Quotes by Chilean authors


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"The secret story is the one we'll never know, although we're living it from day to day, thinking we're alive, thinking we've got it all under control and the stuff we overlook doesn't matter"
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"If I were to say what I really think I would be arrested or shut away in a lunatic asylum. Come on, I am sure that it would be the same for everyone"
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"We never stop reading, although every book comes to an end, just as we never stop living, although death is certain"
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"But every single damn thing matters! Only we don't realize. We just tell ourselves that art runs on one track and life, our lives, on another, and we don't realize that's a lie"
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"You have to be able to risk your identity for a bigger future than the present you are living"
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"When trust improves, the mood improves"
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"You have one big mythology in your favor: Everyone believes that you Europeans are impeccable. But I know you are jerks"
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"I made my own assessment of my life, and I began to live it. That was freedom"
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"Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great"
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"That's why we're doing this, to defend our traditions a little. I don't have anything against it (Halloween), but it's not our tradition"
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"Our worst comes out when we behave like robots or professionals"
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"A feel-good style can be a symptom of unawareness or lack of caring"
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"Our best comes out when we have honest discussions"
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"Hope is the raw material of losers"
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"When I left prison, I had to figure out how to embrace my past"
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"But every company of the future is going to be in the business of exquisite care - which means quick turnaround time and convenience. To deliver exquisite care, you need an organization that coordinates well and listens well"
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"I never told a victim story about my imprisonment. Instead, I told a transformation story - about how prison changed my outlook, about how I saw that communication, truth, and trust are at the heart of power"
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"I never blamed Pinochet, or my torturers, or external circumstances"
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"Heart is what drives us and determines our fate. That is what I need for my characters in my books: a passionate heart. I need mavericks, dissidents, adventurers, outsiders and rebels, who ask questions, bend the rules and take risks"
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"Erotica is using a feather, pornography is using the whole chicken"
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"All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom"
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"I was born in ancient times, at the end of the world, in a patriarchal Catholic and conservative family. No wonder that by age five I was a raging feminist - although the term had not reached Chile yet, so nobody knew what the heck was wrong with me"
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"We want a world where life is preserved, and the quality of life is enriched for everybody, not only for the privileged"
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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"
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"What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear abuse of power, and the power to abuse"
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"Feminism is dated? Yes, for privileged women like my daughter and all of us here today, but not for most of our sisters in the rest of the world who are still forced into premature marriage, prostitution, forced labor - they have children that they don't want or they cannot feed"
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"I can promise you that women working together - linked, informed and educated - can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet"
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"My obligation as president, and what I promise the country, is that the courts will be able to do their job free of all pressure"
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"Clearly it is better that, when someone is wanted by the international police, and this person travels, and a country knows about it, that country reports the fact"
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"We Chileans have to be able to understand that in a democracy institutions must function freely and with sovereignty"