Prosperity or egalitarianism -- you have to choose. I favor freedom -- you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion.

— Mario Vargas Llosa

The most impressive Mario Vargas Llosa quotes that are glad to read

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


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.


There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity.


About Mario Vargas Llosa

Quotes 65 sayings
Nationality Peruvian
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

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


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.


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.


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.


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

It leads to an intellectual and artistic castration.


We must mistrust utopias: they usually end in holocausts.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Prosperity or egalitarianism - you have to choose.

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


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


Liberty is inseparable from social justice, and those who dissociate them, sacrificing the first with the purpose of attaining the second more quickly, are the true barbarians of our time.


I write because I'm unhappy. I write because it's a way of fighting unhappiness.


Men do not live by truth alone; they also need lies: those that they invent freely, not those that are imposed on them; those that appear as they are, not smuggled in beneath the clothes of history. Fiction enriches their existence, completes them and, fleetingly, compensates them for this tragic condition which is our lot: always to desire and dream more than we can actually achieve.


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 couldn't imagine any other way of living, outside of books, outside my work.

Which doesn't mean I am not interested in other things, of course - I am interested in many things. But the center, the crux, is always literature.


I don't accept the idea that literature can be just entertainment and that there is no consequences of literature in the real world.


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


A novel which persuades us of its truth is true however full of lies it may be


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.


Whether religious or racial, anti-Semitism is always repugnant, one of the most destructive manifestations of human stupidity and evil. What is profoundly expressed in it is man's traditional mistrust of the man who is not part of his tribe, that 'other' who speaks a different language, whose skin is a different color, and who participates in mysterious rites and rituals.


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.


Writers are the exorcists of their own demons.


North American society could not have reached its state of high development and modernity had it not been an open society.


The foundations of liberty are private property and the rule of law;

this system guarantees the fewest possible forms of injustice, produces the greatest material and cultural progress, most effectively stems violence and provides the greatest respect for human rights. According to this concept of liberalism, freedom is a single, unified concept. Political and economic liberties are as inseparable as the two sides of a medal.


I completely believe that - literature for me is a way of life.

That's probably true of all writers or all artists. I think in the end this kind of activity absorbs one in such a way that it becomes one's way of life.


Since it is impossible to know what's really happening, we Peruvians lie, invent, dream and take refuge in illusion. Because of these strange circumstances, Peruvian life, a life in which so few actually do read, has become literary.