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Isabel Allende Quote: “In my case, it’s not so much wanting to live in Chile as it is the desire to recapture the certainty I feel there. That’s my home ground.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “Mi vida se hace al contarla y mi memoria se fija con la escritura;.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “El individualismo se consideraba una forma de demencia.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “The road of gluttony leads straight to lust and, if traveled a little farther, to the loss of one’s soul.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “According to the Dalai Lama, the only hope for peace and prosperity lies in the hands of women in the West.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “All husbands are boring... No woman with ounce of sense gets married to be entertained, she marries to be maintained.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “He was proud of his calloused hands with cracked nails and dry red skin. “Working hands, honest hands,” he’d say.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “I wait for you to complete the voyage into yourself, for the old wounds to heal. I know that when you return from your nightmares, we shall again walk hand in hand, as before.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “Suggestion works miracles.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “We spent a good part of the twentieth century trying out various forms of revolution, from Marxism to savage capitalism, ranging through each and every intermediate shading. Our hope that a change in government can improve our luck is like hoping to win the lottery: totally without rational foundation.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “I could never have invented such a clan. Actually, I had no need to, with a family like mine you don’t need imagination.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “As well as walking erect and disguising his tiredness, he also tried to avoid other symptoms of old age: meanness, mistrust, ill temper, resentment, and bad habits such as no longer shaving every day, repeating the same stories over and over, talking about himself, his ailments, or money.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “El calendario es un invento humano; el tiempo a nivel spiritual no existe...”
Isabel Allende Quote: “I have lived in a rough sea where waves would lift me and then drop me to the bottom.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “That is what I am attempting in my stumbling spiritual practice: to rid myself of the negative feelings that prevent walking with assurance. I want to transform rage into creative energy and guilt into a mocking acceptance of my faults; I want to sweep away arrogance and vanity.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “I took the opportunity to tell her about you, a stupendous young man, sensible and of solid principles, handsome, hardworking, and intelligent. Etelvina, who was serving the pie, froze with the knife in the air and asked me who I was talking about.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “Blanca argued that her reading should be monitored because there were certain things that were inappropriate for her age, but her Uncle Jaime felt that people never read what did not interest them and that if it interested them that meant they were sufficiently mature to read it.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “Weinig oude mensen zijn tevreden, Irina. De meesten leven in armoede, met een gebrekkige gezondheid en zonder familie. Dit is de moeilijkste en kwetsbaarste fase van ons leven, erger nog dan je kinderjaren, want met de dag ga je verder achteruit en er wacht je geen andere toekomst dan de dood.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “Dicen que nunca se termina un libro, que simplemente el autor se da por vencido.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “Irina could not imagine the courage it took to grow old without becoming too frightened; her knowledge of age.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “El problema no estaba en conseguir la respuesta, sino en formular la pregunta precisa.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “I tried to show my affection and gratitude with small attentions, but he would not allow it; he was not used to receiving affection, although it was his nature to squander it on others.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “He had had his mouth washed out with soap so often that he stopped calling Rosette his sister, but not enough to make him stop loving her with that terrible, possessive, absolute love that solitary children give.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “I am grateful to that unhappy childhood because it provided ample material for my writing. I don’t know how novelists with happy childhoods in normal homes manage.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “The CIA orchestrated a plan to prevent Allende from assuming the presidency. First it tried to bribe members of Congress not to designate Allende and to call for a second vote.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “To see my country with the heart, one must read Pablo Neruda, the national poet who in his verses immortalized the imposing landscapes, the aromas and dawns, the tenacious rain and dignified poverty, the stoicism and the hospitality, of Chile. That is the land of my nostalgia, the one I invoke in my solitude, the one that appears as a backdrop in so many of my stories, the one that comes to me in my dreams.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “I said goodbye, kissed her, and asked her forgiveness for the sins of withholding and neglect. I thanked her for having existed, promised her that she would live on in my heart, and in her son’s, begged her not to leave me, to visit me in dreams, to send me signs and clues, to return incarnated in every beautiful young woman I saw on the street, and to appear to me in spirit during the darkest hours of the night and in the days of the midday Sun.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them,” wrote Margaret Atwood.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “When I was a girl in my grandfather’s house, the men in the family had money, cars, and freedom to come and go anytime they wanted, as well as the authority to make all decisions, even the smallest ones, such as what would appear on the dinner menu. My mother had none of that; she lived off her father’s and older brother’s charity. She also had to protect her reputation. How much of that did I perceive? Enough to suffer for it.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “With age, you acquire a certain humility, Alexander. The longer I live, the more uninformed I feel. Only the young have an explanation for everything. At your age, you can afford to commit the sin of arrogance, and it doesn’t matter much if you look ridiculous,” his grandmother lectured.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “I never accepted the limited feminine role imposed upon me by my family, society, culture, and religion. At fifteen I walked away from the church forever, not for lack of faith – that cam later – but because of the inherent machismo of all religious organizations. I cannot belong to an institution that considers me a second-class member whose authorities, always male, enjoy complete impunity and enforce their rules with dogma.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “They’re really good people. Quakers are always to be found where they’re most needed.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “Words are free, she tried to say, and she appropriated them; they were all hers.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “Porque no soy una persona sociable, no tengo muchos amigos ni me gustan las fiestas o el bochinche, por el contrario, me siento mejor solo.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “Years sneak by quickly, on tiptoe, scoffing, and suddenly they give us a fright in the mirror or smack us on the back. Every minute is precious and we can’t waste it on misunderstanding, impatience, jealousy, pettiness, or the other silly stuff that soils relationships. In truth this formula can be applied at any age because it’s always the case that our days are limited. If I had lived this.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “The path to addiction is straight and well paved;.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “Don’t think you’re so special – remember that the nail that sticks out is the one the hammer hits.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “The General was right. No one dies of hunger here – you reach out your hand and pluck a mango. That’s why there is no progress. Cold countries have more advanced civilizations because the climate forces people to work.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “Mario Vargas Llosa’s.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “Patriarchy is imposed with aggression; it demands obedience and punishes those who defy it.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “The young soldier was part of the “Baby Bottle Conscription,” the boys called up when there were no more men, young or old, to fight the war.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “Miss Rose has decided that Eliza would have learning, dowry, and fame as a beauty even if she was not one, because it was her view that beauty is a question of style. Any woman who conducts herself with the queenly assurance of a belle, she maintained, will convince everyone that she is beautiful.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “She had loved her husband with the fierce loyalty of someone who does not question her destiny as a wife, but becoming a widow was a liberation for her.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “John Lennon said that life is what happens when we are busy making other plans.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “I have been training for years to be a passionate old woman, just as others train to climb mountains or play chess.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “I was a voracious reader and what I had learned in books confirmed that the world changes constantly and humanity evolves, but the changes are only obtained after much struggle.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “El amor siempre se me ha dado a medias.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “The argument went on and on, and they became locked in a confused rhetorical exchange that left them exhausted, each accusing the other of being more stubborn than a mule. But in the end they kissed each other good night and both were left with the feeling that the other was an extraordinary human being.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “Alma Belasco had caught her attention. She stood.”
Isabel Allende Quote: “Placed in a historic transition, I will pay for loyalty to the people with my life.”
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