"I am very interested in what has been called bad taste. I believe the fear of displaying a soi-disant bad taste stops us from venturing into special cultural zones."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."Manuel Puig on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."Manuel Puig on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."Manuel Puig on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."Manuel Puig on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."Manuel Puig on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"I like the beauty of Faulkner's poetry. But I don't like his themes, not at all."
"I've never seen a worse situation than that of young writers in the United States. The publishing business in North America is so commercialized."
"What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they?"
"I think cinema is closer to allegories than to reality. It's closer to our dreams."
"In a country like France, so ancient, their history is full of outstanding people, so they carry a heavy weight on their back. Who could write in French after Proust or Flaubert?"