"My job is to look at what politics is doing, not be a politician myself."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Antonio Tabucchi on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Antonio Tabucchi on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Antonio Tabucchi on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Antonio Tabucchi on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Antonio Tabucchi on Joseph Stalin
"Literature for me isn't a workaday job, but something which involves desires, dreams and fantasy."
"I live quietly at home among my family and friends."
"Literature is my life of course, but from an ontological point of view. From an existential point of view, I like being a teacher."
"No, I'm happy to go on living the life I've chosen. I'm a university teacher and I like my job."