Quotes by Susanna Tamaro

"Unshed tears leave a deposit on your heart. Eventually they form a crust around it and paralyze it, the way mineral deposits paralyze a washing machine."

"من السهل أن يموت الإنسان من اللاشيء أكثر من الألم، فالإنسان يمكنه أن يتمرد على الألم، ولكنه لايستطيع فعل هذا أمام اللاشيء"

"Happiness always has an object... Depends on external things. Joy... Has no object. It seizes you for no apparent reason, it's like the sun, its burning is fueled by its own heart."

"Every time you feel lost, confused, think about trees, remember how they grow. Remember that a tree with lots of branches and few roots will get toppled by the first strong wind, while the sap hardly moves in a tree with many roots and few branches. Roots and branches must grow in equal measure, you have to stand both inside of things and above them, because only then will you be able to offer shade and shelter, only then will you be able to cover yourself with leaves and fruit at the proper season.

And later on, when so many roads open up before you, you don't know which to take, don't pick one at random; sit down and wait. Breathe deeply, trustingly, the way you breathed on the day when you came into the world, don't let anything distract you, wait and wait some more. Stay still, be quiet, and listen to your heart. Then, when it speaks, get up and go where it takes you."

"life is not a race, but a shot on target: what counts is not the saving of time, but the ability to find a centre"


Books by Susanna Tamaro

  • Anima Mundi
  • 758 ratings
  • June 4th 1999 by Grand Caractère

    (first published 1997)

  • Per sempre
  • 637 ratings
  • May 2011 by Giunti

    (first published January 1st 2011)

  • Answer Me
  • 635 ratings
  • March 11th 2003 by Anchor

    (first published 2001)

  • Per voce sola
  • 616 ratings
  • July 31st 2003 by Rizzoli

    (first published 1994)

Susanna Tamaro
  • Susanna Tamaro

  • Date of birth: December 12, 1957
  • Born: in Trieste, Italy.

  • Description: Susanna Tamaro is an Italian novelist.

    Her second novel Per voce sola (Just For One Voice) won the International PEN Award and was translated into several languages.

    Her novel Va' dove ti porta il cuore (Follow your Heart) was an international bestseller and became the "Italian book most sold in the 20th century".