Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason, knowledge of the harmony of the universe, and constant practice of generosity.
Charm is a product of the unexpected.
A selfish man is a thief.
Liberty is the right of every man to be honest, to think and to speak without hypocrisy.
I wrote for a weekly magazine and then edited a literary magazine, but I did not really feel comfortable with the profession of journalism itself.
Talent is a gift that brings with it an obligation to serve the world, and not ourselves, for it is not of our making.
It is a sin not to do what one is capable of doing.
The force of passion is balanced by the force of interest.
He who receives money in trust to administer for the benefit of its owner, and uses it either for his own interest or against the wishes of its rightful owner, is a thief.
He who does not see things in their depth should not call himself a radical.
A genuine man goes to the roots. To be a radical is no more than that: to go to the roots.
It is the duty of man to raise up man.
If I survive, I will spend my whole life at the oven door seeing that no one is denied bread and, so as to give a lesson of charity, especially those who did not bring flour.
But love, like the sun that it is, sets afire and melts everything.
what greed and privilege to build up over whole centuries the indignation of a pious spirit, with its natural following of oppressed souls, will cast down with a single shove.
A grain of poetry suffices to season a century.
I'm tired of justifying what I've said.
Yes, I was in that game where George Brett hit that home run.
Billy saw there was too much pine tar on the bat and he went to the umpire, the next thing we knew they were fighting about it.
Yankee Stadium, and the Yankees are so famous for Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, all of those guys.
Well, I wanted to play twenty years in the major leagues.
I never made it twenty though. I played nineteen.
So to get to play for the Yankees was really exciting. Really exciting.
In 83 I thought we were going to go all the way.
We had Roy Smalley, and Steve King, and good players.
I've been in eleven no-hitters you know.
I loved the opportunity to play for the Yankees, too.
You have got to pay attention, you have got to study and you have to do your homework. You have to score higher than everybody else. Otherwise, there is always somebody there waiting to take your place.
It is nasty. You can think that you know someone in this business and you really don't. You can be stabbed in the back very easily. You can be praised very easily. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do.
You are not alone with a guy until you are a proper age.
You don't go to certain levels with men until you are married or you have a certain relationship.
When I was a junior, boys were allowed to come visit me at the house.
We could sit on the porch until about 8 o'clock at night; that's when it started getting dark. That was it.
Fits did not go over well in my house.
There was a lot of discipline and obedience and you had to be very ladylike. Ladies didn't curse and I still don't curse in front of my parents.
I think I would have been so much in awe of the movie set, the people and what everybody's job was, that I don't know if I would be able to concentrate on the character.
To do a really good interview, you have to be truly interested in the person.
I love sitting down and talking to people.
CNBC gave me a chance to do it in a way that I liked. They gave me a chance to also develop the skills to learn from my mistakes.
I thought that I was going to have to pay them to do what I wanted to do, that was how much fun I was having. You're 20 years old and you're hanging out with rock stars and going to fabulous parties, and then you talk about it!
I just smoked a Cohiba the other day. It was great. You have to appreciate everything that cigar is.
My mother had been educated at a convent, and she had been converted to communism by my father during Stalin's most rampant period, at the beginning of the 1930s. So she had two gods, God in heaven and god on earth.
I first came out against Castro in June 1968, fifteen months after my book had been published, and you cannot imagine how quickly a void was created around me.
My parents were founders of the Cuban Communist Party, and I grew up extremely poor.
Many of my books have begun with the title, because naming a work already in progress makes no sense to me.
Titles are not only important, they are essential for me. I cannot write without a title.
So I do not consider myself a chronicler of my fatherland or even a chronicler of Havana.
For me, words are just words, nothing else.
I have assiduously avoided calling my books novels.
I don't much believe in the idea of characters.
I write with words, that is all. Whether those words are put in the mouth of this or that character does not matter to me.
When I write, I enjoy myself so much that what is being written really needs no reader.
I have one main reader, Miriam Gomez, my wife.
She reads everything I write - I have not finished writing something and she is already reading it.
I think that like all writers - and if any writer disagrees with this, then he is not a writer - I write primarily for myself.
Well, I write in exile because I cannot return to my country, so I have no choice but to see myself as an exiled writer.
It means that no matter what you write, be it a biography, an autobiography, a detective novel, or a conversation on the street, it all becomes fiction as soon as you write it down.
If you look closely, there is no book more visual than Three Trapped Tigers, in that it is filled with blank pages, dark pages, it has stars made of words, the famous magical cube made of numbers, and there is even a page which is a mirror.
When I write, the first blank page, or any blank page, means nothing to me.
What means something is a page that has been filled with words.
What I do believe is that there is always a relationship between writing and reading, a constant interplay between the writer on the one hand and the reader on the other.