"Writers rush in where publishers fear to tread and where translators fear to tread."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."Guillermo Cabrera Infante on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."Guillermo Cabrera Infante on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."Guillermo Cabrera Infante on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."Guillermo Cabrera Infante on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."Guillermo Cabrera Infante on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"If you look closely, there is no book more visual than Three Trapped Tigers, in that it is filled with blank pages, dark pages, it has stars made of words, the famous magical cube made of numbers, and there is even a page which is a mirror."
"I read the Odyssey because it was the story of a man who returned home after being absent for more than twenty years and was recognized only by his dog."
"Puns are a form of humor with words."
"The relationship between reader and characters is very difficult. It is even more peculiar than the relationship between the writer and his characters."
"What I do believe is that there is always a relationship between writing and reading, a constant interplay between the writer on the one hand and the reader on the other."