One shouldn’t be afraid of the humans, but of what is inhuman in them.
Lands of great discoveries are also lands of great injustices.
What can and doesn’t have to be always, at the end, surrenders to something that has to be.
Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.
Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
A good portion of speaking will consist in knowing how to lie.
Your library is your paradise.
Have no blind faith in your capacity for triumph , but in the strength of your desire for it.
Tell the story as if it were only of interest to the small circle of your characters, of which you may be one. There is no other way to put life into the story.
There’s nothing as beautiful and empowering in life than a memory.
Horacio Quiroga, Cuentos de amor, de locura y de muerte
Moral maxims are surprisingly useful on occasions when we can invent little else to justify our actions.
Alexander Pushkin, Tales of Belkin
People are so like their first mother Eve: what they are given doesn’t take their fancy. The serpent is forever enticing them to come to him, to the tree of mystery. They must have the forbidden fruit, or paradise will not be paradise for them.
Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin