Quotes from Corazón de tinta

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“Books have to be heavy because the whole world's inside them.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“If you take a book with you on a journey," Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, "an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it... yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“Because fear kills everything," Mo had once told her. "Your mind, your heart, your imagination.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you secruity and friendship and didn't ask for anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly. ”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“It's a good idea to have your own books with you in a strange place”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta



“The sea always filled her with longing, though for what she was never sure.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“Sometimes, when you're so sad you don't know what to do, it helps to be angry.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“Writing stories is a kind of magic, too.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“There was another reason [she] took her books whenever they went away. They were her home when she was somewhere strange. They were familiar voices, friends that never quarreled with her, clever, powerful friends -- daring and knowledgeable, tried and tested adventurers who had traveled far and wide. Her books cheered her up when she was sad and kept her from being bored.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“Sometimes it's a good thing we don't remember things half as well as books do.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta



“Nothing is more frightening than a fear you cannot name.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“You know a great many things in dreams, often despite the evidence of your eyes. You just know them.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“When you open a book it's like going to the theater first you see the curtain then it is pulled aside and the show begins.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“Dustfinger still clearly remembered the feeling of being in love for the first time. How vulnerable his heart had suddenly been! Such a trembling, quivering thing, happy and miserably unhappy at once.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“Her curiosity was too much for her. She felt almost as if she could hear the books whispering on the other side of the half-open door. They were promising her a thousand unknown stories, a thousand doors into worlds she had never seen before.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta



“You know, it's a funny thing about writers. Most people don't stop to think of books being written by people much like themselves. They think that writers are all dead long ago--they don't expect to meet them in the street or out shopping. They know their stories but not their names, and certainly not their faces. And most writers like it that way.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him.
Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted.
Let him languish in pain, crying aloud for mercy, and let there be no surcease to this agony till he sing in dissolution.
Let bookworms gnaw his entrails in token of the worm that dieth not, and when at last he goeth to his last punishment, let the flames of hell consume him for ever.

Curse on book thieves, from the monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona, Spain”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“The books in Mo and Meggie's house were stacked under tables, on chairs, in the corners of the rooms. There where books in the kitchen and books in the lavatory. Books on the TV set and in the closet, small piles of books, tall piles of books, books thick and thin, books old and new. They welcomed Meggie down to breakfast with invitingly opened pages; they kept boredom at bay when the weather was bad. And sometimes you fall over them.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“Perhaps there's another, much larger story behind the printed one, a story that changes just as our own world does. And the letters on the page tell us only as much as we'd see peering through a keyhole. Perhaps the story in the book is just the lid on a pan: It always stays the same, but underneath there's a whole world that goes on - developing and changing like our own world.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“I prefer a story that has the good sense to stay on the page where it belongs.
- Elinor”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta



“You know what they say: When people start burning books they'll soon burn human beings.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“Mo could paint pictures in the empty air with his voice alone.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“What on earth have you packed in here? Bricks?" asked Mo as he carried Meggie's book-box out of the house.
You're the one who says books have to be heavy because the whole world's inside them," said Meggie.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“Words were useless. At times, they might sound wonderful, but they let you down the moment you really needed them. You could never find the right words, never, and where would you look for them? The heart is as silent as a fish, however much the tongue tries to give it a voice.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“She always did like tales of adventure-stories full of brightness and darkness. She could tell you the names of all King Arthur's knights, and she knew everything about Beowulf and Grendel, the ancient gods and the not-quite-so-ancient heroes. She liked pirate stories, too, but most of all she loved books that had at least a knight or a dragon or a fairy in them. She was always on the dragon's side by the way.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta



“Books are like flypaper, memories cling to the printed pages better than anything else.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“The book she had been reading was under her pillow, pressing its cover against her ear as if to lure her back into its printed pages.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“Sometimes, when you’re sad you don’t know what to do, it helps to be angry. But then the tears come back again all the same, and you fall asleep with the salty taste of them on your lips.”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


“It [the book] was spinning a magic spell around her heart, sticky as a spider's web and enchantingly beautiful..”
― Cornelia Funke, quote from Corazón de tinta


About the author

Cornelia Funke
Born place: in Dorsten, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Born date December 10, 1958
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