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Peter Singer
“To protest about bullfighting in Spain, the eating of dogs in South Korea, or the slaughter of baby seals in Canada while continuing to eat eggs from hens who have spent their lives crammed into cages, or veal from calves who have been deprived of their mothers, their proper diet, and the freedom to lie down with their legs extended, is like denouncing apartheid in South Africa while asking your neighbors not to sell their houses to blacks.”
Peter Singer, Animal Liberation

Ernest Hemingway
“Are you a communist?"
"No I am an anti-fascist"
"For a long time?"
"Since I have understood fascism.”
Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

Elizabeth I
“And therefore I am come amongst you at this time, not as for my recreation or sport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live or die amongst you all; to lay down, for my God, and for my kingdom, and for my people, my honour and my blood, even the dust. I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too.”
Queen Elizabeth I

Henry Miller
“Certainly paradise, whatever, wherever it be, contains flaws. (Paradisical flaws, if you like.) If it did not, it would be incapable of drawing the hearts of men or angels.”
Henry Miller, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

Albert Camus
“It was in Spain that [my generation] learned that one can be right and yet be beaten, that force can vanquish spirit, that there are times when courage is not its own recompense. It is this, doubtless, which explains why so many, the world over, feel the Spanish drama as a personal tragedy.”
Albert Camus

Christopher Hitchens
“Hitherto, the Palestinians had been relatively immune to this Allahu Akhbar style. I thought this was a hugely retrograde development. I said as much to Edward. To reprint Nazi propaganda and to make a theocratic claim to Spanish soil was to be a protofascist and a supporter of 'Caliphate' imperialism: it had nothing at all to do with the mistreatment of the Palestinians. Once again, he did not exactly disagree. But he was anxious to emphasize that the Israelis had often encouraged Hamas as a foil against Fatah and the PLO. This I had known since seeing the burning out of leftist Palestinians by Muslim mobs in Gaza as early as 1981. Yet once again, it seemed Edward could only condemn Islamism if it could somehow be blamed on either Israel or the United States or the West, and not as a thing in itself. He sometimes employed the same sort of knight's move when discussing other Arabist movements, excoriating Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party, for example, mainly because it had once enjoyed the support of the CIA. But when Saddam was really being attacked, as in the case of his use of chemical weapons on noncombatants at Halabja, Edward gave second-hand currency to the falsified story that it had 'really' been the Iranians who had done it. If that didn't work, well, hadn't the United States sold Saddam the weaponry in the first place? Finally, and always—and this question wasn't automatically discredited by being a change of subject—what about Israel's unwanted and ugly rule over more and more millions of non-Jews?

I evolved a test for this mentality, which I applied to more people than Edward. What would, or did, the relevant person say when the United States intervened to stop the massacres and dispossessions in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo? Here were two majority-Muslim territories and populations being vilely mistreated by Orthodox and Catholic Christians. There was no oil in the region. The state interests of Israel were not involved (indeed, Ariel Sharon publicly opposed the return of the Kosovar refugees to their homes on the grounds that it set an alarming—I want to say 'unsettling'—precedent). The usual national-security 'hawks,' like Henry Kissinger, were also strongly opposed to the mission. One evening at Edward's apartment, with the other guest being the mercurial, courageous Azmi Bishara, then one of the more distinguished Arab members of the Israeli parliament, I was finally able to leave the arguing to someone else. Bishara [...] was quite shocked that Edward would not lend public support to Clinton for finally doing the right thing in the Balkans. Why was he being so stubborn? I had begun by then—belatedly you may say—to guess. Rather like our then-friend Noam Chomsky, Edward in the final instance believed that if the United States was doing something, then that thing could not by definition be a moral or ethical action.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Cassandra Clare
“Perhaps, but Anna was right,” said Cordelia. “We must speak to more Downworlders regardless. There was much talk of Magnus Bane—”
“Ah, Magnus Bane,” said Matthew. “My personal hero.”
“Indeed, you once described him as ‘Oscar Wilde if he had magic powers,’ ” said James.
“Magnus Bane threw a party in Spain I attended,” said Thomas. “It was a little difficult, since I did not know a soul. I got rather drunk.”
Matthew lowered the flask with a grin. “Is that when you got your tattoo?”
“So does that mean you’re close friends with Magnus Bane, Thomas?” said Lucie. “Can you reach out to him for help?”
“He never even made an appearance at the party,” said Thomas.”
Cassandra Clare, Chain of Gold

