Quotes by: Carlos Fuentes
The United States has written the white history of the United States. It now needs to write the black, Latino, Indian, Asian and Caribbean history of the United States.
Diplomacy in a sense is the opposite of writing. You have to disperse yourself so much: the lady who comes in crying because she's had a fight with the secretary; exports and imports; students in trouble; thumbtacks for the embassy.
What's happened at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is one of the grossest violations of human rights under the Geneva Conventions that we have record of. It is simply monstrous.
Writing requires the concentration of the writer, demands that nothing else be done except that.
The United States is very good at understanding itself, and very bad at understanding others.
The possibility of being as free with the camera as we are with the pen is a fantastic prospect for the creative life of the 21st century.
What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.
I have two children who died before reaching 30, so who am I to complain about being alive?
Literature overtakes history, for literature gives you more than one life. It expands experience and opens new opportunities to readers.
I am not interested in slice of life, what I want is a slice of the imagination.
Contrary to the macho culture of Mexico, both my grandmothers were very brave young widows. I was always very close to these hard-working, intelligent women.
One puts off the biography like you put off death. To write an autobiography is to etch the words on your own gravestone.
U.S. foreign policy is Manichaean. It's like a Hollywood movie. You have to know who has the white hat and who has the black hat and then go against the black hat.