TOP 20 Derek Walcott Quotes

TOP 20 Derek Walcott Quotes.
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“I read; I travel; I become.”
— Derek Walcott (00:00)

“The English language is nobody’s special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.”
— Derek Walcott (00:07)

“Love After Love all your life, whom you have ignored for another, who knows you by heart. Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.”
— Derek Walcott (00:14)

“For every poet it is always morning in the world; history a forgotten, insomniac night. The fate of poetry is to fall in love with the world in spite of history.”
— Derek Walcott (00:21)

“What are men? Children who doubt.”
— Derek Walcott (00:28)

“I too saw the wooden horse blocking the stars.”
— Derek Walcott (00:35)

“The future happens. No matter how much we scream.”
— Derek Walcott (00:42)

“The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome.”
— Derek Walcott (00:49)

“The classics can console. But not enough.”
— Derek Walcott (00:56)

“Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic.”
— Derek Walcott (01:03)

“I come from a place that likes grandeur; it likes large gestures; it is not inhibited by flourish; it is a rhetorical society; it is a society of physical performance; it is a society of style.”
— Derek Walcott (01:10)

“I have never separated the writing of poetry from prayer. I have grown up believing it is a vocation, a religious vocation.”
— Derek Walcott (01:17)

“I try to forget what happiness was, and when that don’t work, I study the stars.”
— Derek Walcott (01:24)

“Time is the metre, memory the only plot.”
— Derek Walcott (01:31)

“Peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.”
— Derek Walcott (01:38)

“I know when dark-haired evening put on her bright silk at sunset, and, folding the sea sidled under the sheet with her starry laugh, that there’d be no rest, there’d be no forgetting. Is like telling mourners round the graveside about resurrection, they want the dead back.”
— Derek Walcott (01:45)

“In Eden who sleeps happiest? The serpent.”
— Derek Walcott (01:52)

“The sigh of History rises over ruins, not over landscapes, and in the Antilles there are few ruins to sigh over, apart from the ruins of sugar estates and abandoned forts.”
— Derek Walcott (01:59)

“To change your language you must change your life.”
— Derek Walcott (02:06)

“Visual surprise is natural in the Caribbean; it comes with the landscape, and faced with its beauty, the sigh of History dissolves.”
— Derek Walcott (02:13)

Music credit: Easy Day – Kevin MacLeod


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