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Derek Walcott Quotes

Derek Walcott Quote: “I read; I travel; I become.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “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 Quote: “Love After Love all your life, whom you have ignored for another, who knows you by heart. Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “For every poet it is always morning in the world; history a forgotten, insomniac night. The fate of poetry is to fall in love with the world in spite of history.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “To change your language you must change your life.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “Peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “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 Quote: “What are men? Children who doubt.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “The future happens. No matter how much we scream.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “In Eden who sleeps happiest? The serpent.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “I too saw the wooden horse blocking the stars.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “Time is the metre, memory the only plot.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “The classics can console. But not enough.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “I have never separated the writing of poetry from prayer. I have grown up believing it is a vocation, a religious vocation.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “She’s a rare vase, out of a cat’s reach, on its shelf.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “I try to forget what happiness was, and when that don’t work, I study the stars.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “The sigh of History rises over ruins, not over landscapes, and in the Antilles there are few ruins to sigh over, apart from the ruins of sugar estates and abandoned forts.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “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 Quote: “I know when dark-haired evening put on her bright silk at sunset, and, folding the sea sidled under the sheet with her starry laugh, that there’d be no rest, there’d be no forgetting. Is like telling mourners round the graveside about resurrection, they want the dead back.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “Visual surprise is natural in the Caribbean; it comes with the landscape, and faced with its beauty, the sigh of History dissolves.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “The personal vocabulary, the individual melody whose metre is one’s biography, joins in that sound, with any luck, and the body moves like a walking, a waking island.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “A culture, we all know, is made by its cities.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “Art is History’s nostalgia, it prefers a thatched roof to a concrete factory, and the huge church above a bleached village.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “How can I turn from Africa and live?”
Derek Walcott Quote: “If you know what you are going to write when you’re writing a poem, it’s going to be average.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “The English language is nobody’s special property.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “The voice does go up in a poem. It is an address, even if it is to oneself.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “Memory that yearns to join the centre, a limb remembering the body from which it has been severed, like those bamboo thighs of the god.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “We make too much of that long groan which underlines the past.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “For there is a time in the tide of the heart, when Arrived at its anchor of suffering, a grave Or a bed, despairing in action, we ask O God, where is our home?”
Derek Walcott Quote: “There is the buried language and there is the individual vocabulary, and the process of poetry is one of excavation and of self-discovery. Tonally the individual voice is a dialect; it shapes its own accent, its own vocabulary and melody in defiance of an imperial concept of language, the language of Ozymandias, libraries and dictionaries, law courts and critics, and churches, universities, political dogma, the diction of institutions. Poetry is an island that breaks away from the main.”
Derek Walcott Quote: “Let them run ahead. Then I’ll have good reason for shooting them down. Sharpeville? Attempting to escape. Attempting to escape from the prison of their lives. That’s the most dangerous crime. It brings about revolution. So, off we go, lads!”
Derek Walcott Quote: “Damn wind shift sudden as a woman mind.”
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