Five minutes are enough to dream a whole life, that is how relative time is.
Perfection is a polished collection of errors.
Generosity is the only legitimate selfishness.
We are born sad and we die sad, but meanwhile we love bodies whose sad beauty is a miracle.
After all Death is a Symbol that there was Life.
When I have worries, fears or a love affair, I have the luck of being able to transform it into a poem.
An intellectuals weapon is writing, but sometimes people react as if it were a firearm. A writer can do a lot to change the situation, but as far as I know, no dictatorship has fallen because of a sonnet.
I think the only positive thing that came from Uruguays dictatorship was the spread of Montevideo natives around the world, and I continued writing about them from my various places of exile.
The real influence on my work was reality, that of my country and Latin America in general.
I do not write for the reader to come, but for him who is here, short of reading the text on my shoulder.
My first two books did nada. I ended up paying the publishers.
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