jose saramago Quotes

Blindness is a private matter between a person and the eyes with which he or she was born.
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— Jose Saramago
A writer's definitive death is when no one reads his books anymore. That's the final death.
tags: death book read
— Jose Saramago
I don't defend the idea of universal love. It has never existed and will never exist.
tags: ideas
— Jose Saramago
To continue living, we have to die. That's the story of humanity - generation after generation - that we are going to die. There's nothing dramatic about death except that one loses one's life.
tags: death humanity living die stories
— Jose Saramago
I think the novel is not so much a literary genre, but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers. The novel receives streams of science, philosophy, poetry and contains all of these; it's not simply telling a story.
tags: space philosophy novel stories poetry
— Jose Saramago
A human being is a being who is constantly 'under construction,' but also, in a parallel fashion, always in a state of constant destruction.
tags: fashion human destruction
— Jose Saramago
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.
tags: people
— Jose Saramago
If you don't write your books, nobody else will do it for you. No one else has lived your life.
tags: book write
— Jose Saramago
... that's how life should be, when one person loses heart, the other must have heart and courage enough for both.
tags: people heart courage
— Jose Saramago
I think we are blind. Blind people who can see, but do not see.
tags: people
— Jose Saramago
There is relationship between sight and touch, something about eyes being able to see through the fingers touching the clay, about fingers being able to feel what the eyes are seeing without the fingers actually touching it.
tags: eyes seeing relationship
— Jose Saramago
Human vocabulary is still not capable, and probably never will be, of knowing, recognizing, and communicating everything that can be humanly experienced and felt.
tags: human knowing
— Jose Saramago
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?
tags: military imagine
— Jose Saramago
Men are all the same, they think that because they came out of the belly of a woman they know all there is to know about women.
tags: men women
— Jose Saramago
I do not just write, I write what I am. If there is a secret, perhaps that is it.
tags: secret write
— Jose Saramago
There are such moments in life, when, in order for heaven to open, it is necessary for a door to close.
tags: moment heaven
— Jose Saramago
Some people spend their entire lives reading but never get beyond reading the words on the page, they don't understand that the words are merely stepping stones placed across a fast-flowing river, and the reason they're there is so that we can reach the farther shore, it's the other side that matters.
tags: people live reading
— Jose Saramago
...in matters of feeling and of the heart, too much is always better than too little.
tags: heart
— Jose Saramago
But truths need to be repeated many times so that they don't, poor things, lapse into oblivion.
tags: time truth poor
— Jose Saramago
For me, writing is a job. I do not separate the work from the act of writing like two things that have nothing to do with each other. I arrange words one after another, or one in front of another, to tell a story, to say something that I consider important or useful, or at least important or useful to me. It is nothing more than this.
tags: work job writing stories
— Jose Saramago
...you have to leave the island in order to see the island, that we can't see ourselves unless we become free of ourselves, Unless we escape from ourselves you mean, No, that's not the same thing.
— Jose Saramago
We use words to understand each other and even, sometimes, to find each other.
— Jose Saramago
Why did we become blind, I don't know, perhaps one day we'll find out, Do you want me to tell you what I think, Yes, do, I don't think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.
tags: people seeing
— Jose Saramago
A journey never ends. Only the travellers end.
tags: journey
— Jose Saramago
What kind of world is this that can send machines to Mars and does nothing to stop the killing of a human being?
tags: world human machine
— Jose Saramago
The world is governed by institutions that are not democratic - the World Bank, the IMF, the WTO.
tags: world
— Jose Saramago
It is strange how the elderly fall silent when they ought to go on speaking, obliging the young to learn everything from scratch.
tags: young learn
— Jose Saramago
Words that come from the heart are never spoken, they get caught in the throat and can only be read in ones's eyes.
tags: heart eyes read
— Jose Saramago
Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are.
— Jose Saramago
Whether we like it or not, the one justification for the existence of all religions is death, they need death as much as we need bread to eat.
tags: death existence
— Jose Saramago
Strictly speaking, we do not make decisions. Decisions make us.
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— Jose Saramago
Often when you ask for one thing you receive another, this is the mysterious thing about prayer, we address them to heaven with some private intention, but they choose their own path, sometimes they delay, allowing other prayers to overtake them, frequently they overlap and become hybrid prayers of dubious origin, which quarrel and argue among themselves.
tags: prayer path heaven
— Jose Saramago
En ningún momento de la historia, en ningún lugar del planeta, las religiones han servido para que los seres humanos se acerquen unos a los otros. Por el contrario, sólo han servido para separar, para quemar, para torturar. No creo en dios, no lo necesito y además soy buena persona.
— Jose Saramago
Reading is probably another way of being in a place.
tags: reading
— Jose Saramago
The ear has to be educated if one wishes to appreciate musical sounds, just as the eyes must learn to distinguish the value of words.
tags: value eyes wishes learn appreciate
— Jose Saramago
A writer is a man like any other: he dreams. And my dream was to be able to say of this book, when I finished: 'This is a book about Alentejo'.
tags: men book dreams
— Jose Saramago
Blind people do not need a name, I am my voice, nothing else matters.
tags: people
— Jose Saramago
The only time we can talk about death is while we're alive, not afterwards.
tags: death time
— Jose Saramago
Dignity has no price ... when someone starts making small concessions, in the end life loses all meaning.
tags: meaning dignity
— Jose Saramago
The church has never been asked to explain anything, our speciality, along with ballistics, has always been the neutralisation of the overly curious mind through faith.
tags: faith church mind
— Jose Saramago
jose saramago
Birth    : November 16, 1922
Death  : June 18, 2010
Occupation  : Writer