Czeslaw Milosz Quotes

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  • 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.

    Moon   Men   Garden  
    "King Popeil and Other Poems (Should, Should Not)". Book by Czeslaw Milosz, 1962.
  • For a country without a past is nothing, a word That, hardly spoken, loses its meaning, A perishable wall destroyed by flame, An echo of animal emotions.

    Country   Wall   Past  
  • Consciousness even in my sleep changes primary colors. The features of my face melt like a wax doll in the fire. And who can consent to see in the mirror the mere face of man?

    Sleep   Men   Fire  
  • When I curse Fate, it's not me, but the earth in me.

    Fate   Earth   Curse  
    Czeslaw Milosz (2017). “Selected and Last Poems 1931-2004”, p.185, Penguin UK
  • When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished.

    Born   Finished  
  • I was left behind with the immensity of existing things. A sponge, suffering because it cannot saturate itself; a river, suffering because reflections of clouds and trees are not clouds and trees.

    Czeslaw Milosz (2017). “Selected and Last Poems 1931-2004”, p.77, Penguin UK
  • What is poetry which does not save nations or people?

    Sea   People   Doe  
    Czeslaw Milosz (2017). “Selected and Last Poems 1931-2004”, p.66, Penguin UK
  • The partition separating life from death is so tenuous. The unbelievable fragility of our organism suggests a vision on a screen: a kind of mist condenses itself into a human shape, lasts a moment and scatters.

  • The revolt against one's environment is usually 'shame' of one's environment.

  • It isn't pleasant to surrender to the hegemony of a nation which is still wild and primitive, and to concede the absolute superiority of its customs and institutions, science and technology, literature and art. Must one sacrifice so much in the name of the unity of mankind?

    "The Captive Mind" by Czeslaw Milosz, as translated by Jane Zielonko, 1990.
  • All of us yearn for the highest wisdom, but we have to rely on ourselves in the end.

    Ends   Rely   Highest  
  • A weak human mercy walks in the corridors of hospitals and is like a half-thawed winter.

    Winter   Half   Mercy  
    "Before Majesty" by Czesław Miłosz, 1978.
  • I have no wisdom, no skills, and no faith but I received strength, it tears the world apart. I shall break, a heavy wave, against its shores and a young wave will cover my trace.

    Skills   Tears   World  
    "Hymn" by Czeslaw Milosz, 1935.
  • I think that I am here, on this earth, to present a report on it, but to whom I don't know. As if I were sent so that whatever takes place has meaning because it changes into memory.

    "Consciousness" by Czeslaw Milosz, 1986.
  • The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason. The passionless cannot change history.

    Change   Passion   Voice  
    Czeslaw Milosz, “Child Of Europe”
  • They used to pour millet on graves or poppy seeds To feed the dead who would come disguised as birds. I put this book here for you, who once lived So that you should visit us no more.

    Book   Bird   Poppies  
    Czeslaw Milosz, “Dedication”
  • Men will clutch at illusions when they have nothing else to hold to.

    Men   Illusion   Clutch  
  • I have defined poetry as a 'passionate pursuit of the Real.

    Czeslaw Milosz (1983). “The Witness of Poetry”, p.56, Harvard University Press
  • I knew that I would speak in the language of the vanquished No more durable than old customs, family rituals, Christmas tinsel, and once a year the hilarity of carols.

  • Leaves glowing in the sun, zealous hum of bumblebees, From afar, from somewhere beyond the river, echoes of lingering voices And the unhurried sounds of a hammer gave joy not only to me. Before the five senses were opened, and earlier than any beginning They waited, ready, for all those who would call themselves mortals, So that they might praise, as I do, life, that is, happiness.

    Glowing   Voice   Rivers  
    Czeslaw Milosz, “An Hour”
  • Learning To believe you are magnificent. And gradually to discover that you are not magnificent. Enough labor for one human life.

  • And now I am ready to keep running When the sun rises beyond the borderlands of death. I already see mountain ridges in the heavenly forest Where, beyond every essence, a new essence awaits.

    Czeslaw Milosz, “Winter”
  • 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.

    Fall   Army   Men  
  • From life, from the apple cut by the flaming knife, what grain will be saved? My son, believe me, nothing remains, Only adult toil, the furrow of fate in the palm. Only toil, Nothing more.

    Believe   Fate   Son  
    "Rescue". Book by Czeslaw Milosz, 1945.
  • The soul exceeds its circumstances.

  • Forget the suffering You caused others. Forget the suffering Others caused you. The waters run and run, Springs sparkle and are done, You walk the earth you are forgetting.

    Running   Spring   Water  
    Czeslaw Milosz, “Forget”
  • When I die, I will see the lining of the world. The other side, beyond bird, mountain, sunset.

    Sunset   Bird   Mountain  
    Czeslaw Milosz, “Meaning”
  • 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?

    Heart   Night   Listening  
  • Every poet depends upon generations who wrote in his native tongue; he inherits styles and forms elaborated by those who lived before him. At the same time, though, he feels that those old means of expression are not adequate to his own experience.

    Mean   Expression   Style  
    Czeslaw Milosz's Nobel Lecture, December 8, 1980.
  • And if there is no lining to the world? If a thrush on a branch is not a sign, But just a thrush on the branch? If night and day Make no sense following each other?

    Night   Branches   World  
    Czeslaw Milosz, “Meaning”
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