What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.
Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror.
I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.
By its very nature, the novel indicates that we are becoming. There is no final solution. There is no last word.
If the Soviet Union can give up the Brezhnev Doctrine for the Sinatra Doctrine, the United States can give up the James Monroe Doctrine for the Marilyn Monroe Doctrine: Let's all go to bed wearing the perfume we like best.
Religion is dogmatic. Politic is ideological. Reason must be logical, but literature has a privilege of being equivocal
Human kind will prevail. And it will prevail because, in spite of the reaction of history, novels tell that art restores right in us that was disregarded by history. History is being what was, then literature offers what history has not always been
I wrote it to show that not all mother-in-laws are bad.
It was pretty impressive to score that high without our top individual. The rest of the girls really came through. I'm proud of them.
They were determined. I tell them that beam, more than anything, is just mental. It's just a matter of executing.
One wants to tell a story, like Scheherezade, in order not to die. It's one of the oldest urges in mankind. It's a way of stalling death.
Culture consists of connections, not of separations: to specialize is to isolate.
The novel is the privileged vehicle of two ways of being: narrative and freedom: to be new (novel) in a speech open to all, and to be free in a speech that never concludes.
You start by writing to live. You end by writing so as not to die.
En cambio, la fortuna política es un largo orgasmo, querido. El éxito tiene que ser mediato y lento en llegar para ser duradero. Un largo orgasmo, querido.