Quotes from The Shadow Of The Wind

I find no wisdom in self-help books – like Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, Dr. Phil and The Secret. They are tools for fools. But the novel… those damn dirty, sexy but all-knowing novels. You find fictional character saying crazy shit like these (from Carlos Ruiz Zafon The Shadow Of The Wind):

…the moment you stop to think of whether you love someone, you’ve already stopped loving that person forever.
       – Julian Carax

Never trust a girl who let themselves be touched right away. But even less those who need a priest for approval.
       – Fermin

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

You’re shown a nice pair of breasts and you think you’ve seen St. Teresa — which at your age can be excused but not cured… The fragrance of the eternal female no longer empowers me the way it mesmerizes you. At my age, the flow of blood to the brain takes precedence over that which flows to the loins.
       – Fermin

Destiny is usually just around the corner. Like a thief, a hooker, or a lottery vendor: its three most common personifications. But what destiny does not do is home visits. You have to go for it yourself.
       – Fermin

The truths of life know no age…
       – Fermin

Waiting is the rust of the soul.
       – Fermin

It’s one thing to believe in women, and another to believe what they say.
       – Fermin

Fools talk, Cowards are silent, Wise Men listen.
       – Barcelo


My hand found its way between her thighs, and I threw myself on her, searching her lips, convinced by now that cannibalism was the supreme incarnation of wisdom.
       – Daniel fore playing and making love to Bea


Sometimes we think people are like lottery tickets, that they’re there to make our most absurd dreams come true.
       – Isaac Montfort

Wine turns the wise man into a fool and the fool into a wise man.
       – Isaac Montfort

Some disappointments honour those who inspire them.
       – Miquel

You only love truly once in a lifetime… even if you aren’t always aware of it.
       – Senor Fortuny (the hatter)


…coincidences are the scars of fate.
       – Julian

There are no coincidences… We are puppets of our subconscious desires.
       – Nuria Montfort


…a story is a letter the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover himself.
       – Julian

The hand of the angel pierced himself, spearing him, the accursed soul driven out like black vapour, falling like frozen tears over the mirror of frozen water.
       – Lain Coubert taking the life of Fumero


“And how do you see me?”
“As a mystery.”
“That’s the strangest compliment anyone has ever paid me.”
“It’s not a compliment. It’s a threat.”
“What do you mean?”
“Mysteries must be solved, one must find out what they hide.”
       – from The Shadow Of The Wind

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