"The fact that I am a writer comes from the experience of being cut away from my roots and living in Venezuela, where I couldn't find a place for myself, for years and years."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Isabel Allende on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Isabel Allende on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Isabel Allende on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Isabel Allende on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Isabel Allende on Mark Twain
"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."