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Inside us there is something that has no name,
by Jose Saramago

Inside us there is something that has no name,
that something is what we are.
- Jose Saramago

The U.S.
needs to control the Middle East, the gateway to Asia.
It already has military installations in Uzbekistan.
- Jose Saramago

Words were not given to man in order to conceal his thoughts.
- Jose Saramago

I am a better novelist than a poet, playwright,
or essayist.
- 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.
- Jose Saramago

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.
- 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.
- Jose Saramago

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I am a person with leftist convictions,
and always have been.
- Jose Saramago

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.
- Jose Saramago

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?
- Jose Saramago

Americans have discovered fear.
- Jose Saramago

There are plenty of reasons not to put up with the world as it is.
- 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?
- Jose Saramago

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.
- Jose Saramago

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.
- Jose Saramago

It is economic power that determines political power,
and governments become the political functionaries of economic power.
- Jose Saramago

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.
- Jose Saramago

I think we are blind.
Blind people who can see, but do not see.
- Jose Saramago

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.
- Jose Saramago

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.
- Jose Saramago

As citizens, we all have an obligation to intervene and become involved -
it's the citizen who changes things.
- Jose Saramago

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.
- 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.
- Jose Saramago

I do not just write, I write what I am.
If there is a secret, perhaps that is it.
- Jose Saramago

The attitude of insolent haughtiness is characteristic
of the relationships Americans form with what is alien to them,
with others.
- Jose Saramago

I can't imagine myself outside any kind of social or political involvement.
- 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?
- Jose Saramago

The problem is that the right doesn't need any ideas to govern,
but the left can't govern without ideas.
- Jose Saramago

There are times when it is best to be content with what one has,
so as not to lose everything.
- Jose Saramago

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.
- Jose Saramago

The novel is not so much a literary genre,
but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers.
- Jose Saramago

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.
- Jose Saramago

In the end we discover the only condition for living is to die.
- Jose Saramago

The world is governed by institutions that are not democratic -
the World Bank,
the IMF, the WTO.
- Jose Saramago

I am not a prophet.
- Jose Saramago

I presume that nobody will deny the positive aspects
of the North American cultural world.
These are well known to all.
But these aspects do not make one forget the disastrous
effects of the industrial and commercial process of
'cultural lamination' that the USA is perpetrating on the planet.
- Jose Saramago

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.
- Jose Saramago

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.
- Jose Saramago

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.
- Jose Saramago

The period that I could consider the most important
in my literary work came about beginning with the Revolution,
and in a certain way, developed as a consequence of the Revolution.
But it was also a result of the counterrevolutionary coup of November 1975.
- Jose Saramago

I never appreciated 'positive heroes' in literature.
They are almost always cliches, copies of copies,
until the model is exhausted.
I prefer perplexity, doubt, uncertainty,
not just because it provides a more 'productive' literary raw material,
but because that is the way we humans really are.
- Jose Saramago

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.
- Jose Saramago

Beginning with adolescence, my political formation
was oriented in the ideological direction of Marxism.
It was natural, being that my thinking was influenced
by an atmosphere of active critical resistance.
That was the way it was during all of the dictatorship
and up to the Revolution of 1974.
- Jose Saramago

Your visions will become clear only
when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes.
- Carl Jung

We all go through life bristling
at our external limitations,
but the most difficult chains
to break are inside us.
- Bradley Whitford

Grief is a normal and natural response to loss.
It is originally an unlearned feeling process.
Keeping grief inside increases your pain.
- Anne Grant

Death is not the greatest loss in life.
The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
- Norman Cousins

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
- Albert Schweitzer

We all should choose our friends carefully.
I used to think that no one could know me better than somebody else,
because you're inside yourself, your body, you can't see yourself.
If you think like that, you surround yourself with
other people who are willing to tell you who you are,
which are usually judgmental people ...
we should really surround ourselves with the ones
that adore us and believe in the highest of us.
- Jewel

Love is missing someone whenever you're apart,
but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart.
- Kay Knudsen

Find a place inside where there's joy,
and the joy will burn out the pain.
- Joseph Campbell

I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things,
of Peace and Hope and Pride.
I Dance My Dance with Life Today,
I'm Filled with Love Inside.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared
believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
- Bruce Barton

I'm Filled with Love Inside.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't die with your music still inside you.
Listen to your intuitive inner voice
and find what passion stirs your soul.
- Wayne Dyer

In the midst of movement and chaos,
keep stillness inside of you.
- Deepak Chopra

Don't die with your music still inside you.
- Wayne Dyer

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!
How much you can love!
What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
- Anne Frank

Inside most people there's a feeling of being separate,
separated from everything ... And they're not.
They're part of absolutely everyone, and everything.
- the movie Powder

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
- Groucho Marx

Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes.
- Carl Jung

Books are mirrors:
you only see in them what you already have inside you.
- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Without change, something sleeps inside us,
and seldom awakens.
The sleeper must awaken.
- Frank Herbert

Be not like the sugarcane -
do not hold your sweetness inside.
Be like the fruit tree -
be generous with your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie (inspired by Tagore)

Inside every cynical person,
there is a disappointed idealist.
- George Carlin

The leader who exercises power with honor will work from the inside out,
starting with himself.
- Blaine Lee

Nothing is more valuable than your self respect.
When you lose respect for yourself, you have lost everything.
Whatever it takes, and whoever you upset,
do what you know - deep inside - is the right thing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is something about inside information which seems
to paralyse a man's reasoning powers.
- Bernard Baruch

Inside every working anarchy, there's an Old Boy Network.
- Mitchell Kapor

To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan;
you should wear it inside,
where it functions best.
- Margaret Thatcher

Real riches are the riches possessed inside.
- B. C. Forbes


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