The Shadow of the Wind

“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.”

“Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen.”

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”

“People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren’t already complicated enough.”

“The most efficient way of rendering the poor harmless is to teach them to want to imitate the rich.”

“There are no second chances in life, except to feel remorse.”

“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”.

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