A Mexican who transported us to new worlds. The great Octavio Paz (Mexico City, 1914-1998) was a remarkable poet, Writer and thinker recognized as one of the best authors of the twentieth century.
Born in the midst of the Mexican Revolution, he lived in the United States as a child, as a child returning to his native Mexico. He wrote throughout his career, combining works of poetry, prose and translations.
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Famous quotes and phrases from Octavio Paz
Unconventional and owner of an incomparable style, Octavio Paz has influenced a whole generation of artists and thinkers. This led him to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1990.
In today’s article we will know about the best famous thoughts, statements and phrases of Octavio Paz.
1. The unreality of what we look at gives reality to the look.
Everything is based on the point of view, and to know how to interpret what we see.
2. The light is the moment when you think.
Extract from one of his most beautiful poems.
3. A society possessed by the frenzy of producing more in order to consume more tends to transform ideas, feelings, art, love, friendship and the people themselves into objects of consumption.
A critique of consumer society and the poverty of art that emanates from it.
4. To love is to shed one’s names.
Goodbye tags, welcome to love.
5. Everything is today. Everything is present. Everything is, everything is here. But also everything is elsewhere and in another time. Out of oneself and full of oneself …
The thought of Octavio Paz always obliges us to review our vision of existence.
6. You have to sleep with your eyes open, you have to dream with your hands … you have to dream out loud, you have to sing until the song takes root, trunks, branches, branches, birds, stars …
One of the most famous and memorable verses of Octavio Paz.
7. The protection afforded to marriage could be justified if society truly allowed choice. As this is not the case, it must be admitted that marriage does not constitute the highest realization of love, but a legal, social and economic form which has several of those of love.
Reflection on the love and culture behind marriage.
8. In sexuality, pleasure serves procreation; in erotic rituals, pleasure is an end in itself or has purposes other than procreation.
One of Octavio Paz’s quotes in which he investigates human sexuality.
9. Love is a feeling that can only arise in the presence of a free being, who can give us or withdraw his presence from us.
Certainly, if love is not in full freedom, it cannot be love.
10. Poetry makes us touch the intangible and hear the tide of silence covering a landscape ravaged by insomnia.
Another of his literary pearls, in this case with a metaphor worthy of his magnificent pen.
11. To love: to make a body of a soul, to make a body of a soul, to make a presence of you.
A beautiful sentence about love.
12. To love is to fight, to open doors, to stop being a ghost of perpetual numbers condemned by a faceless master.
The transgression of love in a society of fools and the corrupt.
13. Pride is the vice of the powerful.
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14. We love a mortal being as if he were immortal.
Feelings can take us to unreasonable ground, especially in the realm of love.
15. Without freedom, democracy is despotism, without democracy, freedom is a pipe dream.
On how to govern society.
16. Pica-pica, envy, gossip, jealousy and petty betrayal are common in female relationships. All this is almost certainly not due to an innate incapacity of women but to their social situation.
A criticism of women, but not for their status as women but for having been victims of oppression for centuries.
17. The revolutions of the twentieth century were and are precisely the breeding ground for democracies. They were a cruel response to the history of Marx’s predictions: the revolution that would end the state not only strengthened it, but created a social group that is both its creature and its owner.
A personal vision of the historical events of the last century.
18. Once, in front of me, my face came undone in front of the mirror: was it my own face, that frozen reflection of nothingness?
Who am I? A question that Octavio Paz has asked repeatedly.
19. Love is an attraction for a unique person: a body and a soul. Love is a choice; eroticism an acceptance.
On eroticism and its conditions.
20. Because Mexican life is a possibility of being chingar or being chingado.
An irreverent phrase to describe class society in Mexico.
21. Man, tree of images, of words which are flowers which are fruits which are deeds.
Another excerpt from his best poems.
22. Sacrifices and offerings appease or buy gods and patron saints; gifts and celebrations, in town.
Panem et circenses, a maxim also represented by Octavio Paz.
23. The deep meaning of social protest consists in having opposed the implacable phantom of the future with the spontaneous reality of the present.
A revolutionary phrase that confronts desires and realities.
24. To live well, you have to die. We must learn to face death.
Face death with determination and humanity.
25. More difficult than despising money is to resist the temptation to do works or to turn into work.
Reflections on crematics and on art.
26. No one is the absence of our gazes, the pause in our conversation, the reluctance of our silence.
The quill of Octavio Paz has left us with absolutely unforgettable verses.
27. Love is born from a love; the friendship of frequent and prolonged exchanges. Love is instantaneous; friendship takes time.
An excellent reflection on the psychological mechanisms that facilitate the different types of relationships between human beings.
28. Our instruments can measure time, but we can no longer think about it: it has become too big and too small.
A sentence about time and our altered perception of its unfolding.
29. In a world made in the image of men, woman is only the reflection of male will and will.
A phrase about the prevailing masculinity in the West.
30. To wake up to history is to acquire awareness of our uniqueness, a moment of reflective rest before indulging in it.
The reflection that precedes action, to understand each other towards an uncertain future.