Wednesday, September 10, 2014
A knack for aphorisms
Here are some lines I noted in Marina:
"To paint is to write with light."
"Sometimes, the things that are the most real only happen in one's imagination."
"The territory of humans is life. Death does not belong to us."
Those lines are pretty good, but Carlos Ruiz Zafon does even better in some of his other novels. Here are a sampling from The Shadow of the Wind:
"We exist as long as somebody remembers us."
"Books are mirrors. You only see in them what you already have within you."
"Keep your dreams. You never know when you might need them."
And here are a few from The Angel's Game, to date my favorite of his novels:
"Theory is the practice of the impotent."
"To believe or to disbelieve is a pointless act. Either one knows or one doesn't."
"One can convert only a sinner, never a saint."
"Routine is the housekeeper of inspiration."
Those are some pretty good lines, I think. Bartlett's should reserve a page for this writer in their next edition.