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Recorrí pasillos y galerías en espiral pobladas por cientos, miles de tomos que parecían saber más acerca de mí que yo de ellos. Al poco, me asaltó la idea de que tras la cubierta de cada uno de aquellos libros se abría un universo infinito por explorar y de que, más allá de aquellos muros, el mundo dejaba pasar la vida en tardes de fútbol y seriales de radio, satisfecho con ver hasta allí donde alcanza su ombligo y poco más. Quizá fue aquel pensamiento, quizá el azar o su pariente de gala, el destino, pero en aquel mismo instante supe que ya había elegido el libro que iba a adoptar. O quizá debiera decir el libro que me iba a adoptar a mí. Se asomaba tímidamente en el extremo de una estantería, encuadernado en piel de color vino y susurrando su título en letras doradas que ardían a la luz que destilaba la cúpula desde lo alto. Me acerqué hasta él y acaricié las palabras con la yema de los dedos, leyendo en silencio.
La Sombra del Viento
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

George Orwell
“I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!”
George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia
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Saddam Hussein
“Based on the considerations of history, ancient history, and international axioms, the logic of following up a citizen with his shadow for the purpose of the demarcation of political frontiers of any state has been discounted for international conventions. For example the Arabs cannot ask Spain just because they were there some time in the past nor can they ask for any other area outside the frontiers of the Arab homeland”
Saddam Hussein, Saddam Hussein on Current Events in Iraq

Christopher Hitchens
“Call no man lucky until he is dead, but there have been moment of rare satisfaction in the often random and fragmented life of the radical freelance scribbler. I have lived to see Ronald Reagan called “a useful idiot for Kremlin propaganda” by his former idolators; to see the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union regarded with fear and suspicion by the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (which blacked out an interview with Miloš Forman broadcast live on Moscow TV); to see Mao Zedong relegated like a despot of antiquity. I have also had the extraordinary pleasure of revisiting countries—Greece, Spain, Zimbabwe, and others—that were dictatorships or colonies when first I saw them. Other mini-Reichs have melted like dew, often bringing exiled and imprisoned friends blinking modestly and honorably into the glare. E pur si muove—it still moves, all right.”
Christopher Hitchens, Prepared for the Worst: Selected Essays and Minority Reports

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Nada alimenta el olvido como una guerra, Daniel. Todos callamos y se esfuerzan en convencernos de lo que hemos visto, lo que hemos hecho, lo que hemos aprendido de nosotros mismos y de los demás, es una ilusión, una pesadilla pasajera. Las guerras no tienen memoria y nadie se atreve a comprenderlas hasta que ya no quedan voces para contar lo que pasó, hasta que llega el momento en que no se las reconoce y regresan, con otra cara y otro nombre, a devorar lo que dejaron atrás.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Ernest Hemingway
“Thou askest me to take things seriously? After what thou didst last night? When thou needest to kill a man and instead did what you did? You were supposed to kill one, not make one! When we have just seen the sky full of airplanes of a quantity to kill us back to our grandfathers and forward to all unborn grandsons including all cats, goats and bedbugs. Airplanes making a noise to curdle the milk in your mother's breasts as they pass over darkening the sky and roaring like lions and you ask me to take things seriously. I take them too seriously already.”
Ernest Hemingway

