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Brief author info: Octavio Paz (1914-1998) Mexican writer and diplomat Critic, social philosopher; fought for Republicans in Spanish Civil War; ambassador to India (c. 1960s); best known as literary innovator incorporating the metaphysical into poetry; famous for Labyrinth of Solitude, examining Mexican culture; Post data, written after student massacre and related events; emigrated to Great Britain (1968).
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Reality is a staircase going neither up nor down. We don't move, today is today, always is today.
To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.
Revolt is the violence of an entire people; rebellion the unruliness of an individual or an uprising by a minority; both are spontaneous and blind. Revolution is both planned and spontaneous, a science and an art.
By diminishing the value of silence, publicity has also diminished that of language. The two are inseparable: knowing how to speak has always meant knowing how to keep silent, knowing that there are times when one should say nothing.
Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
Believing ourselves to be possessors of absolute truth degrades us: we regard every person whose way of thinking is different from ours as a monster and a threat and by so doing turn our own selves into monsters and threats to our fellows.
What is art? A violet. Is that all? An artistic style is a living entity, a continuous process of invention. It can never be imposed from without; born of the profoundest tendencies within a society, its direction is to a certain extent unpredictable, in much the same way as the eventual configuration of a tree's branches.
Each time we try to express ourselves we have to break with ourselves.
Our civilization has been founded on the notion of criticism: there is nothing sacred or untouchable except the freedom to think. Without criticism, that is to say, without rigor and experimentation, there is no science; without criticism there is no art or literature. I would also say that without criticism there is no healthy society.
Death is the mother of forms.
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