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I do not go in search of poetry. I wait for poetry to visit me.
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.
Man cannot produce a single work without the assistance of the slow, assiduous, corrosive worm of thought.
Tear up your pages, throw them in a sewer,
take no degree in anything,
and you will be able to say that you were
perhaps alive for a moment or an instant.
All religions of the only God
are one: just the cooks and the cooking vary.
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.
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.
are everyone's property and in vain
do they hide in dictionaries,
for there's always a rogue
who digs up the rarest
and most stinking truffles.
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But even gold is not everything: and only a fanatic, and a rather foolish fanatic, would say that this style of fiction summed up and exhausted all the good that fiction could give and do.
October 12, 1896
September 12, 1981
Eugenio Montale was an Italian poet, prose writer, editor and translator, and recipient of the 1975 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is widely considered the greatest Italian lyric poet since Giacomo Leopardi.
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