"In times when religious or political faith or hope predominates, the writer functions totally in unison with society, and expresses society's feelings, beliefs, and hopes in perfect harmony."
"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."Juan Goytisolo on Mother Teresa
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."Juan Goytisolo on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."Juan Goytisolo on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired."Juan Goytisolo on Martin Luther
"Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts."Juan Goytisolo on Mahatma Gandhi
"When I write now I do not invent situation, characters, or actions, but rather structures and discursive forms, textual groupings which are combined according to secret affinities among themselves, as in architecture or the plastic arts."
"In the Europe which was created by the Second World War, divided into two blocks, each in need of a revolution that would end the abuses and injustices of capitalism and the privileges of a bureaucratic caste, collective faith does not exist."
"In my opinion, the most significant works of the twentieth century are those that rise beyond the conceptual tyranny of genre they are, at the same time, poetry, criticism, narrative, drama, etc."
"And it is because a series of elements in Spanish life which operate today the same way as they did in the times of Blanco White made obvious my relationship with him, based on a similarity in Spain's condition."
"Marks of Identity is, among other things, the expression of the process of alienation in a contemporary intellectual with respect to his own country."