her body was beautiful. Even the dirty little pads of her feet were beautiful. I cursed myself then. For once, heaven had sent me Beauty in its most perfected form and I abandoned it. She might not have been a girl after all but an angel: a force to guide me on this hazardous path of life I hurry down. How can life be hazardous if it can only end in death?”
Roman Payne

Roman Payne
“I likened her to the slender PSYCHÉ and judged that the perfection of her face ennobled everything unclean around her: The dusty hems of her bunched-up skirt, the worn straps of her nightshirt; the blackened soles of her bare feet [...] All this and the pungent air! Ô this night, sweet pungent night! "HÉBÉ" may come but a season. But this girl's season would know a hot spring
and an Indian summer.”
Roman Payne

Woody Allen
“It's funny. Maria Elena and I, we are meant for each other and not meant for each other, it's a contradiction.”
Woody Allen

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“A maior parte de nós, os mortais, nunca chega a conhecer o seu verdadeiro destino. Somos apenas atropelados por ele. Quando erguemos a cabeça e o vemos afastar - se pela estrada já é tarde, e o resto do caminho temos de fazê -lo pela valeta daquilo a que os sonhadores chamam a maturidade. A esperança não é mais do que a fé em que esse momento não tenha ainda chegado, que consigamos ver o nosso verdadeiro destino quando se aproximar de nós e saltar para o bordo antes que a oportunidade de sermos nós mesmos se desvaneça para sempre e nos condene a viver de vazio, com saudades do que deveria ter sido e nunca foi.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, El laberinto de los espíritus

Kamand Kojouri
“Lisbon, to me,
is the Lisbon of Pessoa.
Just like London is Woolf’s,
or rather, Mrs. Dalloway’s.
Barcelona is Gaudí's
and Rome is da Vinci’s.
You see them in every crevice
and hear their echoes
in every cathedral.
I’d like to be the child,
or rather, the mother of a city
but I neither have a home
nor a resting place.
My race is humankind.
My religion is kindness.
My work is love
and, well, my city
is the walls of your heart.”
Kamand Kojouri

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Never before had I felt trapped, so seduced and caught up in a story,' Clara explained, 'the way I did with that book. Until then, reading was just a duty, a sort of fine one had to pay teachers and tutors without quite knowing why. 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. This is a world of shadows, Daniel, and magic is a rare asset. That book taught me that by reading, I could live more intensely. It could give me back the sight I had lost. For that reason alone, a book that didn't matter to anyone, changed my life.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

George Orwell
“It appeared that even in Barcelona there were hardly any bullfights nowadays; for some reason all the best matadors were Fascists.”
George Orwell, Fighting in Spain

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time. It was the early summer of 1945, and we walked through the streets of a Barcelona trapped beneath ashen skies as dawn poured over Rambla de Santa Monica in a wreath of liquid copper.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“This is a place of mystery, Daniel, a sanctuary. 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. This place was already ancient when my father brought me here for the first time, many years ago. Perhaps as old as the city itself. Nobody knows for certain how long it has existed, or who created it. I will tell you what my father told me, though. When a library disappears, or a bookshop closes down, when a book is consigned to oblivion, those of us who know this place, its guardians, make sure that it gets here. In this place, books no longer remembered by anyone, books that are lost in time, live forever, waiting for the day when they will reach a new reader's hands. In the shop we buy and sell them, but in truth books have no owner. Every book you here has been somebody's best friend. Now they only have us, Daniel. Do you think you'll be able to keep
such a secret?' My gaze was lost in the immensity of the place and its
sorcery of light. I nodded, and my father smiled.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Julian, locul acesta este o taină, un sanctuar. Fiecare carte, fiecare tom pe care-l vezi are suflet. Sufletul celui care a scris-o și sufletul celor care au citit-o, au trăit și au visat cu ea. De fiecare dată când o carte ajunge în mâinile altcuiva, de fiecare dată când altcineva îți lasă privirea să alunece pe paginile ei, un spirit crește și se face tot mai puternic. Când bunicul tău m-a adus aici, cu mulți ani în urmă, locul acesta era deja vechi. Poate că e la fel de vechi ca orașul însuși. Nimeni nu știe exact de când există sau cine l-a creat. O să-ți spun ce mi-a spus și mie bunicul tău. Când piere o bibliotecă sau se închide o librărie, când o carte dispare în noianul uitării, cei care știm de existența acestui loc, paznicii lui, facem tot ce trebuie pentru ca ea să ajungă aici. În locul acesta cărțile de care nu-și mai amintește nimeni, cărțile pierdute în negura timpului, continuă să trăiască, așteptând ca într-o bună zi să ajungă din nou în mâinile unui nou cititor, ale unui nou spirit. La librăria noastră vindem cărți noi și cumpărăm cărți vechi, dar în realitate cărțile nu au stăpân. Fiecare carte de aici a fost cel mai bun prieten al cuiva. Acum ne mai are doar pe noi, Julian. Vei putea păstra secretul acesta?”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, El laberinto de los espíritus

Ainhoa Rebolledo
“ay. ay. ay ay ayayayy. el viernes por la mañana mari klinski me hizo un nocaut que lo flipas. me dejó medio desangrada en una acera de la calle marina, ahí. palpitando. con un pie ya en el otro mundo, casi. pero mariklinski se tiró conmigo, se puso a reir (ha-ha-ha, como ríen las bicicletas) y me lamió las heridas, las palmas de las manos, y me ayudó a levantarme. la muy . se sentía TOPE CULPABLE pero sabe que la quiero y que me da igual que me tire al suelo, que se me caiga encima –ojito, no se nos vaya a manchar la niña, es bastante delicadita ella– porque yo la seguiré queriendo. igual.”
Ainhoa Rebolledo, Mari Klinski

