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Quotes by Isabel Allende on life, love, family, education and other things.

81 Meaningful Quotes By Isabel Allende That Will Lift Your Spirits

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Famous As: Writer

Born On: August 2, 1942

Born In: Lima

If there is one Spanish-language writer who enjoys a wide readership across the globe, it has to be Isabel Allende. She is the author of famous books, ‘The House of the Spirits’ and ‘City of the Beasts’ that went on to become international bestsellers. Her other popular works include ‘Ines of My Soul’ and ‘Paula’. Isabel Allende gained prominence for weaving ‘magic realism’ in her works and spinning most marvellous stories. Most of Allende’s works are based on her personal experience and historical events and pay homage to the lives of women. Often cited as a literary legend, Allende is the third most influential Latino leader in the world. Allende’s USP involves her unique and vivid storytelling style. Most of her work is rooted to her remarkable upbringing and mystical people and events that fuelled her imagination. Her work gives a stint of her feminist convictions, her commitment to social justice and the harsh political realities that shaped her destiny. Over the years, she has written over 20 books that have been translated into more than 35 languages and sold more than 67 million copies. Her expertise in writing has extended to quotes well, as Allende has given a new food for thought in her quotes that have covered various aspects of life. Check out some of the highly meaningful quotes by Isabel Allende.
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The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.

Isabel Allende

Write what should not be forgotten.

Isabel Allende

The longer I live, the more uninformed I feel. Only the young have an explanation for everything.

Isabel Allende

Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are.

Isabel Allende

For women, the best aphrodisiacs are words. The G-spot is in the ears. He who looks for it below there is wasting his time.

Isabel Allende

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 be with you always.

Isabel Allende

We only have what we give.

Isabel Allende

Fear is inevitable, I have to accept that, but I cannot allow it to paralyze me.

Isabel Allende

A man does what he can; a woman does what a man cannot.

Isabel Allende

You can't find someone who doesn't want to be found.

Isabel Allende

You can tell the deepest truths with the lies of fiction

Isabel Allende

Words are not that important when you recognize intentions.

Isabel Allende

Perhaps we are in this world to search for love, find it and lose it, again and again. With each love, we are born anew, and with each love that ends we collect a new wound. I am covered with proud scars.

Isabel Allende

You are the storyteller of your own life, and you can create your own legend, or not.

Isabel Allende

Writing is a process, a journey into memory and the soul.

Isabel Allende

This is to assuage our conscience, darling" she would explain to Blanca. "But it doesn't help the poor. They don't need charity; they need justice.

Isabel Allende

He had only to touch me to turn my tears into sighs and my anger to desire. How accomodating love is; it forgives everything.

Isabel Allende

Erotica is using a feather; pornograpy is using the whole chicken.

Isabel Allende

The source of my difficulties has always been the same: an inability to accept what to others seems natural, and an irresistible tendency to voice opinions no one wants to hear . . .

Isabel Allende

Writing is like making love. Don't worry about the orgasm, just concentrate on the process.

Isabel Allende

If I write something, I fear it will happen, and if I love too much, I fear I will lose that person; nevertheless, I cannot stop writing or loving...

Isabel Allende

When love exists, nothing else matters, not life’s predicaments, not the fury of the years, not a physical winding down or scarcity of opportunity.

Isabel Allende

We all have an unsuspected reserve of strength inside that emerges when life puts us to the test.

Isabel Allende

Just as when we come into the world, when we die we are afraid of the unknown. But the fear is something from within us that has nothing to do with reality. Dying is like being born: just a change.

Isabel Allende

And I am not one of those women who trips twice over the same stone.

Isabel Allende

Memory is fiction. We select the brightest and the darkest, ignoring what we are ashamed of, and so embroider the broad tapestry of our lives.

Isabel Allende

Silence before being born, silence after death: life is nothing but noise between two unfathomable silences.

Isabel Allende

Writing is a constant exercise in longing.

Isabel Allende

...when everything else fails, we communicate in the language of the stars

Isabel Allende

He realized...that the loudest are the least sincere, that arrogance is a quality of the ignorant, and that flatterers tend to be vicious.

Isabel Allende

Barrabas came to us by sea, the child Clara wrote in her delicate calligraphy.

Isabel Allende

I need to remember to overcome.

Isabel Allende

...a fixation is very stubborn: it burrows into the brain and breaks the heart. There are many fixations, but love is the worst.

