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By Anonym 15 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

You wear yourself out in the pursuit of wealth or love or freedom, you do everything to gain some right, and once it's gained you take no pleasure in it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

If a man is a man and not a sheep in the flock, he has a survival instinct in him that leads him to fight even if he realizes he's fighting in vain, even if he knows he will lose.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

Journalism is an extraordinary and terrible privilege. Not by chance, if you are aware of it, does it consume you with a hundred feelings of inadequacy. Not by chance, when I find myself going through an event or an important encounter, does it seize me like anguish, a fear of not having enough eyes and enough ears and enough brains to look and listen and understand like a worm hidden in the wood of history.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

Equality ... like freedom, exists only where you are now. Only as an egg in the womb are we all equal.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

The Muslims refuse our culture and try to impose their culture on us. I reject them, and this is not only my duty toward my culture-it is toward my values, my principles, my civilization.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

Whether it comes from a despotic sovereign or an elected president, from a murderous general or a beloved leader, I see power as an inhuman and hateful phenomenon.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

The increased presence of Muslims in Italy and in Europe is directly proportional to our loss of freedom.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

Journalism combines adventure with culture.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

Besides the things I asked [Indira Gandhi], she told me about her son Rajiv, who is married to an Italian girl and is a pilot for Air India, then of her younger son Sanjay, who is an automobile designer and still a bachelor.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

The more democratic and open a society is, the more it's exposed to terrorism. The more a country is free, not governed by a police regime, the more it risks hijackings or massacres like the ones that took place for many years in Italy and Germany and other parts of Europe.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

A lot of women ask themselves why they should bring a child into the world? So that it will be hungry, so that it will be cold, so that it will be betrayed and humiliated, so that it will be slaughtered by war or disease? They reject the hope that its hunger will be satisfied, its cold warmed, that loyalty and respect will accompany it through life, that it will be a devote a life to the effort to eliminate war and disease.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

True power does not need arrogance, a long beard and a barking voice. True power strangles you with silk ribbons, charm and intelligence.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

[Indira Gandhi] looked tired that day, and all of a sudden I exclaimed, 'Deep down I don't envy you, and I shouldn't like to be in your place.' And she said, 'The problem is not in the problems I have, it's in the idiots around me. Democracy, you know...' I now wonder what she meant by that unfinished phrase.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

How do you dare to ask me for a solution? It's like asking Seneca for a solution. You remember what he did? He committed suicide!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

And yet, or just for this reason, it's so fascinating to be a woman. It's an adventure that takes such courage, a challenge that's never boring. You'll have so many things to engage you if you're born a woman. To begin with, you'll have to struggle to maintain that if God exists he might even be an old woman with white hair or a beautiful girl. Then you'll have to struggle to explain that it wasn't sin that was born on the day when Eve picked an apple, what was born that day was a splendid virtue called disobedience.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

Ya sé: nuestro mundo es un mundo fabricado por los hombres para los hombres; la dictadura de ellos es tan antigua que hasta se extiende al lenguaje. Se dice hombres para decir hombres y mujeres; se dice niño para decir niño y niña; se dice hijos para decir hijo e hija; se dice homicidio para designar el asesinato de un hombre o de una mujer. En las leyendas que los hombres han inventado para explicar la vida, la primera criatura no es una mujer, sino un hombre llamado Adán. Eva llega después, para divertirlo y armar líos. En las pinturas con que adornan sus iglesias, Dios es un viejo con barba, nunca una anciana de blanca melena. Y todos sus héroes son varones, desde aquel Prometeo que descubrió el fuego hasta ese Icaro que intentó volar, e incluso aquel Jesús que declaran hijo del Padre y del Espíritu Santo, como si la madre que lo dio a luz fuera una incubadora o una nodriza.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

I was a little girl fighting as a partisan against Nazi-Fascism.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

Listening to someone talk isn't at all like listening to their words played over on a machine. What you hear when you have a face before you is never what you hear when you have before you a winding tape.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

What's the point anyway - Of suffering, dying? It teaches us to live, boy. A man who does not struggle does not live, he survives.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

War is something Arafat sends others to do for him. That is, the poor souls who believe in him. This pompous incompetent caused the failure of the Camp David negotiations, Clinton's mediation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

I know ours is a world made by men for men, their dictatorship is so ancient it even extends to language.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

Whether it comes from a despotic sovereign or an elected president, from a murderous general or a beloved leader, I see power as an inhuman and hateful phenomen. To the same degree that I do not understand power, I do understand those who oppose power, who criticize power, who contest power, especially those who rebel against power imposed by brutality.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

[Indira Gandhi] answered cautiously at first. Then she opened up like a flower and the conversation flowed along without obstacles, in mutual sympathy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

I've found what I was looking for, Child: what people call love between a man and a woman is a season. And if, at its flowering, this season is a feast of greenery, at its waning, it's only a heap of rotting leaves.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

Finally [Indira Ganhi] called a beautiful dark little boy who was playing on the lawn, and embracing him tenderly, murmured, 'This is my grandchild; this is the man I love most in the world.' It was a strange sensation to watch this very powerful woman embracing a child.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

Love isn’t putting chain on someone who wants to struggle and is ready to die for it, love is letting him die in the way he’s chosen.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

In the legends that males have invented to explain life, the first human creature is a man named Adam. Eve arrives later, to give him pleasure and cause trouble. In the paintings that adorn churches, God is an old man with a beard, never an old woman with white hair. And all the heroes are males: from Prometheus who discovered fire to Icarus who tried to fly, on down to Jesus whom they call the Son of God and of the Holy Spirit, almost as though the woman giving birth to him were an incubator or a wetnurse.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

