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"The poet does not know - often he will never know - whom he really writes for." Make picture quote!
"Mass communication, radio, and especially television, have attempted, not without success, to annihilate every possibility of solitude and reflection." Make picture quote!
"Narrative art, the novel, from Murasaki to Proust, has produced great works of poetry." Make picture quote!
"Poetry is the art which is technically within the grasp of everyone: a piece of paper and a pencil and one is ready." Make picture quote!
"Slowly poetry becomes visual because it paints images, but it is also musical: it unites two arts into one." Make picture quote!
"Strangely, Dante's Divine Comedy did not produce a prose of that creative height or it did so after centuries." Make picture quote!
"There is poetry even in prose, in all the great prose which is not merely utilitarian or didactic: there exist poets who write in prose or at least in more or less apparent prose; millions of poets write verses which have no connection with poetry." Make picture quote!
"This proves that great lyric poetry can die, be reborn, die again, but will always remain one of the most outstanding creations of the human soul." Make picture quote!
"Today not even a universal fire could make the torrential poetic production of our time disappear. But it is exactly a question of production, that is, of hand-made products which are subject to the laws of taste and fashion." Make picture quote!
"Many of today's verses are prose and bad prose." Make picture quote!
"True poetry is similar to certain pictures whose owner is unknown and which only a few initiated people know." Make picture quote!
"I have always knocked at the door of that wonderful and terrible enigma which is life." Make picture quote!
"Too many lives are needed to make just one." Make picture quote!
"However, poetry does not live solely in books or in school anthologies." Make picture quote!
"Against the dark background of this contemporary civilization of well-being, even the arts tend to mingle, to lose their identity." Make picture quote!
"Art is the production of objects for consumption, to be used and discarded while waiting for a new world in which man will have succeeded in freeing himself of everything, even of his own consciousness." Make picture quote!
"But poets were not considered dangerous and they were advised to exercise self-censorship. At most, poets were requested not to write at all. I took advantage of this negative liberty." Make picture quote!
"Evidently the arts, all the visual arts, are becoming more democratic in the worst sense of the word." Make picture quote!
"In reality art is always for everyone and for no one." Make picture quote!
"Happiness, for you we walk on a knife edge. To the eyes you are a flickering light, to the feet, thin ice that cracks; and so may no one touch you who loves you." Make picture quote!
"Man cannot produce a single work without the assistance of the slow, assiduous, corrosive worm of thought." Make picture quote!
"I am perhaps a late follower of Zoroaster and I believe that the foundation of life is built upon the struggle between the two opposing forces of Good and Evil." Make picture quote!
"I do not go in search of poetry. I wait for poetry to visit me." Make picture quote!
"I have been judged to be a pessimist but what abyss of ignorance and low egoism is not hidden in one who thinks that Man is the god of himself and that his future can only be triumphant?" Make picture quote!
"It has often been observed that the repercussion of poetic language on prose language can be considered a decisive cut of a whip." Make picture quote!
"For my part, if I consider poetry as an object, I maintain that it is born of the necessity of adding a vocal sound (speech) to the hammering of the first tribal music." Make picture quote!
"The most dangerous aspect of present-day life is the dissolution of the feeling of individual responsibility. Mass solitude has done away with any difference between the internal and the external, between the intellectual and the physical." Make picture quote!

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