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By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

From the weak nations' point of view, it is better if there are many powerful countries then if there are just a few. The more concentrated is power, the fewer opportunities there are to move. Space for change, space for freedom to implement change is then very narrow; very small.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Pedro Algorta, a lawyer, showed me the fat dossier about the murder of two women. The double crime had been committed with a knife at the end of 1982, in a Montevideo suburb. The accused, Alma Di Agosto, had confessed. She had been in jail more than a year, and was apparently condemned to rot there for the rest of her life. As is the custom, the police had raped and tortured her. After a month of continuous beatings they had extracted several confessions. Alma Di Agosto's confessions did not much resemble each other, as if she had committed the same murder in many different ways. Different people appeared in each confession, picturesque phantoms without names or addresses, because the electric cattle prod turns anyone into a prolific storyteller. Furthermore, the author demonstrated the agility of an Olympic athlete, the strength of a fairground Amazon, and the dexterity of a professional matador. But the most surprising was the wealth of detail: in each confession, the accused described with millimetric precision clothing, gestures, surroundings, positions, objects..... Alma Di Agosto was blind. Her neighbours, who knew and loved her, were convinced she was guilty: 'Why?' asked the lawyer. 'Because the papers say so.' 'But the papers lie,' said the lawyer. 'But the radio said so too,' explained the neighbours. 'And the TV!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Each time a new war is disclosed in the name of the fight of the good against evil, those who are killed are all poor. It's always the same story repeating once and again and again.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Me gusta la gente sentipensante, que no separa la razón del corazón. Que siente y piensa a la vez. Sin divorciar la cabeza del cuerpo, ni la emoción de la razón

By Anonym 15 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

The population becomes the internal enemy. Any sign of life, of protest, or even mere doubt, is a dangerous challenge from the standpoint of military doctrine and national security. So complicated mechanisms of prevention adn punishment have been developed ... To operate effectively, the repression must appear arbitrary. Apart from breathing, any human activity can constitute a crime ... State terrorism aims to paralyze the population with fear.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Our defeat was always implicit in the victory of others; our wealth has always generated our poverty by nourishing the prosperity of others - the empires and their native overseers. In the colonial and neocolonial alchemy, gold changes into scrap metal and food into poison.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Memory. My poison, my food.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Almost all wars, perhaps all, are trade wars connected with some material interest. They are always disguised as sacred wars, made in the name of God, or civilization or progress. But all of them, or almost all of the wars, have been trade wars.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Utopia is on the horizon. I move two steps closer; it moves two steps further away. I walk another ten steps and the horizon runs ten steps further away. As much as I may walk, I'll never reach it. So what's the point of utopia? The point is this: to keep walking.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

El mundo es eso. Un montón de gente, un mar de fueguitos. Cada persona brilla con luz propia entre todas las demás.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Most of wars or military coups or invasions are done in the name of democracy against democracy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

...because of forced globalization, there's a clear trend these days towards uniformity. This trend comes largely from the ever-greater concentration of power in the hands of large media groups.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Charity, vertical, humiliates. Solidarity, horizontal, helps.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Celebration of the Human Voice--- When it is genuine, when it is born of the need to speak, no one can stop the human voice. When denied a mouth, it speaks with the hands or the eyes, or the pores, or anything at all. Because every single one of us has something to say to the others, something that deserves to be celebrated or forgiven by others.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

The tree of life knows that, whatever happens, the warm music spinning around it will never stop. However much death may come, however much blood may flow, the music will dance men and women as long as the air breaths them and the land plows and loves them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

I would recognise myself in each of his translations and he would feel betrayed and annoyed whenever I didn't write something the way he would have. A part of me died with him, a part of him lives with me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

I go about the world, hand outstretched, and in the stadiums I plead: 'A pretty move, for the love of God.' And when good soccer happens, I give thanks for the miracle and I don't give a damn which team or country performs it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

The division of labor among nations is that some specialize in winning and others in losing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

I'm attracted to soccer's capacity for beauty. When well played, the game is a dance with a ball.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

A unipolar world - one with only one power - makes sure that this space almost disappears. In a multipolar world this space multiplies. Therefore, there is nostalgia for a multipolar world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

It is highly improbable that the bureaucrat will put his life on the line. It is absolutely impossible that he'll put his job on the line.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Is everything forbidden us except to fold our arms? Poverty is not written in the stars; under development is not one of God's mysterious designs.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

If the grape is made of wine, then perhaps we are the words that tell who we are

By Anonym 18 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

The division of labor among nations is that some specialize in winning and others in losing. Our part of the world, known today as Latin America, was precocious: it has specialized in losing ever since those remote time when Renaissance Europeans ventured across the ocean and buried their teeth in the throats of the Indian civilizations.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Because every single one of us has something to say to the others, something that deserves to be celebrated or forgiven by others

