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Mahmoud Darwish Quotes

Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “And I tell myself, a moon will rise from my darkness.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “On this earth there is that which deserves life.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “Without hope we are lost.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “I am from there. I am from here. I am not there and I am not here. I have two names, which meet and part, and I have two languages. I forget which of them I dream in.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “We suffer from an incurable malady: Hope.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “Palestinian people are in love with life.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “Standing here, staying here, permanent here, eternal here, and we have one goal, one, one: to be.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “I thought poetry could change everything, could change history and could humanize, and I think that the illusion is very necessary to push poets to be involved and to believe, but now I think that poetry changes only the poet.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “My homeland is not a suitcase, and I am no traveller.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “Nothing is harder on the soul, than the smell of dreams, while they’re evaporating.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “A person can only be born in one place. However, he may die several times elsewhere: in the exiles and prisons, and in a homeland transformed by the occupation and oppression into a nightmare.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “If the Olive Trees knew the hands that planted them, Their Oil would become Tears.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “The metaphor for Palestine is stronger than the Palestine of reality.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “I don’t decide to represent anything except myself. But that self is full of collective memory.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “I believe in the power of poetry, which gives me reasons to look ahead and identify a glint of light.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “I wish I were a candle in the darkness.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “I am not a lover of Israel, of course. I have no reason to be. But I don’t hate Jews.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “She does not love you. Your metaphors thrill her you are her poet. But that’s all there’s to it.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “The importance of poetry is not measured, finally, by what the poet says but by how he says it.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “Where can I free myself of the homeland in my body?”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “Have I had two roads, I would have chosen their third.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “Sarcasm helps me overcome the harshness of the reality we live, eases the pain of scars and makes people smile.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “My love, I fear the silence of your hands.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “I love women whose hidden desires make horses put an end to their lives at the threshold.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “We are captives of what we love, what we desire, and what we are.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “I have learned and dismantled all the words in order to draw from them a single word: Home.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “May poetry and God’s name have mercy on us!”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “I am patient and am waiting for a profound revolution in the consciousness of the Israelis. The Arabs are ready to accept a strong Israel with nuclear arms – all it has to do is open the gates of its fortress and make peace.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “Life defined only as the opposite of death is not life.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “Against barbarity, poetry can resist only by confirming its attachment to human fragility like a blade of grass growing on a wall while armies march by.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “Far away, our dreams have nothing to do with what we do. The wind carries the night, and passes on, aimless.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “I see poetry as spiritual medicine.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “To be under occupation, to be under siege, is not a good inspiration for poetry.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “We have to understand – not justify – what gives rise to this tragedy. It’s not because they’re looking for beautiful virgins in heaven, as Orientalists portray it. Palestinian people are in love with life. If we give them hope – a political solution – they’ll stop killing themselves.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “And what I don’t understand I grasp it only when it’s too late.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “When a writer declares that his first book is his best, that is bad. I progress successively from book to book.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “Sometimes I feel as if I am read before I write. When I write a poem about my mother, Palestinians think my mother is a symbol for Palestine. But I write as a poet, and my mother is my mother. She’s not a symbol.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “The stars had only one task: they taught me how to read. They taught me I had a language in heaven and another language on earth.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “I learnt all the words worthy of the court of blood So that I could break the rule I learnt all the words and broke them up To make a single word: Homeland...”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “History laughs at both the victim and the aggressor.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “I’ve built my homeland, I’ve even founded my state – in my language.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “The Palestinians are the only nation in the world that feels with certainty that today is better than what the days ahead will hold. Tomorrow always heralds a worse situation.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “One day, I will be a poet. Water will depend on my visions.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “The days have taught you not to trust happiness because it hurts when it deceives.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “The poem is in my hands, and can run stories through her hands.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “I melt at your glances and become music.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “No night is long enough for us to dream twice.”
Mahmoud Darwish Quote: “I want to find a language that transforms language itself into steel for the spirit – a language to use against these sparkling insects, these jets.”
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