Book Quotes by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a Spanish novelist.

The best Book Quotes

The only way you can truly get to know an author is through the trail of ink he leaves behind him. The person you think you see is only an empty character: truth is always hidden in fiction.

- Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Angel's Game

The nurse knew that those who really love, love in silence, with deeds and not with words.

- Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind

Don't be afraid of being scared. To be afraid is a sign of common sense. Only complete idiots are not afraid of anything.

- Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Angel's Game

Do you know the best thing about broken hearts? They can only really break once the rest is just scratches.

- Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Angel's Game

But in good time you'll see that sometimes what matters isn't what one gives but what one gives up.

- Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind

I stepped into the bookshop and breathed in that perfume of paper and magic that strangely no one had ever thought of bottling.

- Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Angel's Game

A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise.

- Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind

Memories are worse than bullets.

- Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind

The moment you stop to think about whether you love someone, you've already stopped loving that person forever.

- Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind

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

- Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind

Few things leave a deeper mark on the reader, than the first book that finds its way to his heart.

- Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind

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

- Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind

The words with which a child's heart is poisoned, whether through malice or through ignorance, remain branded in his memory, and sooner or later they burn his soul.

- Carlos Ruiz Zafón in 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.

- Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind

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 in The Shadow of the Wind

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 in The Shadow of the Wind

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.

- Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind

One loves truly only once in a lifetime, Julian, even if one isn’t aware of it.

- Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind