"Giving women education, work, the ability to control their own income, inherit and own property, benefits the society. If a woman is empowered, her children and her family will be better off. If families prosper, the village prospers, and eventually so does the whole country."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Isabel Allende on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Isabel Allende on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Isabel Allende on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Isabel Allende on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Isabel Allende on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."
"For real change, we need feminine energy in the management of the world. We need a critical number of women in positions of power, and we need to nurture the feminine energy in men."
"In times of conflict, war, poverty or religious fundamentalism, women and children are the first and most numerous victims. Women need all their courage today."
"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."
"I'm aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic."