Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but
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War, I have always said, forces men to change their standards, regardless of whether their country has won or lost. Salvatore Quasimodo Religious poetry, civic
I was five years old when I wrote my first song. It was out of longing for my father that I wrote it. Shmuel Y.
To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now. Samuel Beckett You’re on earth. There’s no cure for
I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees. Pablo Neruda You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep
Then about 1951 I began writing again, painfully, a novel I called in the beginning A Life Sentence on Earth, but which developed into The
Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood. Gabriel Garcia Marquez The problem
Through loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realize that tomorrow’s joy is possible only if today’s makes way for it; that each wave
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.
But the ultimate lesson is just sit down and write. That’s all. Wole Soyinka Even when I’m writing plays I enjoy having company and mentally
Who included me among the ranks of the human race? Joseph Brodsky Life is a game with many rules but no referee. One learns how
We used the Western style to express our own themes and stories. But don’t forget that our heritage includes The Thousand and One Nights. Naguib
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
Somebody has to take responsibility for being a leader. Toni Morrison If you’re going to hold someone down you’re going to have to hold on
I have survived by representing these sufferings of mine in the form of the novel. Kenzaburo Oe After I got married, the first child born
Art is accusation, expression, passion. Art is a fight to the finish between black charcoal and white paper. Günter Grass The job of a citizen
From Ernest Hemingway’s stories, I learned to listen within my stories for what went unsaid by my characters. Nadine Gordimer The creative act is not
In every tragedy, an element of comedy is preserved. Comedy is just tragedy reversed. Wislawa Szymborska Somewhere out there the world must have an end.
I always ask two questions: How many countries have military bases in the United States? And in how many countries does the United States not
In a way, the American side descended to Saddam’s level, which happens often in these types of circumstances. That is why the people in Iraq
The completely solitary self: that’s where poetry comes from, and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are often very intimate also. Seamus Heaney