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    czeslaw milosz Quotes

    The child who dwells inside us trusts that there are wise men somewhere who know the truth.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: children  truth  men  trust  child  wise 
     
    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.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: book 
     
    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
    tags: death  men 
     
    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
    tags: listening  night 
     
    When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    The purpose of poetry is to remind us / how difficult it is to remain just one person...
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: people  poetry 
     
    Men will clutch at illusions when they have nothing else to hold to.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: men  illusion 
     
    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 that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: hurt  age  hero  god 
     
    I am composed of contradictions, which is why poetry is a better form for me than philosophy
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: philosophy  poetry 
     
    Consolation Calm down. Both your sins and your good deeds will be lost in oblivion.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: lost  sin 
     
    The soul exceeds its circumstances.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: soul 
     
    The history of my stupidity would fill many volumes.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: stupidity 
     
    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
    tags: people  key  poetry 
     
    Be young forever, seasons of the earth.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: young  earth  forever 
     
    Religion used to be the opium of the people. To those suffering humiliation, pain, illness, and serfdom, religion promised the reward of an after life. But now, we are witnessing a transformation, a true opium of the people is the belief in nothingness after death, the huge solace, the huge comfort of thinking that for our betrayals, our greed, our cowardice, our murders, we are not going to be judged.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: living  stories 
     
    What has no shadow has no strength to live.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: live  strength 
     
    Language is the only homeland.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: language 
     
    Do not feel safe. The poet remembers. You can kill one, but another is born. The words are written down, the deed, the date.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: poet 
     
    The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason. The passionless cannot change history.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: passion 
     
    The true enemy of man is generalization.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: enemies  men  true  enemy 
     
    Evil grows and bears fruit, which is understandable, because it has logic and probability on its side and also, of course, strength. The resistance of tiny kernels of good, to which no one grants the power of causing far-reaching consequences, is entirely mysterious, however. Such seeming nothingness not only lasts but contains within itself enormous energy which is revealed gradually.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: truth  people  silence 
     
    When I die, I will see the lining of the world. The other side, beyond bird, mountain, sunset.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: world  die 
     
    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?
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: night 
     
    At every sunrise I renounce the doubts of night and greet the new day of a most precious delusion.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: night  doubt 
     
    You see how I try To reach with words What matters most And how I fail.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: fail 
     
    Our memory is childish and it saves only what we need.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: memory 
     
    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
    It is impossible to communicate to people who have not experienced it the undefinable menace of total rationalism.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: people  impossible 
     
    If I am all mankind, are they themselves without me?
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: mankind 
     
    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
    tags: men  moon  garden 
     
    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"
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: suffering  earth  water 
     
    We have become indifferent to content, and react, not even to form, but to technique, to technical efficiency itself.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    It was only toward the middle of the twentieth century that the inhabitantsof many European countries came, in general unpleasantly, to therealization that their fate could be influenced directly by intricate andabstruse books of philosophy.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: fate  philosophy  book 
     
    Poetry is news brought to the mountains by a unicorn and an echo.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: poetry 
     
    The revolt against one's environment is usually 'shame' of one's environment.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: environment  shame 
     
    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.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: death  human  moment  vision 
     
    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.
    — Czeslaw Milosz
    tags: time  experience  poet 
     
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