• The wisest man I ever knew in my whole life could not read or write. At four o'clock in the morning, when the promise of a new day still lingered over French lands, he got up from his pallet and left for the fields, taking to pasture the half-dozen pigs whose fertility nourished him and his wife.

    "Portuguese writer Jose Saramago, winner of 1998 Nobel, dies". June 18, 2010.