Carlos Fuentes

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    A tradition without intelligence is not worth having. T. S. Eliot, After Strange Gods (1934) There is no creation without tradition. No one creates from nothing.
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    By its very nature, the novel indicates that we are becoming. There is no final solution. There is no last word.
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    Can you imagine me coming to this country to blow up a post office? I told them, My bombs are my books.
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    Children know how to be cruel, and the cruelty of their elders is the surest residue of the malaise the young feel toward things strange, things other, things that reveal our own ignorance or insufficiency.
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    Contrary to the macho culture of Mexico, both my grandmothers were very brave young widows. I was always very close to these hard-working, intelligent women.
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    Diplomacy in a sense is the opposite of writing. You have to disperse yourself so much: the lady who comes in crying because she's had a fight with the secretary; exports and imports; students in trouble; thumbtacks for the embassy.
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    I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.
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    If the Soviet Union can give up the Brezhnev Doctrine for the Sinatra Doctrine, the United States can give up the James Monroe Doctrine for the Marilyn Monroe Doctrine: Let's all go to bed wearing the perfume we like best.
    Source: Doing It Our Way, New Statesman & Society, 2 February 1990, tr. Alfred MacAdam
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    Like all of Latin America, Mexico after independence in 1821 turned its back on a triple heritage: on the Spanish heritage, because we were newly liberated colonies, and on our Indian and black heritages, because we considered them backward and barbaric. We looked towards France, England and the U.S., to become progressive democratic republics.
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    Literature overtakes history, for literature gives you more than one life. It expands experience and opens new opportunities to readers.
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    Reading, writing, teaching, learning, are all activities aimed at introducing civilizations to each other.
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    Retrospectively, I would agree with Luis Bunuel that sex without sin is like an egg without salt.
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    The facade of the Conquest, severe yet jocund, with one foot in the dead Old World and the other in the New.
    Source: Describing a Mexican baroque church
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    The French equate intelligence with rational discourse, the Russians with intense soul-searching. For the Mexican, intelligence is inseparable from maliciousness.
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    The historical problem of the United States is to admit that it is a multiracial and multi-ethnic nation.
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