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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.
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Americans have discovered fear.
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Americans have discovered the fragility of life, that ominous fragility that the rest of the world either already experienced or is experiencing now with terrible intensity.
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As citizens, we all have an obligation to intervene and become involved - it's the citizen who changes things.
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As for the new world order, for the time being it will continue to be an arrangement that is convenient to the United States.
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At 83, I don't hope for much, but you have to keep a perspective.
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By 1974 - the year of the revolution that ended nearly 50 years of dictatorship in Portugal - I had published only six books.
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Can you imagine what Bush would say if someone like Hugo Chavez asked him for a little piece of land to install a military base, and he only wanted to plant a Venezuelan flag there?
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For 20 years or so I wrote little and published nothing.
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Here in Spain, 90 percent of the population was against the war, and nobody in power was interested.
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Hugo Chavez is someone who wants to make changes, and he has found the way to reach straight into the hearts and minds of the Venezuelan people.
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Human vocabulary is still not capable, and probably never will be, of knowing, recognizing, and communicating everything that can be humanly experienced and felt.
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I always ask two questions: How many countries have military bases in the United States? And in how many countries does the United States not have military bases?
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I am a better novelist than a poet, playwright, or essayist.
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I am a person with leftist convictions, and always have been.
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I am not a prophet.
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I am the same person I was before receiving the Nobel Prize. I work with the same regularity, I have not modified my habits, I have the same friends.
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I am traveling less in order to be able to write more. I select my travel destinations according to their degree of usefulness to my work.
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I can't imagine myself outside any kind of social or political involvement.
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I do not just write, I write what I am. If there is a secret, perhaps that is it.
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I don't think anyone would be able to find and trace that line that leads, in a person's life, from nothing to something.
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I don't think there is anything more effective than demanding and keeping a vigilant watch over rigorous respect for human rights.
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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.
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I have this habit of only talking about my books for a few minutes, then I prefer to spend the time talking about the world in which we find ourselves, a world which is a disaster.
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I published a novel - Terra do Pecado - when I was just 24 years old.
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I think we are blind. Blind people who can see, but do not see.
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I'm a writer, but I live in this world and my writing doesn't exist on a separate level.
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If people know who I am and read my books, well, good; that way, if I have something more to say, then everyone benefits.
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In 1955, I started to spend part of my free time in translation, an activity that would continue till 1981.
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In effect I am not a novelist, but rather a failed essayist who started to write novels because he didn't know how to write essays.
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In Madrid and London, we marched, we did our duty, then we went home and those in power did nothing.
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In the end we discover the only condition for living is to die.
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Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are.
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It is difficult to understand these people who democratically take part in elections and a referendum, but are then incapable of democratically accepting the will of the people.
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It is economic power that determines political power, and governments become the political functionaries of economic power.
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It seems I am considered to be a political moralist.
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It was becoming quite clear to me that I had nothing worthwhile to say. For 19 years, I was absent from the Portuguese literary scene.
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Look what happened with the employment law in France-the law was withdrawn because the people marched in the streets. I think what we need is a global protest movement of people who won't give up.
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My parents reached the conclusion that, in the absence of resources, they could not go on keeping me in the grammar school. So for five years I learned to be a mechanic.
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People live with the illusion that we have a democratic system, but it's only the outward form of one. In reality we live in a plutocracy, a government of the rich.
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Perhaps it is the language that chooses the writers it needs, making use of them so that each might express a tiny part of what it is.
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Since September 11, something has changed in the collective mentality of North Americans, who have lost the conviction that the United States are protected.
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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.
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The attitude of insolent haughtiness is characteristic of the relationships Americans form with what is alien to them, with others.
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The distinct narrative voice became the hallmark of my work.
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The human being of the future will be different from us. I am not sure at all that he and I would be able to understand each other.
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The novel is not so much a literary genre, but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers.
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The novel receives streams of science, philosophy, poetry and contains all of these; it's not simply telling a story.
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The painter paints, the musician makes music, the novelist writes novels. I believe we all have some influence, not because one is an artist, but because we are citizens.
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The problem is that the right doesn't need any ideas to govern, but the left can't govern without ideas.
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The U.S. needs to control the Middle East, the gateway to Asia. It already has military installations in Uzbekistan.
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The world had already changed before September 11. The world has been going through a process of change over the last 20 or 30 years. A civilization ends, another one begins.
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The world is governed by institutions that are not democratic - the World Bank, the IMF, the WTO.
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There are plenty of reasons not to put up with the world as it is.
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There are times when it is best to be content with what one has, so as not to lose everything.
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Things will be very bad for Latin America. You only have to consider the ambitions and the doctrines of the empire, which regards this region as its backyard.
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This is a part of my life that I consider very important, not to limit myself to literary work; I try to be involved in the world to the best of my strengths and abilities.
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Tomorrow, the role of the world leader may belong to China, a China once and for all converted to capitalism. Then, the United States will once again experience fear.
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Up to and including The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, I was describing statues, insofar as a statue is the external surface of a stone.
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Usually I end up talking about the problem of democracy, whether we truly have a democratic system, and I believe that we don't.
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We have to spend days on the street if we have to, until those in power recognise that the people are not happy.
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We're not short of movements proclaiming that a different world is possible, but unless we can coordinate them into an international movement, capitalism just laughs at all these little organisations.
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What I try to do when I write is to get people thinking. I wouldn't like to leave this life without at least knowing that I tried to do something.
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What kind of world is this that can send machines to Mars and does nothing to stop the killing of a human being?
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When I was about 19, and I was asked what I would like to be. I answered that I would like to be a writer. I did not postpone for long trying to achieve that objective.
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Without the faintest possibility of finding a job, I decided to devote myself to literature: it was about time to find out what I was worth as a writer.
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Words were not given to man in order to conceal his thoughts.
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Writing became a regular activity for me-that old desire to be a writer was no longer so clear in my mind. I kept writing as a matter of habit.
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