89 Isabel Allende Quotes from Chilean Magical Realism Author

Isabel Allende, born in Lima, Peru in 1942, is a famous Chilean-American author known for her magic realist novels.

While she was initially a journalist in Chile, political unrest forced her to move to Venezuela.

Her literary journey began in 1981 with a letter to her dying grandfather, which later became her first novel “The House of the Spirits.”

She has written various novels like “Of Love and Shadows,” “Eva Luna,” and “The Infinite Plan” that delve into South American politics and the roles of women in Latin America.

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Allende has also authored non-fiction works, including “Paula,” a touching letter to her late daughter.

Apart from her writing, Allende founded a charitable foundation in 1996 and received numerous awards, including the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014.

I have listed for you the best quotes by Isabel Allende.

Best Isabel Allende Quotes


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


We are too connected. There’s noise in our heads all the time. ~ Isabel Allende.


You can’t find someone who doesn’t want to be found. ~ Isabel Allende.


Today’s girls are tomorrow’s women – and leaders. ~ Isabel Allende.


My life is about ups and downs, great joys and great losses. ~ Isabel Allende.


Society decides when we get old. But the spirit never ages. ~ Isabel Allende.


Those who seek the truth run the risk of finding it. ~ Isabel Allende.


The writer of good will carries a lamp to illuminate the dark corners. ~ Isabel Allende.


Write to register history, and name each thing. Write what should not be forgotten. ~ Isabel Allende.


I’m open to love, and I think that I will fall in love with a wonderful man. ~ Isabel Allende.


All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. ~ Isabel Allende.

When love exists, nothing else matters, not life’s predicaments, not the fury of the years, not a physical winding down or scarcity of opportunity. ~ Isabel Allende.

Famous Isabel Allende Quotes

I like Hillary Clinton a lot. I know her. ~ Isabel Allende.

I learned very quickly that when you emigrate, you lose the crutches that have been your support; you must begin from zero, because the past is erased with a single stroke and no one cares where you’re from or what you did before. ~ Isabel Allende.


The names of persons and living creatures demand respect, because when we speak to them we touch their heart and become a part of their life force. ~ Isabel Allende.

Nations should be governed by a council of learned men who must answer to the people for their actions. ~ Isabel Allende.

He was not oppressed by a crowd because in the midst of all the hullabaloo he always found a quiet place for his soul. ~ Isabel Allende.

A book is not an end in itself; it is only a way to touch someone – a bridge extended across a space of loneliness and obscurity – and sometimes it is a way of winning other people to our causes. ~ Isabel Allende.


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

Music is a wind that blows away the years, memories, and fear, that crouching animal I carry inside me. ~ Isabel Allende.

What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear abuse of power, and the power to abuse. ~ Isabel Allende.

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. ~ Isabel Allende.

Top Isabel Allende Quotes

Barrabas came to us by sea, the child Clara wrote in her delicate calligraphy. ~ Isabel Allende.


Writing is a calling, not a choice. ~ Isabel Allende.

What is truer than truth? Answer: the story. ~ Isabel Allende.

I’m not above anybody. I’m, I’m not better than anybody. I am made of the same material that everybody else is and if somebody can be a saint, so can I and if somebody can be a torturer, so can I. ~ Isabel Allende.

If this world is going to be a better place for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, it will be women who make it so. ~ Isabel Allende.


We’ve lost our sense of ethics; we live in a world of small-mindedness, of gratification without happiness and actions without meaning. ~ Isabel Allende.

She sowed in my mind the idea that reality is not only what we see on the surface; it has a magical dimension as well and, if we so desire, it is legitimate to enhance it and color it to make our journey through life less trying. ~ Isabel Allende.

We only have what we give. ~ Isabel Allende.

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

Perhaps we are in this world to search for love, find it and lose it, again and again. ~ Isabel Allende.

Popular Isabel Allende Quotes

The hardest thing of love is to let go. ~ Isabel Allende.


Real soup is to the body what peace is to the soul. ~ Isabel Allende.

Life is very mysterious and there are many things we don’t know. And there are elements of magic realism in every culture, everywhere. It’s just accepting that we don’t know everything and everything is possible. ~ Isabel Allende.

Feminism has never been sexy, but let me assure you that it never stopped me from flirting, and I have seldom suffered from lack of men. ~ Isabel Allende.

You write a book and it’s like putting a message in a bottle and throwing it in the ocean. You don’t know if it will ever reach any shores. And there, you see, sometimes it falls in the hands of the right person. ~ Isabel Allende.

