Talk:Octavio Paz

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The quote "Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone." showed up twice (properly under The Labyrinth of Solitude, and in the Unsourced category), so I removed the latter. - 00:13, 1 February 2008

I added the origins quote to the Unsourced section, but I'd like to find its source. Can anyone help? - 17:52, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

I found it! I've been looking a long time. The New Yorker Magazine, September 17, 1979, in the "Reflections" section, a piece called "Mexico and the United States", with Rachel Phillips (trans.). I'm not sure how to format this reference. Can someone please add it?

--Jeffw57 (talk) 01:52, 7 August 2013 (UTC)


Wikiquote no longer allows unsourced quotations, and they are in process of being removed from our pages (see Wikiquote:Limits on quotations); but if you can provide a reliable, precise and verifiable source for any quote on this list please move it to Octavio Paz. --Antiquary 18:20, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

  • The Hindu genius is a love for abstraction and, at the same time, a passion for the concrete image. At times it is rich, at others prolix. It has created the most lucid and the most instinctive art. It is abstract and realistic, sexual and intellectual, pedantic and sublime. It lives between extremes, it embraces the extremes, rooted in the earth and drawn to an invisible beyond.
  • Love is one of the answers humankind invented to stare death in the face: time ceases to be a measure, and we can briefly know paradise.
  • Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.
  • Surrealism has been the drunken flame that guides the steps of the sleepwalker who tiptoes along the edge of the shadow that the blade of the guillotine casts on the neck of the condemned.
  • Every time a society finds itself in crisis it instinctively turns its eyes towards its origins and looks there for a sign.