By Anonym 14 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all creatures of that unbridled reality, we have had to ask but little of our imagination, for our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable. This, my friends, is the crux of our solitude.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

The Stadium Have you ever entered an empty stadium? Try it. Stand in the middle of the field and listen. There is nothing less empty than an empty stadium. There is nothing less mute than stands bereft of spectators. At Wembley, shouts from the 1966 World Cup, which England won, still resound, and if you listen very closely you can hear groans from 1953 when England fell to the Hungarians. Montevideo’s Centenario Stadium sighs with nostalgia for the glory days of Uruguayan soccer. Maracanã is still crying over Brazil’s 1950 World Cup defeat. At Bombonera in Buenos Aires, drums boom from half a century ago. From the depths of Azteca Stadium, you can hear the ceremonial chants of the ancient Mexican ball game. The concrete terraces of Camp Nou in Barcelona speak Catalan, and the stands of San Mamés in Bilbao talk in Basque. In Milan, the ghosts of Giuseppe Meazza scores goals that shake the stadium bearing his name. The final match of the 1974 World Cup, won by Germany, is played day after day and night after night at Munich’s Olympic Stadium. King Fahd Stadium in Saudi Arabia has marble and gold boxes and carpeted stands, but it has no memory or much of anything to say.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

The Church says: the body is a sin. Science says: the body is a machine. Advertising says: The body is a business. The Body says: I am a fiesta.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

¿Qué decir de la gratitud que América Latina debe a la Coca-Cola, que cobra carísimas licencias industriales para proporcionarles una pasta que se disuelve en agua y se mezcla con azúcar y gas?

By Anonym 17 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Los puñetazos del corazón contra el pecho. Dos golpes: estoy libre, estoy vivo. Esa necesidad de caminar en cualquier dirección y sin plazo; caminar porque sí, porque quiero, porque se me da la gana. La libertad.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Viva donde viva, viva como viva, viva cuando viva, cada persona contiene a muchas personas posibles, y es el sistema de poder, que nada tiene de eterno, quien cada día invita a salir a escena a nuestros habitantes más jodidos, mientras impide que los otros crezcan y les prohíbe aparecer. Aunque estamos mal hechos, no estamos terminados; y es la aventura de cambiar y de cambiarnos la que hace que valga la pena este parpadeo en la historia del universo, este fugaz calorcito entre dos hielos, que somos nosotros.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

The poet, distracted by politics, asks of poetry that it make itself useful like metal or flour, that it get ready to stain its face with coal dust and fight body to body.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Disasters are called natural, as if nature were the executioner and not the victim

By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

I like Messi because he doesn't think he is Messi.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

The purpose of torture is not getting information. It's spreading fear.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

The human murder by poverty in Latin America is secret: every year, without making a sound, three Hiroshima bombs explode over communities that have become accustomed to suffering with clenched teeth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Development develops inequality.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

I'm not asking you to describe the rain falling the night the archangel arrived; I'm demanding that you get me wet. Make up your mind, Mr. Writer, and for once in your life be the flower that smells rather than the chronicler of the aroma. There's not much pleasure in writing what you live. The challenge is to live what you write.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

History never really says goodbye. History says, see you later.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Today we must begin again. Step by small step, without any more protection than comes from our own bodies.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

The world is organised by the war economy and the war culture.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Many little people, in little places, doing little things, can change the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

So many stories, and to choose which ones to tell and how to tell them. The words, they will tap me on the shoulder and they will speak to me: Tell me! Tell me! The stories choose me.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten steps forward, it swiftly slips ten steps ahead. No matter how far I go, I can never reach it. What, then, is the purpose of utopia? It is to cause us to advance.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Rara vez el hincha dice: "hoy juega mi club". Más bien dice "Hoy jugamos nosotros". Bien sabe este jugador número doce que es él quien sopla los vientos de fervor que empujan la pelota cuando ella se duerme, como bien saben los otros once jugadores que jugar sin hinchada es como bailar sin música.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

En 1492, los nativos descubrieron que eran indios, descubrieron que vivían en América, descubrieron que estaban desnudos, descubrieron que existía el pecado, descubrieron que debían obediencia a un rey y a una reina de otro mundo y a un dios de otro cielo, y que ese dios había inventado la culpa y el vestido y había mandado que fuera quemado vivo quien adorara al sol y a la luna y a la tierra y a la lluvia que la moja.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Always in all my books I'm trying to reveal or help to reveal the hidden greatness of the small, of the little, of the unknown - and the pettiness of the big.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

I don't believe in charity. I believe in solidarity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Our effectiveness depends on our capacity to be audacious and astute, clear and appealing. I would hope that we can create a language more fearless and beautiful than that used by conformist writers to greet the twilight.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Eduardo Galeano

Recordar: To remember; from the Latin records, to pass back through the heart