Mahmoud Darwish Quotes

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Mahmoud Darwish Quotes

To be under occupation, to be under siege, is not a good inspiration for poetry.
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I don't decide to represent anything except myself. But that self is full of collective memory.

— Mahmoud Darwish

The Arabs are ready to accept a strong Israel with nuclear arms - all it has to do is open the gates of its fortress and make peace.

— Mahmoud Darwish

The importance of poetry is not measured, finally, by what the poet says but by how he says it.

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I see poetry as spiritual medicine.

— Mahmoud Darwish

My love, I fear the silence of your hands.

— Mahmoud Darwish

If there must be a moon, let it be high,
a high moon made in Baghdad, neither Arab, nor Persian,
nor claimed by the goddesses all around us.

— Mahmoud Darwish

I prepare my portrait for my woman to hang on a wall when I die.
she says: Is there a wall to hang it on?
I say: We'll build a room for it. Where? In any house.

— Mahmoud Darwish

Words are a homeland.

— Mahmoud Darwish

I'll search in mythology and archeology
and in every -ology to my old name.
one of the goddesses of Canaan will side with me,
then swear with a flash of lightning.
This is my orphan son

— Mahmoud Darwish

I am here. Anything more than that is rumor and slander

— Mahmoud Darwish

Longing is the call of ney to ney to restore the direction broken by the horses' hooves in a military campaign. It is an intermittent ailment, neither contagious nor lethal, even when it takes the form of an epidemic. It is an invitation to stay up late with the lonesome and an excuse not to be on equal footing with train passengers who know their own addresses well. It is the transparent fabric of that beautiful nothingness, gathered to roast the coffee of wakefulness for the dreams of strangers.

— Mahmoud Darwish

A bit of mist and light suffice for life to overpower nothingness. A bit of hope and time suffice for you to cross the mountain trails of myth; you were spared the fate of your ancestors. So borrow the wisdom of the anemones and say: Nothingness does not concern me, even if death besieges me.

— Mahmoud Darwish

How often have I held back my complaint: Why should the Lebanese homeland be incompatible with Palestine? Why should the Egyptian loaf be incompatible with Palestine? Why should the Syrian roof be incompatible with Palestine? Why should Palestine be incompatible with Palestine?

— Mahmoud Darwish

Later, we'll look up what was recorded in our history about yours in faraway lands.
Then we'll ask ourselves, Was Andalusia here or there? On earth, or only in poems?

— Mahmoud Darwish

Every beautiful poem is an act of resistance,

— Mahmoud Darwish

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