Ainhoa Rebolledo
“Erik intuye que estoy realmente triste porque hace tiempo que no hablamos de música, cerveza o libros: ahora estoy completamente despedida del mercado laboral y amoroso pero sigo yendo a verle mucho por los alrededores de la plaza del Networking, donde cada vez paso más tiempo. Ya
formo parte de las estadísticas que confirman que cuatro de cada tres personas estamos en paro aunque casi nadie cobre la subvención de la Gornú, los números primos y tragicómicos que el Gobierno de la Gornú se esfuerza tanto por ocultar cuando reciben a la delegación de la ONU que viene a controlar mensualmente que no se esté cometiendo
un genocidio en Barcelona. Mi núcleo familiar se compone
de un único miembro: yo. He decidido tomármelo con
calma, incluso, como una oportunidad. Conservaré mis
extremidades, haré lo que necesite hacer cada día, llegaré
hasta el Pacífico y luego improvisaré.”
Ainhoa Rebolledo, Gornú

“Ronaldinho was a trickster, an artist with the ball. Leo represents the essence of the game: speed plus skill.”
Luca Caioli, Messi: The Inside Story of the Boy Who Became a Legend

Jordi Balaguer
“Los milicianos corrieron por las calles mientras los ciudadanos se escondían, desesperados, entre casas viejas, en los pozos, en las despensas de sus vecinos. Cerraban las puertas los padres de familia y asían con fuerza sus mejores cuchillos. Las mujeres abrazaban a sus hijos, las sirvientas aseguraban las ventanas. Algunos, los más temerosos, se acurrucaban en el camastro con la débil seguridad de las velas encendidas.
Esa noche, los lobos tomaron Barcelona, y en ese ferviente caos de guerra y muerte, Fortuna desenvainó su espada. Había entendido el mensaje. «Gryal está aquí», decían los lobos. «Ha vuelto la primavera», decía su aullido.”
Jordi Balaguer, El retorno de Gryal

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Wie fühlen Sie sich?', fragte der Arzt.
'Etwas in Sorge, ehrlich gesagt. Ich habe geträumt, dass mich Jesus Christus besucht und wir ein langes, tiefgehendes Gespräch geführt haben.'
'Worüber?'
'Hauptsächlich über Fußball.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Gewissenheiten flößen Mut ein, aber lernen tut man nur mit dem Zweifel.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Como todas las ciudades viejas, Barcelona es una suma de ruinas. Las grandes glorias de las que se vanaglorian muchos, palacios, factorías y monumentos, insignias con las que nos identificamos, no son más que cadáveres, reliquias de una civilización extinguida.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“La luz vaporosa de las farolas de las Ramblas - como el primer chupetón a un caramelo Sugus- siempre le había parecido una de esas cosas por las que vale la pena vivir un día más.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, El laberinto de los espíritus

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Barcelona, madre de laberintos, alberga en lo más sombrío de su corazón una madeja de callejones anundados en un arrecife de ruinas presentes y futuras en el que viajeros intrépidos y espíritus extraviados de todas condición quedan atrapados para siempre en un distrito al que, a falta de más certera advertencia, algún bendito cartógrafo tuvo a bien bautizar como el Raval.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, El laberinto de los espíritus

Ildefonso Falcones
“Olvidamos que cuando de dineros se trata los barceloneses son capaces de enfrentarse al mismo diablo.”
Ildefonso Falcones, Los herederos de la tierra

“When it was [Larry] Bird's turn [to sign souvenir Team USA basketballs], he said to [Brian] McIntyre ' What's the quickest it's taken anyone to do this?' McIntyre said between fifteen and twenty minutes. Bird said, 'Time me,' finished in about six minutes, tossed the pen to McIntyre and said, 'Won another one, didn't I?”
Jack McCallum, Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Els Quatre Gats was just a five-minute walk from our house and one of my favourite haunts. My parents had met there in 1932, and I attributed my one-way ticket into this world in part to the old cafe's charms. Stone dragons guarded a lamplit facade. Inside, voices seemed to echo with shadows of other times. Accountants, dreamers, and would-be geniuses shared tables with the spectres of Pablo Picasso, Isaac Albeniz, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Salvador Dali. There any poor devil could pass for a historical figure for the price of a small coffee.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Una historia es, en definitiva, una conversación entre quien la narra y quien la escucha, y un narrador solo puede contar hasta donde le llega el oficio y un lector solo puede leer hasta donde lleva escrito en el alma.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, El laberinto de los espíritus

Liz Hay
“A veces tienes que alejarte para desear lo prohibido, lo ignorado aún estando a escasos pasos de allí, pudiendo palpar sus muros, observando al mundo en su caos... Alejarte te permite una visión espacial y amplia en la que alcanzas a vislumbrar los ribetes especiales que te hicieron enamorar alguna vez de esta ciudad... Y solo a veces si logras poner tu vista en un punto fijo, si sabes que puedes que no vuelvas a verlo nunca más, solo entones encuentras el valor real a aquello que has estado obviado por años, y es entonces cuando vuelves, cuando ansias recorrer otra vez sus calles, empaparte de sus ramblas, sus eventos y su gente, visitar todos sus museos y monumentos... Justo allí es cuando Barcelona vuelve a maravillarte... Aquí me tienes otra vez Barcelona, siempre volveré a ti".”
Liz Hay

“The surname Messi comes from the Italian town of Porto Recanati, in the province of Macerata, which saw the birth of the poet Giacomo Leopardi and the tenor Beniamino Gigli.”
Luca Caioli, Messi: The Inside Story of the Boy Who Became a Legend

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