This great Latin American writer made us dream of his stories and reflections.
Through the different literary genres, human beings are capable of developing, collecting and transmitting their thoughts, knowledge, opinions and beliefs or those of their environment or culture, or of giving free rein to their creativity and emotions.
Literature is one of the arts, with exponents in all cultures. One of the most representative authors in Latin America has been Eduardo Galeano, a writer and journalist whose works revolve around various topics, largely linked to the history and tradition of his culture.
This author has left interesting reflections on multiple topics throughout his writings, which is why in this article we present various phrases by Eduardo Galeano, the mythical Uruguayan writer.
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Forty-five reflections by Eduardo Galeano
Below is a series of phrases by Eduardo Galeano on topics as diverse as love, freedom, feelings or identity.
1. There are those who believe that destiny rests on the knees of the gods, but the truth is that it works, as a burning challenge, on the consciences of men
Our future depends above all on our efforts, not on chance or divine intervention.
2. At the end of the day, we are what we do to change who we are
It is our efforts, our actions, that define us.
3. Each person shines with their own light among all the others. There are not two equal fires. There are big fires and small fires and fires of all colors
This phrase reflects that we are all unique and different, with different ways of seeing reality.
4. There is only one place where yesterday and today meet and recognize and embrace each other. That place is tomorrow
The present will end up being the past, as well as the future the present, with the passage of time.
5. Worship is not one who reads books. Cult is one who is able to listen to the other
Sometimes the mistake is made of thinking that the cult is the one who reads or studies. Actually you need an understanding of the world and what surrounds us.
6. Only fools believe that silence is a void. It is never empty. And sometimes shutting up is the best way to communicate
Silence, although it may seem like the absence of communication, communicates much more than it seems. What we keep silent and do not say also reflects a lot of information.
7. Many little people, in their little places, doing little things, can change the world
As little as what we do may seem, everything adds up to change things.
8. Charity is humiliating because it is exercised vertically and from above; solidarity is horizontal and implies mutual respect
Being supportive implies helping the other considering him an equal. To give charity is to look at him from above, with compassion.
10. Hopefully we can have the courage to be alone and the courage to risk being together
This phrase expresses the need to have the courage to risk both having a relationship and fighting for it as well as being able to be alone.
11. Who is not a prisoner of need, is a prisoner of fear: some do not sleep because of the anxiety of having the things they do not have, and others do not sleep because of the panic of losing the things they have
Today, our consumer culture drives us to constantly acquire and maintain goods and services, which can reach obsessive levels.
12. The nascent cybercommunity finds refuge in virtual reality, while cities tend to become immense deserts full of people, where each one watches over his saint and is each stuck in his own bubble
Nowadays we can see how people are more and more isolated in their own world, or in networks, without paying attention to what happens in real life.
13. Violence begets violence, as is known; but it also generates profits for the industry of violence, which sells it as a spectacle and turns it into an object of consumption
Violence is often used as an object and a spectacle.
14. Utopia is on the horizon. I walk two steps, she takes two steps away. I walk ten steps and the horizon runs ten steps further. No matter how much I walk I will never reach it. So, for what does the utophy works? For that, it serves to walk
Although utopias and perfection are unattainable, they drive us to fight and try to achieve them, to develop and grow.
15. Don’t you have enemies? How not? Did you never tell the truth, nor did you ever love justice?
We all have enemies, since what we believe and defend, what we do, say or even think is not going to please everyone and they are going to find positions opposed to it.
16. In order not to be mute, one must begin by not being deaf
In order to be free and express ourselves, we must start by stopping ignoring others. We cannot just ignore what is happening around us.
17. I like feeling people who do not separate reason from heart. That feels and thinks at the same time. Without divorcing the head from the body, nor the emotion of reason
We can often meet people who only follow reason or emotion. But it is possible to listen to both. This is what leads us to be happy: to be who we are, complete and integrated beings.
18. Free are those who create, not those who copy, and free are those who think, not those who obey
This phrase is intended to stimulate critical thinking and creativity rather than simply following the imposed and conforming.
19. The devil has a large wardrobe and not only wears red
There is no bad “they”. We can find people of all kinds everywhere. Cruelty and hatred can appear in anyone regardless of their type of ideology.
20. Motorists are afraid to walk and pedestrians are afraid of being run over.
This phrase reflects that we fear what we consider as opposed to what we do or live, or simply what we do not know.
21. I believe that we were born children of the days, because each day has a story and we are the stories that we live
Every day of our life, we live new and different experiences that help us to form and develop.
