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A collection of quotes and sayings by José Saramago on writing, regrets, sincerity, soul, perception, literature, order, acceptance, books, reading, religion and life.

80 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Nobel Laureate José Saramago

Famous As: Writer

Born On: November 16, 1922

Died On: June 18, 2010

Born In: Azinhaga

Founder / Co Founder: José Saramago Foundation

Died At Age: 87

José de Sousa Saramago was a famous Portuguese writer, best-known for his works such as ‘The Elephant’s Journey’, ‘The Stone Raft’, to name a few. José started his writing career in 1947 with a novel titled ‘Terra do Pecado’ (Land of Sin). In 1953, José wrote ‘Claraboia’ that was published as ‘Skylight’ in 2014. José published ‘Possible Poems’ in 1966 and ‘Probably Joy’ in 1970. José published ‘The History of the Siege of Lisbon’ in 1989 and ‘The Gospel According to Jesus Christ’ in 1991. In 1993, he published ‘In Nomine Dei’ and in 1995, José published ‘Blindness’. In 1997, he published two novels ‘All the Names’ and ‘The Tale of the Unknown Island’. From 2000 to 2008, José published eight novels ‘Children's Picture Book’, ‘The Double Seeing’, ‘Don Giovanni, or, Dissolute Acquitted’, ‘Death with Interruptions’, ‘Small Memories’, and ‘The Elephant's Journey’. He was awarded the ‘Nobel Prize In Literature’ in 1998 besides other awards and accolades. His works have been translated into approximately 25 languages and more than two million copies of his books and novels have been sold in Portugal alone. Here is a compilation of quotations and thoughts by the renowned writer whose writings emphasize human factor. Go through the famous quotes and sayings by José Saramago on writing, regrets, sincerity, soul, perception, literature, order, acceptance, books, reading, religion and life.
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Words were not given to man in order to conceal his thoughts

José Saramago

If I'm sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow?

José Saramago

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

José Saramago

I don't think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.

José Saramago

We use words to understand each other and even, sometimes, to find each other.

José Saramago

Chaos is merely order waiting to be deciphered

José Saramago

The difficult thing isn't living with other people, it's understanding them.

José Saramago

Reading is probably another way of being in a place.

José Saramago

Forgive me if what has seemed little to you, to me is all.

José Saramago

Words that come from the heart are never spoken, they get caught in the throat and can only be read in ones's eyes.

José Saramago

Perhaps only in a world of the blind will things be what they truly are.

José Saramago

Men are all the same, they think that because they came out of the belly of a woman they know all there is to know about women.

José Saramago

Your questions are false if you already know the answer.

José Saramago

Whether we like it or not, the one justification for the existence of all religions is death, they need death as much as we need bread to eat.

José Saramago

. . . if there is a way for the world to be transformed for the better, it can only be done by pessimism; optimists will never change the world for the better.

José Saramago

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

José Saramago

You know the name you were given, you do not know the name that you have

José Saramago

...in matters of feeling and of the heart, too much is always better than too little.

José Saramago

One cannot be too careful with words, they change their minds just as people do.

José Saramago

Liking is probably the best form of ownership, and ownership the worst form of liking.

José Saramago

When all is said and done, what is clear is that all lives end before their time.

José Saramago

If we cannot live entirely like human beings, at least let us do everything in our power not to live entirely like animals.

José Saramago

We are so afraid of the idea of having to die… that we always try to find excuses for the dead, as if we were asking beforehand to be excused when it is our turn…

José Saramago

A tree weeps when cut down, a dog howls when beaten, but a man matures when offended.

José Saramago

Just as the habit does not make the monk, the sceptre does not make the king.

José Saramago

We all have our moments of weakness, just as well that we are still capable of weeping, tears are often our salvation, there are times when we would die if we did not weep - Blindness

José Saramago

As my cat would say, all hours are good for sleeping.

José Saramago

We never consider that the things dogs know about us are things of which we have not the faintest notion.

José Saramago

As so often happens, the thing left undone tires you most of all, you only feel rested when it has been accomplished.

José Saramago

Blindness is a private matter between a person and the eyes with which he or she was born.

José Saramago

Oh, I'm not just going too far, I've arrived.

José Saramago

If you don't write your books, nobody else will do it for you. No one else has lived your life.

