Czeslaw Milosz Quotes

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Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Irony is the glory of slaves. Irony is the glory of slaves.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: I have defined poetry as a 'passionate pursuit of the Real. I have defined poetry as a 'passionate pursuit of the Real.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: The death of a man is like the fall of a mighty nation That had valiant armies, captains, and prophets, And wealthy ports and ships all over the seas. The death of a man is like the fall of a mighty nation That had valiant armies, captains, and prophets, And wealthy ports and ships all over the seas.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: I've always regretted that I'm made of contradictions. But, if contradiction is impossible to overcome, we have to accept both its ends. I've always regretted that I'm made of contradictions. But, if contradiction is impossible to overcome, we have to accept both its ends.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Had you been able to guess bits of my destiny,Perhaps you would bear your mediocrity with more ease. Had you been able to guess bits of my destiny,
Perhaps you would bear your mediocrity with more ease.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: It is sweet to think I was a companion in an expedition that never ends It is sweet to think I was a companion in an expedition that never ends
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: The true enemy of man is generalization. The true enemy of man is generalization.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: All was taken away from you: white dresses, wings, even existence. All was taken away from you: white dresses, wings, even existence.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: In a room wherepeople unanimously maintaina conspiracy of silence,one word of truthsounds like a pistol shot. In a room where
people unanimously maintain
a conspiracy of silence,
one word of truth
sounds like a pistol shot.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: The divinization of Man, when one abhors the order of the world as essentially evil, is a risky and self-contradictory venture. The divinization of Man, when one abhors the order of the world as essentially evil, is a risky and self-contradictory venture.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: It is impossible to communicate to people who have not experienced it the undefinable menace of total rationalism. It is impossible to communicate to people who have not experienced it the undefinable menace of total rationalism.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Men will clutch illusions when they have nothing else to hold onto. Men will clutch illusions when they have nothing else to hold onto.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Yet falling in love is not the same as being able to love. Yet falling in love is not the same as being able to love.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: When I curse Fate, it's not me, but the earth in me. When I curse Fate, it's not me, but the earth in me.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone. Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason. The passionless cannot change history. The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason. The passionless cannot change history.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Two attributes of a poet, avidity of the eye and the desire to describe that which he sees. Two attributes of a poet, avidity of the eye and the desire to describe that which he sees.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: A weak human mercy walks in the corridors of hospitals and is like a half-thawed winter. A weak human mercy walks in the corridors of hospitals and is like a half-thawed winter.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Not to know. Not to remember.With this one hope:That beyond the River Lethe, there is memory, healed. Not to know. Not to remember.
With this one hope:
That beyond the River Lethe, there is memory, healed.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: What is poetry which does not save nations or people? What is poetry which does not save nations or people?
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: What is not pronounced tends to nonexistence. What is not pronounced tends to nonexistence.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: What is this enigmatic impulse that does not allow one to settle down in the achieved, the finished? I think it is a quest for reality. What is this enigmatic impulse that does not allow one to settle down in the achieved, the finished? I think it is a quest for reality.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: The real, by which I mean God, continues to remain unfathomable. The real, by which I mean God, continues to remain unfathomable.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: We have become indifferent to content, and react, not even to form, but to technique, to technical efficiency itself. We have become indifferent to content, and react, not even to form, but to technique, to technical efficiency itself.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Men will clutch at illusions when they have nothing else to hold to. Men will clutch at illusions when they have nothing else to hold to.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: LearningTo believe you are magnificent. And gradually to discover that you are not magnificent. Enough labor for one human life. Learning
To believe you are magnificent. And gradually to discover that you are not magnificent. Enough labor for one human life.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Poetry is an attempt to penetrate the dense reality to find a place where the simplest things look as new as through the eyes of a child. Poetry is an attempt to penetrate the dense reality to find a place where the simplest things look as new as through the eyes of a child.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Love means to learn to look at yourself the way one looks at distant things for you are only one thing among many. Love means to learn to look at yourself the way one looks at distant things for you are only one thing among many.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Do you know how it is when one wakes at night suddenly and asks, listening to the pounding heart: what more do you want, insatiable? Do you know how it is when one wakes
at night suddenly and asks,
listening to the pounding heart: what more do you want,
insatiable?
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Poetry is news brought to the mountains by a unicorn and an echo. Poetry is news brought to the mountains by a unicorn and an echo.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Contradiction is an inseparable part of the human condition, and that suffices as a source of miraculousness. Contradiction is an inseparable part of the human condition, and that suffices as a source of miraculousness.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Poetry is a dividend from what you know and what you are. Poetry is a dividend from what you know and what you are.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Consolation Calm down. Both your sins and your good deeds will be lost in oblivion. Consolation
Calm down. Both your sins and your good deeds will be lost in oblivion.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: If the world is divided between Fascism and Communism, obviously Fascism must lose since it is the last, desperate refuge of the bourgeoisie If the world is divided between Fascism and Communism, obviously Fascism must lose since it is the last, desperate refuge of the bourgeoisie
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Be young forever, seasons of the earth. Be young forever, seasons of the earth.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: When I die, I will see the lining of the world. The other side, beyond bird, mountain, sunset. When I die, I will see the lining of the world. The other side, beyond bird, mountain, sunset.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: For to exist on the earth is beyond any power to name. For to exist on the earth is beyond any power to name.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: I am not my own friend.Time cuts me in two. I am not my own friend.
Time cuts me in two.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished. When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: A man should not love the moon. An ax should not lose weight in his hand. His garden should smell of rotting apples And grow a fair amount of nettles. A man should not love the moon. An ax should not lose weight in his hand. His garden should smell of rotting apples And grow a fair amount of nettles.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: Our memory is childish and it saves only what we need. Our memory is childish and it saves only what we need.
Czeslaw Milosz quotes: The soul exceeds its circumstances. The soul exceeds its circumstances.