Isabel Allende

Nice people with common sense do not make interesting characters. They only make good former spouses.

Isabel Allende

Happiness is pure kitch; we come into the world to suffer and learn.

Isabel Allende

Be careful what you ask of Heaven; it might be granted.

Isabel Allende

My worst flaw is that I tell secrets, my own and everybody else's.

Isabel Allende

The names of persons and living creatures demand respect, because when we speak to them we touch their heart and become a part of thier life force.

Isabel Allende

The slave who dances is free ... while he is dancing.

Isabel Allende

His calls for justice were lost at the mercy of the wind and human indifference.

Isabel Allende

Our demons lose their power when we pull them out of the depths where they hide and look them in the face in broad daylight.

Isabel Allende

She intended to swallow the world and he lived crushed by reality.

Isabel Allende

​Courage is a virtue appreciated in a male but considered a defect in our gender. Bold women are a threat to a world that is badly out of balance, in favor of men.

Isabel Allende

It’s easy to judge others when we are not going through the same thing.

Isabel Allende

Remember that all the others are more afraid than you

Isabel Allende

Before you conquer the mountain, you must learn to overcome your fear.

Isabel Allende

After a few months without writing, months I've lived turned outward... I fear going deaf, not being able to hear the silence.

Isabel Allende

How many times have I told you not to believe everything you hear? Seek truth for yourself.

Isabel Allende

They could not understand the advantage of living contrary to their inclinations in this world in order to enjoy a hypothetical well-being in another.

Isabel Allende

There is room in the human heart for all the divinities.

Isabel Allende

You are my angel and my damnation; in your presence I reach divine ecstasy and in your absence I descent to hell.

Isabel Allende

How accommodating love is; it forgives everything.

Isabel Allende

Music is a wind that blows away the years, memories, and fear, that crouching animal I carry inside me.

Isabel Allende

You only have what you give. It’s by spending yourself that you become rich.

Isabel Allende

It is common knowledge that no man that women flock to boasts of his conquests. Those who do, lie.

Isabel Allende

He was not oppressed by a crowd because in the midst of all the hullabaloo he always found a quiet place for his soul.

Isabel Allende

Land is something one should never sell. It is the only thing left when all else is gone.

Isabel Allende

Literary characters, like my grandmother's apparitions, are fragile beings, easily frightened; they must be treated with care so they will feel comfortable in my pages

Isabel Allende

Heroism is a badly remunerated occupation, and often it leads to an early end, which is why it appeals to fanatics or persons with an unhealthy fascination with death.

Isabel Allende

We've lost our sense of ethics; we live in a world of small-mindedness, of gratification without happiness and actions without meaning.

Isabel Allende

Happiness is slippery, it slithers away between your fingers, but problems are something you can hold on to, they’ve got handles, they’re rough and hard

Isabel Allende

Nothing strong can be built on a foundation of lies and omissions.

Isabel Allende

Write with honesty and don't worry about the feelings of others, because no matter what you say, they'll hate you anyway.

Isabel Allende

The two moments are much alike: birth and death are made of the same fabric.

Isabel Allende

Nothing changes; we humans repeat the same sins over and over, eternally.

Isabel Allende

But I don't want more things than I need, either.

Isabel Allende

A novel is achieved with hard work, the short story with inspiration.

Isabel Allende

I have seen these persons speak unthinkingly, not realizing that to speak is also to be. Word and gesture are man's thought. We should not speak without reason.

Isabel Allende

My father says that fear is good; it's the body's alarm system, it warns us of danger. But sometimes danger can't be avoided, and then you have to forget about being afraid.

Isabel Allende

I strike the ground with the soles of my feet and life rises up my legs, spreads up my skeleton, takes possession of me, drives away distress and sweetens my memory. The world trembles.

Isabel Allende

Nations should be governed by a council of learned men who must answer to the people for their actions.

Isabel Allende

Seated by her side in the narrow cabin, pressing cold compresses to her forehead and holding her while she vomited, he felt profoundly happy....

Isabel Allende

Just as Daniel Balalcazar said, it makes no sense to suffer in advance a misfortune that may never occur.

Isabel Allende

Nostalgia is my vice. Nostalgia is a melancholy, and slightly saccharine, sentiment, like tenderness

Isabel Allende

Those who seek the truth run the risk of finding it.

Isabel Allende

She did not believe that the world was a vale of tears but rather a joke that God had played and that it was idiotic to take it seriously.

Isabel Allende