Inspirational Quotes by José Saramago

José Saramago (16 November 1922 – 18 June 2010) was a Portuguese writer. Below is a list of Inspirational José Saramago Quotes.

Jose was the recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature.

José Saramago Quotes
José Saramago Quotes

José Saramago Quotes

“A tree weeps when cut down, a dog howls when beaten, but a man matures when offended.”
― José Saramago

“What does reading do, You can learn almost everything from reading.”
― José Saramago

“If I’m sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow?”
― José Saramago

“I don’t think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.”
― José Saramago

“Reading is probably another way of being in a place.”
― José Saramago

“If you don’t write your books, nobody else will do it for you. No one else has lived your life.”
― José Saramago

“The difficult thing isn’t living with other people, it’s understanding them.”
― José Saramago

“There are such moments in life, when, in order for heaven to open, it is necessary for a door to close.”
― José Saramago

“Words were not given to man in order to conceal his thoughts.”
― José Saramago

“Your questions are false if you already know the answer.”
― José Saramago

“In matters of feeling and of the heart, too much is always better than too little.”
― José Saramago

“That’s how life is, what it gives with one hand one day, it takes away with the other.”
― José Saramago

“Chaos is merely order waiting to be deciphered.”
― José Saramago

“Men are all the same, they think that because they came out of the belly of a woman they know all there is to know about women.”
― José Saramago

“Perhaps only in a world of the blind will things be what they truly are.”
― José Saramago

“I think we are blind. Blind people who can see, but do not see.”
― José Saramago

“We all have our moments of weakness, just as well that we are still capable of weeping, tears are often our salvation, there are times when we would die if we did not weep.”
― José Saramago

“If we cannot live entirely like human beings, at least let us do everything in our power not to live entirely like animals.”
― José Saramago quotes

“Forgive me if what has seemed little to you, to me is all.”
― José Saramago

“Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are.”
― José Saramago

“Just as the habit does not make the monk, the sceptre does not make the king.”
― José Saramago

“As my cat would say, all hours are good for sleeping.”
― José Saramago

“We use words to understand each other and even, sometimes, to find each other.”
― José Saramago

“Whether we like it or not, the one justification for the existence of all religions is death, they need death as much as we need bread to eat.”
― José Saramago

“When all is said and done, what is clear is that all lives end before their time.”
― José Saramago

“Liking is probably the best form of ownership, and ownership the worst form of liking.”
― José Saramago quotes

“The only thing more terrifying than blindness is being the only one who can see.”
― José Saramago

“You have to leave the island in order to see the island.”
― José Saramago

“You know the name you were given, you do not know the name that you have.”
José Saramago

“If there is a way for the world to be transformed for the better, it can only be done by pessimism; optimists will never change the world for the better.”
― José Saramago

“One cannot be too careful with words, they change their minds just as people do.”
― José Saramago

“The worst pain isn’t the pain you feel at the time, it’s the pain you feel later on when there’s nothing you can do about it, They say that time heals all wounds, But we never live long enough to test that theory.”
― José Saramago

“Words that come from the heart are never spoken, they get caught in the throat and can only be read in ones’s eyes.”
― José Saramago quotes

“The history of mankind is the history of our misunderstandings with god, for he doesn’t understand us, and we don’t understand him.”
― José Saramago

“We are so afraid of the idea of having to die… that we always try to find excuses for the dead, as if we were asking beforehand to be excused when it is our turn.”
― José Saramago

“You never know beforehand what people are capable of, you have to wait, give it time, it’s time that rules, time is our gambling partner on the other side of the table and it holds all the cards of the deck in its hand, we have to guess the winning cards of life, our lives.”
― José Saramago

“I consider books to be good for our health, and also our spirits, and they help us to become poets or scientists, to understand the stars or else to discover them deep within the aspirations of certain characters, those who sometimes, on certain evenings, escape from the pages and walk among us humans, perhaps the most human of us all.”
― José Saramago

“Don’t be afraid, the darkness you’re in is no greater than the darkness inside your own body, they are two darknesses separated by a skin, I bet you’ve never thought of that, you carry a darkness about with you all the time and that doesn’t frighten you…my dear chap, you have to learn to live with the darkness outside just as you learned to live with the darkness inside.”
― José Saramago

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5 Comments


  1. Nice collection of Saramago quotes. I especially like the last one! I had forgotten the wisdom in his writings. I need to go back and reread. Thanks!

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  2. Thank you so much for liking my post ☺️ Have a great day much love 💝

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  3. “A tree weeps when cut down, a dog howls when beaten, but a man matures when offended.”
    ― José Saramago Painful but true.

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  4. “I don’t think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.”

    Brilliant. Thank you!

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