Quotes from Bless Me, Ultima

Rudolfo Anaya ·  290 pages

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“It is because good is always stronger than evil. Always remember that, Antonio. The smallest bit of good can stand against all the powers of evil in the world and it will emerge triumphant.”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


“I made strength from everything that had happened to me, so that in the end even the final tragedy could not defeat me. And that is what Ultima tried to teach me, that the tragic consequences of life can be overcome by the magical strength that resides in the human heart. --Antonio”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


“Understanding comes with life. As a man grows he sees life and death, he is happy and sad, he works, plays, meets people - sometimes it takes a lifetime to acquire understanding, because in the end understanding simply means having sympathy for people. ”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


“It seemed the more I knew about people the more I knew about the strange magic hidden in their hearts.”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


“I had been afraid of the awful presence of the river, which was the soul of the river, but through her [Ultima] I learned that my spirit shared in the spirit of all things.”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima



“Ultima came to stay with us the summer I was almost seven. When she came the beauty of the llano unfolded before my eyes, and the gurgling waters of the river sang to the hum of the turning earth. The magical time of childhood stood still, and the pulse of the living earth pressed its mystery into my living blood.”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


“I think that if there is a hell it's just a place where you're left all alone, with nobody around you. Man, when you're alone you don't have to burn, just being by yourself for all of time would be the worst punishment the Old Man could give you”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


“The sun was good. The men of the llano were men of the sun. The men of the farms along the river were men of the moon. But we were all children of the white sun.”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


“The germ of creation lies in violence.”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


“Good is always stronger than evil. Always remember that...The smallest bit of good can stand against the powers of evil in the world and it will emerge triumphant.”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima



“A [real] man does not flee from truth”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


“There are many gods . . . gods of beauty and magic, gods of the garden, gods in our own backyards, but we go off to foreign countries to find new ones, we reach to the stars to find new ones--. . . . The god of the church is a jealous god; he cannot live in peace with other gods.”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


“Perhaps the best god would be like a woman, because only women really knew how to forgive.”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


“Sometimes a man has to cry. Even if he is a man.”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


“Any land will flow with milk and honey if it is worked with honest hands!”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima



“The orange of the golden carp appeared at the edge of the pond. . . . We watched in silence at the beauty and grandeur of the great fish. Out of the corners of my eyes I saw Cico hold his hand to his breast as the golden carp glided by. Then with a switch of his powerful tail the golden carp disappeared into the shadowy water under the thicket.”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


“Where did you get Ultima’s name?” many ask me. “That was her name when she came to me,” I answer. From that first fortuitous meeting I have trained myself to act as a dream catcher. I don’t seek characters, they seem to come to me asking me to tell their stories.”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


“And that is what Ultima tried to teach me, that the tragic consequences of life can be overcome by the magical strength that resides in the human heart.”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


“I asked Go to answer my questions, but the only sound was always the whistling of the wind filling the empty space.”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


“It is good to die on a hill of the llano, beneath the juniper--”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima



“It is good to die on a hill of the llano, beneath the juniper--" -Narciso.”
― Rudolfo Anaya, quote from Bless Me, Ultima


About the author

Rudolfo Anaya
Born place: in Pastura, New Mexico, The United States
Born date October 30, 1937
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