Mario Benedetti

15Mario Benedetti Quotes

Uruguayan Novelist born on September 14, 1920, died on May 17, 2009

Mario Orlando Hardy Hamlet Brenno Benedetti Farrugia, known as Mario Benedetti, was an Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet as well as being an integral member of the Generación del 45. In spite of publishing more than 80 books and being published in twenty languages he was not well known in the English-speaking world, but in the Spanish-speaking world he was considered one of Latin America's most important writers from the latter half of the 20th-century... (source)

An intellectual's weapon is writing, but sometimes people react as if it were a firearm. A writer can do a lot to change the situation, but as far as I know, no dictatorship has fallen because of a sonnet. view quote

When I have worries, fears or a love affair, I have the luck of being able to transform it into a poem. view quote

I do not write for the reader to come, but for him who is here, short of reading the text on my shoulder. view quote

I believe life is a parenthesis between two nothings. I'm an atheist. I believe in a personal God, which is conscience, and that's what we must be accountable to every day. view quote

I think the only positive thing that came from Uruguay's dictatorship was the spread of Montevideo natives around the world, and I continued writing about them from my various places of exile. view quote

The real influence on my work was reality, that of my country and Latin America in general. view quote

My first two books did nada. I ended up paying the publishers. view quote