MARKUS ZUSAK QUOTES

Australian writer (1975- )

Only in today's sick society can a man be persecuted for reading too many books.

MARKUS ZUSAK, The Book Thief

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So much good, so much evil. Just add water.

MARKUS ZUSAK, The Book Thief

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Even death has a heart.

MARKUS ZUSAK, The Book Thief

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I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, houses of cards, that's where they begin. Their great skills is their capacity to escalate.

MARKUS ZUSAK, The Book Thief

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Humans, if nothing else, have the good sense to die.

MARKUS ZUSAK, The Book Thief

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Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.

MARKUS ZUSAK, I Am the Messenger

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Somewhere, far down, there was an itch in his heart, but he made it a point not to scratch it. He was afraid of what might come leaking out.

MARKUS ZUSAK, The Book Thief

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It was a Monday and they walked on a tightrope to the sun.

MARKUS ZUSAK, The Book Thief

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The words were on their way, and when they arrived, she would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like the rain.

MARKUS ZUSAK, The Book Thief

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A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.

MARKUS ZUSAK, The Book Thief

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Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness.

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Big things are often just small things that are noticed.

MARKUS ZUSAK, I Am the Messenger

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To me the question is always this: if a ray of light came out of the sky and said, "Your next book will never be published -- would you still write it?" If the answer is yes, the book is worth writing.

MARKUS ZUSAK, "Why I Write", The Guardian, Mar. 28, 2008

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I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.

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It's funny, don't you think, how time seems to do a lot of things? It flies, it tells, and worst of all, it runs out.

MARKUS ZUSAK, Fighting Ruben Wolfe

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I see how complicated it is to make a film and how many people are involved and I love the fact that I get to sit in a room on my own and the set costs nothing and the actors cost nothing and I'm the director and it's so simple. You just need a pen and paper to make a book. You don't need a huge budget or a gaffer or a best boy.

MARKUS ZUSAK, interview, The Guardian, Feb. 25, 2014

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Failure has been my best friend as a writer. It tests you, to see if you have what it takes to see it through.

MARKUS ZUSAK, "Why I Write", The Guardian, Mar. 28, 2008

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The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.

MARKUS ZUSAK, The Book Thief

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Crowds of questions stream through me like lines of people exiting a soccer ground or a concert. They push and shove and trip. Some make their way around. Some remain in their seats, waiting for their opportunity.

MARKUS ZUSAK, I Am the Messenger

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People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spot blues. Murky darkness. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them.

MARKUS ZUSAK, The Book Thief

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