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A collection of Reinaldo Arenas quotes and sayings on Cuba, loneliness, want, atrocity, writing, freedom, repression, suicide, liberation etc.

7 Noteworthy Quotes By Reinaldo Arenas

Quick Facts

Famous As: Cuban poet

Born On: July 16, 1943

Died On: December 7, 1990

Born In: Oriente

Died At Age: 47

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.

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I have always considered it despicable to grovel for your life as if life were a favor. If you cannot live the way you want, there is no point in living

Reinaldo Arenas

Mine is not an obedient writing. I think that literature as any art has to be irreverent.

Reinaldo Arenas

These, to be sure, were farfetched hopes, hopes born of despair, but hope is, after all, mostly for the desperate.

Reinaldo Arenas

Trees have a secret life that is only revealed to those willing to climb them.

Reinaldo Arenas

Being a fugitive living in the woods at the time, I had to write before it got dark. Now darkness was approaching again, only more insidiously.

Reinaldo Arenas

My sexual activity was all with animals. First there were the hens, then the goats and the sows, and after I had grown up some more, the mares.

Reinaldo Arenas

All the literature of this century is somewhat burdened by the theme of uprootedness.

Reinaldo Arenas