"Marks of Identity is, among other things, the expression of the process of alienation in a contemporary intellectual with respect to his own country."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Juan Goytisolo on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Juan Goytisolo on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Juan Goytisolo on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Juan Goytisolo on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Juan Goytisolo on Abraham Lincoln
"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 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."
"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."