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A collection of quotes by Eduardo Galeano on body, human, courage, time, interest, rights, women, inspiration, civilization, past and silence.

48 Quotes By Eduardo Galeano That Will Change Your Perspective About Human History

Quick Facts

Famous As: Writer

Born On: September 3, 1940

Died On: April 13, 2015

Born In: Montevideo

Died At Age: 74

Eduardo Hughes Galeano was a Uruguayan writer, novelist, intellectual and journalist who is counted among the pre-eminent left wing thinkers from South America, due to his considerable body of work compiled over several decades. Galeano started working while he was still a teenager. Galeano’s first major job was as an editor of a  magazine ‘Marcha’ which had number of South American intellectuals among its contributors. Galeano fled from Uruguay after the military coup of 1973 and continued to work in Argentina, even though some of his most important works were banned by right wing governments. He was a highly influential journalist and his novels became equally popular. Two of the most famous ones are ‘Open Veins of Latin America’ and ‘Memory of Fire Trilogy’, which dealt with the subject of colonialism in the Americas. His books have been translated to several languages and have been read by thousands of people all across the world. His writings and books are still followed by many especially those who wish to gain insights about South America. We have compiled Eduardo Galeano's best quotes from his articles, writings and books on several subjects. Have a peek at some of Eduardo Galeano's famous quotations and sayings on idol, books, soccer, charity, nostalgia, memory, capitalism, America, desire, truth, beauty, democracy, millitary and violence.

I don't believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people.

Eduardo Galeano

The Church says: the body is a sin. Science says: the body is a machine. Advertising says: The body is a business. The Body says: I am a fiesta.

Eduardo Galeano

We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.

Eduardo Galeano

I have never killed anybody, it is true, but it is because I lacked the courage or the time, not because I lacked the desire

Eduardo Galeano

I can't sleep. There is a woman stuck between my eyelids. I would tell her to get out if I could. But there is a woman stuck in my throat

Eduardo Galeano

I am not particularly interested in saving time; I prefer to enjoy it.

Eduardo Galeano

The walls are the publishers of the poor.

Eduardo Galeano

If the past has nothing to say to the present, history may go on sleeping undisturbed in the closet where the system keeps its old disguises.

Eduardo Galeano

For sailors who love the wind, memory is a good port of departure.

Eduardo Galeano

Because every single one of us has something to say to the others, something that deserves to be celebrated or forgiven by others

Eduardo Galeano

In this world of ours, a world of powerful centers and subjugated outposts, there is no wealth that must not be held in some suspicion.

Eduardo Galeano

I don't believe in charity. I believe in solidarity.

Eduardo Galeano

There are those who believe destiny rests at the feet of the gods, but the truth is that it confronts the conscious of man with a burning challenge.

Eduardo Galeano

Recordar: To remember; from the Latin records, to pass back through the heart

Eduardo Galeano

All I know is this: art is art, or it's shit

Eduardo Galeano

For sailors with a desire for wind, memory is a good port of departure.

Eduardo Galeano

La economa mundial es la ms eficiente expresin del crime organizado.

Eduardo Galeano

The poet, distracted by politics, asks of poetry that it make itself useful like metal or flour, that it get ready to stain its face with coal dust and fight body to body.

Eduardo Galeano

Development develops inequality.

Eduardo Galeano

If the grape is made of wine, then perhaps we are the words that tell who we are

Eduardo Galeano

Here," an old sugar worker told me, "the people have a great love for martyrs--but only after they're dead. Before, there's nothing but complaints.

Eduardo Galeano

I would recognise myself in each of his translations and he would feel betrayed and annoyed whenever I didn't write something the way he would have. A part of me died with him, a part of him lives with me.

Eduardo Galeano

Religious disintegration began with colonization.

Eduardo Galeano

Perfection shall remain the boring privilege of the gods, while our bungling, messy world every night shall be lived as if it were the last and every day as if it were the first.

Eduardo Galeano

The food of the minority is the hunger of the majority.

Eduardo Galeano

Bacteria and viruses were the most effective allies.

Eduardo Galeano

If thats how it was done, and thats how it had always been done, there had to be a reason

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Those who make objectivity a religion are liars. they are scared of human pain. They dont want to be objective, it's a lie: they want to be objects, so as not to suffer.

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Grown on a grand scale, sugar spreads its blight on a grand scale and today unemployment and poverty are these islands' permanent guests.

Eduardo Galeano

Bolivians die with rotted lungs so that the world may consume cheap tin.

Eduardo Galeano

It has become unecesssary for the police to ban books: their price alone bans them.

Eduardo Galeano

Hunting Jews has always been a European sport. Now the Palestinians, who never played it, are paying the bill.

Eduardo Galeano

The dreams were off on a trip. Helena went as far as the train station with them. She bade them farewell from the platform, waving a handkerchief

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Helena dreamed about the keepers of the fire. The poorest old women had stored it away in suburban kitchens and had only to blow very gently on their palms to rekindle the flame

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Lying in the sun, he follows the unhurried paths of seagulls and sailboats, the azure breeze, the ebb and flow of foam on the water and in the air.

Eduardo Galeano

Don’t you see? There were no doctors in Paradise. Disease came after doctors.

Eduardo Galeano

The human murder by poverty in Latin America is secret: every year, without making a sound, three Hiroshima bombs explode over communities that have become accustomed to suffering with clenched teeth.

Eduardo Galeano

Cuba,” he said in his resounding defense plea, “continues to be a producer of raw materials. We exhort sugar to import candy, we export hides to import shoes, we export iron to import plows.

Eduardo Galeano

Why are some walls so loud and others mute?

Eduardo Galeano

If women were necessary, God would have one.

Eduardo Galeano

Other versions, however, insist the 'but' was snuck in. She sang: 'I am black and I am beautiful.

Eduardo Galeano

The goal is soccer's orgasm. And like orgasms, goals have become an ever less frequent occurrence in modern life.

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