I don’t want an uneventful and safe life, I prefer an adventurous one. ~ Isabel Allende.

The fact that I am a writer comes from the experience of being cut away from my roots and living in Venezuela, where I couldn’t find a place for myself, for years and years. ~ Isabel Allende.


Love is a free contract that begins with a spark and can end the same way. ~ Isabel Allende.

Youth is not a period in life but a state of mind. ~ Isabel Allende.

Great Isabel Allende Quotes

Accept the children the way we accept trees – with gratitude, because they are a blessing – but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are. ~ Isabel Allende.

He had only to touch me to turn my tears into sighs and my anger to desire. How accommodating love is; it forgives everything. ~ Isabel Allende.

I don’t read thrillers, romance or mystery, and I don’t read self-help books because I don’t believe in shortcuts and loopholes. ~ Isabel Allende.


Silence before being born, silence after death: life is nothing but noise between two unfathomable silences. ~ Isabel Allende.

A novel is achieved with hard work, the short story with inspiration. ~ Isabel Allende.

Heart is what drives us and determines our fate. ~ Isabel Allende.

Words are not that important when you recognize intentions. ~ Isabel Allende.

If you change the way you tell your own story, you can change the color and create a life in technicolor. ~ Isabel Allende.

Fiction happens in the womb. It doesn’t get processed in the mind until you do the editing. ~ Isabel Allende.


Dying is not easy. It’s a very hard transition. ~ Isabel Allende.

A man does what he can; a woman does what a man cannot. ~ Isabel Allende.

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

Powerful Isabel Allende Quotes

I do not put myself in a box and say, for instance, I’m writing post-colonial literature. I don’t know what I’m writing. That’s the business of professors and critics. My job is to tell a story, and that’s it. ~ Isabel Allende.

Americans have a warrior’s mentality, most of them. That’s how this society was built. The fact that you own a gun and shoot to defend your life is a very American way of thinking. ~ Isabel Allende.

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

Everyone in his place and a place for everyone. ~ Isabel Allende.

Humanity has this need to hear stories because they connect us with other people, they teach us about our own feelings. We feel less lonely when we see other people going through the same things, even if they’re fictional characters. ~ Isabel Allende.

You have the health you deserve. ~ Isabel Allende.

I was born in the middle of World War II, the middle of the Holocaust; I was born when there was no declaration of human rights, when feminism was not an issue, when children were working in factories. I mean, today’s world is a better place! ~ Isabel Allende.


The world is a very unjust, unfair place and we have to live with that. Historically, there is impunity for most crimes. ~ Isabel Allende.

The pain of losing my child was a cleansing experience. I had to throw overboard all excess baggage and keep only what is essential. ~ Isabel Allende.

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. ~ Isabel Allende.

I’m aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic. ~ Isabel Allende.

It’s going to go away because we all need silence. We all need time to reflect and think. I am not at all pessimistic about this. ~ Isabel Allende.

Wise Isabel Allende Quotes

The fear is not real, Dil Bahadur; it is only in your mind, like all other things. Our thoughts form what we believe to be reality. ~ Isabel Allende.


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

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. ~ Isabel Allende.

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. ~ Isabel Allende.

Aphrodite is about lust and gluttony – the only two sins worth committing, in my opinion. ~ Isabel Allende.

In my lifetime, the world has become better, not worse. And the world is moving, very slowly but surely with more democracy and more liberal way of thinking, more inclusion and more diversity. ~ Isabel Allende.

I’m living in California but I have a place that is mine in Chile and I belong there. I am no longer an exile. ~ Isabel Allende.

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

Beautiful Isabel Allende Quotes

Writing is a process, a journey into memory and the soul. ~ Isabel Allende.

I was a very bad journalist. Awful. I would just invent everything. If I did an interview, I had a preconception of what that person should say and I would put my words in his mouth. ~ Isabel Allende.

Conceit is a privilege of the ignorant; the wise man is humble because he knows how little he knows. ~ Isabel Allende.

I think I was a feminist before the word was invented. ~ Isabel Allende.

We only appreciate what we have when we lose it. ~ Isabel Allende.

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


My writing comes not from the happy moments, but from struggle and grief. ~ Isabel Allende.

How many times have I told you not to believe everything you hear? Seek truth for yourself. ~ Isabel Allende.

So these were the 89 top Isabel Allende quotes and sayings on love, feminism and mothers.

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