34 Total Quotes

Eugenio Montale Quotes

The new man is born too old to tolerate the new world. The present conditions of life have not yet erased the traces of the past. We run too fast, but we still do not move enough. He looks but he does not contemplate, he sees but he does not think. He runs away from time, which is made of thought, and yet all he can feel is his own time, the present.
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#Life #Twentieth Century

The most dangerous aspect of present-day life is the dissolution of the feeling of individual responsibility. Mass solitude has done away with any difference between the internal and the external, between the intellectual and the physical.
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#Alienation

Bring me then the plant that points to those bright Lucidites swirling up from the earth, And life itself exhaling that central breath! Bring me the sunflower crazed with the love of light
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#Nature

Man cannot produce a single work without the assistance of the slow, assiduous, corrosive worm of thought.
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#Italian Poet #Men

Too many lives are needed to make just one.
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#Italian Poet

True poetry is similar to certain pictures whose owner is unknown and which only a few initiated people know.
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#Italian Poet

Many of today's verses are prose and bad prose.
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After the invention of printing, poetry becomes vertical, does not fill the white space completely, it is rich in new paragraphs and repetitions.
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Against the dark background of this contemporary civilization of well-being, even the arts tend to mingle, to lose their identity.
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#Italian Poet

Art is the production of objects for consumption, to be used and discarded while waiting for a new world in which man will have succeeded in freeing himself of everything, even of his own consciousness.
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#Italian Poet

But poets were not considered dangerous and they were advised to exercise self-censorship. At most, poets were requested not to write at all. I took advantage of this negative liberty.
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#Italian Poet

Evidently the arts, all the visual arts, are becoming more democratic in the worst sense of the word.
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For my part, if I consider poetry as an object, I maintain that it is born of the necessity of adding a vocal sound (speech) to the hammering of the first tribal music.
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Happiness, for you we walk on a knife edge. To the eyes you are a flickering light, to the feet, thin ice that cracks; and so may no one touch you who loves you.
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However, poetry does not live solely in books or in school anthologies.
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#Italian Poet

I am perhaps a late follower of Zoroaster and I believe that the foundation of life is built upon the struggle between the two opposing forces of Good and Evil.
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#Italian Poet

I do not go in search of poetry. I wait for poetry to visit me.
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#Italian Poet

I have always knocked at the door of that wonderful and terrible enigma which is life.
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I have been judged to be a pessimist but what abyss of ignorance and low egoism is not hidden in one who thinks that Man is the god of himself and that his future can only be triumphant?
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#Italian Poet

In reality art is always for everyone and for no one.
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It has often been observed that the repercussion of poetic language on prose language can be considered a decisive cut of a whip.
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Mass communication, radio, and especially television, have attempted, not without success, to annihilate every possibility of solitude and reflection.
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Narrative art, the novel, from Murasaki to Proust, has produced great works of poetry.
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Poetry is the art which is technically within the grasp of everyone: a piece of paper and a pencil and one is ready.
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Slowly poetry becomes visual because it paints images, but it is also musical: it unites two arts into one.
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Strangely, Dante's Divine Comedy did not produce a prose of that creative height or it did so after centuries.
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#Italian Poet

The poet does not know - often he will never know - whom he really writes for.
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#Italian Poet

The poet does not know and often will never know his true receiver.
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#Italian Poet