Mahmoud Darwish - Quotes

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Sarcasm helps me overcome the harshness of the reality we live, eases the pain of scars and makes people smile.

Sarcasm helps me overcome the harshness of the reality we live, eases the pain of scars and makes people smile.

Exile is more than a geographical concept. You can be an exile in your homeland, in your own house, in a room. ---->>>

I believe in the power of poetry, which gives me reasons to look ahead and identify a glint of light.

I believe in the power of poetry, which gives me reasons to look ahead and identify a glint of light.

The metaphor for Palestine is stronger than the Palestine of reality. ---->>>

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down.

Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down.

History laughs at both the victim and the aggressor. ---->>>

I don't decide to represent anything except myself. But that self is full of collective memory. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Some people ask, 'How do you attract the young and so many different people when your poetry is complicated and different?' I say, 'My accomplishment is that my readers trust me and accept my suggestions for change.' ---->>>

Palestinian people are in love with life. ---->>>

Nothing, nothing justifies terrorism. ---->>>

The importance of poetry is not measured, finally, by what the poet says but by how he says it.

The importance of poetry is not measured, finally, by what the poet says but by how he says it.

I never wanted children; maybe I'm afraid of responsibility. ---->>>

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.

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.

To be under occupation, to be under siege, is not a good inspiration for poetry.

To be under occupation, to be under siege, is not a good inspiration for poetry.

For the Arabs in Israel there is always a tension between nationality and identity. ---->>>

I've built my homeland, I've even founded my state - in my language. ---->>>

When a writer declares that his first book is his best, that is bad. I progress successively from book to book. ---->>>

When I passed the age of 50, I learned how to control my emotions. ---->>>

Without hope we are lost.

Without hope we are lost.

I see poetry as spiritual medicine. ---->>>

I am not a lover of Israel, of course. I have no reason to be. But I don't hate Jews. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Palestinian
Born: 03-13, 1941
Birthplace:
Die: 08-09, 2008
Occupation: Poet
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Mahmoud Darwish (Arabic: محمود درويش‎, translit. maḥmūd darwīsh‎, 13 March 1941 – 9 August 2008) was a Palestinian poet and author who was regarded as the Palestinian national poet. He won numerous awards for his works. Darwish used Palestine as a metaphor for the loss of Eden, birth and resurrection, and the anguish of dispossession and exile (wikipedia)