Paul Celan Quotes

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Paul Celan Quotes

The heart hid still in the dark, hard as the Philosophers Stone.
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Only one thing remained reachable, close and secure amid all losses: language. Yes, language. In spite of everything, it remained secure against loss.

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There was earth inside them, and they dug.

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Don't sign your name
between worlds,
surmount
the manifold of meanings,
trust the tearstain,
learn to live.

— Paul Celan

Rush of pine scent (once upon a time),
the unlicensed conviction
there ought to be another way
of saying
this.

— Paul Celan

Reachable, near and not lost, there remained in the midst of the losses this one thing: language. It, the language, remained, not lost, yes, in spite of everything. But it had to pass through its own answerlessness, pass through frightful muting, pass through the thousand darknesses of deathbringing speech. It passed through and gave back no words for that which happened; yet it passed through this happening. Passed through and could come to light again, "enriched" by all this.

— Paul Celan

And the too much of my speaking:
heaped up round the little
crystal dressed in the style of your silence.

— Paul Celan

Out of a shardstrewn
madness
I stand up
and look upon my hand,
how it draws the one
and only
circle

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Reality is not simply there, it must be searched and won.

— Paul Celan

Go blind now, today:
eternity also is full of eyes -
in them
drowns what helped images down
the way they came,
in them
fades what took you out of language,
lifted you out with a gesture
which you allowed to happen like
the dance of the words made of
autumn and silk and nothingness.

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Who is invisible enough to see you

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How you die out in me: down to the last worn-out knot of breath you're there, with a splinter of life.

— Paul Celan

The language with which I make my poems has nothing to do with one spoken here, or anywhere.

— Paul Celan

Black milk of daybreak we drink it at sundown.

— Paul Celan

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