Isabel Allende She is a Chilean writer with dual US citizenship. She is considered one of the first successful novelists in Latin America. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 2004 and won the National Prize for Literature in his country in 2010.
Author of big bestsellers, she is recognized for writing international bestsellers such as "The House of Spirits", "The City of Beasts", "Inés de mi alma" and "Paula", a memory about the life and death of her daughter She is considered the most widely read Spanish-language living writer in the world.
Famous quotes by Isabel Allende
Fear is inevitable, I have to accept that, but I cannot allow myself to be paralyzed.
There is no light without shadow, just as there is no happiness without pain.
It is a wonderful truth that the things we love most in life - a sense of purpose, happiness and hope - are most easily achieved by giving them to others.
The roots are not in the landscape, nor in a country, nor in a town, they are within you.
The heart is what drives us and determines our destiny.
You only have what you give. By spending yourself, you become rich.
There is silence before birth, there is silence after death: life is nothing but noise between two unfathomable silences.
Words are not that important when you recognize intentions.
You cannot find someone who does not want to be found.
And I am not one of those women who stumbles twice on the same stone.
“There is no death, daughter. People die only when we forget them, ”my mother explained shortly before she left me. "If you can remember me, I will always be with you."
If I didn't write, my soul would dry out and die.
Empowering women means trusting them.
I do not want a life without incident and safe, I prefer an adventure.
Friendly people with common sense do not create interesting characters. They only make good former spouses.
What is the use of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Why know stories if I don't tell them to others? Why have wealth if I don't share it? I don't pretend to be cremated with any of that! It is giving what connects me with others, with the world and with the divine.
We all have an unexpected reserve of force that emerges when life puts us to the test.
I can promise you that women who work together, linked, informed and educated, can bring peace and prosperity to this abandoned planet.
For women, the best aphrodisiacs are words. The G spot is in the ears. Whoever looks for it below is wasting time.
Writing is a process, a trip to memory and soul.
My worst flaw is that I tell secrets, mine and those of others.
When you make an omelet, like when you make love, affection counts more than technique.
I love fiction because in fiction one enters the thoughts of people, small people, people who were defeated, the poor, women, children who are never in the history books.
You spend the first part of your life collecting things ... and the second half getting rid of them.
My life goes through ups and downs, great joys and great losses.
Fear is not real, it is only in your mind, like all other things. Our thoughts form what we believe is reality.
Having a point to start is important. You know that when you decide to write something it is like a commitment. It is like falling in love.
A man does what he can; A woman does what a man cannot.
Women have always been brave ... They always protect their children and, in the last century, they have been brave in the struggle for their rights.
What is more true than the truth? Answer: the story.
The more alive, the more uninformed I feel. Only young people have an explanation for everything.
Nothing changes; we humans repeat the same sins over and over again, eternally.
True friendship resists time, distance and silence.
If I write something, I'm afraid it will happen, and if I love too much, I'm afraid I'll lose that person; However, I can't stop writing or loving ...
You are the narrator of your own life and you can create your own legend, or not.
We live in an era where masses of people come and go through a hostile, desolate and violent planet. Refugees, emigrants, exiles, deportees. We are a tragic contingent.
In the most difficult moments of my life, when it seemed that all the doors were closed to me, the taste of those apricots returns to comfort me with the idea that abundance is always within reach, only if one knows how to find it.
The library is inhabited by spirits that leave the pages at night.
They could not understand the advantage of living against their inclinations in this world to enjoy a hypothetical well-being in another.
The first months of my life each year are a total withdrawal. I don't see anyone except my husband and my dog, I don't talk to anyone, and I just write.
Memory is fiction. We select the brightest and the darkest memories, ignoring what shames us, and embroider the wide tapestry of our lives.
I need to tell a story. It is an obsession. Each story is a seed within me that begins to grow and grow, like a tumor, and I have to face it sooner or later.
When I am afraid, and I am always afraid when I have to face an audience, when I have to read a review, when I publish a book ... then, I think of my grandfather. My grandfather was a strong Basque, so strong that he would never bend ... What would he do? Well, he would move on, close his eyes and move on. You do it and the spirit that is within you ... is there.
What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear the abuse of power and the power to abuse.
Affection is like the midday sun; You don't need the presence of another to manifest.
Most people feel younger than their age, but culture values youth, success, beauty and productivity. There is no space in this culture for the elderly.
I don't want posterity, I don't want anyone to remember me in any way. I don't care about that because I will be dead. I think the spirit will move to another state.
Those who seek the truth run the risk of finding it.
How accommodating is love; sorry for everything
Love is a free contract that starts with a spark and can end the same way.
