Mario Vargas Llosa


Mario Vargas Llosa Quotes

  • ''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 (b. 1936), Peruvian novelist. Independent on Sunday (London, May 5, 1991).
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  • ''Eroticism has its own moral justification because it says that pleasure is enough for me; it is a statement of the individual's sovereignty.''
    Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936), Peruvian novelist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, October 23, 1990).
  • ''It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.''
    Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936), Peruvian novelist. The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta, ch. 10 (1984, trans. 1986).
  • ''There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity.''
    Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936), Peruvian novelist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, April 1, 1988).
  • ''Since it is impossible to know what's really happening, we Peruvians lie, invent, dream and take refuge in illusion. Because of these strange circumstances, Peruvian life, a life in which so few actually do read, has become literary.''
    Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936), Peruvian novelist. The narrator, in The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta, ch. 9 (1984, trans. 1986).
  • ''No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing.''
    Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936), Peruvian novelist. The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta, ch. 3 (1984, trans. 1986).

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