"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."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."Jose Saramago on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."Jose Saramago on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."Jose Saramago on Theodore Roosevelt
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."Jose Saramago on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."Jose Saramago on Dalai Lama
"The attitude of insolent haughtiness is characteristic of the relationships Americans form with what is alien to them, with others."
"Americans have discovered fear."
"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."
"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."