A generous dismissal of a recipient’s need to feel worthy of a gift.  Ruiz Zafón’s book is full of generous characters and the presents and kindnesses they give.

So, use this phrase the next time someone appears overwhelmed by your generosity, it might make them laugh and relax and just enjoy the gift.

‘Presents are made for the pleasure of the one who gives them, not for the merits of those who receive them.’

See also our celebration of this book, complete with a mosaic of illustrated quotations and metaphors.


Source: Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind, trans. Lucia Graves (London: Phoenix, 2012), p. 76

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