I don't see any kind of mirror of power, male power, that is, as a form of liberation. I don't believe in an eye for an eye. I don't believe this is truly freedom.

- Sandra Cisneros

And the nice thing about writing a novel is you take your time, you sit with the character sometimes nine years, you look very deeply at a situation, unlike in real life when we just kind of snap something out.

- Sandra Cisneros

I liked the books I read that said things like 'I shan't'. I would try to find a way to say in my life, to reply, 'I shan't do that, mother.' That was so far away from my barrio world.

- Sandra Cisneros

For a writer, for the solitude to write, you don't need a room of your own, you need a house.

- Sandra Cisneros

All of my work is influenced by fairy tales, and I hope my work shows Hans Christian Anderson's influence.

- Sandra Cisneros

'Hispanic' is English for a person of Latino origin who wants to be accepted by the white status quo. 'Latino' is the word we have always used for ourselves.

- Sandra Cisneros

I feel comfortable in Spanish, I chat like a parrot, but I don't have the confidence in Spanish that I do in English.

- Sandra Cisneros

I am a woman, and I am a Latina. Those are the things that make my writing distinctive. Those are the things that give my writing power.

- Sandra Cisneros

I think that Mexican-American kids live in a global world. It's not even bi-, it's multi-. You know, for those of us who grew up with different countries on our block, different nationalities, you know, we moved into multiple worlds.

- Sandra Cisneros

I wasn't aware that 'House on Mango Street' was so influenced by Spanish until after I finished.

- Sandra Cisneros