Excerpts: Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

When I found this book in my apartment building's library, I hardly noticed that the edition's design was made to look like an old book because the copy was so beaten up itself. Ironically, it's a book about a boy who finds a book in a library of old forgotten books. After taking it back to our apartment I found out it's on my list of books to read. Unfortunately, the adventures created for the boy upon finding the book have yet to reach me.

Favorite lines from the book:

"Someone once said that the moment you stop to think about whether you love someone, you've already stopped loving that person forever."

“Evil presupposes a moral decison, intention, and some forethought. A moron or a lout, however, doesn't stop to think or reason. He acts on instinct, like a stable animal, convinced that he's doing good, that he's always right, and sanctimoniously proud to go around f***g up anyone he perceives to be different from himself. What the world needs is more thoroughly evil people and fewer borderline pigheads”

"Making money isn't hard in itself. What's hard is to earn it doing something worth devoting one's life to."

“Never trust girls who let themselves be touched right away. But even less those who need a priest for approval.”

“The only use for military service is that it reveals the number of morons in the population... Army, Marriage, the Church and Banking: the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Yes, go on, laugh.”

“If you ever have a daughter, you'll begin, without realizing it, to divide men into two camps: those you suspect are sleeping with her and those you don't. Whoever says that's not true is lying through his teeth.”

"Love is a lot like pork: there's loin steak and there's bologna. Each has its own place and function."