Happy Birthday, Cornelia Funke, born 10 December 1958
Seven Quotes About Books
- Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you security and friendship and didn’t ask anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly.
- Books have to be heavy because the whole world’s inside them.
- If you take a book with you on a journey, 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.
- It’s a good idea to have your own books with you in a strange place.
- 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 quarrelled with her, clever, powerful friends — daring and knowledgeable, tried and tested adventurers who had travelled far and wide. Her books cheered her up when she was sad and kept her from being bored.
- It [the book] was spinning a magic spell around her heart, sticky as a spider’s web and enchantingly beautiful.
- 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 is an award-winning German writer and illustrator. She writes fantasy for all ages of readers, but she is best known as the author of the Inkheart trilogy. She has sold more than 20 million books and her titles are published all over the world and translated into more than 30 languages.
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