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Gioconda Belli



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...defeat can be as much of an illusion as victory.

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All of a sudden, I realized I was on the verge of closing a door that was my only way into a more meaningful existence. And I would be doing it out of fear. If I didn't do this now, I would just get more and more comfortable in my inertia, and the false sense of security that surprisingly I wanted to cling to.

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Ever since the earthquake the country had been placed under a state of seige. Our constitutional rights were suspended. Nobody protested, mainly because we had already been living like that long before it was officially declared.

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Every poet, I suppose, should fall madly in love at least once in her life, so that she may come to know the shadow side of the feminine human experience, plumb the depth of her own vulnerability and emerge the wiser.

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History is a long process, and if one can muster the patience to understand it, one can derive satisfaction from the small battles that drive it forward. A cause isn't hopeless just because its objectives aren't reached in one's lifetime.

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I have never been able to bring myself to believe that a woman can save a man's honor by sacrificing her own integrity and lying to herself.

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I know that the obsession to redeem humanity can be just as dangerous as the fanaticism I see in the faces of those who dedicate themselves to perfect bodies, pure, unadulterated food, and the quest for immortality. I try to think that each and every one of us is responsible for finding meaning and purpose in life, and that it's arrogant to think that my solution is better than the rest. On the other hand, I don't think anyone could ever convince...
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I realized that I would no longer be satisfied by passive and sensory pleasures, that for me nothing would compare to the vibrant passion of pursuing collective dreams.

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Life has shown me that not every commitment requires payment in blood, or the heroism of dying in the line of fire. There is a heroism inherent to peace and stability, an accessible, everyday heroism that may not challenge us with the threat of death, but which challenges us to squeeze every last possibility out of life, and to live not one, but several lives all at the same time. To accept oneself as a multiple being in time and space is part o...
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Then and there, I vowed to myself that I wouldn't allow fear to turn me into a passive observer of all the ills and injustices that surrounded me. ... If I gave in to fear, I would end up killing my soul to save my body.

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There is nothing quixotic or romantic in wanting to change the world. It is possible. It is the age-old vocation of all humanity. I can't think of a better life than one dedicated to passion, to dreams, to the stubbornness that defies chaos and disillusionment. Our world, filled with possibilities, is and will be the result of the efforts offered up by us, its inhabitants. Just as life was a consequence of trial and error, the social organization...
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With time, the Revolution's stance grew more and more rigid. Powerful economic groups and the extremist Left began to challenge the revolutionary reforms-- the former because their own interests were being threatened, and the latter because their extremist demands were not being met. But their criticism was not met with an open mind. It was hard to forget previous Latin American experiences, like Chile in 1973, where leniency had ended in a bloo...
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