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Inspirational Quotes from Famous Latin Americans

By Sofia Konstantzou

Updated March 5, 2021 Updated March 5, 2021

Ever considered studying abroad in the diverse and culturally rich region of Latin America? Yes? No? Not yet? We’ve put together some inspirational quotes from famous Latin Americans, which will perhaps inspire you to explore some of the region’s great study destinations and universities.

Scroll down for our favorite inspirational quotes from this region, and some information about the famous Latin Americans behind them. 

1. Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902-1987)


Brazilian poet and writer Carlos Drummond de Andrade is largely considered the greatest Portuguese-language poet of all time, exercising a major influence on mid-20th century Brazilian poetry. The work of Carlos Drummond de Andrade is vast; he’s written more than 50 books, including poetry, short stories and chronicles, and his style is characterized by linguistic freedom and free verse. His most popular works include The People’s Rose, The Minus Sign and Farewell.

2. Alejandro González Iñárritu (1963-)

Alejandro González Iñárritu is a Mexican film director, producer, screenwriter and former music composer. He was born in Mexico City and majored in communications at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He started his career as a radio host in Mexico and later went on to direct and produce short films and advertisements. He directed his first feature film, Amores Perros, in 1999. He’s won the Academy Award for Best Director twice, for Birdman (2014) and The Revenant (2015).

3. Gabriel García Márquez  (1927-2014)

Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez is considered one of the most significant and influential authors of the 20th century. His most famous works include One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). He was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature and is noted for not sticking to any predetermined style template, and for his use of realism and magic realism.

4. Isabel Allende (1942-)

Chilean writer Isabel Allende is famous for her novels The House of the Spirits and City of the Beasts. In 2004 she was inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Letters,and in 2010 she was the recipient of Chile’s National Literature Prize. She has received widespread critical acclaim for her work and is especially noted for her strong, feminine perspective and focus on paying homage to the lives of women.

5. Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)

Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentinian poet, essayist and short story writer who produced notable works in 20th century world literature. Borges' works have especially contributed to philosophical literature and the fantasy genre. In 1961, he was awarded the Prix International, which he shared with Irish writer Samuel Beckett.

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This article was originally published in July 2016 . It was last updated in March 2021

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Sofia formerly worked for QS's social media team. She holds a Master of Arts in Brands, Communication and Culture from Goldsmiths, University of London. She is originally from Athens, Greece.

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