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Uuno Kailas, born Frans Uno Salonen (29 March 1901 – 22 March 1933) was a Finnish poet, author, and translator.
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- There are lots of words -
- the words are alive
- and I can see them.
- Some are ugly and others are beautiful.
- Mother is a very sweet word - the best word.
- It tastes very much like a little kiss.
- Father is a nice word too,
- but sometimes thunder gathers in it
- and then you'd better sneak behind the door to hide.
- Uuno Kailas, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas (trans) "The words," (original title "Runoja," 1932); in: Tove Skutnabb-Kangas. Bilingualism Or Not: The Education of Minorities. 1981, p. 43
- The border cracks open facing Asia and the East.
- With the West and Europe behind me,
- I, the guard, protect it.
- Uuno Kailas, cited in: Mikael af Malmborg, Bo Stråth (2002), The Meaning of Europe, p. 157