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I guess that’s the beauty of books. When they finish they don’t really finish.

- Markus Zusak

The question is, what colour will everything be at that moment when I come for you? What will the sky be saying?

- Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Do you have to pay to be Jewish? Do you need a licence?

- Markus Zusak

If someone wanted to be a runner, you don't tell them to think about running, you tell them to run. And the same simple idea applies to writing, I hope.

- Markus Zusak

I feel the fear, but I walk fast toward it.

- Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger

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

You don't always get what you wish for. Especially in Nazi Germany

- Markus Zusak

Jesus, Mary …”She said it out loud, the words distributed into a room that was full of cold air and books. Books everywhere! Each wall was armed with overcrowded yet immaculate shelving. It was barely possible to see the paintwork. There were all different styles and sizes of lettering on the spines of the black, the red, the gray, the every-colored books. It was one of the most beautiful things Liesel Meminger had ever seen.With wonder, she smiled.That such a room existed!Even when she tried to wipe the smile away with her forearm, she realized instantly that it was a pointless exercise. She could feel the eyes of the woman traveling her body, and when she looked at her, they had rested on her face.There was more silence than she ever thought possible. It extended like an elastic, dying to break. The girl broke it.“Can I?”The two words stood among acres and acres of vacant, wooden-floored land. The books were miles away.The woman nodded.Yes, you can

- Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

When death tells a story yo really have to listen

- Markus Zusak

The sky is blue today, Max, and there is a big long cloud, and it's stretched out, like a rope. At the end of it, the sun is like a yellow hole..." Max, at that moment, knew that only a child could have given him a weather report like that. On the wall, he painted a long, tightly knotted rope with a dripping yellow sun at the end of it, as if you could dive right into it. On the ropy cloud, he drew two figures-a thin girl and a withering Jew-and they were walking, arms balanced, toward that dripping sun.

- Markus Zusak

You focus on telling stories,
we do everything else.