Quotations by Author

Octavio Paz

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.

Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.

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

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.

Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.