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Many books have been written about Mexico under the guise of 'guidebooks' that, in reality, are nothing more than compilations of hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, along with a few tips about where to buy authentic handicrafts that almost look as if they came from Mexico and not Taiwan ... These books don't guide you to Mexico -- they guide you away from it.
- Carl Franz, People's Guide to Mexico

Un area de conflictos es un area de oportunidades para cambiar. (An area of conflict is an opportunity for change).
- Hugo Antonio Santiago, Oaxaca

La armonía reside en proteger la vida de la tierra. (Harmony lies in the protection of life on earth).
- Inscription on the Otafuku statue, Viveros Park

¡Como no te voy a querer!
-
UNAM

Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection?
- Virgin de Guadalupe

In México nothing ever happens until it happens.
- Porfirio Díaz

Thank God they're only after the gold and silver. They don't know about the jade.
- Moctezuma

Observe all signs. (Obedezca las señales)
- Roadside signage

Nuestra literatura no sólo recrea, sino que transmite una enseñanza que busca frenar los males colectivos y las conductas negativas. Tiene todo un fondo de enseñanza. Con la expansión del colonialismo y más tarde con la política de incorporación del siglo XX, que promovió la escuela rural mexicana, la literatura indígena no ha hecho más que asumir un papel de resistencia cultural.
- Mario Molino

Para mí sólo recorrer los caminos que tienen corazón, cualquier camino que tenga corazón. (I only trek the paths that have heart, whatever path that has heart.)
- Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan

For those seeking a taste of the real Mexico, go to Oaxaca City.
- Rick Bayless

When you hang out with Mexicans and you speak Spanish, you are in a different México.
- Conversation

Oh, Mexico. I never really been but I'd sure like to go.
- James Taylor

There is no 'Mexican time.' There are people who are punctual and those who are not.
- Conversation

How long is one hour photo developing in Mexico?
- Conversation

Manana in Oaxaca has the same meaning it does in the rest of Mexico but without the same sense of urgency.
- Popular saying

The key lies in the past, a deep subconcious past that stays alive in Mexicans today. It is a continuous past, but not a consistent past. In it, Mexicans must conciliate being conquered and conqueror, retaining many of the racial characteristics and personality traits of the Indians and even glorifying their pre-Hispanic heritage, while speaking Spanish, practicing Catholocism and thinking of Spain as the mother country.
- Alan Riding, Distant Neighbors

Cada vez que muere un ave, cade vez que arde un bosque, y sobre todo, cada vez que una especie animal o vegetal desaparece, las posibilidades de superviencia se reducen para la humanidad.
- Miguel Alvarez del Toro, Voces por la Naturaleza

If life is difficult, why not celebrate?
- Conversation, 2004

The guides who have been trained couldn't find work in tourism so they left. One is working in the United States. Another guide works at the water plant.
- Tourism official, Mexico

Aqui es Oaxaca, tierra del legitamo mezcal (This is Oaxaca, land of legitimate mezcal)
- Photo

What has value is what is repeated.
- Conversation, Oaxaca 2007

The old gods and the new gods are virtually indistinguishable.
- Conversation, Oaxaca 2007

Oaxacans are so complicated, they tie their cheese into a knot. (Los Oaxaqueños son tan complicados que hasta el quesillo enrollan. Or Los Oaxaqueños son tan complicados que aun el queso lo hacen bola)
- Conversation, 2001

Monterrey is where civilization ends and carne asada begins.
- Popular expression (in Central Mexico)

Cancún can be an acquired taste.
- Nick Rider, Yucatan and Mayan Mexico

Para el ultimo etapa necesitamos el apoyo del público.
- Pedro Martínez, Noticias 2 de Noviembre 1986

Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!
- Traven, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

If you're not confused by what's going on in Mexico today, then you probably are misinformed.
-
Sergio Sarmiento

¿Quieren que les cuente un cuento? (Would you like me to tell you a story?)
- Brozo, Mexico newscaster/clown, aka Victor Trujillo

 

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