“The purpose of poetry is to remind us
how difficult it is to remain just one person,
for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors,
and invisible guests come in and out at will.”
“I am composed of contradictions, which is why poetry is a better form for me than philosophy”
“Yet falling in love is not the same as being able to love.”
“The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason. The passionless cannot change history.”
“And when people cease to believe that there is good and evil,
Only beauty will call to them and save them
So that they will know how to say: this is true and that is false.”
“The bright side of the planet moves toward darkness.
And the cities are falling asleep, each in its hour,
And for me, now as then, it is too much.
There is too much world.”
“What is poetry which does not save nations or people?”
"All colors come from the sun. And it does not have
Any particular color, for it contains them all.
And the whole Earth is like a poem
While the sun above represents the artist.
Whoever wants to paint the variegated world
Let him never look straight up at the sun
Or he will lose the memory of things he has seen.
Only burning tears will stay in his eyes.
Let him kneel down, lower his face to the grass,
And look at the light reflected by the ground.
There he will find everything we have lost:
The stars and the roses, the dusks and the dawns."
Czeslaw Milosz, 1911-2004, was a Polish Nobel Prize winning poet and author.
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