Oriana Fallaci Quotes

When my father was arrested we didn't know where they had him. My mother found him at the house of torture. It was called Villa Triste.

True power does not need arrogance a long beard and a barking voice. True power strangles you with silk ribbons charm and intelligence.

Arafat contradicts himself every five minutes. He always plays the double-cross lies even if you ask him what time it is.

War is something Arafat sends others to do for him. That is the poor souls who believe in him. This pompous incompetent caused the failure of the Camp David negotiations Clinton's mediation.

Khomeini was not a puppet like Arafat or Qaddafi or the many other dictators I met in the Islamic world. He was a sort of Pope a sort of king - a real leader.

I am a danger to myself if I get angry.

I no longer have the energy to get really angry like I used to

I know ours is a world made by men for men their dictatorship is so ancient it even extends to language.

I am disgusted by the anti-Semitism of many Italians of many Europeans.

I find it shameful that in nearly all the universities of Europe Palestinian students sponsor and nurture anti-Semitism.

Is it right to shoot the poor prostitute or a woman who is unfaithful to her husband or a man who loves another man?

[Indira Gandhi] answered cautiously at first. Then she opened up like a flower and the conversation flowed along without obstacles in mutual sympathy.

How do you dare to ask me for a solution? It's like asking Seneca for a solution. You remember what he did? He committed suicide!

We are an age without leaders. We stopped having leaders at the end of the 20th century.

I am an atheist and if an atheist and a pope think the same things there must be something true. There must be some human truth that is beyond religion.

I don't want to hear about my death.

Journalism combines adventure with culture.

Without Khomeini we would not be where we are. What a pity that when pregnant with him his mother did not choose to have an abortion.

Glory is a heavy burden a murdering poison and to bear it is an art. And to have that art is rare.

If you put a pistol against my head and ask which I think is worse Muslims or Mexicans I'd have to think a moment then I'd say the Muslims because they've broken my balls.

Life is such an effort Child. It's a war that is renewed each day and its moments of joy are brief parentheses for which you pay a cruel price.

Have you ever thought that war is a madhouse and that everyone in the war is a patient?

It must be terribly lonely to be a king instead of a man.

To speak of oneself means to lay bare one's own soul expose it like a body to the sun. To lay bare one's own soul is not at all like taking off one's brassiere on a crowded beach!

America's a hard school I know but hard schools make excellent graduates.

Physical courage is a great test.

Whether it comes from a despotic sovereign or an elected president from a murderous general or a beloved leader I see power as an inhuman and hateful phenomenon.

You belong neither to God nor the state nor me. You belong to yourself and no one else.

There are moments in Life when keeping silent becomes a fault and speaking an obligation. A civic duty a moral challenge a categorical imperative from which we cannot escape.

Love isnâ??t putting chain on someone who wants to struggle and is ready to die for it love is letting him die in the way heâ??s chosen.

America's vulnerability comes precisely from its strength its wealth its power and its modernity. It's the usual story of the dog chasing its own tail.

But here's what I've learned in this war in this country in this city: to love the miracle of having been born.

I have never met a man more shy than Clark Gable. He was so shy you couldn't make him talk.

Europe is no longer Europe it is Eurabia a colony of Islam where the Islamic invasion does not proceed only in a physical sense but also in a mental and cultural sense.

I have reached the conclusion that those who have physical courage also have moral courage. Physical courage is a great test.

I didn't want to kill a man. I'm not capable of killing a man. I wanted to kill a tyrant.

Sometimes I ask myself whether [Indira Gandhi] had even then a certain contempt for the system she represented and years later would overthrow.

The most humiliating thing a woman can be is a coquette.

It is the mainspring of life courage. And courage has many faces.

You cannot survive if you do not know the past.

I have always looked on disobedience toward the oppressive as the only way to use the miracle of having been born.

Sometimes the dead are more alive than the living. And they can kill the living.

I defend Israel's right to exist to defend themselves to not let themselves be exterminated a second time.

I always introduce myself as an encyclopedia of defects which I do not deny. Why should I? It took me a whole life to build myself as I am.

It brought back to mind the injustice I spoke of the solitude that oppresses women intent on defending their own destinies their own dreams their own mistakes.

The increased presence of Muslims in Italy and in Europe is directly proportional to our loss of freedom.

With our progress we have destroyed our only weapon against tedium: that rare weakness we call imagination.

I leave shreds of my soul on every experience

I have expressed my opinion through the written word through my books that is all.

Wojtyla was a warrior who did more to end the Soviet Union than even America.

Equality ... like freedom exists only where you are now. Only as an egg in the womb are we all equal.

I cry sometimes because I'm not 20 years younger and I'm not healthy. But if I were I would even sacrifice my writing to enter politics.

No matter what system you live under there is no escaping the law that it's always the strongest the cruellest the least generous who win.

America is God equals America equals Business equals America equals God.

I am known for a life spent in the struggle for freedom and freedom includes the freedom of religion.

I was a little girl fighting as a partisan against Nazi-Fascism.

You cannot govern you cannot administrate with an ignoramus.

You wear yourself out in the pursuit of wealth or love or freedom you do everything to gain some right and once it's gained you take no pleasure in it.

I must admit that I am not generous with weak people. It's not in my nature or in my personality. My parents were not generous with weak people see?

The larger truth the universal truth that you can give in a novel is far greater than what you can give through journalism.

Why do the people humiliate themselves by voting? I didn't vote because I have dignity. If I had closed my nose and voted for one of them I would spit on my own face.

Objectivity does not exist. The word is a hypocrisy which is sustained by the lie that the truth stays in the middle. No sir: Sometimes truth stays on one side only.

I don't hide. I never have. I stay at home because I like to stay at home and at home I work.

Iâ??ll parade with those who are alone like me. They exist. They are very few but they exist. Iâ??ll find them.

This Islam business kidnapped me.

Listen: if I am a painter and I do your portrait have I or haven't I the right to paint you as I want?

The Muslims refuse our culture and try to impose their culture on us. I reject them and this is not only my duty toward my culture-it is toward my values my principles my civilization.

To have realized your dream makes you feel lost.

The moment you give up your principles and your values you are dead your culture is dead your civilization is dead. Period.

There are three points of view to everything - mine yours and the truth.

I feel less alone when I read the books of Ratzinger.

What's the point anyway â?? Of suffering dying? It teaches us to live boy. A man who does not struggle does not live he survives.

You cannot work and be at home with your child. But you want both.