"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 Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

"Open your eyes, train your ears, use your head. If a mind you have, then use it while you can."

Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

"My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddle strings and harps, drums and tambourines I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony."

Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

"Absence, the highest form of presence."

James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

"Listen: I am ideally happy. My happiness is a kind of challenge. As I wander along the streets and the squares and the paths by the canal, absently sensing the lips of dampness through my worn soles, I carry proudly my ineffable happiness. The centuries will roll by, and schoolboys will yawn over the history of our upheavals; everything will pass, but my happiness, dear, my happiness will remain, in the moist reflection of a streetlamp, in the cautious bend of stone steps that descend into the canal’s black waters, in the smiles of a dancing couple, in everything with which God so generously surrounds human lonliness."

Vladimir Nabokov, A Letter That Never Reached Russia