CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON QUOTES

Spanish novelist (1964- )

Carlos Ruiz Zafon quote

It seems that in the advanced stages of stupidity, a lack of ideas is compensated for by an excess of ideologies.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, The Angel's Game

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Nobody knows much about women, not even Freud, not even women themselves. But it's like electricity: you don't have to know how it works to get a shock on the fingers.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, The Shadow of the Wind

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Human beings believe just as they breathe -- in order to survive.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, The Angel's Game

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With women the best part is the discovery. There's nothing like the first time, nothing. You don't know what life is until you undress a woman the first time. A button at a time, like peeling a hot sweet potato on a winter's night.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, The Shadow of the Wind

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You have to seduce the reader, manipulate their mind and heart, listen to the music of language. I sometimes think of prose as music, in terms of its rhythms and dynamics, the way you compress and expand the attention of a reader over a sentence, the way the tempo pushes you towards an image or sensation. We want an intense experience, so that we can forget ourselves when we enter the world of the book. When you are reading, the physical object of the book should disappear from your hands.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, "The Shadow Maker", The Telegraph, Nov. 27, 2005

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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 ZAFON, The Shadow of the Wind

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One of my ambitions has been to go back to what those great authors were doing then ... to bridge that sensibility of old Victorian Gothic tales and reconstruct them in a modern way.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, "A Gothic favorite comes stateside", Book Page

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Keep your dreams, you never know when you might need them.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, The Shadow of the Wind

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Have you noticed how the smarter phones get, the dumber people become?

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, "Two-Minute Apocalypse", Cultivating Thought: Chipotle Author Series

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I've always thought that we are what we remember, and the less we remember, the less we are.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, "Q & A: Author Carlos Ruiz Zafon", Time, Jun. 30, 2009

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Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, The Shadow of the Wind

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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 ZAFON, The Shadow of the Wind

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Human nature provides the lyrics, and we novelists just compose the music.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, "An interview with Carlos Ruiz Zafon", Book Browse

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A secret's worth depends on the people from whom it must be kept.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, The Shadow of the Wind

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It's hard work, writing, you know. Honestly, a fight every day against your own limitations. You have to squeeze books out of your brain, you're constantly trying to solve challenges. I think most writers enjoy the feeling of having written something, rather than the process of writing it.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, "Carlos Ruiz Zafon's love letter to literature", New Zealand Listener, Mar. 14, 2013

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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 ZAFON, The Shadow of the Wind

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I am a night creature, and I write from midnight till dawn, secluded in my office and surrounded by my collection of dragons (I have 400 of them). I only use Macintosh computers, which I name in dynastic order. Right now I'm using MacDragon 5. Only the devil is able to decipher my handwriting.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, "Meet the Writers: Carlos Ruiz Zafon", Barnes & Noble

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Deep down we've never been who we think we once were, and we only remember what never happened.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, The Prisoner of Heaven

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Wars have no memory, and nobody has the courage to understand them until there are no voices left to tell what happened, until the moment comes when we no longer recognize them and they return, with another face and another name, to devour what they left behind.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, The Shadow of the Wind

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You know, not every good book needs to be a movie, or a television series, or a video game. There's great work in those mediums, of course, but sometimes a book should remain a book. I still believe nothing tells a story with the richness and complexity of a good novel. When people say they think a book would make a good movie, they say this sometimes because, if it worked, they already saw all the images in the movie theatre that is in their brains. And sometimes that is the way it should stay.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, "Carlos Ruiz Zafon's love letter to literature", New Zealand Listener, Mar. 14, 2013

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