Isabel Allende Llona is a Chilean-American novelist. Allende, who writes in the "magic realism" tradition, is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America. She has written novels based in part on her own experiences, often focusing on the experiences of women, weaving myth and realism together.
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I'm aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic.
We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward.
I've been a foreigner for the past twenty years.
I don't have roots anymore. My roots are in my memory and my writing. That's why memory is so important. Who are you but what you can remember?
Now of course we have Black historians, but they're usually men.
We get the perspective always, the slanted perspective, of what has happened. The battles, the things achieved, the laws, but where are the people, the families? What happens inside the houses, inside the minds and the hearts? That's what I'm interested in.
Nothing changes; we humans repeat the same sins over and over, eternally.
I'm very optimistic because I think that the real strength of a nation like the United States comes from blending cultures. There's no way that you can close the frontiers anywhere. The borders are there to be violated permanently.
I was born in the middle of World War II, the middle of the Holocaust;
I was born when there was no declaration of human rights, when feminism was not an issue, when children were working in factories. I mean, today's world is a better place!
As my Popo used to say, life is a tapestry we weave day by day with threads of different colors, some heavy and dark, others thin and bright, all the threads having their uses. The stupid things I did are already in the tapestry, indelible, but I’m not going to be weighed down by them till I die. What’s done is done; I have to look ahead.
We are too connected. There's noise in our heads all the time.
I need to remember to overcome.
I seek truth and beauty in the transparency of an autumn leaf, in the perfect form of a seashell on the beach, in the curve of a woman's back, in the texture of an ancient tree trunk, but also in the elusive forms of reality.
Happiness is pure kitch; we come into the world to suffer and learn.
We have all the technology to record things in the streets.
Now the historians cannot twist it or change it, because we have cellular phones or video cameras, and we are filming in the streets what's going on. We have the voices of everybody recorded. There's too much recording and I think that's wonderful.
I don't want posterity, I don't want anybody to remember me in any way.
I don't care about that because I'll be dead. I think the spirit will move to some other state.
It is a wonderful truth that things we want most in life-a sense of purpose, happiness and hope-are most easily attained by giving them to others.
In my lifetime, the world has become better, not worse.
And the world is moving, very slowly but surely with more democracy and more liberal way of thinking, more inclusion and more diversity.
All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them.
I need to tell a story. It's an obsession. Each story is a seed inside of me that starts to grow and grow, like a tumor, and I have to deal with it sooner or later.
Society decides when we get old. But the spirit never ages.
Youth is not a period in life but a state of mind.
When my daughter Paula died, I was in the deepest pain, and my mother said, "This kind of sorrow is like a long, narrow, dark channel. You have to walk this channel alone and be sure that there is light at the other ending. Just keep walking."
Having a point to start is important.
You know that when you decide to write something it's like a commitment. It's like falling in love.
Remember that all the others are more afraid than you
Writing is my job. I don't think of it as art.
Some people connect with a story and may find between the lines something that might be useful to him or her, but that's not the intention of the author, I think. At least not mine.
In 2011, I announced that I was going to retire, and my agent panicked.
So she says: No, no, no. You have to write a book with your husband.
My father says that fear is good; it's the body's alarm system, it warns us of danger. But sometimes danger can't be avoided, and then you have to forget about being afraid.
Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.
If she doesn’t show up invited, eventually she just shows up
Most people feel younger than their age, but the culture values youth, success, beauty, productivity. There is no space in this culture for older people.
How accommodating love is; it forgives everything.
I met a guy, very exotic to me - he was blonde with blue eyes - and I just had a fling that turned out to be love. I moved to San Francisco to spend a week with him and get him out of my system; I'm still here 26 years later.
I was such a sullen, angry, sad kid. I'm sure there are writers who have had happy childhoods, but what are you going to write about? No ghosts, no fear. I'm very happy that I had an unhappy and uncomfortable childhood.
You are my angel and my damnation; in your presence I reach divine ecstasy and in your absence I descent to hell.
Reading is like looking through several windows which open to an infinite landscape....For me life without reading would be like being in prison, it would be as if my spirit were in a straightjacket; life would be a very dark and narrow place.
Real soup is to the body what peace is to the soul.
Every person is born with a talent, and happiness depends on discovering that talent in time.
Love is music, and sex is only the instrument.
For women, the best aphrodisiacs are words.
The G-spot is in the ears. He who looks for it below there is wasting his time.
I carry around a little stool to stand on when people want a picture with their cellular phones.
Just as Daniel Balalcazar said, it makes no sense to suffer in advance a misfortune that may never occur.
Friendship is all about trust and sharing.
Passionate and romantic love is all about sex and emotions. You have to try to combine those, I think. The great marriages, the great couples I know, have both.
A novel is like a window, open to an infinite landscape.
Wishes and fears are illusions, Dil Bahadur, not realities. You must practice detachment.
I do not put myself in a box and say, for instance, I'm writing post-colonial literature. I don't know what I'm writing. That's the business of professors and critics. My job is to tell a story, and that's it.
No complaining about how hard it is to write, we are all so, so lucky to write, to sit down, inside, and write words on paper. There is no greater freedom, no greater good, nothing that brings more joy.
Women are the only ones who will be able to eliminate the patriarchy, and when that happens all of us will win, men as much as women.