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Making money isn't hard in itself, what's hard is to earn it doing something worth devoting your life to
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.
Every piece of that marvelous world was a silent tear.
The day I die, all that was once mine will be yours, Julián, he would say. Except my dreams.
as long as we are being remembered, we remain alive
Some disappointments honor those who inspire them
A Gentleman's agreement cannot be broken without breaking the person who has entered into it.
Inspiration comes when you stick your elbows on the table, your bottom on the chair and you start sweating. Choose a theme, an idea, and squeeze your brain until it hurts. That's called inspiration.
- Boys my age are boring. They have nothing to say and half of them seem like complete idiots.I was going to say that they didn't improve with age but didn't want to spoil her illusions.
The same thing that had happened with the flowers was happening with my longing: once I held it in my hands, I didn't know where to put it.
In the shop we buy and sell them, but in truth books have no owner. Every book you see here has been somebody’s best friend.
Justice is an affectation of perspective, not a universal value.
One loves truly only once in a lifetime, Julian, even if one isn’t aware of it.
Ignatius B. Samson, welcome to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
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.
I was no longer able to hear the music that issues from a decent piece of prose.
Paris is the only city in the world where starving to death is still considered an art.
I wandered off, walking through streets that seemed emptier than ever, thinking that if I didn't stop, if I kept on walking, I wouldn't notice that the world I thought I knew was no longer there.
Now, back in the reality that always lies in wait among the shadows of the Ensanche quarter, the enchantment was lifting, and all I had was painful desire and an indescribable restlessness.
I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day.
Destiny doesn't do home visits... you have to go for it yourself.
Life has enough torturers as it is, without you going around moonlighting as a Grand Inquisitor against yourself.
[H]e lay awake, dreading the dawn when he would have to say good-bye to the small universe he had built for himself over the years.
A young man is the perfect soldier. He has great potential for aggression and a limited critical capacity - or none at all - with which to analyze it and judge how to channel it.
You talk as if Bea were a trophy.''No, as if she were a blessing, ' Fermin corrected.
Most of us have the good or bad fortune of seeing our lives fall apart so slowly we barely notice.
In small towns, news travels at the speed of boredom.
Human beings believe just as they breathe - in order to survive.
I handed the photo back to her. The caretaker gazed at it as if it were a lucky charm, a return ticket to her youth.
Man is a moral animal abandoned in an amoral universe and condemned to a finite existence with no other prupose than to perpetuate the natural cycle of the species.
There are few reasons for telling the truth, but for lying the number is infinite.
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)
Remember me, even if it's only in a corner and secretly. Don't let me go.
Never trust anyone, Daniel, especially the people you admire. Those are the ones who will make you suffer the worst blows.
Evil presupposes a moral decision, intention, and some forethought. A moran or a lout, howeverm doesn't stop to think or reason.
Everyone wanted to see [him] fall so they could devour his remains. As is usually the case, the army of sycophants had turned into a horde of hungry hyenas
We all give up great expectations along the way.
future could be read much more clearly in the streets, factories, and barracks than in the morning press.
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.
Time has taught me not to lose hope, yet not to trust too much in hope either.
If there is a god, or hundreds of them, I hope they will forgive me for the harm I may have inflicted on you by telling you exactly what happened.
I've learnt that solitude is sometimes a path that leads to peace
The moment you stop to think about whether you love someone, you've already stopped loving that person forever.
And here I was thinking you were a bit slow, what with so much asking and not knowing anything.
nations never see themselves clearly in the mirror, much less when war preys on their minds
In those days I learned that nothing is more frightening than a hero who lives to tell his story, to tell what all those who fell at his side will never be able to tell.
I've always said that idleness dulls the spirit. We have to keep the brain busy, or at least the hands if we don't have a brain.
Don't be afraid of being scared. To be afraid is a sign of common sense. Only complete idiots are not afraid of anything.
We spend a good part of our lives dreaming, especially when we're awake.
Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.