My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile Quotes.

1. "Literary characters, like my grandmother's apparitions, are fragile beings, easily frightened; they must be treated with care so they will feel comfortable in my pages"
- Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile

2. "Nostalgia is my vice. Nostalgia is a melancholy, and slightly saccharine, sentiment, like tenderness"
- Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile

3. "If, for example, I saw my grandparents or my daughter for an instant, would I recognize them? Probably not, because in looking so hard for a way to keep them alive, remembering them in the most minimal details, I have been changing them, adorning them with qualities they may not have had. I have given them a destiny much more complex than the ones they lived."
- Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile

4. "Nadie sabe para quién escribe. Cada libro es un mensaje lanzado en una botella al mar con la esperanza de que arribe a otra orilla."
- Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile

5. "But that's how nostalgia is: a slow dance in a large circle. Memories don't organize themselves chronologically, they're like smoke, changing, ephemeral, and if they're not written down they fade into oblivion."
- Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile

6. "Writing, when all is said and done, is an attempt to understand one's own circumstance and to clarify the confusion of existence, including insecurities that do not torment normal people, only chronic nonconformists, many of whom end up as writers after having failed in other undertakings."
- Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile

7. "The North Americans' sense of time is very special. They are short on patience. Everything must be quick, including food and sex, which the rest of the world treats ceremoniously. Gringos invented two terms that are untranslatable into most languages: snack and quickie, to refer to eating standing up and loving on the run . . . that, too, sometimes standing up. The most popular books are manuals: how to become a millionaire in ten easy lessons, how to lose fifteen pounds a week, how to recover from your divorce, and so on. People always go around looking for shortcuts, and ways to escape anything they consider unpleasant: ugliness, old age, weight, illness, poverty, and failure in any of its aspects."
- Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile

8. "الأمريكيون الشماليون تسحرهم الحرب مادامت ليست على أرضهم"
- Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile

9. "El exiliado mira hacia el pasado, lamiéndose las heridas; el inmigrante mira hacia el futuro, dispuesto a aprovechar las oportunidades a su alcance."
- Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile

10. "He armado la idea de mi país como un rompecabezas, seleccionando aquellas piezas que se ajustan a mi diseño e ignorando las demás."
- Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile

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