José Saramago

...you have to leave the island in order to see the island, that we can't see ourselves unless we become free of ourselves, Unless we escape from ourselves you mean, No, that's not the same thing.

José Saramago

Even death, faced with the option of death or life, she would choose life.

José Saramago

Words have their own hierarchy, their own protocol, their own artistic titles, their own plebeian stigmas.

José Saramago

Because each of you has his or her own death, you carry it with you in a secret place from the moment you're born, it belongs to you and you belong to it.

José Saramago

...the habit of falling hardens the body, reaching the ground, to in itself, is a relief.

José Saramago

The history of mankind is the history of our misunderstandings with god, for he doesn't understand us, and we don't understand him.

José Saramago

When we are born, when we enter this world, it is as if we signed a pact for the rest of our life, but a day may come when we will ask ourselves Who signed this on my behalf?

José Saramago

... that's how life should be, when one person loses heart, the other must have heart and courage enough for both.

José Saramago

We say Fine, even though we may be dying, and this is commonly known as taking one's courage in both hands, a phenomenon that has only been observed in the human species.

José Saramago

...for human words are like shadows, and shadows are incapable of explaining light and between shadow and light there is the opaque body from which words are born..

José Saramago

... the best way of killing a rose is to force it open when it is still only the promise of a bud.

José Saramago

...the human being to lack that second skin we call egoism has not yet been born, it lasts much longer than the other one, that bleeds so readily.

José Saramago

There are such moments in life, when, in order for heaven to open, it is necessary for a door to close.

José Saramago

That's how life is, what it gives with one hand one day, it takes away with the other.

José Saramago

All stories are like those about the creation of the universe, no one was there, no one witnessed anything, yet everyone knows what happened.

José Saramago

With the passage of time, as well as the social evolution and genetic exchange, we ended up putting our conscience in the color of our blood and the salt of our tears.

José Saramago

But truths need to be repeated many times so that they don't, poor things, lapse into oblivion.

José Saramago

The only thing more terrifying than blindness is being the only one who can see.

José Saramago

Such is our need to shower blame on some distant entity when it is we who lack the courage to face up to what is there before us.

José Saramago

Strictly speaking, we do not make decisions, decisions make us.

José Saramago

Don't you know, If you don't step outside yourself, you'll never discover who you are

José Saramago

Anyone who gets up early by inclination or has been forced to rise early out of necessity finds it intolerable that others should go on sleeping soundly

José Saramago

One can show no greater respect than to weep for a stranger.

José Saramago

We've all had our moments of weakness, and if we manage to get through today without any, we'll be sure to have some tomorrow.

José Saramago

Our god, the creator of heaven and earth, is completely mad

José Saramago

Just like everything else in life, let time take its course and it will find a solution.

José Saramago

In order to invent heaven and hell a man would need to know nothing except the human body

José Saramago

A man was on his way to the gallows when he met another, who asked him: where are you going, my friend? and the condemned man replied: i'm not going anywhere. they're taking me by force.

José Saramago

Will we ever learn that certain things can be understood only if we take the trouble to trace them to their origins.

José Saramago

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

José Saramago

We all know that each day that dawns is the first for some and will be the last for others, and that for most people it will be just another day.

José Saramago

It is an unwavering rule for those in power that, when it comes to heads, it is best to cut them off before they start thinking, afterwards, it might be too late.

José Saramago

That we're going to die is something we know from the moment we are born, That's why, in some ways, it's as if we were born dead.

José Saramago

The virtue of maps, they show what can be done with limited space, they foresee that everything can happen therein.

José Saramago

Doubt is the privilege of those who have lived a long time,

José Saramago

When I think about it, I have no idea who you are, but that's not important, what matters is that we care about each other.

José 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.

José Saramago

Casting a ballot is your irrevocable right, and no one will ever deny you that right, but just as you tell children not to play with matches, so we warn whole peoples of the dangers of playing with dynamite.

José Saramago

I have yet to hear a single idea that was worth considering for longer than it took us to listen to it.

José Saramago

Put less respectfully, these men and women, standing before the mirror of their life, spit every day in the face of what they were with the sputum of what they are.

José Saramago

...we confidently say that it's not worth trying to reach any conclusions merely because we decide to stop halfway along the path that would lead us straight to them.

José Saramago