"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."
"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."Jose Saramago 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."Jose Saramago on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Jose Saramago on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Jose Saramago on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Jose Saramago on Mahatma Gandhi
"The attitude of insolent haughtiness is characteristic of the relationships Americans form with what is alien to them, with others."
"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."
"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."