Quotes by Jose Saramago
- Abstention means you stayed at home or went to the beach. By casting a blank vote, you're saying you have a political conscience but you don't agree with any of the existing parties.
- Americans have discovered fear.
- Being fired was the best luck of my life. It made me stop and reflect. It was the birth of my life as a writer.
- I am traveling less in order to be able to write more. I select my travel destinations according to their degree of usefulness to my work.
- I had no books at home. I started to frequent a public library in Lisbon. It was there, with no help except curiosity and the will to learn, that my taste for reading developed and was refined.
- I never appreciated 'positive heroes' in literature. They are almost always cliches, copies of copies, until the model is exhausted. I prefer perplexity, doubt, uncertainty, not just because it provides a more 'productive' literary raw material, but because that is the way we humans really are.
- I presume that nobody will deny the positive aspects of the North American cultural world. These are well known to all. But these aspects do not make one forget the disastrous effects of the industrial and commercial process of 'cultural lamination' that the USA is perpetrating on the planet.
- Society has to change, but the political powers we have at the moment are not enough to effect this change. The whole democratic system would have to be rethought.
- The attitude of insolent haughtiness is characteristic of the relationships Americans form with what is alien to them, with others.