“Freedom, or individual liberty, was a basic premise of the Spanish anarchist tradition. "Individual sovereignty" is a prime tenet of most anarchist writing; the free development of one' s individual potential is one of the basic "rights" to which all humans are born. Yet Spanish anarchists were firmly rooted in the communalist-anarchist tradition. For them, freedom was fundamentally a social product: the fullest expression of individuality and of creativity can be achieved only in and through community. As Carmen Conde (a teacher who was also active in Mujeres Libres) wrote, describing the relationship of individuality and community: "I and my truth; I and my faith ... And I for you, but without ever ceasing to be me, so that you can always be you. Because I don' t exist without your existence, but my existence is also indispensable to yours.”
Martha Ackelsberg, Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women

“To Judaism Christians ascribe the glory of having been the first religion to teach a pure monotheism. But monotheism existed long before the Jews attained to it. Zoroaster and his earliest followers were monotheists, dualism being a later development of the Persian theology. The adoption of monotheism by the Jews, which occurred only at a very late period in their history, was not, however, the result of a divine revelation, or even of an intellectual superiority, for the Jews were immeasurably inferior intellectually to the Greeks and Romans, to the Hindus and Egyptians, and to the Assyrians and Babylonians, who are supposed to have retained a belief in polytheism. This monotheism of the Jews has chiefly the result of a religious intolerance never before equaled and never since surpassed, except in the history of Christianity and Mohammedanism, the daughters of Judaism. Jehovistic priests and kings tolerated no rivals of their god and made death the penalty for disloyalty to him. The Jewish nation became monotheistic for the same reason that Spain, in the clutches of the Inquisition, became entirely Christian.”
John E. Remsburg, The Christ

David T. Dellinger
“After Spain, World War II was simple. I wasn't even tempted to pick up a gun to fight for General Motors, U.S. Steel, or the Chase Manhattan Bank, even if Hitler was running the other side.”
David Dellinger, From Yale to Jail: The Life Story of a Moral Dissenter

Christopher Hitchens
“I can remember when I was a bit of an ETA fan myself. It was in 1973, when a group of Basque militants assassinated Adm. Carrero Blanco. The admiral was a stone-faced secret police chief, personally groomed to be the successor to the decrepit Francisco Franco. His car blew up, killing only him and his chauffeur with a carefully planted charge, and not only was the world well rid of another fascist, but, more important, the whole scheme of extending Franco's rule was vaporized in the same instant. The dictator had to turn instead to Crown Prince Juan Carlos, who turned out to be the best Bourbon in history and who swiftly dismantled Franco's entire system. If this action was 'terrorism,' it had something to be said for it. Everyone I knew in Spain made a little holiday in their hearts when the gruesome admiral went sky-high.”
Christopher Hitchens, Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

Michel del Castillo
“Dans une guerre il n'y a ni vainqueurs ni vaincus: rien que des victimes.”
Michel Del Castillo, Tanguy (Folio)

José Manuel Caballero Bonald
“- ¿Qué, se dio bien la noche? - preguntó la mujer. (...) - Tempranito - volvió a decir la mujer.
- ¿Eh?
- Y sereno.
- Eso es lo que hay.
- ¿Cayó algo?
- Relente.”
José Manuel Caballero Bonald

George Orwell
“it is somehow typical of Spain—of the flashes of magnanimity that you get from Spaniards in the worst of circumstances. I have the most evil memories of Spain, but I have very few bad memories of Spaniards. I only twice remember even being seriously angry with a Spaniard, and on each occasion, when I look back, I believe I was in the wrong myself. They have, there is no doubt, a generosity, a species of nobility, that do not really belong to the twentieth century.”
George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia

Elizabeth Martínez
“Sometimes we also find a tendency to view everything that's indigenous as good and anything "European"-such as Spain-as evil. That view overlooks such historical realities as the Aztec empire's oppressive domination of other indigenous societies and its class system, which privileged priests and the military. That view also forgets Spain was not a typically European nation after 600 years of rule by the Moors, an Arab/Berber people from Africa.”
Elizabeth Martínez, De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century

Avijeet Das
“Some of us get hit in the fight. But we cannot give up the fight. A bullfighter gets hit in the beginning of the bullfight. But he does not give up the fight.

