Quotes from The Death of Artemio Cruz

Carlos Fuentes ·  307 pages

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“Perdiste tu inocencia en el mundo de afuera. No podrás recuperarla aquí adentro, en el mundo de los afectos. Quizá tuviste tu jardín. Yo también tuve el mío, mi pequeño paraíso. Ahora ambos lo hemos perdido. Trata de recordar. No puedes encontrar en mí lo que ya sacrificaste, lo que ya perdiste para siempre y por tu propia obra. No sé de dónde vienes. No sé qué has hecho. Sólo sé que en tu vida perdiste lo que después me hiciste perder a mí: el sueño, la inocencia. Ya nunca seremos los mismos.”
― Carlos Fuentes, quote from The Death of Artemio Cruz


“Tú y yo, miembros de esa masonería: la orden de la chingada. Eres quien eres porque supiste chingar y no te dejaste chingar; eres quien eres porque no supiste chingar y te dejaste chingar: cadena de la chingada que nos aprisiona a todos...”
― Carlos Fuentes, quote from The Death of Artemio Cruz


“¿Morirás? No será la primera vez. Habrás vivido tanta vida muerta, tantos momentos de mera gesticulación”
― Carlos Fuentes, quote from The Death of Artemio Cruz


“Artemio Cruz...nombre..."inútil"..."corazón"..."masaje"..."inutil"...ya no sabrás...te traje adentro y moriré contigo...los tres...moriremos...Tú...mueres..has muerto...moriré”
― Carlos Fuentes, quote from The Death of Artemio Cruz


“¿A poco no somos los meros chingones? ¿Sabes? Escoge siempre a tus amigos entre los grandes chingones, porque con ellos no hay quien te chingue a ti.”
― Carlos Fuentes, quote from The Death of Artemio Cruz



“Quiza fue pudor. Quiza unas ganas de que este amor a oscuras fuese, de verdad, excepcional.”
― Carlos Fuentes, quote from The Death of Artemio Cruz


“Vivir es traicionar a tu Dios; cada acto de la vida, cada acto que nos afirma como seres vivos, exige que se violen los mandamientos de tu Dios”
― Carlos Fuentes, quote from The Death of Artemio Cruz


“Tu valor será gemelo de tu cobardía, tu odio habrá nacido de tu amor, toda tu vida habrá contenido y prometido tu muerte; que no habrás sido bueno ni malo, generoso ni egoísta, entero ni traidor. Dejarás que todos los demás afirmen tus cualidades y tus defectos; pero tu mismo, ¿cómo podrás negar que cada una de tus afirmaciones se negará, que cada una de tus negaciones se afirmará?”
― Carlos Fuentes, quote from The Death of Artemio Cruz


“-Esé es el drama. No hay más que ellos. No sé si te acuerdas del principio. Fue hace tan poco, pero parece tan lejano...cuando no importaban los jefes. Cuando esta se hacía no para elevar a un hombre, sino a todos”
― Carlos Fuentes, quote from The Death of Artemio Cruz


“-Quisiera recordarte de pequeño. Te quise entonces, porque en la juventud una madre debe querer a todos sus hijos. De viejos sabemos mejor. No hay por qué querer a nadie sin razón. La sangre natural no es una razón. La única razón es la sangre amada sin razón.”
― Carlos Fuentes, quote from The Death of Artemio Cruz



“Однажды утром ты встанешь — Я заставляю тебя вспоминать, — встанешь, посмотришь в зеркало и увидишь наконец, что кое-что осталось позади. Ты припомнишь этот первый день наступившей старости, первый день нового времени — отметь его. И ты отметишь, окаменев, как статуя, и отныне по-новому глядя на все вокруг себя.”
― Carlos Fuentes, quote from The Death of Artemio Cruz


“Regina de la mirada soñadora y encendida.”
― Carlos Fuentes, quote from The Death of Artemio Cruz


“pesa de un lado mis culpas y del otro mi amor y verás que mi amor es más grande…”
― Carlos Fuentes, quote from The Death of Artemio Cruz


“He thought that even naturalness can be feigned; at times, a mask disguises too well the expressions of a face that does not exist either outside or under it.”
― Carlos Fuentes, quote from The Death of Artemio Cruz


“Pensarás que has hecho tantas cosas cobardes que el valor te resulta fácil.”
― Carlos Fuentes, quote from The Death of Artemio Cruz



About the author

Carlos Fuentes
Born place: in Panama City, Panama
Born date November 11, 1928
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