Mario Vargas Llosa Quotes

Mario Vargas Llosa


The secret to happiness, at least to peace of mind, is knowing how to separate sex from love. And, if possible, eliminating romantic love from your life, which is the love that makes you suffer. That way, I assure you, you live with greater tranquility and enjoy things more.

Mario Vargas Llosa


Death isn't enough. It doesn't remove the stain. But a slap, a whiplash, square on the face, does. Because a man's face is as sacred as his mother or his wife.

Mario Vargas Llosa


Writers are the exorcists of their own demons.

Mario Vargas Llosa


Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship: that is what is at stake in these elections.

Mario Vargas Llosa


Violence represents the worst kind of conformism.

Mario Vargas Llosa


No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing.

Mario Vargas Llosa


A novel which persuades us of its truth is true however full of lies it may be

Mario Vargas Llosa


Nothing better protects a human being against the stupidity of prejudice, racism, religious or political sectarianism, and exclusivist nationalism than this truth that invariably appears in great literature: that men and women of all nations and places are essentially equal, and only injustice sows among them discrimination, fear, and exploitation.

Mario Vargas Llosa


Whether religious or racial, anti-Semitism is always repugnant, one of the most destructive manifestations of human stupidity and evil. What is profoundly expressed in it is man's traditional mistrust of the man who is not part of his tribe, that 'other' who speaks a different language, whose skin is a different color, and who participates in mysterious rites and rituals.

Mario Vargas Llosa


You cannot teach creativity - how to become a good writer. But you can help a young writer discover within himself what kind of writer he would like to be.

Mario Vargas Llosa


“Feast of the Goat. It has been like a huge birthday present that this film based on one of my novels, one of the novels I worked hardest on to write, is released on the day of my birthday.”

Mario Vargas Llosa


Prosperity or egalitarianism - you have to choose. I favor freedom - you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion.

Mario Vargas Llosa


“Writing a book is a very lonely business. You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories.”

Mario Vargas Llosa


“Writing a book is a very lonely business. You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories.”

Mario Vargas Llosa


“If you are killed because you are a writer, that's the maximum expression of respect, you know.”

Mario Vargas Llosa