Prosperity or egalitarianism -- you have to choose.

I favor freedom -- you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion.

Like writing, reading is a protest against the insufficiencies of life.

The secret to happiness, at least to peace of mind, is knowing how to separate sex from love. And, if possible, eliminating romantic love from your life, which is the love that makes you suffer. That way, I assure you, you live with greater tranquility and enjoy things more.

Life is a shitstorm, in which art is our only umbrella.

" (spoken by character in a novel by Mario Vargas Llosa)

There are people with a lot of prejudice, a lot of fear of the unknown.

They think that immigration is a danger, when really it is a solution. This is an interesting issue, because it will be a central question of our time.

The secret to a masterpiece is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.

You cannot teach creativity - how to become a good writer.

But you can help a young writer discover within himself what kind of writer he would like to be.

‎Reading good literature is an experience of pleasure.

..but it is also an experience of learning what and how we are, in our human integrity and our human imperfection, with our actions, our dreams, and our ghosts, alone and in relationships that link us to others, in our public image and in the secret recesses of our consciousness.

Its easy to know what you want to say, but not to say it

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing.

Literature is a form of permanent insurrection.

Its mission is to arouse, to disturb, to alarm, to keep men in a constant state of dissatisfaction with themselves.

I learned to read at the age of five, in Brother Justiniano's class at the De la Salle Academy in Cochabamba, Bolivia. It is the most important thing that has ever happened to me. Almost seventy years later I remember clearly how the magic of translating the words in books into images enriched my life, breaking the barriers of time and space.

Revolution will free society of its afflictions, while science will free the individual of his.

There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity.

Once upon a time, there was a boy who learned to read at the age of 5.

This changed his life. Owing to the adventure tales he read, he discovered a way to escape from the poor house, the poor country, and the poor reality in which he lived.

Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship: that is what is at stake in these elections.

I am a free man. I feel as light as a feather.

Writing a book is a very lonely business. You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories.

The aim of political institutions like the United Nations is to draw the line between struggle and conflict and to make it possible for nations to stay on the right side of that line.

A good novel is a conjunction of many factors, the main of which is without a doubt, hard work.

It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.

I am like a doctor. I have written a prescription to help the patient. If the patient doesn't want all the pills I've recommended, that's up to him. But I must warn that next time I will have to come as a surgeon with a knife.

The worst thing that can happen to an artist is to be subsidized by the state.

It leads to an intellectual and artistic castration.

Do the rhetorical quarrels of bourgeois political parties have anything to do with the interests of the humble and downtrodden?

We must mistrust utopias: they usually end in holocausts.

You can't do a machine without knowing something about how it's going to work.

As for the romantics, the costumes bored me and I don't enjoy doing period clothes.

Even though what I enjoy most is literature, I would not want to live only in a world of fiction, cut off from the rest of life. No - I want to always have a foot in the street, to be inmersed in the activities of my contemporaries, in the times, in the place where I live.

We were trained as writers with the idea that literature is something that can change reality, that it's not just a very sophisticated entertainment, but a way to act.

Science is still only a candle glimmering in a great pitch-dark cavern.

There have been many different artists that have been inspirational.

I suppose the question is directed to what was the reason why I went into fantasy illustration.

I find that acrylics dry very fast - which is supposed to be its charm;

however, I find that because of that quality they don't blend as nicely as the oils. The oils, for one thing, are softer and more flexible than the acrylics. Also, the colors are brighter with oils.

If you are killed because you are a writer, that's the maximum expression of respect, you know.

There are many things behind a good novel, but in particular there is a lot of work - a lot of patience, a lot of stubbornness, and a critical spirit.

Reading was such an enrichment of my life.

And it was that pleasure that I had as a very young reader probably that is the origin of my vocation.

I have a chest full of all the insults, villainies, and infamies a man is capable of withstanding. . . . If you become famous, you will have to go through that.

I was very young and lived with my grandparents in a villa with white walls in the Calle Ocharan, in Miraflores.

No democracy is born perfect, and none ever gets to be perfect.

Yet democracy is superior to authoritarian and totalitarian regimes because, unlike them, democracy is perfectible.

The truths that seem most truthful, if you look at them from all sides, if you look at them close up, turn out to be either half truths or lies.

Prosperity or egalitarianism - you have to choose.

I favor freedom - you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion.

A man of knowledge chooses a path with a heart and follows it and then he looks and rejoices and laughs and then he sees and knows.

Memory is a snare, pure and simple; it alters, it subtly rearranges the past to fit the present.

Writers are the exorcists of their own demons.

It is rare and almost impossible for a novel to have only one narrator.

But what do I have? The things I'm told and the things I tell, that's all.

And as far as I know, that never yet made anyone fly.

One can't fight with oneself, for this battle has only one loser.

That is one thing I am sure of amid my many uncertainties regarding the literary vocation: deep inside, a writer feels that writing is the best thing that ever happened to him, or could ever happen to him, because as far as he is concerned, writing is the best possible way of life, never mind the social, political, or financial rewards of what he might achieve through it.

I always write a draft version of the novel in which I try to develop, not the story, not the plot, but the possibilities of the plot. I write without thinking much, trying to overcome all kinds of self-criticism, without stopping, without giving any consideration to the style or structure of the novel, only putting down on paper everything that can be used as raw material, very crude material for later development in the story.

The writer’s job is to write with rigor, with commitment, to defend what they believe with all the talent they have. I think that’s part of the moral obligation of a writer, which cannot be only purely artistic. I think a writer has some kind of responsibility at least to participate in the civic debate. I think literature is impoverished, if it becomes cut from the main agenda of people, of society, of life.

Death isn't enough. It doesn't remove the stain. But a slap, a whiplash, square on the face, does. Because a man's face is as sacred as his mother or his wife.