Gustavo Perez Firmat quotes

  • The fact that I am writing to you in English already falsifies what I wanted to tell you. My subject: how to explain to you that I don't belong to English though I belong nowhere else
    -- Gustavo Perez Firmat

    #Writing #Facts #Wanted

  • I was born in Cuba but was made in the USA.
    -- Gustavo Perez Firmat

    #Usa #Cuba #Born

  • My writing, such as it is, grows out of my sense of discolation, I mean, dislocation. Having lost my place, I write to find my place, or to find once again that I have lost my place.
    -- Gustavo Perez Firmat

    #Writing #Mean #Lost

  • I am a loner by nature, and then I'm a writer, which makes me twice a loner.
    -- Gustavo Perez Firmat

    #Loner

  • Every book I think will be my last one because after finishing I have the sense that I've said all I have to say, but I always seem to find a new way of repeating myself.
    -- Gustavo Perez Firmat

    #Book #Thinking #Finishing

  • Literature is breathing. I teach literature the way someone else might teach First Aid.
    -- Gustavo Perez Firmat

    #Breathing #Literature #Might

  • My father's death took me to a place I had never been and a place I had never left. In his absence, I've had to rely more on myself.
    -- Gustavo Perez Firmat

    #Father #Absence #Rely

  • When I was younger, I dreaded having to write. I would find every possible excuse not to sit down at the typewriter (this was a long time ago). As I've gotten older, I've learned to enjoy putting sentences together, though I still believe that writing, unlike sex, is always better after you're through.
    -- Gustavo Perez Firmat

    #Sex #Believe #Writing

  • I say that being a smart writer doesn't make you a good writer. There's obviously a difference between talent and intelligence. And it may be that at some point intelligence begins to impinge on talent, or talent on intelligence.
    -- Gustavo Perez Firmat

    #Smart #Differences #May

  • I read fiction all the time. It's true that I don't like fantasy or science fiction. I like "realistic" novels, particularly those in which nothing much ever happens.
    -- Gustavo Perez Firmat

    #Fiction #Fantasy #Realistic

  • There's a Cuban saying: Bicho malo nunca muere. Loose translation: The good die young but the wicked live forever. It seems to apply to Fidel. I hope it applies to me.
    -- Gustavo Perez Firmat

    #Forever #Wicked #Cuban

  • Teaching is my most reliable form of human contact. I love the opportunity to speak Spanish (which I don't do at home), the give-and-take with students, the surprises. One day you think you have the goods for a sensational class and it bombs. The next day you have nothing and the class turns out splendidly.
    -- Gustavo Perez Firmat

    #Teaching #Home #Opportunity

  • For me the path to the literary goes through the non - literary. For this reason it surprises me that I am a writer, or that people speak of me as a writer. I'm flattered, but I don't quite believe it.
    -- Gustavo Perez Firmat

    #Believe #People #Path