لا أعتقد أننا أصبنا بالعمى، بل نحن عميان من البداية. حتى لو كنا نرى… لم نكن حقاً نرى.
— 

José Saramago, Blindness

  • Translation: "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."
Words are like that, they deceive, they pile up, it seems they do not know where to go, and, suddenly, because of two or three or four that suddenly come out, simple in themselves, a personal pronoun, an adverb, an adjective, we have the excitement of seeing them coming irresistibly to the surface through the skin and the eyes and upsetting the composure of our feelings, sometimes the nerves that can not bear it any longer, they put up with a great deal, they put up with everything…
—  José Saramago, Blindness
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