The bullfighter gets better in the next fight.

We will fight hard in the next fight!”
Avijeet Das

Julia de Burgos
“Los Hitler, los Mussolini...
¡Balas! ¡Balas! ¡Balas! ¡Balas!
Las dos víboras de Europa
que con la muerte se pactan.

Pero ... allá vienen las viudas,
las madres y las hermanas.
El aire se va salado
con la sal de tantas lágrimas.

El agua del río huele
a un millón de puñaladas.
Por allá vienen las viudas,
las madres y las hermanas.
Subiendo la cuesta vienen
todas ellas enlutadas,
y su dolor canta el himno
que hará el futuro de España.
¡Ochenta mil hombres muertos!

The Hitlers, the Mussolinis...
Bullets! Bullets! Bullets! Bullets!
The two vipers of Europe
who pact with death.

But...there come the widows,
the mothers and the sisters.
The air leaves salted
with the salt of so many tears.

The water of the river smells
of a million stab wounds.
There come the widows
the mothers and the sisters.
Climbing the hill they come
all in mourning
and their pain sings the hymn
that will make the future of Spain.
Eighty thousand men dead!

(From "Ochenta Mil/Eighty Thousand")”
Julia de Burgos

Elizabeth Martínez
“The collective memory of every Latino people includes direct or indirect (neo-)colonialism, primarily by Spain or Portugal and later by the United States. Among Latinos, Mexicans in what we now call the Southwest have experienced US colonialism the longest and most directly, with Puerto Ricans not far behind”
Elizabeth Martínez, De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century

Laurie Lee
“Fu allora che cominciai a percepire per la prima volta qualcosa dello squallore diffuso di un paese in guerra, un'infezione così grave che sembrava corrompere la terra e privarla di colore, di vita e di suoni. Quello non era il campo di battaglia, ma vi erano stati commessi atti di guerra, piccoli omicidi, piccoli eccessi di vendetta. Il paesaggio era appestato, macchiato e screziato e tutta l'umanità sembrava essere sbiadita. La normale spinta vitale si era arrestata, non si muoveva nulla, persino gli alberi sembravano disseccati. Non si vedevano cani o bambini, cavalli o ragazze, camini fumanti o bucati stesi ad asciugare, nessuno intento a parlare sulla soglia di casa o camminare lungo il fiume, a sporgersi dalle finestre o a osservare il passaggio del treno... soltanto un sudiciume senza vita sui tetti e sui campi, come qualcosa di cancellato o in stato di coma. Peggio di un paese in guerra, quello era in guerra con se stesso... uno sciupio estremo, più permanente.”
Laurie Lee, A Moment of War

“Si asesinar es tu única virtud, entonces es una maldición.”
Pedro Pablo Rodríguez, Inferno: Una historia de vampiros

“Quand je mourrai, je regretterai surtout de savoir que périssent les yeux qui l'ont vue et le cœur qui l'a contemplée.”
Diego de San Pedro, Cárcel de Amor

Steven Magee
“I knew I was developing fluency in Spanish language when I started thinking in Spanish!”
Steven Magee

J.S. Mason
“She could see a police car zooming into the parking lot and she ushered with her hands like a bullfighter on a runway that had lost his cape, but needed to get out of Spain to atone for his sins”
J.S. Mason, Whisky Hernandez

Hugh Thomas
“There is nothing that I should more fear, nor any kind of death that might threaten me, which would not be more supportable for me than to live without you and be separated by a great distance.

I would rather die or be eaten by fish in the sea or devored on land by cannibals than to consume myself in perpetual mourning and unceasing sorrow awaiting not my husband but his letters.”
Hugh Thomas, Rivers of Gold: The Rise of the Spanish Empire from Columbus to Magellan

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