Best Quotes by Octavio Paz (Top 10)

  1. Deserve your dream.
  2. Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
  3. Beyond myself, somewhere, I wait for my arrival.
  4. Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.
  5. What sets worlds in motion is the interplay of differences, their attractions and repulsions. Life is plurality, death is uniformity. By suppressing differences and pecularities, by eliminating different civilizations and cultures, progress weakens life and favors death. The ideal of a single civilization for everyone, implicit in the cult of progress and technique, impoverishes and mutilates us. Every view of the world that becomes extinct, every culture that disappears, diminishes a possibility of life
  6. To love is to undress our names.
  7. a human being is never what he is but the self he seeks.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.

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