Quotes of Czeslaw Milosz

“ 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. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ It is sweet to think I was a companion in an expedition that never ends ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ In the very essence of poetry there is something indecent; A thing brought forth that we didn't know we had in us, So we blink our eyes, as if a tiger had sprung out And stood in the light, licking its tail. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ I have defined poetry as a 'passionate pursuit of the Real. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ The purpose of poetry is to remind us / how difficult it is to remain just one person... ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ A true opium of the people is a belief in nothingness after death the huge solace of thinking that for our betrayals, greed, cowardice, murders we are not going to be judged. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ Not soon, as late as the approach of my ninetieth year, I felt a door opening in me and I entered the clarity of early morning. One after another my former lives were departing, like ships, together with their sorrow. And the countries, cities, gardens, the bays of seas assigned to my brush came closer, ready now to be described better than they were before. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ Vulgarized knowledge characteristically gives birth to a feeling that everything is understandable and explained. It is like a system of bridges built over chasms. One can travel boldly ahead over these bridges, ignoring the chasms. It is forbidden to look down into them; but that, alas, does not alter the fact that they exist. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ It is impossible to communicate to people who have not experienced it the undefinable menace of total rationalism. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason. The passionless cannot change history. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ What is poetry which does not save nations or people? ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ At the entrance, my bare feet on the dirt floor, Here, gusts of heat; at my back, white clouds. I stare and stare. It seems I was called for this: To glorify things just because they are. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ Grow your tree of falsehood from a small grain of truth. Do not follow those who lie in contempt of reality. Let your lie be even more logical than the truth itself, so the weary travelers may find repose. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ Vulgarized knowledge characteristically gives birth to a feeling that everything is understandable and explained. It is like a system of bridges built over chasms. One can travel boldly ahead over these bridges, ignoring the chasms. It is forbidden to look down into them; but that, alas, does not alter the fact that they exist. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ Vulgarized knowledge characteristically gives birth to a feeling that everything is understandable and explained. It is like a system of bridges built over chasms. One can travel boldly ahead over these bridges, ignoring the chasms. It is forbidden to look down into them; but that, alas, does not alter the fact that they exist. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ Human material seems to have one major defect: it does not like to be considered merely as human material. It finds it hard to endure the feeling that it must resign itself to passive acceptance of changes introduced from above. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ At the entrance, my bare feet on the dirt floor, Here, gusts of heat; at my back, white clouds. I stare and stare. It seems I was called for this: To glorify things just because they are. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ At the entrance, my bare feet on the dirt floor, Here, gusts of heat; at my back, white clouds. I stare and stare. It seems I was called for this: To glorify things just because they are. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ Vulgarized knowledge characteristically gives birth to a feeling that everything is understandable and explained. It is like a system of bridges built over chasms. One can travel boldly ahead over these bridges, ignoring the chasms. It is forbidden to look down into them; but that, alas, does not alter the fact that they exist. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ Human material seems to have one major defect: it does not like to be considered merely as human material. It finds it hard to endure the feeling that it must resign itself to passive acceptance of changes introduced from above. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ At the entrance, my bare feet on the dirt floor, Here, gusts of heat; at my back, white clouds. I stare and stare. It seems I was called for this: To glorify things just because they are. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ Human material seems to have one major defect: it does not like to be considered merely as human material. It finds it hard to endure the feeling that it must resign itself to passive acceptance of changes introduced from above. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason. The passionless cannot change history. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ It is impossible to communicate to people who have not experienced it the undefinable menace of total rationalism. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ It is impossible to communicate to people who have not experienced it the undefinable menace of total rationalism. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason. The passionless cannot change history. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ Vulgarized knowledge characteristically gives birth to a feeling that everything is understandable and explained. It is like a system of bridges built over chasms. One can travel boldly ahead over these bridges, ignoring the chasms. It is forbidden to look down into them; but that, alas, does not alter the fact that they exist. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ Vulgarized knowledge characteristically gives birth to a feeling that everything is understandable and explained. It is like a system of bridges built over chasms. One can travel boldly ahead over these bridges, ignoring the chasms. It is forbidden to look down into them; but that, alas, does not alter the fact that they exist. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ What is poetry which does not save nations or people? ”

- Czeslaw Milosz

“ Grow your tree of falsehood from a small grain of truth. Do not follow those who lie in contempt of reality. Let your lie be even more logical than the truth itself, so the weary travelers may find repose. ”

- Czeslaw Milosz
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