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Antonio Tabucchi quotes

It's the job of intellectuals and writers to cast doubt on perfection.

Literature for me isn't a workaday job, but something which involves desires, dreams and fantasy.

No, I'm happy to go on living the life I've chosen. I'm a university teacher and I like my job.

My job is to look at what politics is doing, not be a politician myself.

I've always been drawn to tormented people full of contradictions.

Doubts are like stains on a shirt. I like shirts with stains, because when I'm given a shirt that's too clean, one that's completely white, I immediately start having doubts.

But democracy isn't a state of perfection. It has to be improved, and that means constant vigilance.

People with lots of doubts sometimes find life more oppressive and exhausting than others, but they're more energetic - they aren't robots.

I don't go for people who lead full and satisfying lives.

I don't know whether these people are going to find themselves, but as they live their lives they have no choice but to face up to the image others have of them. They're forced to look at themselves in a mirror, and they often manage to glimpse something of themselves.

I claim the right to take a stand once in a while.

It's very useful when politicians have doubts because there are so many choices to be made in the world.

I don't have any doubts either about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Perhaps some more should be added to the list, but I don't have the slightest doubt about human rights.

But I don't think I have any particular talent for prediction, because when you have three or four elements in hand, you don't have to be a genius to reach certain conclusions.

Xenophobia manifests itself especially against civilizations and cultures that are weak because they lack economic resources, means of subsistence or land. So nomadic people are the first targets of this kind of aggression.

As a writer, I've always been interested in others.

I don't want to promote my own image either. I don't like going on television or mixing in literary circles.

I live quietly at home among my family and friends.

I prefer insomnia to anaesthesia.

I was born in the Second World War during the Nazi invasion of my country.