Writing is a struggle against silence.

— Carlos Fuentes

The most whopping Carlos Fuentes quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual

Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.

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I need, therefore I imagine.

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If the Soviet Union can give up the Brezhnev Doctrine for the Sinatra Doctrine, the United States can give up the James Monroe Doctrine for the Marilyn Monroe Doctrine: Let's all go to bed wearing the perfume we like best.

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Literature overtakes history, for literature gives you more than one life.

It expands experience and opens new opportunities to readers.

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No government functions without the grease of corruption.

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You have an absolute freedom in Mexican writing today in which you dont necessarily have to deal with the Mexican identity. You know why? Because we have an identity... We know who we are. We know what it means to be a Mexican.

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Religion is dogmatic. Politic is ideological. Reason must be logical, but literature has a privilege of being equivocal.

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There is no creation without tradition;

the 'new' is an inflection on a preceding form; novelty is always a variation on the past.

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The language of Mexicans springs from abysmal extremes of power and impotence, domination and resentment.

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The possibility of being as free with the camera as we are with the pen is a fantastic prospect for the creative life of the 21st century.

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I live through risk. Without risk there is no art. You should always be on the edge of a cliff about to fall down and break your neck.

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Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror.

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About Carlos Fuentes

Quotes 76 sayings
Nationality Mexican
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

The French equate intelligence with rational discourse, the Russians with intense soul-searching. For the Mexican, intelligence is inseparable from maliciousness.

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Reading, writing, teaching, learning, are all activities aimed at introducing civilizations to each other.

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Like all of Latin America, Mexico after independence in 1821 turned its back on a triple heritage: on the Spanish heritage, because we were newly liberated colonies, and on our Indian and black heritages, because we considered them backward and barbaric. We looked towards France, England and the U.S., to become progressive democratic republics.

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Contrary to the macho culture of Mexico, both my grandmothers were very brave young widows. I was always very close to these hard-working, intelligent women.

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The new world economic order is not an exercise in philanthropy, but in enlightened self-interest for everyone concerned.

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The Mexican revolution was a break with the past to recover the past.

We were trying to deny we had an Indian and a black and a Spanish past. The Mexican Revolution accepted all heritages. It allowed Mexico to be mestizo.

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I don't think any good book is based on factual experience.

Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.

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Diplomacy in a sense is the opposite of writing.

You have to disperse yourself so much: the lady who comes in crying because shes had a fight with the secretary; exports and imports; students in trouble; thumbtacks for the embassy.

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Children know how to be cruel, and the cruelty of their elders is the surest residue of the malaise the young feel toward things strange, things other, things that reveal our own ignorance or insufficiency

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There must be something beyond slaughter and barbarism to support the existence of mankind and we must all help search for it.

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My system for staying young is to work a lot, to always have a project on the go.

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I have never considered myself a writer in exile because I grew up outside of my own country, because my father was a diplomat. Therefore, I grew up in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, the United States, I studied in Switzerland - so I've always had perspective on my country - I am thankful for that.

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Robinson Crusoe, the first capitalist hero, is a self-made man who accepts objective reality and then fashions it to his needs through the work ethic, common sense, resilience, technology, and, if need be, racism and imperialism.

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By its very nature, the novel indicates that we are becoming.

There is no final solution. There is no last word.

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I am not interested in slice of life, what I want is a slice of the imagination.

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The women I have loved I have desired for themselves, but also because I feared myself.

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Now the masses of Latin America are electing governments they feel can take forward the democratic reforms of the last 20 years, and transform them into social and economic reforms. This is, I think, extremely important, because it also means that the left has abandoned the revolutionary solution proposed by Che Guevara and has taken the democratic path.

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What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.

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Love can isolate us from everything around us.

But in its absence, we can be filled with the fear that something comparable exists.

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One puts off the biography like you put off death.

To write an autobiography is to etch the words on your own gravestone.

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You start by writing to live. You end by writing so as not to die.

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I had the good fortune of having a happy, closely knit family.

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I like fighting. I get into rows all the time.

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Culture consists of connections, not of separations: to specialize is to isolate.

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I've lost audiences, I've recovered them.

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Retrospectively, I would agree with Luis Bunuel that sex without sin is like an egg without salt.

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There are people whose external reality is generous because it is transparent, because you can read everything, accept everything, understand everything about them: people who carry their own sun with them.

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To read and write is a paradise.

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I have two children who died before reaching 30, so who am I to complain about being alive?

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The citizen takes his city for granted far too often. He forgets to marvel.

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In literature, you know only what you imagine

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Death is the great Maecenas, Death is the great angel of writing.

You must write because you are not going to live any more.

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I use a lot of film images, analogies, and imagination.

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Memory is satisfied desire.

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Incredible the animal that first dreamed of another animal.

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I have no literary fears.

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No, it's not that they're bad. It's that they're obliged to pretend they're good. They've been brought up to deceive and be cunning, to protect themselves from our society. I don't want to be like that.

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