Octavio Paz Quotes

11 November 2014

"Art" is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers.... What we call art is a game.

11 November 2014

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.

11 November 2014

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.

11 November 2014

Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.

11 November 2014

What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.

11 November 2014

Writers, you know, are the beggars of Western society.

11 November 2014

To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.

11 November 2014

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.

11 November 2014

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.

11 November 2014

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.