Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are.

— Jose Saramago

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The world is governed by institutions that are not democratic - the World Bank, the IMF, the WTO.

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I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.

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People live with the illusion that we have a democratic system, but it's only the outward form of one. In reality we live in a plutocracy, a government of the rich.

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The novel is not so much a literary genre, but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers.

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The U.S. needs to control the Middle East, the gateway to Asia. It already has military installations in Uzbekistan.

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The worst pain ... isn't the pain you feel at the time, it's the pain you feel later on when there's nothing you can do about it, They say that time heals all wounds, But we never live long enough to test that theory.

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A journey never ends. Only the travellers end.

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What kind of world is this that can send machines to Mars and does nothing to stop the killing of a human being?

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The period that I could consider the most important in my literary work came about beginning with the Revolution, and in a certain way, developed as a consequence of the Revolution. But it was also a result of the counterrevolutionary coup of November 1975.

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No human being can achieve all he or she desires in this life except in dreams, so good night all.

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Why did we become blind, I don't know, perhaps one day we'll find out, Do you want me to tell you what I think, Yes, do, I don't think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.

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I am the same person I was before receiving the Nobel Prize.

I work with the same regularity, I have not modified my habits, I have the same friends.

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About Jose Saramago

Quotes 206 sayings
Nationality Portuguese
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

A human being is a being who is constantly 'under construction,' but also, in a parallel fashion, always in a state of constant destruction.

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Even death, faced with the option of death or life, she would choose life.

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Blind people do not need a name, I am my voice, nothing else matters.

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It is difficult to understand these people who democratically take part in elections and a referendum, but are then incapable of democratically accepting the will of the people.

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It is economic power that determines political power, and governments become the political functionaries of economic power.

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Human vocabulary is still not capable, and probably never will be, of knowing, recognizing, and communicating everything that can be humanly experienced and felt.

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In effect I am not a novelist, but rather a failed essayist who started to write novels because he didn't know how to write essays.

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God, the devil, good, evil, it's all in our heads, not in Heaven or Hell, which we also invented. We do not realize that, having invented God, we immediately became His slaves.

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Chaos is merely order waiting to be deciphered

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Human nature is, by definition, a talkative one, imprudent, indiscreet, gossipy, incapable of closing its mouth and keeping it closed.

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If I'm sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow?

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Life is like that, full of words that are not worth saying or that were worth saying once but not any more, each word that we utter will take up the space of another more deserving word, not deserving in its own right, but because of the possible consequences of saying it.

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Can you imagine what Bush would say if someone like Hugo Chavez asked him for a little piece of land to install a military base, and he only wanted to plant a Venezuelan flag there?

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Words have their own hierarchy, their own protocol, their own artistic titles, their own plebeian stigmas.

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Nothing so tires a person as having to struggle, not with himself, but with an abstraction.

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There is relationship between sight and touch, something about eyes being able to see through the fingers touching the clay, about fingers being able to feel what the eyes are seeing without the fingers actually touching it.

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Perhaps only in a world of the blind will things be what they truly are.

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A stomach accustomed to hunger is satisfied with very little.

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This must be what it means to be a ghost, being certain that life exists, because your four senses say so, and yet unable to see it.

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In the end, I am quite normal. I don't have odd habits. I don't dramatize. Above all, I do not romanticize the act of writing. I don't talk about the anguish I suffer in creating. I do not have a fear of the blank page, writer's block, all those things that we hear about writers.

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Abstention means you stayed at home or went to the beach.

By casting a blank vote, you're saying that you understand your responsibility, you have a political conscience and you came to vote, but you don't agree with any of the existing parties and this is the only way you have of saying so.

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The possibility of the impossible, dreams and illusions, are the subject of my novels.

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I always ask two questions: How many countries have military bases in the United States? And in how many countries does the United States not have military bases?

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En ningún momento de la historia, en ningún lugar del planeta, las religiones han servido para que los seres humanos se acerquen unos a los otros. Por el contrario, sólo han servido para separar, para quemar, para torturar. No creo en dios, no lo necesito y además soy buena persona.

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Things will be very bad for Latin America.

You only have to consider the ambitions and the doctrines of the empire, which regards this region as its backyard.

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I had no books at home. I started to frequent a public library in Lisbon. It was there, with no help except curiosity and the will to learn, that my taste for reading developed and was refined.

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Americans have discovered the fragility of life, that ominous fragility that the rest of the world either already experienced or is experiencing now with terrible intensity.

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When we are born, when we enter this world, it is as if we signed a pact for the rest of our life, but a day may come when we will ask ourselves Who signed this on my behalf?

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Forgive me if what has seemed little to you, to me is all.

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Beginning with adolescence, my political formation was oriented in the ideological direction of Marxism. It was natural, being that my thinking was influenced by an atmosphere of active critical resistance. That was the way it was during all of the dictatorship and up to the Revolution of 1974.

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It takes little or nothing to undo reputations, the merest trifle makes and remakes them, it is simply a question of finding the best means of engaging the confidence or interest of those who are to become one's unsuspecting echoes or accomplices.

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I am traveling less in order to be able to write more.

I select my travel destinations according to their degree of usefulness to my work.

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For human words are like shadows, and shadows are incapable of explaining light and between shadow and light there is the opaque body from which words are born.

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I never appreciated 'positive heroes' in literature.

They are almost always cliches, copies of copies, until the model is exhausted. I prefer perplexity, doubt, uncertainty, not just because it provides a more 'productive' literary raw material, but because that is the way we humans really are.

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The best way to killing a rose is to force it open when it is still only the promise of a bud.

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A woman is essentially a vessel made to be filled.

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when you are old and realize that time is running out, you start imagining that you have the cure for all the ills of the world in your hand, and get frustrated because no one pays you any attention.

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