Isabel Allende Quotes

You are the storyteller of your own life, and you can create your own legend, or not.

It is a wonderful truth that things we want most in life-a sense of purpose, happiness and hope-are most easily attained by giving them to others.

We all have an unsuspected reserve of strength inside that emerges when life puts us to the test.

I can promise you that women working together – linked, informed and educated – can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.

There is no death, daughter. People die only when we forget them,’ my mother explained shortly before she left me. ‘If you can remember me, I will be with you always.

Roots are not in landscape or a country, or a people, they are inside you.

Give, give, give – what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don’t give it away? Of having stories if I don’t tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don’t share it? I don’t intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine.

Fear is inevitable, I have to accept that, but I cannot allow it to paralyze me.

For women, the best aphrodisiacs are words. The G-spot is in the ears. He who looks for it below there is wasting his time.

You only have what you give. It’s by spending yourself that you become rich.

There is no light without shadow, just as there is no happiness without pain.

Heart is what drives us and determines our fate.

I never said I wanted a ‘happy’ life but an interesting one. From separation and loss, I have learned a lot. I have become strong and resilient, as is the case of almost every human being exposed to life and to the world. We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward.

A man does what he can; a woman does what a man cannot.

For real change, we need feminine energy in the management of the world. We need a critical number of women in positions of power, and we need to nurture the feminine energy in men.

You are my angel and my damnation; in your presence I reach divine ecstasy and in your absence I descent to hell.

We don’t have an explanation for everything that happens. We don’t control almost anything. And if we are not open to that mystery, life becomes so small.

Those who seek the truth run the risk of finding it.

We only have what we give.

Peace requires everyone to be in the circle – wholeness, inclusion.

In terrible moments, in moments of revolution, of war or repression, of illness or death, people react with incredible strength.

In times of conflict, war, poverty or religious fundamentalism, women and children are the first and most numerous victims. Women need all their courage today.

True friendship resists time, distance and silence.

Friendship is all about trust and sharing. Passionate and romantic love is all about sex and emotions. You have to try to combine those, I think. The great marriages, the great couples I know, have both.

You spend the first part of your life collecting things … and the second half getting rid of them.