Octavio Paz

Deserve your dream.Octavio Paz

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The idea of modernity is beginning to lose its vitality. It is losing it because modernity is no longer a critical attitude but an accepted, codified convention.Octavio Paz

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Our judgment and moral categories, our idea of the future, our opinions about the present or about justice, peace, or war, everything, without excluding our rejections of Marxism, is impregnated with Marxism.Octavio Paz

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The relations between rhetoric and ethics are disturbing: the ease with which language can be twisted is worrisome, and the fact that our minds accept these perverse games so docilely is no less cause for concern.Octavio Paz

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Self-discovery is above all the realization that we are alone: it is the opening of an impalpable, transparent wall - that of our consciousness - between the world and ourselves.Octavio Paz

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Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. A constant coming and going: wisdom lies in the momentary.Octavio Paz

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The work of art is always unfaithful to its creator... Art lays at a higher level; it says something more, and almost always, it says something different from what the artist wanted to say.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

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

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For the Chinese, the Greeks, the Mayans, or the Egyptians, nature was a living totality, a creative being. For this reason, art, according to Aristotle, is imitation; the poet imitates the creative gesture of nature.Octavio Paz

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

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Man, it seems to me, is not in history: he is history.Octavio Paz

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When hypocrisy is a character trait, it also affects one's thinking, because it consists in the negation of all the aspects of reality that one finds disagreeable, irrational or repugnant.Octavio Paz

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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

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

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The modern tradition is the tradition of revolt. The French Revolution is still our model today: history is violent change, and this change goes by the name of progress. I do not know whether these notions really apply to art.Octavio Paz

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No one is alone, and each change here brings about another change there.Octavio Paz

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To us, the value of a work lies in its newness: the invention of new forms, or a novel combination of old forms, the discovery of unknown worlds or the exploration of unfamiliar areas in worlds already discovered - revelations, surprises.Octavio Paz

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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

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Technology is neutral and sterile. Now, technology is the nature of modern man; it is our environment and our horizon. Of course, every work of man is a negation of nature, but at the same time, it is a bridge between nature and us. Technology changes nature in a more radical and decisive manner: it throws it out.Octavio Paz

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The truth is that the history of Mexico is a history in the image of its geography: abrupt and tortuous. Each historical period is like a plateau surrounded by tall mountains and separated from the other plateaus by precipices and divides.Octavio Paz

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Surrealism is not a poetry but a poetics, and even more, and more decisively, a world vision.Octavio Paz

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An unread author is an author who is a victim of the worst kind of censorship, indifference - a censorship more effective than the Ecclesiastical Index.Octavio Paz

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For a man of my generation, our century has been a long intellectual and political struggle in favor of freedom.Octavio Paz

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Perhaps things are not things but words: metaphors, words for other things.Octavio Paz

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An understanding of Sor Juana's work must include an understanding of the prohibitions her work confronts. Her speech leads us to what cannot be said, what cannot be said to an orthodoxy, the orthodoxy to a tribunal, and the tribunal to a sentence.Octavio Paz

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

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Picasso is what is going to happen and what is happening; he is posterity and archaic time, the distant ancestor and our next-door neighbor. Speed permits him to be two places at once, to belong to all the centuries without letting go of the here and now.Octavio Paz

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

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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

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