The moment you give up your principles, and your values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

I have expressed my opinion through the written word through my books, that is all.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

I'll impose upon you the same arrogance that was imposed on me, and on my mother, my grandmother, my grandmother's mother: all the way back to the first human born of another human being, whether he liked it or not. Probably, if he or she had been allowed to choose, he would have been frightened and answered: No, I don't want to be born. But no one asked their opinion, and so they were born and lived and died after giving birth to another human being who was not asked to choose, and that one did likewise, for millions of years, right down to us.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

Ho guadagnato una vita, un biglietto per la morte, e viaggio ancora. In certi momenti ho creduto d'essere giunto, alla fine del viaggio mi sbagliavo. Erano solo imprevisti del cammino.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

I find it shameful that in nearly all the universities of Europe, Palestinian students sponsor and nurture anti-Semitism.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

I'm going to show you the real New York - witty, smart, and international - like any metropolis. Tell me this: where in Europe can you find old Hungary, old Russia, old France, old Italy? In Europe you're trying to copy America, you're almost American. But here you'll find Europeans who immigrated a hundred years ago - and we haven't spoiled them. Oh, Gio! You must see why I love New York. Because the whole world's in New York.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

Whoever believes in the myth of ‘peaceful coexistence that marked the relationships between the conquered and the conquerors’ should reread the stories of the burned convents and monasteries, of the profaned churches, of the raped nuns, of the Christian or Jewish women abducted to be locked away in their harems. He should ponder on the crucifixions of Cordoba, the hangings of Granada, the beheadings of Toledo and Barcelona, of Seville and Zamora. (The beheadings of Seville, ordered by Mutamid: the king who used those severed heads, heads of Jews and Christians, to adorn his palace). Invoking the name of Jesus meant instant execution. Crucifixion, of course, or decapitation or hanging or impalement. Ringing a bell, the same. Wearing green, the colour of Islam, also. And when a Muslim passed by, every Jew and Christian was obliged to step aside. To bow. And mind to the Jew or the Christian who dared react to the insults of a Muslim. As for the much-flaunted detail that the infidel-dogs were not obliged to convert to Islam, not even encouraged to do so, do you know why they were not? Because those who converted to Islam did not pay taxes. Those who refused, on the contrary, did.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

There are three points of view to everything - mine, yours, and the truth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

I am angry at the Jews for many things... If you want to take the example of America, how they hold the power, the economical power in so many ways, and the press and the other kind of stuff... I never realized how it happened and they came to control the media to that point. Why?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

If you put a pistol against my head and ask which I think is worse, Muslims or Mexicans, I'd have to think a moment, then I'd say the Muslims because they've broken my balls.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

...]neanche per un uomo la vita é facile, sai. Poiché‚ avrai muscoli più saldi, ti chiederanno di portare fardelli più pesi, ti imporranno arbitrarie responsabilità Poiché‚ avrai la barba, rideranno se tu piangi e perfino se hai bisogno di tenerezza Poiché‚ avrai una coda davanti, ti ordineranno di uccidere o essere ucciso alla guerra ed esigeranno la tua complicità per tramandare la tirannia che instaurarono nelle caverne. Eppure, o proprio per questo, essere un uomo sarà un'avventura altrettanto meravigliosa: un'impresa che non ti deluderà mai. Almeno lo spero perché‚, se nascerai uomo, spero che sarai un uomo come io l'ho sempre sognato: dolce coi deboli, feroce coi prepotenti, generoso con chi ti vuol bene, spietato con chi ti comanda.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

Sometimes I ask myself whether [Indira Gandhi] had, even then, a certain contempt for the system she represented and, years later, would overthrow.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

To have realized your dream makes you feel lost.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

But to deny fate is arrogance, to declare that we are the sole shapers of our existence is madness;if you deny fate life becomes the series of missed opportunities, a regret for what never was and could have been, a remorse of what was not done and could have been done, and the present is wasted, twisted into another missed oppurtunity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

I am an atheist, and if an atheist and a pope think the same things, there must be something true. There must be some human truth that is beyond religion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

With our progress we have destroyed our only weapon against tedium: that rare weakness we call imagination.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

I have reached the conclusion that those who have physical courage also have moral courage. Physical courage is a great test.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

If you speak your mind on the Vatican, on the Catholic Church, on the Pope, on the Virgin Mary or Jesus or the saints, nobody touches your ‘right of thought and expression.’ But if you do the same with Islam, the Koran, the Prophet Muhammad, some son of Allah, you are called a xenophobic blasphemer who has committed an act of racial discrimination.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

It brought back to mind the injustice I spoke of, the solitude that oppresses women intent on defending their own destinies, their own dreams, their own mistakes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

Khomeini was not a puppet like Arafat or Qaddafi or the many other dictators I met in the Islamic world. He was a sort of Pope, a sort of king - a real leader.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

I have always looked on disobedience toward the oppressive as the only way to use the miracle of having been born.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

Henry Kissinger may have wished I had presented him as a combination of Charles DeGaulle and Disraeli, but I didn't....out of respect for DeGaulle and Disraeli. I described him as a cowboy because that is how he describes himself. If I were a cowboy I would be offended.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Oriana Fallaci

Objectivity does not exist - it cannot exist!.. The word is a hypocrisy which is sustained by the lie that the truth stays in the middle. No, sir: Sometimes truth stays on one side only.