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Isabel Allende

Erotica is using a feather, pornography is using the whole chicken.

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

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We want a world where life is preserved, and the quality of life is enriched for everybody, not only for the privileged.

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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.

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

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

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All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom.

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Heart is what drives us and determines our fate. That is what I need for my characters in my books: a passionate heart. I need mavericks, dissidents, adventurers, outsiders and rebels, who ask questions, bend the rules and take risks.

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I was born in ancient times, at the end of the world, in a patriarchal Catholic and conservative family. No wonder that by age five I was a raging feminist - although the term had not reached Chile yet, so nobody knew what the heck was wrong with me.

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Feminism is dated? Yes, for privileged women like my daughter and all of us here today, but not for most of our sisters in the rest of the world who are still forced into premature marriage, prostitution, forced labor - they have children that they don't want or they cannot feed.

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