the house of the spirits

Just as when we come into the world, when we die we are afraid of the unknown. But the fear is something from within us that has nothing to do with reality. Dying is like being born: just a change.

Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits

She did not believe that the world was a vale of tears but rather a joke that God had played and that it was idiotic to take it seriously if He himself never had.

Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits

But why give a man something it’s so hard to earn? In that respect women are really thick. They’re the daughters of rigidity. They need a man to feel secure but they don’t realize that the one thing they should be afraid of is men. They don’t know how to run their lives. They have to sacrifice themselves for the sake of someone else. Whores are the worst, patron, believe me. They throw their lives away working for some pimp, smile when he beats them, feel proud when he’s well dressed, with his gold teeth and rings on his fingers, and when he goes off and takes up with a woman half their age they forgive him everything because he’s a man.

Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits

Land is something one should never sell. It is the only thing left when all else is gone.

Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits

This is to assuage our conscience, darling. But it doesn’t help the poor. They don’t need charity; they need justice.

Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits

You can’t find someone who doesn’t want to be found.

Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits

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