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Derek Walcott Quotes and Sayings

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Memory that yearns to join the centre,
a limb remembering the body from which it has been severed,
like those bamboo thighs of the god.
- Derek Walcott

Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments
is stronger than that love which took its symmetry
for granted when it was whole.
- Derek Walcott

Because that is what such a city is,
in the New World,
a writer's heaven.
- Derek Walcott

Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic.
- Derek Walcott

 

A culture, we all know, is made by its cities.
- Derek Walcott

The sigh of History rises over ruins,
not over landscapes, and in the Antilles there are few ruins to sigh over,
apart from the ruins of sugar estates and abandoned forts.
- Derek Walcott

We make too much of that long groan which underlines the past.
- Derek Walcott

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Visual surprise is natural in the Caribbean;
it comes with the landscape,
and faced with its beauty, the sigh of History dissolves.
- Derek Walcott

If you know what you are going to write when you're writing a poem,
it's going to be average.
- Derek Walcott

The English language is nobody's special property.
It is the property of the imagination:
it is the property of the language itself.
- Derek Walcott

The personal vocabulary, the individual melody whose
metre is one's biography,
joins in that sound, with any luck, and the body moves like a walking,
a waking island.
- Derek Walcott

This is Port of Spain to me, a city ideal in its commercial and human proportions,
where a citizen is a walker and not a pedestrian,
and this is how Athens may have been before it became a cultural echo.
- Derek Walcott

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority
is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
- Leonardo da Vinci

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
- Jean Baptiste Massieu

A life rooted deeply lives and grows in memory.
- Mary Anne Radmacher PHOTO

So long as the memory of certain
beloved friends lives in my heart,
I shall say that life is good.
- Helen Keller

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.
- From a headstone in Ireland PHOTO

A life, deeply rooted, lives and grows in memory.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There is a magic in the memory of schoolboy friendships;
it softens the heart,
and even affects the nervous system
of those who have no heart.
- Benjamin Disraeli

A friend knows the song in my heart
and sings it to me when my memory fails.
- Donna Roberts

Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events.
- Albert Einstein

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what
you were worrying about one year ago today.
- E. Joseph Cossman

When we lose one we love,
our bitterest tears are called forth
by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.
- Maurice Maeterlinck

Every goodbye is the birth of a memory.
- Dutch Proverb

Release your burdens - your fears, regrets,
guilts, shames, embarrassments, angers.
One by one, pick up each memory or fear that troubles you,
hold it close, and release it to the Universe.
Release each incident from your past that still bothers you.
Release each fear - your fears about your health,
your family, your job, and every other fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can't go home again because home has ceased to exist
except in the mothballs of memory.
- John Steinbeck (Travels With Charley)

Home is one's birthplace, ratified by memory.
- Henry Anatole Grunwald

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which
occur more frequently in memory than in life.
- P. D. James

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
- Lewis Carroll

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them,
and I am a poet of memory.
- Philip Levine

Have a talk with your mind
(it really is something separate from yourself).
Lay down the law.
"My life begins TODAY.
I am like a newborn.
I have what I have today;
I have my fingers, my toes,
some people in my life,
some material and financial state.
Yesterday is only a dream -
perhaps a nightmare,
perhaps a cherished memory,
but only a dream - nothing more.
I will make all decisions and actions based solely
on what I have today as a starting point."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
- Albert Schweitzer

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying
to get back to where it was.
- Toni Morrison

Science and technology revolutionize our lives,
but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.
- Arthur M. Schlesinger

People in cities may forget the soil for as long as a hundred years,
but Mother Nature's memory is long and she will not
let them forget indefinitely.
- Henry Cantwell Wallace

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
- Charles R. Swindoll

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory,
or even how much you know.
It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.
- Anatole France

Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.
- Khalil Gibran

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.
- Aeschylus

I think one of the finest gifts I can give
my friends in the holiday season is to pause
with a long enough quality to actually SEE them.
My calm, unhurried presence communicates
this gift of a message, "I see you. I recognize you.
I remember our times of together
and am contributing right now to another quality memory.
I value you and honor and take the time,
right this moment to pause long enough to truly notice you."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Time moves in one direction, memory in another.
- William Gibson

The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness;
and knows that yesterday is but today's memory
and tomorrow is today's dream.
- Khalil Gibran

I was trying to figure out what a memory feels like.
- Charlie Kaufman

History is a people's memory, and without a memory,
man is demoted to the lower animals.
- Malcom X

Memory believes before knowing remembers.
Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.
- William Faulkner

Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth,
but not its twin.
- Barbara Kingsolver

There is no refuge from memory and remorse in this world.
The spirits of our foolish deeds haunt us,
with or without repentance.
- Gilbert Parker

As I like to say, the entire collective memory of the species -
that means all known and recorded information -
is going to be just a few keystrokes away in a matter of years.
- Dee Hock

Fortunately, I've also been an electrician,
and that's a happy memory for me.
- James MacArthur

Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please
or displease only in the memory.
- Francis Bacon

All vital truth contains the memory of all that for which it is not true.
- David Herbert Lawrence

Music is essentially built upon primitive memory structures.
- Morton Feldman

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.
- Franklin P. Adams

Drugs are a waste of time.
They destroy your memory and your self-respect and
everything that goes along with with your self esteem.
- Kurt Cobain

We are all instruments endowed with feeling and memory.
Our senses are so many strings that are struck by surrounding
objects and that also frequently strike themselves.
- Denis Diderot

I wanted to have virtual memory, at least as it's coupled with file systems.
- Ken Thompson

I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people.
Their best characteristic is their desire to remember.
No other people has such an obsession with memory.
- Elie Wiesel

Love and memory last and will so endure till the game
is called because of darkness.
- Gene Fowler

As you get older three things happen.
The first is your memory goes, and I can't remember the other two.
- Norman Wisdom

There is not any memory with less satisfaction than
the memory of some temptation we resisted.
- James Branch Cabell

Nothing stands out so conspicuously,
or remains so firmly fixed in the memory,
as something which you have blundered.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Yesterday's just a memory, tomorrow is never what it's supposed to be.
- Bob Dylan

The memory is like a cat scratching my heart.
- Marina Oswald

Gratitude is not only the memory but the homage of
the heart rendered to God for his goodness.
- Nathaniel Parker Willis

The moral backbone of literature is about that whole question of memory.
To my mind it seems clear that those who have no memory
have the much greater chance to lead happy lives.
- W. G. Sebald

My memory of my mom is a wine glass in one hand and
a cigarette in the other.
She was a runway fashion model, and she was quite a glamorous woman.
- Loni Anderson

America is stronger than ever.
We will forever remember those we lost on September 11,
2001.
In honoring their memory, we will remain true to our
commitment to freedom and democracy.
- Evan Bayh

I just hope it grows into where it was before because I want my son to see it.
I want him to have a positive memory of it going forward,
so he can be proud of his daddy.
- Scott Stapp


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