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Octavio Paz Quotes and Sayings

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To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes;
to hear it is to see it with our ears.
- Octavio Paz

Related topics: Poetry

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is
an invention of philosophers...
What we call art is a game.
- Octavio Paz

Man does not speak because he thinks;
he thinks because he speaks.
Or rather, speaking is no different than thinking:
to speak is to think.
- Octavio Paz

Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change,
but in the dialectic between the two.
- Octavio Paz

 

Deserve your dream.
- Octavio Paz

Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
- Octavio Paz

What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.
- Octavio Paz

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Love is an attempt at penetrating another being,
but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.
- Octavio Paz

Writers, you know, are the beggars of Western society.
- Octavio Paz

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition.
Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
- Octavio Paz

We are condemned to kill time, thus we die bit by bit.
- Octavio Paz

Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation,
a recourse against a sense of something missing.
But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human.
It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and
silence of nature and history.
- Octavio Paz

If we are a metaphor of the universe,
the human couple is the metaphor par excellence,
the point of intersection of all forces and the seed of all forms.
The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.
- Octavio Paz

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha PHOTO

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

The highest and most beautiful things in life
are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but,
if one will, are to be lived.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The illiterate are not those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

We Learn...
10% of what we read,
20% of what we hear,
30% of what we see,
50% of what we see and hear,
70% of what we discuss,
80% of what we experience,
95% of what we teach others.
- William Glasser

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

I once had a rose named after me
and I was very flattered.
But I was not pleased to read
the description in the catalogue:
no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

To a philosopher all news,
as it is called, is gossip,
and they who edit and read it
are old women over their tea.
- Henry David Thoreau

Each of us is of infinite value,
and each of us has the ability to make
a profound difference in the lives we touch.
We leave our most profoundly positive impact
on those around us by the nature of our lives
and the example we set -
not by how busy we are,
or how important we believe we are.
Setting an example of being loving, relaxed and joyful,
regardless of external circumstances,
is a great legacy for our family and for the world.
Self importance - ego - is not a path to happiness.
Focusing one's whole life on responsibilities,
without taking time for self-renewal and play,
abandons the joy and the true value of life.
I want my tombstone to read, "Inspired others,"
rather than, "Never missed a day at the office."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you read God's Word, you must
constantly be saying to yourself,
"It is talking to me, and about me."
- Soren Kierkegaard

The length of this document defends it well
against the risk of its being read.
- Winston Churchill

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
- Groucho Marx

The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read With loads of
learned lumber in his head.
- Alexander Pope

If you can speak what you will never hear,
if you can write what you will never read,
you have done rare things.
- Henry David Thoreau

The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read.
It will be the person who does not know how to learn.
- Alvin Toffler

This report, by its very length, defends itself
against the risk of being read.
- Winston Churchill

O Day of days when we can read!
The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.
- Clarence Darrow

If you want to read about love and marriage,
you've got to buy two separate books.
- Alan King

I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.
- Carol Ann Duffy

What must it be like for a little boy to read that daddy never loved mummy?
- Princess Diana

My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday,
so I said I wanted to read poetry with her.
- Guy Johnson

If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means,
you have missed the body of the poem.
- M. H. Abrams

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
- Saint Augustine

It is in our lives and not our words
that our religion must be read.
- Thomas Jefferson

You read a script and its based on 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction',
and it goes right in the bin.
- Tim Roth

Do you know the difference between education and experience?
Education is when you read the fine print;
experience is what you get when you don't.
- Pete Seeger

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper.
Half never voted for President.
One hopes it is the same half.
- Gore Vidal

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice.
That's what I call a liberal education.
- Tallulah Bankhead

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.
I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.
What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
- Henry David Thoreau

I read that you should never go out with someone
if you can think of three reasons why you shouldn't.
- the movie Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

If I read a book that impresses me,
I have to take myself firmly in hand
before I mix with other people;
otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.
- Anne Frank

I grew up in a very religious family.
I could read the Qu'ran easily at the age of five.
- Akhmad Kadyrov

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him
is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
- Barry Goldwater

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
- Anne Stevenson

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River,
the headline that afternoon would read:
"President Can't Swim."
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I would rather exercise than read a newspaper.
- Kim Alexis

I have tried lately to read Shakespeare,
and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
- Charles Darwin

You may not be able to read a doctor's handwriting and prescription,
but you'll notice his bills are neatly typewritten.
- Earl Wilson

Education...
has produced a vast population able to read but unable
to distinguish what is worth reading.
- G. M. Trevelyan

The more I read, the more I meditate;
and the more I acquire,
the more certain I am that I know nothing.
- Voltaire

When I was a teenager, I read a lot of Poe.
- Dario Argento

Read the best books first,
or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
- Henry David Thoreau

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read,
and all the friends I want to see.
- John Burroughs

The man who does not read good books
has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
- Mark Twain

When I read something saying I've not done anything
as good as "Catch-22" I'm tempted to reply,
"Who has?"
- Joseph Heller

Poetry seems to have been eliminated as a literary genre,
and installed instead, as a kind of spiritual aerobic exercise -
nobody need read it,
but anybody can do it.
- Marilyn Hacker

I don't think there's anything wrong with someone having to read a poem twice.
Or even a book.
- George Murray

In a very real sense, people who have read good literature
have lived more than people who cannot or will not read.
- S. I. Hayakawa

Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed
to have read and often thinks they have.
- Alan Bennett

Until as recently as November of 1966,
I had complete faith in the Warren Report.
Of course, my faith in the Report was grounded in ignorance,
since I had never read it.
- Jim Garrison

I don't read the press, I don't watch endless music TV.
- Ed O'Brien

The things I want to know are in books;
my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.
- Abraham Lincoln

Every night, I have to read a book, so that my mind
will stop thinking about things that I stress about.
- Britney Spears

My favorite part is the preparation because you read on the page,
you get this character.
- Ashley Scott

I'm pretty sure this is it for the teen movie thing.
It's so frustrating to read when you get to page 20 and you're like,
Oy!
It's the same thing again!
- Marla Sokoloff

I don't read Science Fiction.
- Brent Spiner

Even if you only want to write science fiction,
you should also read mysteries, poetry,
mainstream literature, history, biography,
philosophy, and science.
- Walter Jon Williams


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