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

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.

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

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

There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity.

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.

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

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

The patient is in intensive care but still alive.

We will be sending our own observers in to monitor the electoral process.

You can not do what you want to do unless you know the correct technique.

The only other way you can learn how to do it is by doing it yourself, which would take twice as long than if you went to school.

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.

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.

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

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

Eroticism has its own moral justification because it says that pleasure is enough for me; it is a statement of the individual's sovereignty.

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.

Prosperity or egalitarianism -- you have to choose.

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