„Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.“

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„Painting for me is merely a means of forgetting life. It is a cry in the night. A sob broken off. A strangled laugh.“

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„I read a book not to find its meaning, but to find my happiness.“

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„My chest of books divide amongst my friends.“

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„Make them laugh, make them cry, or make them angry.“

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„At the end of three years my knowledge of Spanish and of literature in general was far beyond that of my friends. It was then my turn to laugh!“

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As quoted in “Don Pañong – Genius" by A.V.H. Hartendorp in Philippine Magazine (September 1929), p. 211.
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„Sometimes my old heart is like a washing machine
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