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Derek Walcott Quotes

A culture, we all know, is made by its cities.
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The future happens. No matter how much we scream.

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What are men? Children who doubt.

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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.

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She's a rare vase, out of a cat's reach, on its shelf.

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... and either I'm nobody, or I'm a nation.

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The classics can console. But not enough.

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Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic.

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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.

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We make too much of that long groan which underlines the past.

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This is Port of Spain to me, a city ideal in its commercial and human proportions, where a citizen is a walker and not a pedestrian, and this is how Athens may have been before it became a cultural echo.

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The personal vocabulary, the individual melody whose metre is one's biography, joins in that sound, with any luck, and the body moves like a walking, a waking island.

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Summer for prose and lemons, for nakedness and languor,

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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.

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The word and the shadow of the word / makes a thing both itself and something else / till we are metaphors and not ourselves ...

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I try to forget what happiness was, and when that don't work, I study the stars.

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