Quotations From DEREK WALCOTT


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  • I come from a place that likes grandeur; it likes large gestures; it is not inhibited by flourish; it is a rhetorical society; it is a society of physical performance; it is a society of style.
    Derek Walcott (b. 1930), West Indian poet, playwright. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
  • Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic.
    Derek Walcott (b. 1930), West Indian poet, playwright. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
  • The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.
    Derek Walcott (b. 1930), West Indian poet, playwright. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).

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  • Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.
    Derek Walcott (b. 1930), West Indian poet, playwright. "Dissolving the Sigh of History," Guardian (London, Dec. 16, 1992).

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