Reinaldo Arenas was a famous Cuban poet, playwright and novelist, noted for his prolific works ‘Pentagonia’ and ‘Before Night Falls’. These controversial novels were banned and confiscated by the Cuban government because it unraveled the darkest secrets of the country. Pentagonia was a five volume book series registering the atrocities committed by the Cuban government on its citizens. Despite stating the hardships, he also inculcated absurd satirical humor into his prose narratives. This was followed by ‘Before Night Falls’, which was an autobiography by Arenas written during his detention in prison. His autobiography went on to be featured in the New York Times list of the ten best books of the year in 1993. ‘Before Night Falls’ also found its way into theatre in form of several musical and cinematic adaptations. Arenas explicitly related his own struggles with the fate of the protagonists in his tales. We have curated Arenas’ most notable quotes from his books, writings, interviews etc. Here some of the most mind-boggling quotes from this brave Cuban writer, highlighting his thoughts and sayings.