22. If I fell it is because I was walking. And walk worth, although you fall
This phrase pushes us to move on, making it worthwhile to move forward and persist in our search for a future.
23. The moral code of the end of the millennium does not condemn injustice, but failure
Often what is criticized socially is the failure to achieve goals, sometimes regardless of the fact that not failure involves the use of unfair methods that harm others.
24. In a world of plastic and noise, I want to be made of mud and silence
Today’s society is based on the superficial, on appearances, on coldness and on an excessive individuality that leads to isolation.
25. Teaching is teaching to doubt
We need to be able to be critical of what is proposed to us. We need to learn to think for ourselves and to be able to make our own judgments of reality.
26. As you can see, I am screwed to love. I know it is not enough. There are many of us who walk around with damaged affection, but you have to have the courage to get it out of the inside with damage and everything
Even if they have hurt us, we must be able to overcome and give the best of ourselves.
27. The first condition to modify reality consists of knowing it
Again, this phrase calls us to pay attention to what surrounds us and to be interested in it if we want to be able to modify the world.
28. We live in a world where the funeral matters more than the dead, the wedding more than love and the physical more than the intellect We live in the culture of packaging, which despises the content
We rely heavily on appearances, ignoring what lies beneath. This is true of most things, including personal relationships.
29. And today, more than ever, it is necessary to dream. To dream, together, dreams that dream each other and in mortal matter embody
Dreaming allows us to visualize what we want to achieve, and to strive to achieve it.
30. Memory will save what is worthwhile. Memory knows more about me than I do and she does not lose what deserves to be saved
In normal conditions we remember what is most important to us. What we think is relevant will be remembered, and only the details that we consider insignificant will vanish.
31. The consumer culture, the culture of disconnection, trains us to believe that things happen just because
Over time, we have lost part of our feeling that things happen thanks to our efforts.
32. Sometimes the idol does not fall whole. And sometimes when it breaks, people devour the pieces
This phrase criticizes the change of opinion of those who at first praise and idolize someone to later criticize or laugh at him when he fails.
33. I let go of the hug, I go out into the street. In the sky, already clearing, the moon is drawn finite. The moon is two nights old. Me one
This phrase reflects the importance of affective relationships, showing how they make us feel as if we are beginning to live.
34. There are many things that are born in one sense and end up living in another.
Things do not always turn out as they seem, and can lead to very different paths than we expected.
35. The only thing I know is this: art is art or is it shit
Art is only art when it is created expressing something. Otherwise it cannot be considered as such.
36. The word politics has been used so much that it means everything and does not mean anything.
The author criticizes the hypocrisy and manipulation of politics, as well as its excessive use, which has made it a controversial and confusing aspect for a large majority of the population.
37. It seemed that they were about to fall, but no: when she stumbled, he held her; when he wobbled, she straightened him out … Tightly holding each other, glued to each other in the ups and downs of the world
In this sentence we are told about love, and how the members of a couple support and help each other to develop.
38. Because all of us, all of us, have something to say to others, something that deserves to be celebrated or forgiven by others.
We have all done something in our life, be it good or bad. Nobody is useless.
39. I write for friends I don’t know yet. The ones I know are already sick of listening to me
The author strives to get others to know him.
40. Poor children are the ones who suffer the most from the contradiction between a culture that commands consumption and a reality that prohibits it
Especially those who do not have resources suffer severe consequences derived from the relationship between states of deprivation and the promotion of the consumer society.
41. Groupers, and other fish, are virtuous in the art of changing sex without surgery. Females become males and males become females with amazing ease; and no one is mocked or accused of betraying nature or God’s law
This phrase expresses that in nature aspects such as sex or sexual identity are not a reason for mockery or punishment in other species, contrary to what often happens in ours.
42. Is it legal to confuse the depth of a class with the well-being of a country?
A single social class is not a country, it is not representative. In order to measure well-being, that of all those who are part of it must be measured.
43. And there was nothing wrong with it, and there was nothing strange about it that my heart had broken from so much use
Although loving can hurt, this pain is not bad since it is derived from what we feel.
44. Poor criminals are the villains of the movie; rich criminals write the script and direct the actors
The author criticizes that everyone is not looked at with the same magnifying glass: the poor with little power are crushed and blamed, while those with great power benefit from it.
45. The best that the world has is in the many worlds that the world contains, the different music of life, its pains and colors: the thousand and one ways of living and saying, believing and creating, eating, working, dancing, play, love, suffer and celebrate
The world is diverse, and in it we find its greatest wealth and beauty.