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  1. It’s a difficult competition against silence, because silence is a perfect language, the only language which says with no words.
  2. The purpose of torture is not getting information. It’s spreading fear.
  3. I remember that — you know, I didn’t receive a formal education. I was educated in the Montevideo cafe, in the cafes of Montevideo. There, I received my first lessons in the art of telling stories, storytelling.
  4. Indignation must always be the answer to indignity. Reality is not destiny.
  5. The more the technocrats programme it down to the smallest detail, the more the powerful manipulate it, football continues to be the art of the unforeseeable. When you least expect it, the impossible occurs: the dwarf teaches the giant a lesson, and a scraggy, bow-legged black man makes an athlete sculpted in Greece look ridiculous.
  6. I am quite prehistoric, absolutely prehistoric.
  7. I wanted to be a soccer player, and I became the best of the best, the number one, better than Maradona, better than Pele, and even better than Messi — but only at night, nighttime, during my dreams. When I wake up, I realized that I have wooden legs and that I’m doomed to be a writer.
  8. I’m attracted to soccer’s capacity for beauty. When well played, the game is a dance with a ball.
  9. I am grateful to journalism for waking me up to the realities of the world.
  10. The manager believes soccer is a science and the field a laboratory, but the genius of Einstein and the subtlety of Freud is not enough for the owners and the fans. They want a miracle worker like Our Lady of Lourdes, with the stamina of Gandhi.
  11. We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.
  12. In the Age of the Almighty Computer, drones are the perfect warriors. They kill without remorse, obey without kidding around, and they never reveal the names of their masters.
  13. If nature were a bank, they would have already rescued it.
  14. I’m a writer obsessed with remembering: with remembering the past of America above all — and above all, that of Latin America, intimate land condemned to forgetfulness.
  15. 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.
  16. Disasters are called natural, as if nature were the executioner and not the victim.
  17. This work is a torture on the rump but a joy to the heart.
  18. We Latins are known for jabbering on.
  19. The walls are the publishers of the poor.
  20. In 1492, the natives discovered they were Indians; they discovered they lived in America.



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