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    Feminism is dated? Yes, for privileged women like my daughter and all of us here today, but not for most of our sisters in the rest of the world who are still forced into premature marriage, prostitution, forced labor - they have children that they don't want or they cannot feed.
    — Isabel Allende
    All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom.
    — Isabel Allende
    A memoir is an invitation into another person's privacy.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: memoir 
     
    I can't control life for my grandchildren, so how could I control a story? Sometimes I try to force something, and after working and working on that chapter, I realise that I am swimming against the current. I will never get there. So I have to let go of whatever previous idea I had about it and let the characters decide.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: character  control  ideas 
     
    Before the military coup in Chile, we had the idea that military coups happen in Banana Republics, somewhere in Central America. It would never happen in Chile. Chile was such a solid democracy. And when it happened, it had brutal characteristics.
    — Isabel Allende
    I have become an American citizen, and I love this country. I think that this country has incredible potential for goodness, an incredible possibility for doing the wrong thing, too.
    — Isabel Allende
    I confess that I am a messy, disorganized and impatient reader: if the book doesn't grab me in the first 40 pages, I abandon it. I have piles of half-read books waiting for me to get acute hepatitis or some other serious condition that would force me to rest so that I could read more.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: book  read 
     
    I have lived with passion and in a hurry, trying to accomplish too many things. I never had time to think about my beliefs until my 28-year-old daughter Paula fell ill. She was in a coma for a year, and I took care of her at home until she died in my arms in December of 1992.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: belief  time  care  passion  daughter  year 
     
    On a Tuesday, September 11th, 1973, we had the military coup in Chile that forced me to leave my country eventually. And then, on a Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, we had the terrorist attack in the United States.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: military 
     
    I am happier when I love than when I am loved. I adore my husband, my son, my grandchildren, my mother, my dog, and frankly, I don't know if they even like me. But who cares? Loving them is my joy.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: joy  loving  dog  mother  son 
     
    I have been a foreigner all my life, first as a daughter of diplomats, then as a political refugee and now as an immigrant in the U.S. I have had to leave everything behind and start anew several times, and I have lost most of my extended family.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: time  lost  political  daughter 
     
    The media could do a much better job, that's for sure, especially the media that targets women... Human rights? They couldn't care less!
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: women  human  job  care  media 
     
    My desk is like a 'U,' so I have my computer and lots of dictionaries because I write in Spanish and I live in English.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: live  write  computer 
     
    I'm a writer. In Latin America, they say I'm a Latin-American writer because I also write in Spanish and my books are translated, but I am an American citizen and my books are published here, so I'm also an American writer.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: america  book  write  american 
     
    I write a letter to my mother every day, because in that letter, I write down my day. And if I don't write it down, then tomorrow I will forget it and it's gone.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: gone  write  mother  tomorrow 
     
    I want to have an epic life. I want to tell my life with big adjectives. I want to forget all the grays in between, and remember the highlights and the dark moments.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: dark  moment 
     
    I write until the first draft is finished, and then I feel that I can get out. But, during the time of the writing of the first draft, I don't go out. I'm just locked away, writing. It's a time of meditation, of going into the story.
    — Isabel Allende
    I never try to convey a message, I just want to tell a story. Why that story in particular? I have no idea, but I have learned to surrender to the muse. I become obsessed with a theme or with certain stories; they haunt me for years, and finally, I write them.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: stories  write  ideas  year 
     
    Men's memoirs are about answers; women's memoirs are about questions. Most male authors want to look good in their memoirs and have a place in posterity, while most women know that posterity is what happens when you no longer care. Women want to connect with others here and now; they couldn't care less about legacy!
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: women  memoir  care  questions  author 
     
    Many fiction writers write for the critics or for themselves; they forget the common reader. I never do. I don't think journalism clashes with my fiction; on the contrary, it helps enormously.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: help  write  fiction 
     
    I don't think the world will destroy itself in a nuclear cataclysm. On the contrary, we have the capacity to save ourselves and save the planet, and we will use it.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: world  nuclear 
     
    The poorest and most backward societies are always those that put women down.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: women  society 
     
    Feminism is not dead, by no means. It has evolved. If you don't like the term, change it, for Goddess' sake. Call it Aphrodite, or Venus, or bimbo, or whatever you want; the name doesn't matter, as long as we understand what it is about, and we support it.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: feminism 
     
    I feel that telling my secrets makes me less vulnerable. What would make me vulnerable are the secrets I keep.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: secret 
     
    Kids are smart: don't underestimate their bull detector. Contemporary kids have access to a lot of information, so don't even try to fool them. I have never been more nervous about my research than when writing for young adults because they pick up every single error.
    — Isabel Allende
    I have written about Chile extensively, and therefore I have read many books on the subject, mostly for research.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: book  read  research 
     
    I read on my iPad when I travel. I listen to audiobooks in the car. I read books in my bedroom, where I have a comfortable couch, a lamp and two dogs to keep me warm.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: travel  dog  book  read 
     
    I rebelled against all form of authority, against my grandfather, my step-father, the Church, the police, the government, the bosses. Everything male that was there, and was determining my life.
    — Isabel Allende
    Everything that has to do with food is sensuous. In the United States, however, we are eating all the time. We have a problem with obesity. And yet, we don't enjoy food that much.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: time  food  problem 
     
    A man who cooks is very sexy. A woman who cooks is not that sexy. Because it's associated in our mind to the domestic cliche of the woman.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: men  women  mind  sexy 
     
    Every life of a character is within a context. If I write detached from a social and political background, my story looks like a soap opera where everybody is indoors, not working and living off their emotions.
    — Isabel Allende
    In the books I have written, I have created in my mind a universe. My kids say I have a village in my head and I live in that village, and it's true. When I start writing a book, characters from previous books reappear. All my emotions, my mind, my heart, my dreams, everything becomes connected with a new book, and nothing else really matters.
    — Isabel Allende
    My mother didn't want me to be a feminist, a radical, political person, because she was scared. She wanted me to be protected and safe, but my life never was.
    — Isabel Allende
    Unfortunately for my family, they have a writer in the family.
    — Isabel Allende
    I get up every morning early, when the sky is red, and write for 10 hours.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: sky  write 
     
    Give, give, give - what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine.
    — Isabel Allende
    I have a foot here and a foot in some spirit world. There are many more layers to reality, and that permeates my life and my writing in a very natural way. I don't even think about it.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: reality  world  writing  spirit 
     
    I get thousands of letters, and they give me a feeling of how each book is perceived. Often I think I have written about a certain theme, but by reading the letters or reviews, I realise that everybody sees the book differently.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: reading  book 
     
    I never try to give a message in my books. It's about living with characters long enough to hear their voices and let them tell me the story. Sometimes I would love to have a happy ending, and it doesn't happen because the character or the story leads me in another direction.
    — Isabel Allende
    Everybody has losses - it's unavoidable in life. Sharing our pain is very healing.
    — Isabel Allende
    tags: pain  loss  sharing  healing 
     
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