Quotes by Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz

Mexican Poet, Essayist

Alive from: 1914-

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    What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.
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    Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers. What we call art is a game.
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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.
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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.
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    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.
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    Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
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    Technology is not an image of the world but a way of operating on reality. The nihilism of technology lies not only in the fact that it is the most perfect expression of the will to power... but also in the fact that it lacks meaning.
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    We are condemned to kill time, thus we die bit by bit.
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    Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.
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    Writers, you know, are the beggars of Western society.
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    Modern man likes to pretend that his thinking is wide-awake. But this wide-awake thinking has led us into the mazes of a nightmare in which the torture chambers are endlessly repeated in the mirrors of reason.
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