How many times have I told you not to believe everything you hear? Find the truth for yourself.
You are my angel and my condemnation; in your presence I reach the divine ecstasy and, in your absence, under hell.
Write what you should not forget.
In my travels through the book, I meet an audience every night. And I see that they are mostly young, and there are many more men than before, but always young, I don't have older men. As I get older, my audience gets younger!
Now, of course, we have black historians, but they are usually men. We always have the perspective, the biased perspective, of what has happened. The battles, the things achieved, the laws, but where are the people, the families? What happens inside the houses, inside the minds and hearts? That's what interests me.
The names of living people and creatures demand respect, because when we speak to them we touch their heart and become part of their life force.
He did not regret anything he had shared with his lover, nor was he ashamed of the fires that had changed his life; On the contrary, she felt that they had tempered her, strengthened her, given her pride in making decisions and paying the consequences for them.
I write to understand my circumstances, to solve the confusion of reality, to exorcise my demons. But above all, I write because I love it!
Although women represent two thirds of the world's workforce, they own less than one percent of the world's assets.
I learned very quickly that when you emigrate, you lose the crutches that have been your support; you must start from scratch, because the past is erased with a single blow and nobody cares where you are from or what you did before.
Writing is a constant exercise of yearning.
I am aware of the mystery that surrounds us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic.
Boredom, Timothy Duane assured me, is nothing but anger without passion.
Writing is like making love. Do not worry about orgasm, just focus on the process.
If we don't start by imagining the perfect society, how will we know how to create one?
Land is something that one should never sell. It's the only thing left when everything else goes.
I was born in the middle of World War II, when the United States dropped its atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when millions of people were dying in concentration camps, when half of the planet were colonies that belonged to empires. The word feminism did not exist. And in my life I have seen all these things improved, changed. We are more connected, more informed. We can fight things together in ways we couldn't before.
We do not have an explanation for everything that happens. We control almost nothing. And if we are not open to that mystery, life becomes so small ...
In terrible moments, in moments of revolution, of war or repression, of illness or death, people react with incredible force.
I do not think of literature as an end in itself. It is just a way of communicating something.
Vanity is a privilege of the ignorant; The wise man is humble because he knows how little he knows.
The source of my difficulties has always been the same: the inability to accept what seems natural to others, and an irresistible tendency to express opinions that nobody wants to hear ...
When I write fiction, I never try to deliver a message; I just want to tell a story. But I admit that I want the story to be memorable and that the characters touch the heart of the reader.
I was born in ancient times, at the end of the world, in a Catholic and conservative patriarchal family. It is not surprising that at five I was a furious feminist, although the term had not yet arrived in Chile, so no one knew what the hell was wrong with me.
I had a very hard and not very happy childhood and, at 15, I was an older person in many ways. I knew I had to take care of myself, and I always did.
Is feminism 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 early marriage, prostitution or forced labor; They have children they don't want or can't feed.
Reading is like looking through several windows that open to an infinite landscape ... For me, life without reading would be like being in prison, it would be as if my spirit were in a straitjacket; life would be a very dark and narrow place.
Memory is fragile and the space of an individual life is brief, passing so fast that we never have the opportunity to see the relationship between events; We cannot measure the consequences of our actions, and we believe in the fiction of the past, present and future, but it may also be true that everything happens simultaneously.
The heart is what drives us and determines our destiny. That is what I need for my characters in my books: a passionate heart. I need nonconformists, dissenters, adventurers, foreigners and rebels, to ask questions, bend the rules and take risks.
Many children fly like birds, guess other people's dreams and talk with ghosts, but ... they all get over it when they lose their innocence.
How can one not talk about war, poverty and inequality when people who suffer from these afflictions have no voice to speak?
When all else fails, we communicate in the language of the stars.
The two moments are very similar: birth and death are made of the same fabric.
Each person is born with a talent, and happiness depends on discovering that talent in time ...
All the stories interest me, and some haunt me until I finish writing them. Certain issues continue to appear: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom.
Accept children in the same way that we accept trees, with gratitude, because they are a blessing, but without expectations or desires. You don't expect trees to change, you love them as they are.
Friendship has to do with trust and exchange. Passionate and romantic love has to do with sex and emotions. You have to try to combine them, I think. Great marriages, the great couples I know, have both.
As my dad used to say, life is a tapestry that we knit every day with threads of different colors, some heavy and dark, some thin and bright, all threads have their uses. The stupid things I did are already in the tapestry, indelible, but they won't weigh me until I die. What done is done; I have to look forward
For a real change, we need feminine energy in the management of the world. We need a critical number of women in positions of power, and we need to nourish the feminine energy in men.
You can tell the deepest truths with the lies of fiction.