Perfume is the story of a murderer is a 1985 literary historical fantasy novel by German writer Patrick Süskind. The novel explores the sense of smell and its relationship with the emotional meanings that scents may have. Profoundly inspirational Perfume quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.
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Famous Perfume Quotes
Various: He’s an angel.
Narrator: For the first time in his life, Grenouille realised that he had no smell of his own. He realised that all his life he had been a nobody to everyone. What he now felt was the fear of his own oblivion. It was as though he did not exist.
Narrator: Thus… the first sound to escape Grenouille’s lips sent his mother to the gallows.
Narrator: When Jean-Baptiste did finally learn to speak he soon found that everyday language proved inadequate for all the olfactory experiences accumulating within himself.
Giuseppe Baldini: Because it’s a legend, you numbskull.
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: What’s a legend?
Antoine Richis: It’s not about faith! There’s a murderer out there!
Narrator: He still had enough perfume left to enslave the whole world if he so chose. He could walk to Versailles and have the king kiss his feet. He could write the pope a perfumed letter and reveal himself as the new Messiah. He could do all this, and more, if he wanted to. He possessed a power stronger than the power of money, or terror, or death – the invincible power to command the love of man kind. There was only one thing the perfume could not do. It could not turn him into a person who could love and be loved like everyone else. So, to hell with it he thought. To hell with the world. With the perfume. With himself.
Giuseppe Baldini: Talent means next to nothing, while experience acquired in humility and hard work means everything.
Antoine Richis: Paris is not smarter than us.
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: You want to make this leather smell good, don’t you?Giuseppe Baldini: Why of course, and so it shall.Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: With Amor and Psyche by Pelissier?Giuseppe Baldini: What ever gave you the absurd idea I would use someone else’s perfume?Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: It’s all over you.