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Famous Hispanic Quotations

Guest Author - Danielle Hollister

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this comprehensive collection of quotations from famous Hispanics...

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Luis Buñuel

  1. "God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed."

  2. "If someone were to prove to me--right this minute--that God, in all his luminousness, exists, it wouldn't change a single aspect of my behavior."

  3. "If you were to ask me if I'd ever had the bad luck to miss my daily cocktail, I'd have to say that I doubt it; where certain things are concerned, I plan ahead."

  4. "Frankly, despite my horror of the press, I'd love to rise from the grave every ten years or so and go buy a few newspapers."

  5. "God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed."

  6. "In the name of Hippocrates, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival."


    Miguel de Cervantes

  7. "Mere flim-flam stories, and nothing but shams and lies."

  8. "To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action, when there’s more reason to fear than to hope."

  9. "I have always heard, Sancho, that doing good to base fellows is like throwing water into the sea."

  10. "Tell me thy company, and I’ll tell thee what thou art."

  11. "Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse."

  12. "Well, there’s a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us flat one time or other."

  13. "’Tis the maddest trick a man can ever play in his whole life, to let his breath sneak out of his body without any more ado, and without so much as a rap o’er the pate, or a kick of the guts; to go out like the snuff of a farthing candle, and die merely of the mulligrubs, or the sullens."

  14. "There’s no taking trout with dry breeches."

  15. "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within."

  16. "He preaches well that lives well."

  17. "The eyes those silent tongues of love."

  18. "He . . . had a face like a blessing."

  19. "He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals."

  20. "A man must eat a peck of salt with his friend, before he knows him."

  21. "Man appoints, and God disappoints."

  22. "It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow."

  23. "Does the devil possess you? You’re leaping over the hedge before you come at the stile."

  24. "You are a king by your own fireside, as much as any monarch in his throne."

  25. "There’s no sauce in the world like hunger."

  26. "Pray look better, Sir . . . those things yonder are no giants, but windmills."

  27. "My old grannum (rest her soul) was wont to say, there were but two families in the world, have-much and have-little."

  28. "There is a strange charm in the thoughts of a good legacy, or the hopes of an estate, which wondrously removes or at least alleviates the sorrow that men would otherwise feel for the death of friends."

  29. "When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive."

  30. "For a man to attain to an eminent degree in learning costs him time, watching, hunger, nakedness, dizziness in the head, weakness in the stomach, and other inconveniences."

  31. "Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other."

  32. "Miracle me no miracles."

  33. "Alas! all music jars when the soul’s out of tune."

  34. "Modesty, ’tis a virtue not often found among poets, for almost every one of them thinks himself the greatest in the world."

  35. "A blot in thy scutcheon to all futurity."

  36. "Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it."

  37. "Every man is the son of his own works."

  38. "I believe there’s no proverb but what is true; they are all so many sentences and maxims drawn from experience, the universal mother of sciences."

  39. "One of the most considerable advantages the great have over their inferiors is to have servants as good as themselves."

  40. "A private sin is not so prejudicial in this world, as a public indecency."

  41. "By such innovations are languages enriched, when the words are adopted by the multitude, and naturalized by custom."

  42. " Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water."

  43. "That which costs little is less valued."

  44. "Virtue is the truest nobility."

  45. "There is nothing so subject to the inconstancy of fortune as war."


    Gloria Estefan

    Being Latin parents makes us extremely expressive with our affections. "

  46. " But we must feel the pain before the pleasure... Only then can we tell them apart. "

  47. " I am trying to teach my children to feel a responsibility for their fellow human beings and a sense of connection with ... the world around them. "

  48. " I have a very open line of communication with both my children. "

  49. " I think that the only way to teach is by example, as children will more easily follow what they see you do than what you tell them to do. "

  50. " I'm a writer and this is what I love to do. "

  51. " I've been offered a lot of things that celebrities do that I wouldn't do, like perfumes, lines of clothing and this, that and the other. "

  52. " I've got nine dogs, eight birds, turtles, fish and I had wallabies at one point. "

  53. " It's crucial with today's challenges that our children feel they have a source of information they can trust in their parents. "

  54. " Later in life, the memories I have of my mother are of constant work balanced with caring for my ailing father. "

  55. " Motherhood is... difficult and... rewarding. "

  56. " Music has been one of the most beautiful things in my life and will always be a very big part of who I am and what I do. "

  57. " My daughter is almost a young lady. She's going to be 10 years old in December and I want to be there day-in and day-out. "

  58. " My mom was a source of strength.She showed me by example that women, regardless of how difficult life may get, can do it all. "

  59. " My mom was definitely very strict with me. "

  60. " My mother had a beautiful, soothing voice that made me melt. "

  61. " Sex and drugs were simply not discussed in our culture at that time. "

  62. " She's an amazing dog and really inspired everything that's in this book. "

  63. " Sometimes my mother had difficulty communicating with me about certain topics. "

  64. " Stevie Wonder always smells so good... I'm like a DEA dog, I can smell people a block away! "

  65. " The responsibility of carrying and bringing a new life into this world is one that cannot be taken lightly. "

  66. " The sad truth is that opportunity doesn't knock twice. "

  67. " There are certain realities we must speak of with our children that were not present when I was a child. "

  68. " There's no reason that just because you're a celebrity you can't write. "

  69. " To know that everything we say and do to this new little human being may have a profound effect on him or her is a daunting obligation. "

  70. " We kiss and hug our kids a lot! And even now when our son lives 3,000 miles away, we talk every day, sometimes several times. "

  71. " We seal our fate with the choices we take, but don't give a second thought to the chances we take. "

  72. " Whatever it is your heart desires, please go for it, it's yours to have. "

  73. " You can put things off until tomorrow but tomorrow may never come. "

  74. " You don't have to give up who you are to be successful just because you're different. "

  75. " You never know what life has in store for you, but I believe there are certain things one is meant to go through. "

  76. " You've got to believe. Never be afraid to dream. "


    Carlos Fuentes

  77. " By its very nature, the novel indicates that we are becoming. There is no final solution. There is no last word."

  78. "I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them."

  79. "Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror."

  80. "What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others."

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